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To keep the 135 or not to keep.. That is the question

 
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Feb 24, 2014 09:36 |  #16

yamatama wrote in post #16713243 (external link)
The 70-200 would be mainly for wedding purpose, as I said I love shooting portraits, is what I enjoy most from photography and the results the 135 are incredible. As much as I love it its difficult to use it in weddings, if I had another ff body and a 35 1.4 it would be another story but right now i cant afford it and I dont like much the idea of carrying 2 bodies (maybe in a future). Thats why I started the thread, because I love my 135 but I need a 70-200.

I agree. Rather than trying to answer your question outright, I was providing a process I would take to determine the value (to you) of the various lenses.

In my opinion, the quality of the 70-200 II is that good, but if portraits are your first love, and you use f/2.0 -- I suspect that giving it up might be a mistake.

Can you rent the 70-200 (or borrow) for a wedding so you can see how you like it. If you do, be sure to take the individual portraits with it too -- because that is, IMHO, the 135's strong point. If you find the 70-200 meets your needs....

And as another poster mentioned, even if you sell the 135 to get the 70-200 now, you can always pick up another later when funds permit. Of course I am making the assumption that, in the short term, the missed wedding shots are more important to you than the benefit provided by the 135.


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Feb 24, 2014 09:44 |  #17

get another body first....


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Feb 24, 2014 09:47 |  #18

Save your money for a bit so you can have both. No compromise, No regrets.


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Feb 24, 2014 09:55 |  #19

FarmerTed1971 wrote in post #16713301 (external link)
Save your money for a bit so you can have both. No compromise, No regrets.

For an amateur, this would definitely be my advise. But she mentioned that she is missing some important shots at weddings. It sounds to me that her logic is sound: if she desires to continue doing weddings, she needs to get a 70-200 -- the question is how.


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Feb 24, 2014 10:14 |  #20

hairy_moth wrote in post #16713328 (external link)
For an amateur, this would definitely be my advise. But she mentioned that she is missing some important shots at weddings. It sounds to me that her logic is sound: if she desires to continue doing weddings, she needs to get a 70-200 -- the question is how.

Exactly :), Im a "he" by the way haha


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Feb 26, 2014 02:59 as a reply to  @ yamatama's post |  #21

I hear your dilema Yamatama, I also have one along the same kind of lines. I have always wanted to own the 135mm f2 but own the 70-200 f2.8 Non IS. I know need to decide..

1) Keep the Non IS and buy the 135 to have the essential 'portrait' package but no IS....or

2) Sell the 70-200 Non IS and buy the 70-200 IS II - The 135 would have to wait.

I am not a pro but want to do some wedding work as a number 2 one day however I have 2 young kids who I shoot all of the time. I am just a guy who likes his 'toys' and am willing to pay for the 'best'.


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Feb 26, 2014 10:04 |  #22

Simple. Get the Tamron, keep the 135, save up for the Canon, sell Tamron when you can afford the Canon.


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Feb 26, 2014 15:04 |  #23

For my wedding style, 135 is much better lens.
Without hood, the lens is perfect for candids shots and easy to carry with my second camera on spider system to my belt. 70-200 II is to big and heavy to carry all day long on the second body. Usually, in my country, wedding coverage is 14-16 hours, so, i prefer 135.



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Feb 27, 2014 03:28 |  #24

Never shot a wedding, but id imagine the 135 must be one of the best tools for a wedding job?

Better get a wider fast lens to complement the 135. maybe a siggy 35 .14 art or a 50mm 1.4 or 1.8?


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Feb 27, 2014 03:50 |  #25

davidfarina wrote in post #16721060 (external link)
Never shot a wedding, but id imagine the 135 must be one of the best tools for a wedding job?

Better get a wider fast lens to complement the 135. maybe a siggy 35 .14 art or a 50mm 1.4 or 1.8?

The main problem in a wedding, or to many types of events, is the need for quick versatility.
Even if he has every prime there is in his bag, he will still need to either witch between them, or use 2 bodies, and still switch between lenses.

So if someone decide to do a funky dance all of a sudden, beside having to run to the dance floor and change lens on the same time, you might still end up with the wrong lens.

So other than a few specific shots, the general recommendation is to use zooms, 24-70 and 70-200, to make sure you are not running around or constantly switching lenses in the middle of a wedding. As a photographer you want to be comfortable and not stressed whether you do or don't have the right lens for the current shot.


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Feb 27, 2014 03:55 |  #26

davidfarina wrote in post #16721060 (external link)
Never shot a wedding, but id imagine the 135 must be one of the best tools for a wedding job?

Better get a wider fast lens to complement the 135. maybe a siggy 35 .14 art or a 50mm 1.4 or 1.8?

It is but sometimes things happens fast in weddings that demand a wider lens or the flexibiity of a zoom. Sure it can be done with primes but I thinks Im not prepared yet. My respect to all of you who do weddings with primes only.


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Feb 27, 2014 04:41 |  #27

Update: I ordered the Tamron tuesday and I got it here 5 minutes ago, I will be doing test shots tomorrow and letting you know my initial thoughts and post some images in here.


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Feb 27, 2014 07:12 |  #28

yamatama wrote in post #16721104 (external link)
Update: I ordered the Tamron tuesday and I got it here 5 minutes ago, I will be doing test shots tomorrow and letting you know my initial thoughts and post some images in here.

You own a lens and dont use it for more than 2 hours since owning? Crazy dude youre not affected by gas hmm? :-P


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Feb 27, 2014 08:35 |  #29

davidfarina wrote in post #16721240 (external link)
You own a lens and dont use it for more than 2 hours since owning? Crazy dude youre not affected by gas hmm? :-P

When I first got the 85 1.2, I just gazed at the front element for a long time. Once in a while I would mumble something like "wow".
My wife thought I took something :D

Most likely it happened to him as well :p


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Feb 27, 2014 09:05 |  #30

I know I'm late to the party, but let me tell you a story. I shot the 135f2 for years and loved it. Then I bought a 70-200f2.8 IS (ver I) and later a 100L. After about a year I decided I didn't use the 1355L enough and sold it.

I didn't think I missed it. I've recently been going back as much as 8 years looking at images. I keep pulling out photos that I love and out of 90, 78 were shot with the 135L.

I didn't know what I was missing. Truth is, it's a limiting lens, but nothing does what it does.

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