85/1.8 vs 135/2.0 vs 70-200/4IS for shooting kids / portraits?

Started Jun 24, 2007 | Discussions thread
maiaibing
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135/2.0 is superior for shooting kids / portraits
In reply to alex.di, Jun 27, 2007

David Indech wrote:

Bokeh and focus on the 135/2 is no better than the 85/1.8. Contrast
is slightly higher, and it's slightly sharper wide open.

Not true if this is intended to give the impression that they produce the same kind of pictures. See http://www.wlcastleman.com/equip/reviews/85_100_135/index.htm

for some excellent real world comparison. What you see is what you will get. And the difference is in your face (and picture).

This is not to say that focal length is irrelevant - it is an important issue too. 135mm is almost 200 mm on a crop camera. That's long! But there will be a visible difference between many of your pictures when you chose one over the another.

Myself - I bought the 135L to supplement my 70-200 f/4L IS and a 35L for cramped indoor spaces. I almost exclusively have people as my subjects (portraits, groups, action etc.). Your mileage may vary.

Hope you end up happy with your final choice!

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