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Moon Pix Photography
Posts: 3,890
Syracuse, New York, US


Hi... I presently own the Canon 85 1.2 and love it.  However, as many know, it is pretty slow to AF ... I use the lens a lot for wedding receptions and since it focuses so slow, was wondering what others experiences are with the Canon 135mm f2... particularly in low light which is the reason I am considering it.  I have read the AF is very fast and accurate in low light.  Don't get me wrong, I love the 85mm but am curious if the 135mm my work better (getting the shot) for faster action, low light situations.

Thanks
Sep 04 12 06:48 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Done and Gone
Posts: 7,650
Chiredzi, Masvingo, Zimbabwe


From my other port, 135 f2L on an original 5d. Fastest focusing lens I have ever used on Canon.

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/110124/15/4d3e07c3bfd46.jpg

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/110124/15/4d3e07704da50.jpg
Sep 04 12 09:53 am  Link  Quote 
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Moon Pix Photography
Posts: 3,890
Syracuse, New York, US


Michael L. wrote:
From my other port, 135 f2L on an original 5d. Fastest focusing lens I have ever used on Canon.

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/110124/15/4d3e07c3bfd46.jpg

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/110124/15/4d3e07704da50.jpg

Impressive shots... Fast focus (in the dark) is what I am after and these shots certainly demonstrate that.  Thanks!

Sep 04 12 12:07 pm  Link  Quote 
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Done and Gone
Posts: 7,650
Chiredzi, Masvingo, Zimbabwe


Moon Pix Photography wrote:

Impressive shots... Fast focus (in the dark) is what I am after and these shots certainly demonstrate that.  Thanks!

I was at ISO 3200, wide open at f2 and shutter speed varied depending on the ever-changing lighting. There would be lots of blur if I could not keep the speed high on a jump shot. Shooting at peak action helps.

It's a great lens, I doubt you will be disappointed. I miss mine.

Sep 04 12 12:28 pm  Link  Quote 
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Digitoxin
Posts: 13,341
Houston, Texas, US


I have not used the 135mm but many rave about it.  I need to try it.....
Sep 04 12 01:38 pm  Link  Quote 
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StephenEastwood
Posts: 19,583
Great Neck, New York, US


135 2.0

but I am partial to longer lenses


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Sep 04 12 03:05 pm  Link  Quote 
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John Horwitz
Posts: 2,597
Raleigh, North Carolina, US


perhaps using manual focus would be faster...I do it all the time w/my 85 1.4
Sep 04 12 03:10 pm  Link  Quote 
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CLT
Posts: 12,979
Winchester, Virginia, US


I love my 135L. My only complain is I wish the minimal focusing distance was a little closer.
Sep 04 12 03:12 pm  Link  Quote 
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svenler
Posts: 1,655
Bethesda, Maryland, US


135mm f/2

I used the 85mm f/1.2 and never really got used to the AF.
Sep 04 12 03:21 pm  Link  Quote 
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Phil Drinkwater
Posts: 4,719
Manchester, England, United Kingdom


The 135f2 is incredibly fast and I use it at weddings too. According to FoCal it's my most accurate focussing lens.

Get it if you're happy being further away and can use 1/160th or faster.
Sep 04 12 03:22 pm  Link  Quote 
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StephenEastwood
Posts: 19,583
Great Neck, New York, US


does no one use extension tubes?  I do, work great


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Sep 04 12 03:25 pm  Link  Quote 
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CLT
Posts: 12,979
Winchester, Virginia, US


StephenEastwood wrote:
does no one use extension tubes?  I do, work great


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http://www.StephenEastwood.com

I use XT25 with the 50 1.2 for macro shots. It's wonderfully shallow!

Sep 04 12 04:06 pm  Link  Quote 
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White Lion
Posts: 49
New York, New York, US


I have both the 85mm & the 135mm. The 135mm for me is the better lens. The 85mm is big, bulky, slow, & very expensive.
Sep 04 12 08:11 pm  Link  Quote 
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Stephen Melvin
Posts: 16,334
Kansas City, Missouri, US


White Lion wrote:
I have both the 85mm & the 135mm. The 135mm for me is the better lens. The 85mm is big, bulky, slow, & very expensive.

I wish they had a 100mm f/1.4. I think that would be a great compromise between the 85L and the 135L.

