135mm vs 70-200mm

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Wordsmith9091 Contributing Member • Posts: 575
Re: 135mm vs 70-200mm

I gave up my 70-200 f/2.8 to use a 135mm f/1.8 for telephoto exclusively. When cropped by 1.5, yiu get virtually identical compression, subject isolation, DOF, POV and noise performance (normalized for viewing size and different ISO) as about 202MM at f/2.7 would be. So with cropping, as long as you're tack sharp and have the mp to spare, it's a wash at the long end, and you have the advantage of f/1.8 at an uncropped 135mm normally.

Still, if I shot events or sports more, having the versatility of the 70-200 would be nice to get the shots framed right in camera, especially at the long end. And while you can crop 135mm to the equivalent of 200, you can't back up to 70mm.

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