I am a rebel user and love indoor soft light style portraits, using window light etc.
I use a 50mm 1.4 + Samyang 85mm 1.4 MF. Both are superb.
I wanted to purchase something longer with AF (using the samyang MF requires a tripod) than can be used for candid head shoulder shots, both indoors and out no flash.
I was looking at:
canon 85mm 1.8
canon 100 2
Canon 100mm macro L IS 2.8
Canon 135mm f/2
Obviously the price range of the first 2 options is opx 1/3 then the second two.
Any of our seasoned users can give me some input ?
100mm F/2 if your strapped for cash, But preferably the 135L if you can.
The 135L is just a magic black tube with AF. On crop bodies, You'll have to deal with a minimum shutter speed of 1/200th or faster. This can be a problem because you can't bump the ISO too high on Canon Crop bodies before it look gahh. On the same token, the extra lens sharpness will allow you to be more aggressive with the NR w/o losing too much detail.
The 135L was my first L grade lens. I will never depart from it, unless a 135mm F/1.8L IS USM is released. Then, I'd part with it.