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p.1 #1 · 24-105 vs 135


I'm finding the range on my 24-105 to be quite useful for some things, and it's lack of speed to be a hindrance in others, such as food photography. I'm considering offering it up for trade for a 135/2L as a way to get the speed I need, while maintaining a useful focal range (on a FF), and using my 40mm for general purpose shooting. They seem to be about the same price range on the B&S boards, so it should be an even trade, but I hesitate to give up that zoom.

The 135 can focus as close as three feet, but I'm wondering if anyone else uses this particular lens for still life/portraits, etc. and is happy with it?

Greg



Oct 09, 2012 at 08:45 PM
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p.1 #2 · 24-105 vs 135


70-200L IS 2.8 II is for more useful the the 135L. I recently sold the 85L II, 135L and 200L IS and they have not been missed.




Oct 09, 2012 at 08:49 PM
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Psychic1 wrote:
70-200L IS 2.8 II is for more useful the the 135L. I recently sold the 85L II, 135L and 200L IS and they have not been missed.



Thanks. I wish I could afford one right now, but probably not until next year!



Oct 09, 2012 at 08:53 PM
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135L is great, there's also 85/1.8 & 100/2 that are much cheaper.


Oct 09, 2012 at 08:58 PM
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Food photography seems to have a close focus component...any reason why you would go with the 135mm vs the 100mm IS macro?


Oct 09, 2012 at 09:04 PM
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Food photography = 90mm TS-E


Oct 09, 2012 at 09:15 PM
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p.1 #7 · 24-105 vs 135


I wouldn't get rid of the 24105 and rely on the 40/135.



Oct 09, 2012 at 10:21 PM
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jasonpatrick wrote:
Food photography seems to have a close focus component...any reason why you would go with the 135mm vs the 100mm IS macro?


I thought about the 100/2.8L but my brother has that lens and I can borrow it from time to time. I was also looking at the 135/2 for it's portrait abilities and bokeh when using it outdoors....

Greg



Oct 09, 2012 at 11:24 PM
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splathrop wrote:
Food photography = 90mm TS-E


I can look it up, but what is the closest focus distance? I need something I can get in close with...but I would certainly look at one when I have the funds for environmental type work.....

Greg



Oct 09, 2012 at 11:25 PM
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RobertLynn wrote:
I wouldn't get rid of the 24105 and rely on the 40/135.


Thanks Robert. Yeah, that's the issue, being stuck with 40mm and 135mm until I can p/u the 24-70 and 70-200, which are my main goals.....besides the primes....

Greg



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p.1 #11 · 24-105 vs 135


I'm having a bit of difficulty seeing how the 24-105 and the 135 serve the same needs. If you need a nice range centered around "normal," the 24-105 is an excellent tool. If you need a fast 135, the 135 is and excellent tool. But they're very, very different tools.


Oct 10, 2012 at 12:01 AM
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StarNut wrote:
I'm having a bit of difficulty seeing how the 24-105 and the 135 serve the same needs. If you need a nice range centered around "normal," the 24-105 is an excellent tool. If you need a fast 135, the 135 is and excellent tool. But they're very, very different tools.


True. And that is my dilemma. Trying to decide if I give up the excellent focal range for general shooting, or go for a lens more specific to my photographic interests. I love to cook and shoot the food I make, and the 135 would be a better lens for ambient light shots and those where a shallow dof is required. For now, I think I'll stick with the 24-105 along with my studio lights......

Greg




Oct 10, 2012 at 12:12 AM
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gregfountain wrote:
True. And that is my dilemma. Trying to decide if I give up the excellent focal range for general shooting, or go for a lens more specific to my photographic interests. I love to cook and shoot the food I make, and the 135 would be a better lens for ambient light shots and those where a shallow dof is required. For now, I think I'll stick with the 24-105 along with my studio lights......

Greg



You live down the road from me, you can borrow my 135L if you want to try it out. PM me.



Oct 10, 2012 at 12:41 AM
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p.1 #14 · 24-105 vs 135


The 24-105 and 135 are different lenses, with different uses.

I actually find the 135L to be a bit more versatile than my 70-200 f/4L IS for some situations, especially when high speed (sports) or low light are considered. I've even taken portraits with it.

The 135L is probably Canon's best lens. I've been VERY happy with it. If you're using a crop body for portraits, then it's a bit tight unless you have some distance. Otherwise, it's a great lens.



Oct 10, 2012 at 01:28 AM
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p.1 #15 · 24-105 vs 135


The 135mm is a brilliant portrait lens with a pretty close MFD (about 90cm) which helps for food/product photography, but I don't think it can replace a 24-105
- I think you will be frustrated if you can't go wider than 40mm



Oct 10, 2012 at 01:38 AM
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artsupreme wrote
You live down the road from me, you can borrow my 135L if you want to try it out. PM me.


This is what I like about FM. More of this, please!



Oct 10, 2012 at 01:53 AM
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p.1 #17 · 24-105 vs 135


The 90 Tse sounds right up you alley. The mfd is 1.6ft, and you can tilt it to lay that down and get your whole plate in focus at f 2.8. Not as vesatile though, so you'd want to add that as opposed to trading for it.

As the owner of a 24-105 and the 135L, I just don't see you being happy with only the 135. Superb portrait lens and very sharp, but the zoom just rocks the versatility.

-Brian



Oct 10, 2012 at 02:14 AM
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The 135L is also my favorite lightweight sports lens if you can get close to the action like I did last weekend with the kids. It feels like I'm carrying a point and shoot after shooting with the big whites all day. And Greg, here's one of many shooting situations where we need more DR from the Canon sensors...












Oct 10, 2012 at 02:55 AM
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Art, those shots are fantastic I don't see the problem with the dynamic range! Maybe I'm just too new to the canon scene, but I'd take those shots any day! Okay, maybe the white are little bright, but add a multiply layer in PS and drag the opacity down to 50% or so and wha la!

Anyway, I'll PM you about trying the 135. That is a supremely generous offer!

Greg



Oct 10, 2012 at 03:44 AM
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gregfountain wrote:
Art, those shots are fantastic I don't see the problem with the dynamic range! Maybe I'm just too new to the canon scene, but I'd take those shots any day! Okay, maybe the white are little bright, but add a multiply layer in PS and drag the opacity down to 50% or so and wha la!

Anyway, I'll PM you about trying the 135. That is a supremely generous offer!

Greg



The whites are blown out and overexposed even after adding tons of recovery in LR. If you expose for the white their faces are black and you get horrible shadow noise when trying to lift them. It's possible of course like you said to fix a lot of it in photoshop but that's the whole point of a sensor with more DR - less work in PP!



Oct 10, 2012 at 03:49 AM





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