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Hi All,

I recently upgraded to a 5D MK III which I will be using for more portrait and engagement sessions work.  I deliberated between the 35L vs the 50L and decided to go with the 50L based on opinions i read here and the IQ and AF when paired with the 5D MK III.

Now I am in need of your expertise and experience on which lens to get next.  As mentioned I am just getting into "paid" portrait shoots (fitness model shoots/headshots and some family and baby shoots) and just booked my first 2 engagement shoots for Jan and Feb and wondering which will be best to use.  I also have the opportunity to shoot 2 weddings in summer 2013 as well which will be my first experience shooting weddings.  1 as a second shooter and 1 as primary.  Im giving the relevant information in order to determine which lens will be good to get in terms of IQ, versatility, etc.  At this point in time i cant afford both having just invested in the 5D MK III and the 50L.  My initial budget getting into this semi pro photography was $5000 and will unfortunately have to exceed it.

So is the 135L better for my current/future needs or will the 70-200mm IS MK II a better choice since it will give me the FL versatility that i may need for future shoots?  Im looking for realworld experience of owners of these lens as I was initially leaning to the 135L and started to think in terms of versatility and started to doubt my decisions. 

Your opinions will be greatly appreciated!  thanks in advance!

Having the same decision on my lap, I went with the 135L.

I prefer the workflow of primes and the look it gives me. The 70-200L II is a great lens, but I would also have to take a 24-70L and a 50L. Its more weight than just taking the 24L, 50L, 135L on two bodies.

The 135L was much cheaper at the time I bought it. I saved that 1000$ for another body for me to shoot with.

The downfalls of this prime setup are the possibility of missed shots and more cropping in post. It will happen.

Every wedding photographer I know has a 70-200mm 2.8L II, so much of the work looks alike. I like to be active in getting my shots and because the 135L w/o a hood with being black, Is very incognito.

No IS can be a problem sometimes.

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon 85mm f/1.8
« on: November 19, 2012, 03:14:38 PM »
I love this lens.  It's small, fast, focuses much faster than the 1.2 and it is a great value.  What's not to love?

I prefer the 100mm F/2.

I am thinking about both.... why the 100/2 over the 85/1.8 ?

Does anyone have comparison shots?

More Compression, smaller noses.

Also helpful... since I felt larger noses in the 85Lii...

Now that we are in the 100mm territory and F2... How much do I gain when I have a 70-200 mk.ii f2.8 , I wonder...

Less weight, Less bulk and Less stares.

Lenses / Re: EF 24-70 f/4L IS & EF 35 f/2 IS Sample Images
« on: November 19, 2012, 01:15:59 PM »
The 24-70 F/4L is more DOA than previously imagined.

EOS Bodies / Re: !!!FIRST!!! - Full Frame Mirrorless Camera
« on: November 19, 2012, 11:53:28 AM »
1. When do you think the 1st FF mirrorless will arrive - for $3000 or less of course?

2. Which company will bring to the market first? Sony, Nikon, Samsung, Fujitsu etc….I will not bet on Canon

Lens Rentals will have M9's for 3000$. So, very soon.  ;D

Lenses / Re: X-mas: 16-35mm 2.8 ii vs. canon 50mm 1.2
« on: November 19, 2012, 11:52:19 AM »
The 50L is an amazing portrait lens. I'd love it even more if it was free.  ;D

Perhaps this will be relevant.


Pricewatch Deals / Re: Black Friday at LensRentals.com
« on: November 19, 2012, 11:31:26 AM »
This Sale IS AWESOME! I See a 2nd Mk3 soon.

EOS Bodies / Re: Has Canon entered the Graveyard Spiral?
« on: November 19, 2012, 09:11:57 AM »
The d800 screen looks like vomit. Very similar to what It used to look like on my 5Dc. Its terrible.

The 5D3 does everything well, no faults but the blinking AF fix.

The d800 will do studio and landscapes a bit better at the cost of speed and AF performance.

Pick you poision. I prefer the canon lens lineup because I use more tele than wide.

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon 85mm f/1.8
« on: November 17, 2012, 05:44:11 PM »
I love this lens.  It's small, fast, focuses much faster than the 1.2 and it is a great value.  What's not to love?

