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| p.1 #7 · Portraits.... 100 macro or 135 f/2? |
My intent is not for another "what should I buy" thread, but I simply need a little guidance from people with experience.
I will soon have in my hands a 5DII. I have been shooting portraits for years on crop bodies with the 100mm macro. The 135 f/2 is a stretch for me, but doable.
I don't think the focal length will be a concern to me since effectively the 100mm was serving me as though it were a 160mm. My question is this, how much difference am I going to see (on a full frame) between the 135 f/2 L and the regular ole 100mm f/2.8 macro, say stopped down to f/4?
I think the real question to ask is how often would you be shooting (or how often do you currently wish you could shoot) at f/2? If you don't need f/2 ever and have no desire to shoot at f/2 than the 135 isn't for you as both the 135 and the 100 perform very well at f/4. Also, if you use the 100 for its Macro ability from time to time this would further support the decision.
Personally I currently own the 85 1.8 the 135L and will be picking up the 100L Macro in the near future. All three would be used for their strengths in certain situations...
Both the 85 1.8 and the 135L are great "fast" portrait lenses. I love the 135L, but when working space (distance from myself to the subject) is limited during a shoot or if I want a telephoto perspective, but want a slightly wider frame the 85 is used. The 100L would be used primarily for Macro, however, the hybrid IS does well for video which I also do.