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I have an offer for a newish 135/2 but money is a big factor. I realize the quality of the lens and the images are superb. The 50/1.4 gets good reviews and it is smaller and much cheaper. Between the two which would I get the most consistent daily use, bearing in mind that image color and saturation are very important. Any help will certainly be appreciated.
Two entirely different lenses and uses. Myself, I pick up my 135L to go for a walk and don't even think of using my 50 f/1.4 - maybe because I like to fill my frame with the subject. My 50 does get usage but it is not sharp wide open like my 135L and 35L.
If the deal on the 135L is exceptional and comes from a reliable source don't hesitate. The 135L will become a favourite lens from the first shot. Its sharpness, colour, contrast and bokeh are a standard by which other lenses are compared.
...now start saving for the 35L
I shoot anything and everything, vary from what I am doing to where I am at. I know they are quite different, just trying to justify buying the 135:-)) I have used the 135 and it renders superb images of whatever taken.
I have an offer for a newish 135/2 but money is a big factor. I
realize the quality of the lens and the images are superb. The
50/1.4 gets good reviews and it is smaller and much cheaper.
Between the two which would I get the most consistent daily use,
bearing in mind that image color and saturation are very important.
Any help will certainly be appreciated.
it would be helpful if you tell us:
1) if you use FF or 1.6 crop body
2) what do you want to do with the lens - what kind of photography?
4) how big is your house?
while it's true that 135/2 is MUCH better lens overall (L-built quality, more reliable "real" USM autofocus vs. "ring" USM, smooth manual focus ring, sharper at f2, no barrel distortion, ETC) still for certain applications 50/1.4 is better (f1.4 for low light photography, possible to use in small spaces, lighter, ETC).
If you use 1.6 crop camera, need a prime for casual indoor avalable light pics of your kids and pets - get 50/1.4;
If you live in a mansion, use full frame camera, need a lens for indoor basketball or rock concerts, or need a perfect portrait lens with ultimate bokeh and sharpness - get 135/2
I own both lenses and use them for different purposes. Actually your question sounds little strange to me; it's like asking "should I buy a new car or a new plasma TV?"
it is a strange question. I did reply in above about what I shot. I do understand the differences. I use a 20D and take pictures of all things, love the very act of taking a picture. I see beauty in all creation and take pictures of all things. My purpose here is to find if the 50mm is of high enough quality to make a difference. If it were not that money was a big factor there would be no post here.
it is a strange question. I did reply in above about what I shot. I
do understand the differences. I use a 20D and take pictures of all
things, love the very act of taking a picture. I see beauty in all
creation and take pictures of all things. My purpose here is to
find if the 50mm is of high enough quality to make a difference. If
it were not that money was a big factor there would be no post here.
both lenses are sharp, 50/1.4 on 20D is more versatile, if I had to chose only one lens I would get 50/1.4, but now that I have both you have to kill me first before I give up on my 135/2, the difference in price is about x3 but both lenses worth every penny for what they provide.
taken with 50/1.4 at f2:
yes, money is scarce when you are my age with Social Security the only income. Otherwise there would be no hesitation. There is a 50/1.4 on FM for sale and I have an offer for a 135/2 made in 2005, good price on it, too.
yes, money is scarce when you are my age with Social Security the
only income. Otherwise there would be no hesitation. There is a
50/1.4 on FM for sale and I have an offer for a 135/2 made in 2005,
good price on it, too.
if you are on such a tight budget maybe you should consider getting 50/1.8 and 100/2 instead? the difference in terms of picture quality won't be that big.
I have a Sigma 105 macro that is exceptional sharpness and I use it for portraits and other short tele, as well as macro. It is just a great lens. I have a 35/2 which I think is one of Canon's best and use it a lot for all things from WA to closeups. Have a 28-135 for lots of good stuff, it is a good copy. My Tokina 12-24 takes care of WA. It is my favorite, just fantastic lens.
My advice will be conflicting, so be warned.
I have both. In fact I have the 50 f/1.4, 85L, 135L, 24-70, 70-200 IS
All fantastic lenses. I'm blessed to be able to have them all. I also shoot FF and 1.3x crop.
I will tell you hands down, the best lens of the bunch, and the one I grab for a walk in the woods every time is the 135L.
The 50 gets used for available light sitting on the couch with the kids by the window. anywhere I know I need to be close, but for the sheer joy of photography, the 135 is hard to beat. Even the 85L, though amazing, doesn't quite do it for me like the 135, but that's probably due to it being slower and heavier and not as natural in the hand.
Now all of that being said, the 50 is a wonderful lens for the price. My problem with 50mm (and I know I'll get heat from a lot of people for this), is that it's, well, sort of boring.
Now that's a lens-by-lens comparison. The issue for you may be more financial. I can tell you that I had the 50 long before I had the 135, and I had a lot of fun with it.
If money is a prime driver, then money is a prime driver. Be careful about lusting after something beyond your means.
But then, if it makes you happy, what price happiness?
See - conflicting...
FWIW when I want something I shouldn't buy, I force myself to sell some other thing I don't use that much.
Cameras don't take great pictures; people take great pictures
you make good sense. Yes, it is the satisfaction more than all else. I can afford the 135 and your words help me in my desire to have the best. I have used it and the pics are just so good. At my age, why not have and enjoy the best? I love photography and the very act of taking a picture gives such pleasure, whether it is a macro or a WA, they all are wonderful to me. Thanks.
The 85USM is probably Canon's best lens value. On either a 1:6 body or FF, it's really something. The photos sure look like they were from an L + the focus is instant and silent. Less than $400 - we are talking high value here. I own it, and the other two lenses you are considering. All are excellent (the 50 being disappointing wide open for the money), but the 85 gets used most often. I never leave home without it.
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