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Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
« Reply #270 on: March 10, 2013, 03:50:31 PM »
I've had my 135 for about three months now and just recently had a chance to do some shooting outdoors.  Here is a shot taken in Portland yesterday near Union Station.  The delightfully blurry stuff in the background is an Amtrak train seen through a fence.


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Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
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Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
« Reply #271 on: March 14, 2013, 09:27:08 AM »
I don't suppose the 135L is used for landscapes but in this instance I had to because this was the only lens I had longer than 105mm.
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Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
« Reply #272 on: March 15, 2013, 03:51:38 PM »
I don't suppose the 135L is used for landscapes but in this instance I had to because this was the only lens I had longer than 105mm.
There's no reason not to use the 135 for landscapes and it makes a nice change to see others using it.
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Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
« Reply #273 on: March 15, 2013, 04:50:20 PM »
Yes it is true to say the 135L is not just for portraits at f2. Here are two pictures that we have taken using this lens. The first one was shot at 1/40 from a studio tripod, using mirror lock up and a remote release. There's been some discussion on another thread about the inability to shoot a medium telephoto at slow shutter speeds from a tripod, but I've also attached a 100% view of one of the original frames converted directly to jpeg - no modification - which shows just how sharp it can be, as long as the air is clear, and there is zero vibration on the tripod.
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Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
« Reply #274 on: March 15, 2013, 11:55:31 PM »
I don't suppose the 135L is used for landscapes but in this instance I had to because this was the only lens I had longer than 105mm.
There's no reason not to use the 135 for landscapes and it makes a nice change to see others using it.

I agree.  I actually enjoy longer focal length landscape photography. 
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Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
« Reply #275 on: March 16, 2013, 01:34:32 AM »
I don't suppose the 135L is used for landscapes but in this instance I had to because this was the only lens I had longer than 105mm.
There's no reason not to use the 135 for landscapes and it makes a nice change to see others using it.

I agree.  I actually enjoy longer focal length landscape photography.

Agreed, however depth of field sharpness can be more problematic with the zoom landscapes.

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Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
« Reply #276 on: March 16, 2013, 10:44:40 AM »
I was surprised with the distance sharpness of the lens in rapid action.


@bdundar79 - yours are the only shots that I see of fast action taken on the 135L at f2 which are in sharp focus ! Being honest what % are these of your total frames ?

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« Reply #276 on: March 16, 2013, 10:44:40 AM »

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Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
« Reply #277 on: March 16, 2013, 12:20:33 PM »
I was surprised with the distance sharpness of the lens in rapid action.


@bdundar79 - yours are the only shots that I see of fast action taken on the 135L at f2 which are in sharp focus ! Being honest what % are these of your total frames ?

Sporgon, being completely honest, about 60%.  This is where the camera body matters.  If I fire off let's say 6 bursts on the 1DX, maybe none of them are in focus even if I achieve focus first (focal plane moves).  However, on another layup a few plays later, I can burst and get 4 out of 6 hits sharp in focus.  The 1DX will give you many more hits than another camera I feel.  However, in these situations, I had no choice.  Many high schools around the country are going with "economy lighting" and in most of my situations, I was shooting f/2.2, 1/500, and still at ISO 5000.  So what I did was get very aggressive, and try very hard to get the face in focus by moving my active AF point up the vertical center row, and panning with the player the best I could.  I got better at it, but lower light hurts AF accuracy and the focal plane moves.  I had a high success rate if I panned across while standing in the stands, at a 90 degree angle from the player, then the plane didn't move much and/or it moved little enough that the 1DX could track it and move.  Frustrating, but fun.
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Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
« Reply #278 on: March 16, 2013, 12:31:26 PM »
Oops!  Wrong file!  Here is the correct file with the 135L at f/2.2, files in and out of focus as she goes toward the hoop.  Note the lack of flexibility with this lens for sports, however, f/2.8 would not be really good here as ISO would have been 8000 vs 5000.
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Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
« Reply #279 on: March 16, 2013, 01:44:22 PM »
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« Reply #280 on: March 16, 2013, 05:21:24 PM »
I was going to do this last night, but here are some more landscapes with the 135.

... and they are really nice ones   :)
btw, so are the ones you posted in the Canon around the world thread ;)
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Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
« Reply #281 on: March 16, 2013, 05:32:40 PM »
I was going to do this last night, but here are some more landscapes with the 135.

... and they are really nice ones   :)
btw, so are the ones you posted in the Canon around the world thread ;)
thanks for doing so
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Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
« Reply #282 on: March 16, 2013, 05:53:48 PM »
Oops!  Wrong file!  Here is the correct file with the 135L at f/2.2, files in and out of focus as she goes toward the hoop.  Note the lack of flexibility with this lens for sports, however, f/2.8 would not be really good here as ISO would have been 8000 vs 5000.


Well 60% is higher than I would have thought. I think the 1Dx must be helping, plus your ability to use it. Anyway I like your pictures of basket ball. The razor thin depth of field coupled with the expressions on the young players faces make for enjoyable pictures. Keep posting !

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Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
« Reply #283 on: March 27, 2013, 07:59:36 PM »
Oops!  Wrong file!  Here is the correct file with the 135L at f/2.2, files in and out of focus as she goes toward the hoop.  Note the lack of flexibility with this lens for sports, however, f/2.8 would not be really good here as ISO would have been 8000 vs 5000.


Well 60% is higher than I would have thought. I think the 1Dx must be helping, plus your ability to use it. Anyway I like your pictures of basket ball. The razor thin depth of field coupled with the expressions on the young players faces make for enjoyable pictures. Keep posting !

Thanks.  I appreciate your comments.  I still need to improve a lot though.  I want to keep learning and improving and I think this site helps a great deal.
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Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
« Reply #284 on: March 28, 2013, 10:58:07 AM »

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