135mm F/2 (is it worth it?), seek photo of 135f2 vs 200 f2.8 prime

Started Jan 15, 2007 | Discussions thread
joe mama Forum Pro • Posts: 12,623
A civil opinion.

1. 135mm f2, is it worth it? Have you sold off 85 f/1.8, 100 f/2
for it?

Not to me. I sold my 85 / 1.8 and 135 / 2L and kept my 100 / 2. But that's on a 5D. When I had a 20D, I loved the 135 / 2L. It performs like a 200 / 2.8L on the 5D -- another winning combination.

2. Any one has the photo of 135mm f/2 + 200mm f/2.8 side-by-side?

Nope. But I have these:

Canon 20D + 135mm / 2L @ f / 2, 1/125, ISO 100

http://www.pbase.com/joemama/image/40176100

Canon 20D + 135mm / 2L @ f / 2, 1/1250, ISO 100

http://www.pbase.com/joemama/image/49427511

Canon 20D + 135mm / 2L @ f / 2, 1/1000, ISO 100

http://www.pbase.com/joemama/image/40176096

Canon 20D + 135mm / 2L @ f / 5, 1/800, ISO 100

http://www.pbase.com/joemama/image/52550354

Canon 20D + 135 / 2L @ f / 2, 1/2500, ISO 100

http://www.pbase.com/joemama/image/58917802

Canon 20D + 135mm / 2L @ f / 2, 1/1000, ISO 100

http://www.pbase.com/joemama/image/44662139

Canon 20D + 135mm / 2L @ f / 8, 1/2000, ISO 100

http://www.pbase.com/joemama/image/38899794

Canon 20D + 135mm f / 2L @ f / 8, 1/2000, ISO 100

http://www.pbase.com/joemama/image/49888252

Canon 20D + 135 / 2L @ f / 4.5, 1/640, ISO 100

http://www.pbase.com/joemama/image/44696850

Canon 20D + 200mm / 2.8L @ f / 2.8, 1/500, ISO 100

http://www.pbase.com/joemama/image/48147105

Canon 20D + 200mm / 2.8L @ f / 2.8, 1/200, ISO 100

http://www.pbase.com/joemama/image/48263981

Canon 300D + 200 / 2.8L at f / 2.8, 1/640, ISO 100

http://www.pbase.com/joemama/image/38372145

Canon 20D + 200mm / 2.8 @ f / 4.5, 1/400, ISO 100

http://www.pbase.com/joemama/image/50791899

Canon 20D + 200mm / 2.8L @ f / 2.8, 1 / 200, ISO 400

http://www.pbase.com/joemama/image/49819870

Canon 20D + 200mm / 2.8L @ f / 5, 1 / 640, ISO 100

http://www.pbase.com/joemama/image/49469772

Canon 20D + 200mm / 2.8L @ f / 8, 1/1250, ISO 100

http://www.pbase.com/joemama/image/45172275

Canon 20D + 200mm / 2.8L @ f / 5.6, 1 / 800, ISO 100

http://www.pbase.com/joemama/image/49827662

Canon 20D + 200mm / 2.8 @ f / 5, 1/500, ISO 100

http://www.pbase.com/joemama/image/52122374

3. Did anyone justify keeping both 135 f/2 + 200 f/2.8 or is it one
or the other?

I could easily justify both.

I have a canon 30d with 35 f2 / 50 f1.8 / 85 f/1.8. While I love
the usm of 85mm f/1.8, it was not a big jump from the bokeh I'd
achieve with my cheapo 50mm f/1.8.

!!!

As I researching into the 100mm f/2, I found that the 135mm f/2 has
the exact same the same minimum focusing distance as the 100mm f2
(important for indoors). The extra 35mm should give me even more
Background Compression in theory.

True, but do you need/want 100mm or 135mm?

I realized off course, that 135mm F/2 is a non-traditional focal
length for a crop-camera such as my 30d.

Pfft. Get the FL you need.

However, my taste seem to favor the telephoto ends, as I much prefer
the bokeh coming out of my 200mm f/2.8 than 85mm f/1.8.

Is it bokeh, or background blur? Allow me to cite a thread:

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1029&message=21515829

I'm toying with an idea of selling both 200mm f/2.8 + 85mm f/1.8 for
1 canon 135 f/2.

If it were me, I'd own all three. If I had only the two choices you list above, I'd definitely have the 85 / 1.8 + 200 / 2.8L over the 135 / 2L. Did I say "definitely"? 'Cause if I didn't, I meant to say definitely . : )

Thus, I had no choice but to ask that stupid "is it worth it" questions.
I hope I don't start a war III, I just want some civil opinions that is all.

There's always a choice. You could ask, get opinions, and maybe a war, or not ask, not get opinions, and maybe a war, anyway. : )

FANBOY(i)sm is a NEUROSIS, Get Help!

Nope. It's just human nature.

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