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Re: Best tele prime for full frame?
« Reply #15 on: March 25, 2013, 07:01:44 PM »
PW:

You're kind of blowing my mind. I was (and maybe still am) pretty opposed to buying any lenses that are slower than f2.8, but the 70-200 f4 is is half of the weight of my 70-200 2.8 ii and would give me fantastic reach. Lens size isn't a big issue as my messenger bag can accommodate the lens with no problem. Also, the pics shot with the f4 on Flickr show nice color, bokeh and sharpness. I guess I'm just a little wary about shooting with that lens in low light and also about bringing some attention to myself with another big white lens.

Still it's worth considering. Now it's back to the 100 f2 (love the size and weight), 135L (might be a nice compromise in terms of focal length and the weight isn't too bad), along with the 70-200 f; is (great range, weight and is). This is going to be a tough choice.

Thanks for everyone's input. It's great to hear from people who have shot with these lenses.

The reason I went with the 70-200 f4 IS over the 2.8 ii was weight...that and honestly 2.8 really isn't all that fast. I'm much happier with a set of f4 zooms and fill in with fast primes when needed. I'd go that route if I was you, even consider the non IS f4, it's a bit lighter still and ridiculously cheap for what you get.

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Re: Best tele prime for full frame?
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Re: Best tele prime for full frame?
« Reply #16 on: March 26, 2013, 04:53:31 AM »
PW:
You're kind of blowing my mind. I was (and maybe still am) pretty opposed to buying any lenses that are slower than f2.8, but the 70-200 f4 is is half of the weight of my 70-200 2.8 ii and would give me fantastic reach.

Sorry about the curve ball earlier. But f/4 isn't the monster it used to be now you've got the photographers new best friend "iso". Fast glass is nice, but not always necessary and frequently over-rated. One of my strongest arguments in favour of fast glass is AF performance shooting action.

The 70-200 f/4isII is a killer lens, loved by walkabout shooters and landscape shooters who trek considerable distances and must keep the weight down without compromising IQ.

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Re: Best tele prime for full frame?
« Reply #17 on: March 26, 2013, 06:17:53 AM »
A vote for the 135L if you're counting, but if you want a good, relatively inexpensive short tele with little additional weight, go for the 85mm f1.8 - and underrated gem.  Life is fine with just a 35mm & this 85mm when I travel,
and it fits easily in a jacket pocket.

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Re: Best tele prime for full frame?
« Reply #18 on: March 26, 2013, 11:54:25 AM »
PW:

So if you were me, would you sell the 70-200 is ii and replace it with the f4 is version? It just seems hard for me to justify owning both lenses. One is great for weddings, the other for travel. Maybe there is a reason to own both, but man, what a bitter pill to swallow.

The only reason I like the 135L is because it has the capability to do what none of my other lenses can, namely shoot at f2 at 135mm. But the lack of image stabilization at such a long focal length is kind of a bummer.

The quest for great glass in a lightweight kit is really tough. Just for fun, I weighed the holy trinity of L primes and its only a little bit less weight than the zooms. Like a 1 pound difference. That surprised me. L primes aren't lightweight.

Maybe I'll keep the 70-200 is ii and 24-70 2.8 ii for event photography and use the 16-35, 50 and (fill in the blank) for travel. It just seems like such a waste to leave the 24-70 2.8 ii and 70-200 is ii behind. That's $$$ just sitting at home collecting dust when I'm not "working." It'd be nice to bring my best gear along for the trips.  :-[

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Re: Best tele prime for full frame?
« Reply #19 on: March 26, 2013, 01:45:54 PM »
135L if you've got the money and the 100mm f/2 if you don't. The macro is a good option but doesn't have the same look as the other two.

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Re: Best tele prime for full frame?
« Reply #20 on: March 26, 2013, 07:14:23 PM »
I own and love the 135/2.  Never shot the 100/2.  I don't necessarily agree with the idea that fast glass is overrated.  Im not sure I have seen the color, contrast and sharpness from slower glass that I have seen from fast glass.  But thats for another post.
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Re: Best tele prime for full frame?
« Reply #21 on: March 26, 2013, 08:51:00 PM »
The 135 f/2 is an absolute scorcher. Owning a 70-200 f/2.8isII I didn't think I needed one but picked one up a few months ago. Truly amazing.

However, to give your shoulder a break during your long days on the road, had you considered the 70-200 f/4isII? They're very light, sharp wide open and would leave you with the flexibility of a zoom plus have very handy IS. See if you can get a test drive of one. It's a lot of photographers favourite lens.

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ditto its AF in very low light is awesome and accurate, I'm very happy i got one now
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Re: Best tele prime for full frame?
« Reply #22 on: March 27, 2013, 05:26:49 AM »
PW:
So if you were me, would you sell the 70-200 is ii and replace it with the f4 is version? It just seems hard for me to justify owning both lenses...
You're right there...few photographers would have both. But I can't answer this for you. Most posters seem to be pointing you towards the excellent 135 f/2 so I just thought I'd toss an alternative (70-200 f/4isII) into the conversation. Why not try a pre-owned 135 f/2 and if you find it does not suit you, re-sell and you probably won't lose a penny on the deal. It's a very easy lens to move second hand.

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Re: Best tele prime for full frame?
« Reply #23 on: March 27, 2013, 07:49:14 AM »
Since you mentioned you're planning to use it in low light conditions, I'd vote for 135 f2. I own one and it's a great portrait lens, not heavy, so you could carry it the whole day without the tripod/monopod. I've never owned 100 f2 but I've heard a lot of good stuff about it too. Although it's not weather sealed, it's much cheaper that 135 f2.

It may sound silly, but have you considered Canon 90 f2.8 TSE? Maybe some of its owners can comment on it based on their experience but I think it should add some creativity to your photography.

Good luck with your choice. I think all three lenses you mentioned are excellent!

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Re: Best tele prime for full frame?
« Reply #23 on: March 27, 2013, 07:49:14 AM »