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Jan 13, 2015 13:05 |  #1

I'm interested in hearing from some folks that use a 135mm lens (specifically the f/2 L) for street photography... I'm wondering if adding one to my kit will have any use for street photography. I currently use the 50L and/or 85L but the 85 is slow to focus. However, I'm concerned the 135 will just be too long on the streets.

Do you use a 135 in combination with a wider prime as well? Which one? What's your mix? What's your experience/commentary on 135 for street photography?

Can you post a couple of example street shots with a 135L?

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Jan 13, 2015 14:19 |  #2

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Jan 13, 2015 14:26 |  #5

Have you considered the Canon 85mm 1.8 ? one of the quickest AF lenses ever made. Really affordable as well to use as a team with the L.


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Jan 13, 2015 14:33 |  #6

I use 135/F2 and 35/F2 for street photography.

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Jan 13, 2015 14:33 |  #7

Love this lens for street photography...

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Jan 13, 2015 14:33 |  #8

I've got quite a number of 135L shots before I became willing to get close to people. It's a great lens, but can be a bit of a crutch. I use a combination of a Sony mirrorless (a7r) + Zeiss C/Y lenses (28 2.8 / 50 1.4 and 85 2.8 if I need it) and Ricoh GR for street work now.

By all means get it and use it, but if you find your street work lacking, putting down the telephoto lenses is one of the best things you can do, IMO.

Anyway, here are a few of the 'street' shots from the 135L that I liked at the time. Looking back now, they definitely scream tele, and I was going through a glowy-color processing phase for the most part.. Prepare for a photo dump!! :)

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Jan 13, 2015 14:35 |  #10

maverick75 wrote in post #17380715 (external link)
Have you considered the Canon 85mm 1.8L ? one of the quickest AF lenses ever made. Really affordable as well to use as a team with the L.

I hear this, but i'd have hard time buying a second 85mm if I had a 135mm void to fill.


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Jan 13, 2015 14:48 as a reply to  @ PineBomb's post |  #11

135mm is fantastic for street use. It lets you get close without intruding, something the 85 can't quite do as well. I pair mine with a 24L and a 50. This prime trio covers everything for the street.

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Jan 13, 2015 18:38 as a reply to  @ Keesbeest's post |  #12

I guess this question is for anyone who uses dual lenses for street photography. How do you decide the type of situations to switch lenses? What is your thought process, because to me there always seems to be a lot of compromise and missed opportunities when using one or the other. How do you minimise switching?


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Jan 13, 2015 21:03 |  #13

chngster wrote in post #17381055 (external link)
I guess this question is for anyone who uses dual lenses for street photography. How do you decide the type of situations to switch lenses? What is your thought process, because to me there always seems to be a lot of compromise and missed opportunities when using one or the other. How do you minimise switching?

As a hobbyist that doesn't have to worry about coverage, I can say that I've found it rarely ever matters what lens I'm using - there's always a picture to be had with any focal length. If I see a composition but don't have the lens for it at the moment, I'm forced to then look for another angle using what I do have. Sometimes this means having a tighter crop on a selected subject, or it means having an environmental portrait instead of a tight one, or it could mean doing some foot zooming or repositioning myself. As a result some of the shots I've gotten I've been extremely happy with because I was forced to rethink my initial visualization of a scene; zooms make me lazy, and this is why I generally prefer primes.

This being said however, I do have a strategy when out and about. If I'm going on a trip that requires a walk back to my car, such as a hike, I'll put one lens on and use it for the hike up, and use another lens on the way back. I'll keep mental tabs on compositions I see and note it for the way back when I'm using that other lens.

Of course this doesn't always work, so I've split up my kit into 2 sets for different occasions, and have tried to get faster at switching lenses when needed. For hikes and landscape, I'll take a 16-35 and a 70-300L. This is to reduce weight and lens switching on rough terrain. For street or night time, I'll take a 24L, 50 and 135L.




  
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Jan 13, 2015 22:05 |  #14

Hmm, 'best' set of street photos I've seen for a while in this thread. At least something I'd look at.

Maybe there is a good reason I don't own 24mm and 35mm prunes and rarely use a 50mm either. I guess I like the telephoto look.


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Jan 13, 2015 23:51 |  #15

While not directly related to this thread. I will comment that I quite enjoy my 100L for candid street work.
It may not have as much subject separation as the 135L at f2.0 but I am quite impressed with it.
The IS is a nice bonus, as my work is all done handheld, and shooting into the evening light, my ISO very high.
I have not used the 135L as I don't know any locals who would loan me it ;) but I hear it's as magical as the 50L wide open.


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