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p.1 #1 · Canon 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS vs. 135mm f/2L


For weddings, I love shooting wide angle; but for the ceremony I need a long lens. I sold my 70-200 2.8L is because it was too big and heavy for such limited usage. I prefer primes.

Has anyone compared the Canon 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS on a crop (like 7D) vs. 135mm f/2L (on a 5D classic) If the Canon 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS worth the money for non/macro use.

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Jun 23, 2012 at 01:52 AM
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p.1 #2 · Canon 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS vs. 135mm f/2L


I have them both on a FF body and believe the 100L to be sharper. But, with that said, I think the 135 is much snappier to focus and I generally reach for that lens (at least at the last wedding). The 100L isn't a very long lens though so that may be an issue.


Jun 23, 2012 at 01:55 PM
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p.1 #3 · Canon 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS vs. 135mm f/2L


thanks - I would use the 100L on a crop body (like 7D) for 160mm equal. Good to hear it is sharp.


Jun 23, 2012 at 02:07 PM
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p.1 #4 · Canon 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS vs. 135mm f/2L


The benefits of image stabilization cannot be underestimated. Both lenses are spectacular and can produce stunning images. IS on the 100mm wins the day however in my opinion.


Jun 23, 2012 at 04:25 PM
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p.1 #5 · Canon 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS vs. 135mm f/2L


How could anyone recommend the 100L Macro for ceremony action shots? Its the slowest lens in my bag and you will miss all your money shots.

100L Macro is WAY too slow at focusing for ceremony but Its fantastic for details. I shoot all primes except for the 70-200 II is just such an awesome lens and best glass IMO for ceremonies. Also, the 100L is almost too sharp for portraits. It literally is so sharp you can see every pore on the brides face . I think for what you're looking for, the 135 is your best bet. I would rent both and see for yourself but the 100 is super slow. Good luck!



Jun 23, 2012 at 06:00 PM
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p.1 #6 · Canon 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS vs. 135mm f/2L


I've owned both the 100L and the 135L and prefer the 135L by far. So much so that I sold the 100L shortly after I obtained the 135L because I never used it. I'm not much of a macro guy and had ended up using the 100L as a portrait lens and for that purpose, the 135 is the winner.

The 135L is definitely superior at focusing speed and bokeh. As far as I remember, weight, shape, and size are all similar. Sharpness is really a wash and not a concern between these two lenses. The 100L of course has IS and is able to focus much closer however is a stop slower.

For me, this is not even a tough choice, 135L all the way.

Of course, this is my personal opinion and I respect anyone else who prefers the 100L. Again, I'm talking strictly portraits here.



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p.1 #7 · Canon 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS vs. 135mm f/2L


Tom K. wrote:
The benefits of image stabilization cannot be underestimated. Both lenses are spectacular and can produce stunning images. IS on the 100mm wins the day however in my opinion.


And you base this on your wedding photography with both lenses?



Jun 23, 2012 at 08:14 PM
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p.1 #8 · Canon 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS vs. 135mm f/2L


In my experience shooting weddings with both lenses in question the 100L will be too slow .. remember IS only compensates for your shaking, not subject movement. The 135 gives a full extra stop of shutter speed and is one of Canons fastest focusing lenses. Which in some churches is a godsend. Pun intended.




Jun 23, 2012 at 08:20 PM
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p.1 #9 · Canon 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS vs. 135mm f/2L


I haven't compare them, but I'm using 100 2.0 and I'm happy with a results. After all it's cheaper than 100 2.8 macro and it's 2.0. But I'm on the cheap side of a spectrum and probably 135 is better (hopefully will purchase this one later this year). Just something to consider...


Jun 23, 2012 at 08:49 PM
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p.1 #10 · Canon 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS vs. 135mm f/2L


Mike Mahoney wrote:
And you base this on your wedding photography with both lenses?


I have used both lenses. I sold the 135 in favor of the 70-200 f/2.8 II because it has IS. The 100 macro with IS is a superb lens as is the 135.



Jun 24, 2012 at 02:08 AM
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p.1 #11 · Canon 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS vs. 135mm f/2L


They are both wonderful; I prefer the 135.


Jun 24, 2012 at 02:56 AM





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