7D - should I get a 135mm?

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Kirth Gersen
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7D - should I get a 135mm?
4 months ago

Having decided not to upgrade to FF for a while, I am looking for a lens that can help me create images like this (taken with a 200mm f2.8 on with a 5D mk3):

<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/snezhana/10292746226" title="Gina-2520-web by Agent Provocateur 007, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7450/10292746226_3ce1ee36a3.jpg" width="333" height="500" alt="Gina-2520-web"></a>

http://www.flickr.com/photos/snezhana/10292746226/

And like this:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/22174862@N08/8459937496/

Effectively: images with shallow DOF, compressed backgrounds and lovely bokeh, where the subject stands out. This seems to the strength of fairly long fast, telephoto primes.

My 85 1.8 is a lovely lens, but I have not been able to achieve the sort of look as with the above images. I acknowledge that this could be photographer error here, but I have had better success with my 55-250mm set on a medium telephoto length such as the pic below at 123mm (a very quick candid snap). It lacks the IQ and the nice bokeh of the pictures above.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/64653300@N04/13213279185/

So the question is: given my interest in this sort of portraiture, will a 135mm f2.0 give a significant improvement over the 85mm or should I not bother with the 135mm as it has limited application on a crop?

Some other criteria:

  • I don't want any heavy lens like a 70-200mm zoom.
  • I can see myself with a FF camera in 1-3 years, so need to think about what the upgrade would mean.
  • I can't justify the cost of an 85L.

Thanks in advance.

 Kirth Gersen's gear list:Kirth Gersen's gear list
Canon EOS 7D Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM
Canon EOS 5D Canon EOS 7D
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