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Canon 135mm prime vs f4 zoom


AndyD999 3 43 6 England
29 Apr 2013 10:27PM
Right folks,

I recently asked your advice about purchasing either a 70-200 2.8 vs a 70-200 f4 is

Thanks for the advice but I am going to throw another one into the mix

It will still be used as a lens for being a wedding assistant and for mountain bike sport photography plus any other work I pick up along the way. May be some portrait photography ect.

The lens is the canon L series 135mm f2.0. Given that I have a canon 7d the crop factor puts it at over 200mm so it covers the long end. I appreciate that it doesn't have IS but at F2 will I really need it?

What are people's thoughts on this lens? I have heard some great things about it! Does anyone have any experience with it in these sorts of situations?

Many thanks
Andy

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mikehit Plus
6 8.0k 13 United Kingdom
30 Apr 2013 5:00AM

Quote: it doesn't have IS but at F2 will I really need it

How often will you want to use it at f2 - at 50 feet the DOF will only be 3 feet which is pretty narrow. If the answer is 'rarely' then the maximum aperture is irrelevant because it is the working aperture that matters.
ade_mcfade Plus
11 15.2k 216 England
30 Apr 2013 9:03AM
I swapped my 70-200 for the 135 at a lake in Tirol, Austria in October - after about 15 minutes of enjoying the 135, I was craving my 70-200 back...

the 135 is indeed a wonderful lens

but the 70-200 just offers more flexibility
thewilliam 7 5.3k
30 Apr 2013 9:59AM
If you want a really nice 135mm lens, check out the new Zeiss apo-Sonnar. It's f2 and fully usable when wide-open.

I was tempted at FOCUS but She-who-must-be-obeyed pointed out that my Nikon 135mm DC is very nearly as good.
Wilco54 Plus
3 184 1 Luxembourg
30 Apr 2013 10:17AM
I love primes but for outdoor/sports photography the zooms give more flexibility. I think the 135mm is wonderful (I have used one but do not own one) but think it excels at portrait/people type photography. The question of IS is one for you - what apertures do you want to use (on the basis you prob cant shoot everything at f2) and can you get high enough shutter speed without loads of high iso noise?
thewilliam 7 5.3k
30 Apr 2013 12:07PM
The main advantage of wide aperture in telephoto lenses is that they allow us to isolate our subject.

Just look at contemporary sports pictures and compare them with those from a generation ago, when a 600mm lens was f8 rather than f4. Fast auto-focus is needed if the subject is moving but portraiture is often better done with manual-focus.
colin beeley Plus
12 1.1k 10 England
30 Apr 2013 5:45PM
i had one when i used to do rugby shots i used to have my canon 300 2.8 on one body & the f/2.0 on the other , nice & sharp but now i use the canon 100mm macro L IS F/2.8 . better i think weather sealed & has IS & i use for macro shots Wink
thewilliam 7 5.3k
30 Apr 2013 5:50PM

Quote:I had one when i used to do rugby shots i used to have my canon 300 2.8 on one body & the f/2.0 on the other , nice & sharp but now i use the canon 100mm macro L IS F/2.8 . better i think weather sealed & has IS & i use for macro shots Wink


A macro lens for sport! Do you like to get really close to the action?
colin beeley Plus
12 1.1k 10 England
30 Apr 2013 6:11PM
100mm is 100mm great for shots for close mm to infinity Wink
thewilliam 7 5.3k
30 Apr 2013 11:35PM
Macro lenses are usually designed to give their best performance when at close distances. Otherwise we'd save a few pounds by using tubes with a standard lens.
Paul Morgan Plus
14 17.1k 6 England
30 Apr 2013 11:44PM

Quote:If you want a really nice 135mm lens, check out the new Zeiss apo-Sonnar


Zeiss apo what, you mean Cosina Smile
thewilliam 7 5.3k
1 May 2013 1:42PM
The same! For some strange reason, the Cosina lenses were always better when they put somebody else's name on the front.

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