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Lenses / Re: 85L or 135L?
« on: July 17, 2013, 06:15:18 PM »
I am also interested in the 85L so just a quick question. How slow / fast is the focusing as compared to the 50mm f/1.4?

Let say focus speed on 50mm f1.4 is 5, then I would say 85L II is somewhere 3.8 - 4. However, if you go from infinity to closeup, then is it -5.

Thanks for the info.  :) but -5 ... good god!

Hi JR, My tuppence worth for what it's worth.

The 85f/1.2 L II is a bit of a "specialist" Lens, Portrait I suppose is it's mainstay, but I'm not sure I agree with everyone re the "Tardy" autofocus performance in it's entirety, is it slower than the 135f/2 ?? Yes, but most Lenses are.

When I used to shoot it on the 1DMKIV & 5DMKII I would agree, it was slow, noticeably so, but I now shoot it on the 1Dx and the 5DMKIII and I don't see that much difference to say my 50f/1.2 L.

What the 85f/1.2 L II will do though is produce, SHARP SHARP Images at f/1.2 to f/2 with amazing Bokeh, nothing I have in my Lens bag can compare.

But, like any of the f/1.2, f/1.4, f/2 Lenses, it requires attention to detail, these aren't Gun & Run Lenses, having said that, in December 2012 I used the 85f/1.2 L II shooting "Snow Monkeys" in Nagano Japan, Huge Snow Falls, no protection (This is not a sealed Lens), on both the 5DMKIII & 1Dx, and I am totally Happy with the Images that came from the 3 days of shooting Wildlife in the Snow, not the Lenses normal use.

I used the 135f/2 during the same period, again, this also is not a sealed Lens, and although the 135f/2 was great, the Images from the 85 were a step better.

Thanks for the info. The reason that I sought this information is because my favorite "subject" are my two daughters who are still only when fast asleep. I don't want to end up frustrated with a fast prime only to OOF shots. I guess I need to postpone my purchase till my daughters grow up a bit more / calm down a little bit  :)

Cheers ... J.R.

LOL, you should definitely buy the 135 :)

Lenses / Re: 85L or 135L?
« on: July 17, 2013, 06:11:06 PM »
I am also interested in the 85L so just a quick question. How slow / fast is the focusing as compared to the 50mm f/1.4?

Noticeable slower. Were you to try it on a 1 body; not so much so :)

Lenses / Re: 85L or 135L?
« on: July 17, 2013, 06:09:26 PM »
I have both and they're both crazy awesome. Based on the lenses that you currently own, I'd go for the 85L first, then pick up the 135L. The 85 is great for low light shooting and has a better working distance for torso shots. Just be aware that the autofocus is twice as slow as you've heard. The 135L is sharp and quick to focus, but f2 without IS is tough to shoot with in low light. You'll have to crank up your ISO to get a fast enough shutter to avoid blurry shots during receptions.

Hope that helps.

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Canon General / Re: Canon Germany Teaser
« on: July 17, 2013, 04:22:00 PM »
It seems as if this wont be for a new product, but some sort of software or imagine sharing platform. unless the advertisement is not taken literally.


Is it the beta Project1709 that is being rolled out?

Dynamic range is Probably more Important to me than noise reduction or pixel count.
I think the way to do this is to split the sensor into highlights and shadows...
I rather have an 8mp 16-stop split sensor, than a 16mp one with less DR.
It can be done.
It is interesting that most HDR cameras take 3 exposures but nobody thought about changing the ISO Instead.
I believe in pushing things to the limit and opening up the possibilities of a device...
Like my jailbroken iPhone 5. Which is amazingly more useful and fun than the limited iOS from apple.

Kudos to magic lantern!
Keep up the great work!

Just curious since I have a iPhone 5. How to jailbreak it, and what is the added benefits?

One of my favorite photographers with nature as his field is the Norwegian Ole Jørgen Liodden. The picture blow is probably one of my all time favorites.


For those interested, you can see more of his work on his page:


Camera Body Gallery / Re: This sensor is holy
« on: July 14, 2013, 02:24:24 PM »
I guess people are really hoping Canon will release SOMETHING to keep our minds occupied.....

EOS-M / Re: Gariz Half Case for eos-m
« on: July 14, 2013, 02:11:32 PM »
Looks very nice!

Lenses / Re: Beginner lens
« on: July 12, 2013, 05:46:16 PM »
The 40 is a STM which is great for video. Italia has great IQ for stills!

HDR - High Dynamic Range / Re: Post your HDR images:
« on: July 11, 2013, 05:50:23 PM »

HDR - High Dynamic Range / Re: Post your HDR images:
« on: July 11, 2013, 04:48:27 PM »
Very Nice

Lenses / Re: Just got my 135L!
« on: July 09, 2013, 01:32:58 PM »
Wow! That's really really good to hear about canon refurb!! Thanks!!

Quick question... Is it worth getting the 135L even for crop sensor? Lol thanks! I might "just" get one.

To my great annoyance my wife very often steals my 135 for her 600D. Don't understand why she can't use the 18-55 IS II that came with it? ;)

It produces outstanding pictures on a crop as well!

Lenses / Re: Just got my 135L!
« on: July 09, 2013, 01:15:27 PM »
I scored a 135L for $859 the other day. I have this trust issue with used things, especially high quality technology, but I pulled the trigger anyways. The lens arrived in immaculate condition, basically brand new. These following shots are LITERALLY the first two shots I took out front of my house. Wow, the countless comments I read on this forum really do live up to the hype. Easily my favorite lens yet.

Congrats! My favorite lens :)

Lenses / Re: Just got my 135L!
« on: July 09, 2013, 01:14:47 PM »
I was debating purchasing a 135L - actually placed an order for a refurb at a great deal with Canon but later changed my mind and canceled it... reason being that i already own the 100/2.8L and 85/1.8. Reading owners comments on both 135/2L and 100/2.8L it seems like the two are pretty close in terms of image quality but 100/2.8L is more verstile with macro focus ability (135 min focus distance is 3 ft) as well as IS.

Anyone who has owned both could comment on both these? DO you agree the two lenses are pretty similar but with 100 being more verstile?

Two different lenses. A lot of fun with the 100, but the 135 for killer portraits :)

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II
« on: July 09, 2013, 08:00:30 AM »
I bought the new 24-70 two times....the first time i used it and said to myself....hell this lens is boring. So i sold it. Than i bought it a second time to give it another try. What should i say...it was still boring. I mean...this Lens is sharp like a knife...but for me it has a boring look. So i sold it again. I rarly use Zoom-lenses and the 24-70 has not enough reach...so i bought the 24-105. this Lens is also boring  ;) but has a better Zoom range.

I actually understand your statement. At 2.8 it a workhorse with outstanding IQ, but limiting on creative stuff. I have the same relation to my 24-105, and have more fun lurking around with my 135/2 or 50/1.4 or my 35/1.4.

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