I prefer the 100mm F/2.

I am thinking about both.... why the 100/2 over the 85/1.8 ?

Does anyone have comparison shots?

More Compression, smaller noses.

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon 85mm f/1.8
« on: November 17, 2012, 09:00:49 AM »
It's a little different for each photo, but in general (in Lightroom) for the photo of the little girl:

Don't be afraid to be extra generous with your sliders, especially in tone curve. Faded color does wonders for portraits, just don't go overboard.

Also, while being generous in tone curve, be frugal with split toning. A little bit goes a long way.


EOS Bodies / Re: Canon's APS-C sensor versus the competition
« on: November 16, 2012, 05:04:41 PM »
Canon APS-C sensor vs The Competiton.

The Competition Wins. :|

Landscape / Re: Help Me Get Better - Crashing Waves
« on: November 16, 2012, 04:40:44 PM »
These are under-exposed and seem handheld.

For great landscape shots, good compositions, small apertures, and long exposures are basic fundamentals. A solid tripod is strongly recommended.

I think you would miss your 24L... When I went on my cruise, it seemed like everything on the ship was BIG, and my WA got a lot of use... Same with Cancun - if you take any day trips and visit the ruins or tidal fish ponds - you will want the WA... The skies and the clouds are vibrant - bring a CPL...

I will definitely bring my CPL's.

My A1000 IS sucks. It doesn't even have manual controls or Raw shooting. Maybe a used s95 or s100 or G12 to use with my 580EX II?

Ditto on the 24L.  I would strongly suggest you go light.  Just the SLR, 24L + 24-105 and maybe flash.  Also, the 16-35L is my favorite lens.  If I could only have two lenses, the 16-35 would probably be one of them. You still have to take the other stuff, CPL, maybe amber gel for flash, cleaning stuff, batteries, media, chargers, etc.  My point is that the SLR creates a whole giant world of extra stuff to carry.  I think you would likely be happy with just a G12.  Or G12 during the day and maybe the 5D3+24L at night.  It's a lot to carry around.  I hope you have a Black Rapid strap or something to keep it out of your way.

Remember, the more you take, the more is left in your cabin, could be stolen, etc.

Also, if you plan to go swimming, do beach trips, sit by the pool, etc consider a rugged waterproof camera like the Canon D20 or a GoPro.  Lots of fun, zero worry.   Decent pictures, esp underwater.  Try to get away from the camera a little, it is a vacation after all.  Have a great time!!

I will only be using the 5D3+24-105L when I'm out on the beach w/ friends. The other stuff will be locked in my room safe or my Airport security.

At night, The primes will be used.

I ordered a s95 to be my new Point and shoot. I'll probably be using it alot! especially in the clubs.  8)

I will be taking this. I'll be at the beach with sand, water, grit and don't want un-sealed lenses.


580 EX II

I will post photos later when I arrive back. Thanks for the input!

Lenses / Re: Need filter suggestions - Ordered Canon 100mm f2.8 L macro
« on: November 16, 2012, 02:25:39 PM »
B&W Kaesemann Circular Polarizer's
Just as an FWIW, I've been told that the MRC Kaesemann circular polarizers are optically identical to the standard MRC circular polarizers.  The difference is the construction.  The Kaesemann filters are simply sealed around the edge to protect the polarizing foil against humidity and other environmental conditions.

So, if you live in and never leave the desert, a standard MRC polarizer might be money better spent.

At least, that's what I've been told.

Product Highlights - From B&H photo
Helps to Eliminate Reflections and Glare
Reduces Haze and Blue Cast in Landscapes
Greater Color and Tonal Saturation
High Efficiency Kaesemann Foils <------------------------------Exclusive
MRC Multi-Resistant Coating
Rugged Brass Filter Ring
High Quality Schott Glass

"Kaesemann-type filters feature greater optical efficiency than regular polarizing foils and are more neutral in color. The polarizing foils are cemented between plano-parallel optical glass layers, which are then precision-polished to achieve the most accurate plano-parallel surface. This edge sealing protects the filter layers from humidity and are ideal for use with high-speed telephoto and apochromatic lenses."

I've noticed that they don't cool my image as much as the standard B&W polarizers. Its more neutral.

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