70-200IS vs 135f2 on 1D?


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ivan109

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I've been using my 70-200IS f2.8 with really good success and definitely love the bokeh and colors. I mainly shoot portraits. However, the weight of the 70-200IS is a burden when not in use.

Would the 135f2 be a good substitute for this lens if I use it on 1D?
 

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1470g and 750g for 70-200 and the 135 respectively. if u dangle it on the camera with it strap around your neck, it'll be obvious, but if u put it in your bag, it's not that big a diff. i'll still pick the 70-200 for the IS and versatility. the advantage 'outweighs' the added weight.
 

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djork said:
1470g and 750g for 70-200 and the 135 respectively. if u dangle it on the camera with it strap around your neck, it'll be obvious, but if u put it in your bag, it's not that big a diff. i'll still pick the 70-200 for the IS and versatility. the advantage 'outweighs' the added weight.
The 135 would be a very sharp lense though and the bokeh is unbeatable. the colour fidelity is amazing.
 

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i think the 85/1.8 would be a better substitute for portraits. Why don't you check your exifs to see which focals lengths (of the 70-200) you prefer your portraits in?
 

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I shoot mainly at 200mm.. I know that 70-200IS is beautiful, however it's too heavy in my lowepro nova5aw, with 17-40, 1D, 420ex, 550ex, extra battery packs...
 

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If you hit the 200mm most often (tho i personally find that a tad long for portraits, even without the 1.3x), why not consider a 200/2.8L? That's one excellent lens. Jeff has one for sale, i think.
 

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I know that for some wedding album photographers, they would mainly use the IS lens. The main reason is the zoom range. I know that my brother's wedding photographer sticks everything to the 200mm end and stands very away to frame and compose his photographs.

Alternatively, it really depends on which one you need more. But let me state some facts that are already known

EF 70-200f/2.8L IS USM
-- Has got 3 f/stop reduction because of IS.
-- Has got zoom capability
-- Acceptable weight to hand hold.

EF 135 f/2L USM
-- Fixed lens
-- Has got a huge f/stop
-- Light to hand hold
-- But need to position yourself to compose your photographs.

I hope that the information is helpful to you.
 

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