Sep 04 12 08:59 pm  Link  Quote 
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Howard B
Posts: 244
Bremerton, Washington, US


I have come to really love this lens but the focusing can be really difficult. Closing down the lens to at least 1.8 can make it so much easier.
Using a negative density filter can be a real chalenge but it allows you to use it a 1.2 in full day light.
Sep 04 12 09:07 pm  Link  Quote 
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Joey B Photography
Posts: 232
Syracuse, New York, US


I used to use the 85 1.8 for my wedding receptions and it was plenty fast. It was plenty sharp, too.
Sep 04 12 09:10 pm  Link  Quote 
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White Lion
Posts: 49
New York, New York, US


Stephen Melvin wrote:

I wish they had a 100mm f/1.4. I think that would be a great compromise between the 85L and the 135L.

try the 85 1.4 the focus is much better on that one. I know plenty of people who recommend the 85 1.4 over the 85 1.2

Sep 04 12 09:14 pm  Link  Quote 
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Stephen Melvin
Posts: 16,334
Kansas City, Missouri, US


Stephen Melvin wrote:
I wish they had a 100mm f/1.4. I think that would be a great compromise between the 85L and the 135L.
White Lion wrote:
try the 85 1.4 the focus is much better on that one. I know plenty of people who recommend the 85 1.4 over the 85 1.2

Canon doesn't make an 85 f/1.4. I used to own the 85 f/1.8. Very good lens, but I need a larger maximum aperture, and higher image quality wide open than the 85 f/1.8 delivers.

Sep 04 12 09:19 pm  Link  Quote 
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White Lion
Posts: 49
New York, New York, US


Stephen Melvin wrote:

Stephen Melvin wrote:
I wish they had a 100mm f/1.4. I think that would be a great compromise between the 85L and the 135L.

Canon doesn't make an 85 f/1.4. I used to own the 85 f/1.8. Very good lens, but I need a larger maximum aperture, and higher image quality wide open than the 85 f/1.8 delivers.

oops I got confused with the 50 1.4
You are right!

Sep 04 12 09:22 pm  Link  Quote 
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Moon Pix Photography
Posts: 3,890
Syracuse, New York, US


I decided to go for it... I placed my order with "Abe's of Maine" (my favorite online retailer .. largely due to no tax).  I figured I should complete "The Holy Trinity" and hell.. I have earned the right to buy a new toy.

smile

Will post some pictures in the near future.

Still, I wonder if the 85 f1.2 and the 135 f2 will be competing with each other (in my mind) when I have to choose one over the other.  Its like having to choose between two beautiful models.  I will always love, love, love my 85 1.2.. I just hope she doesn't get jealous.

Like Stephen, I do prefer either longer focal lengths or 35mm or wider.  Don't know why my eye gets kinda bored from 50 - 100 or so.
Sep 04 12 10:03 pm  Link  Quote 
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Lightcraft Studio
Posts: 11,976
Delray Beach, Florida, US


Moon Pix Photography wrote:
Still, I wonder if the 85 f1.2 and the 135 f2 will be competing with each other (in my mind) when I have to choose one over the other.  Its like having to choose between two beautiful llamas.  I will always love, love, love my 85 1.2.. I just hope she doesn't get jealous.

I have both. I mainly use the 85 in the studio where the slow focus isn't an issue, and take the 135 with me outside for other types of shoots.

I wouldn't give either one up.

I suspect you'll love both, and there won't be competition as you'll use them in different situations.

Sep 04 12 10:15 pm  Link  Quote 
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Veit Photo
Posts: 667
London, England, United Kingdom


Lightcraft Studio wrote:

I have both. I mainly use the 85 in the studio where the slow focus isn't an issue, and take the 135 with me outside for other types of shoots.

I wouldn't give either one up.

I suspect you'll love both, and there won't be competition as you'll use them in different situations.

It's funny how so many of us come up against the same problems again and again.
I've just been facing this exact issue. I think I will need both, as this post suggests, but for now I think I'll start with the 135mm.
Thanks for everyone's insights!

Dec 03 12 10:48 am  Link  Quote 
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Leighthenubian
Posts: 2,769
Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain


Moon Pix Photography wrote:
Hi... I presently own the Canon 85 1.2 and love it.  However, as many know, it is pretty slow to AF ... I use the lens a lot for wedding receptions and since it focuses so slow, was wondering what others experiences are with the Canon 135mm f2... particularly in low light which is the reason I am considering it.  I have read the AF is very fast and accurate in low light.  Don't get me wrong, I love the 85mm but am curious if the 135mm my work better (getting the shot) for faster action, low light situations.

Thanks

The 135L is light years ahead of the 85L in every way that matters except for max aperture. With modern cameras that's not such a big deal anymore (high ISO performance). It's a bit long for indoor work though unless you have lot's of room to move/frame.

I prefer the 85L for wedding work...or more precisely the 85 1.8...and we really don't need to start a fanboy fight over the distinctions between the two. If getting the shot in a fast paced situation is what's important the choice between the two is tested time over time.

Dec 03 12 01:06 pm  Link  Quote 
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Hugh Alison
Posts: 2,105
Aberystwyth, Wales, United Kingdom


I had the 85/1.8, 85/1.2L and 135/2.0 in Canon FD (manual focus).

I bought the 85/1.8 and 135/2.0 when moving to Canon EOS. Complement each other well.

The 135/2.0L is my reason for choosing to shoot Canon.
Dec 03 12 04:09 pm  Link  Quote 
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