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Just got my 135L!
« on: July 08, 2013, 12:20:30 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.
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Just got my 135L!
« on: July 08, 2013, 12:20:30 PM »

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Re: Just got my 135L!
« Reply #1 on: July 08, 2013, 12:35:14 PM »
I got mine refurbished from canon direct. I paid about 800. I'm adverse to buying used as well, but I don't like paying full price for new  either.

135L is so darn good. Congrats to you. Have fun with it.
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Re: Just got my 135L!
« Reply #2 on: July 08, 2013, 02:04:28 PM »
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While I suspect you neither scored nor pulled any triggers I'm glad you bought the 135. If I had to sell off everything I have, this lens would be the last thing to go.

I bought mine a few years ago from a woman who sold it to keep her raccoon rescue operation going. Unlike a lot of other lenses, the 135 is a safe bet used -- not much can go wrong. No zoom, no IS, and Canon has a long manufacturing history so build problems are minimal. And unless there's an accident, most people who own this lens respect it too much to abuse it.

Enjoy, and show us some gorgeous images!
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Re: Just got my 135L!
« Reply #3 on: July 08, 2013, 02:50:58 PM »
Hmmmm....I have the 85mm f/1.2L...which I absolutely love...but I wish it focused as fast the the 135mm.
I also own the 100mm f/2.8L Macro which is super sharp and fast to focus,but does not have that creamy bokeh of the 85L and the 135L.  The 135L has always looked like a very special lens to me....but ya just can't have them all!!!! Darn it. LOL!   Enjoy your lens!
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Re: Just got my 135L!
« Reply #4 on: July 08, 2013, 02:59:06 PM »
Congrats!!!  My favorite lens.
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Re: Just got my 135L!
« Reply #5 on: July 08, 2013, 03:27:23 PM »
 kudos...  that is next on my to do list.   then the 85...
Upgrade  path.->means the former was sold for the latter.

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Re: Just got my 135L!
« Reply #6 on: July 08, 2013, 03:48:16 PM »
I got mine refurbished from canon direct. I paid about 800. I'm adverse to buying used as well, but I don't like paying full price for new  either.

135L is so darn good. Congrats to you. Have fun with it.

Why not put another $100ish and get new lens....I just don't get it :-\

I bought a used 85L II on CL for $1525. The lens is 1yr old, perfect condition, just like new. Came with everything box and sale receipt from best buy.
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Re: Just got my 135L!
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Re: Just got my 135L!
« Reply #7 on: July 08, 2013, 04:02:26 PM »
I got mine refurbished from canon direct. I paid about 800. I'm adverse to buying used as well, but I don't like paying full price for new  either.

135L is so darn good. Congrats to you. Have fun with it.

Why not put another $100ish and get new lens....I just don't get it :-\

I bought a used 85L II on CL for $1525. The lens is 1yr old, perfect condition, just like new. Came with everything box and sale receipt from best buy.

It'd be more than 1000 after sales tax. Even if bought online from out of state it'd still be 970. There's no way I would pay extra just to have a canon box. A refurbished lens is just as good. The one year warranty makes it even more attractive. 
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Re: Just got my 135L!
« Reply #8 on: July 08, 2013, 04:03:35 PM »
Why not put another $100ish and get new lens....I just don't get it :-\

Actually about $250 if you check the official retail prices. http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/112539-USA/Canon_2520A004_Telephoto_EF_135mm_f_2_0L.html
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Re: Just got my 135L!
« Reply #9 on: July 08, 2013, 04:14:43 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?

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Re: Just got my 135L!
« Reply #10 on: July 08, 2013, 04:41:37 PM »
DO you agree the two lenses are pretty similar but with 100 being more verstile?

I do not own 100/2.8L but I own 70-200/2.8L IS II and 135/2L. 100/2.8L cannot do f2 and focuses slower. Yeah, IS is nice if you shoot something static, like NOT people. I had 70-200/2.8L IS II first, but I wanted bigger aperture, I'm very happy about the bokeh and shallow DOF of 135/2L which f2.8 can't offer. I would say, that id you want macro, buy 100L, if you don't need it, buy 135L

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Re: Just got my 135L!
« Reply #11 on: July 08, 2013, 04:46:39 PM »
Why not put another $100ish and get new lens....I just don't get it :-\

Actually about $250 if you check the official retail prices. http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/112539-USA/Canon_2520A004_Telephoto_EF_135mm_f_2_0L.html

On top of this, with the refurbished warranty now matching the regular MFR's warranty (1 year) there's almost no real reason to "just" spend the extra $100/$250/whatever it is that the cost is.  You're basically paying for a retail box, and a camera that is just as likely (okay, technically it's actually slightly more likely) to have issues than a refurbished camera. 

*The reason why I believe a new camera is more likely to have issues than a refurbished camera is that a refurbished camera has already been given the factory once-over, and either was returned and refurbished to new for some reason, or didn't finish the original manufacturing process and had to be pulled from the line and adjusted/fixed before being considered finished.  Thus, things get QC checked twice, compared to the once that normal retail gets. 

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Re: Just got my 135L!
« Reply #12 on: July 08, 2013, 05:47:29 PM »
Why not put another $100ish and get new lens....I just don't get it :-\

Actually about $250 if you check the official retail prices. http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/112539-USA/Canon_2520A004_Telephoto_EF_135mm_f_2_0L.html

On top of this, with the refurbished warranty now matching the regular MFR's warranty (1 year) there's almost no real reason to "just" spend the extra $100/$250/whatever it is that the cost is.  You're basically paying for a retail box, and a camera that is just as likely (okay, technically it's actually slightly more likely) to have issues than a refurbished camera. 

*The reason why I believe a new camera is more likely to have issues than a refurbished camera is that a refurbished camera has already been given the factory once-over, and either was returned and refurbished to new for some reason, or didn't finish the original manufacturing process and had to be pulled from the line and adjusted/fixed before being considered finished.  Thus, things get QC checked twice, compared to the once that normal retail gets.

I totally agree. That's why I stopped buying used and instead buy refurbished so I get lower price plus better quality assurance. I'm also very satisfied with Canon's customer service, which is a big thing when things go wrong.
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Re: Just got my 135L!
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Re: Just got my 135L!
« Reply #13 on: July 08, 2013, 06:25:50 PM »

Why not put another $100ish and get new lens....I just don't get it :-\


Must be great to have that kind of money to burn. How about because $100 can buy groceries for a family for a week?
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Re: Just got my 135L!
« Reply #14 on: July 08, 2013, 08:09:30 PM »
I got mine refurbished from canon direct. I paid about 800. I'm adverse to buying used as well, but I don't like paying full price for new  either.

135L is so darn good. Congrats to you. Have fun with it.

Why not put another $100ish and get new lens....I just don't get it :-\

I bought a used 85L II on CL for $1525. The lens is 1yr old, perfect condition, just like new. Came with everything box and sale receipt from best buy.

It'd be more than 1000 after sales tax. Even if bought online from out of state it'd still be 970. There's no way I would pay extra just to have a canon box. A refurbished lens is just as good. The one year warranty makes it even more attractive.

I bought one new from BH 3-4 weeks ago @ $907 + free shipping, no tax. Great lens if shoot 1/125 or faster. Not so great @ 1/80 or slower.
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Re: Just got my 135L!
« Reply #14 on: July 08, 2013, 08:09:30 PM »