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.