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Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
« Reply #525 on: April 06, 2014, 06:00:41 AM »
Just got the lens and didn't get too many great non-human subjects yet.
But this lens is amazing, and what I noticed most of all is the color.
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Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
« Reply #525 on: April 06, 2014, 06:00:41 AM »

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Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
« Reply #526 on: April 08, 2014, 06:24:32 AM »
Sagittariansrock, the color does not jump off the screen at me...I don't know why you're not mentioning the bokeh!  The 135 has the smoothest background bokeh of any Canon lens I'm aware of.  Also has terrific contrast and sharpness.  The color the lens is capable of, is not mind blowing, but it's nice.  The whole point of this lens, is the bokeh...for those that say you can't tell the difference going from f/2 to f/2.8, it's usually because they're comparing the long end of the zoom, 200mm f/2.8, to 135mm f/2.  But at 200mm, you aren't taking in as wide of an angle of view...so the subjects are necessarily smaller or farther away...to see a similar degree of bokeh.  And that's just not the same experience, or effect.  Sure the 85L can also do a fantastic bokeh, but not as many mention using it instead, as much as they mention using the 70-200 instead.  It's really just personal preference, but this does not mean the 135L, is not "special". 

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Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
« Reply #527 on: April 08, 2014, 08:29:17 AM »
Sagittariansrock, the color does not jump off the screen at me...I don't know why you're not mentioning the bokeh!  The 135 has the smoothest background bokeh of any Canon lens I'm aware of.  Also has terrific contrast and sharpness.  The color the lens is capable of, is not mind blowing, but it's nice.  The whole point of this lens, is the bokeh...for those that say you can't tell the difference going from f/2 to f/2.8, it's usually because they're comparing the long end of the zoom, 200mm f/2.8, to 135mm f/2.  But at 200mm, you aren't taking in as wide of an angle of view...so the subjects are necessarily smaller or farther away...to see a similar degree of bokeh.  And that's just not the same experience, or effect.  Sure the 85L can also do a fantastic bokeh, but not as many mention using it instead, as much as they mention using the 70-200 instead.  It's really just personal preference, but this does not mean the 135L, is not "special".

Carl, the bokeh is awesome, of course. But that was something I expected.
The color, on the other hand, wasn't expected.
You have not seen most of the pictures that I shot indoors (of my nephew and niece, unfortunately there parents aren't to keen on posting pictures online), and the shots above were from a very grey Oregon afternoon. Usually it needs a boost in LR, but not these.
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Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
« Reply #528 on: April 08, 2014, 11:58:48 PM »
Sagittariansrock, the color does not jump off the screen at me...I don't know why you're not mentioning the bokeh!  The 135 has the smoothest background bokeh of any Canon lens I'm aware of.  Also has terrific contrast and sharpness.  The color the lens is capable of, is not mind blowing, but it's nice.  The whole point of this lens, is the bokeh...for those that say you can't tell the difference going from f/2 to f/2.8, it's usually because they're comparing the long end of the zoom, 200mm f/2.8, to 135mm f/2.  But at 200mm, you aren't taking in as wide of an angle of view...so the subjects are necessarily smaller or farther away...to see a similar degree of bokeh.  And that's just not the same experience, or effect.  Sure the 85L can also do a fantastic bokeh, but not as many mention using it instead, as much as they mention using the 70-200 instead.  It's really just personal preference, but this does not mean the 135L, is not "special".

Carl, the bokeh is awesome, of course. But that was something I expected.
The color, on the other hand, wasn't expected.
You have not seen most of the pictures that I shot indoors (of my nephew and niece, unfortunately there parents aren't to keen on posting pictures online), and the shots above were from a very grey Oregon afternoon. Usually it needs a boost in LR, but not these.

Not doubting the results you're getting.  I've had mine for 5 years now, and love it.  Shot over 10,000 images with it, so I'm aware of what it can do.  But it does not do color as well as a few other lenses (all of which cost anywhere from double its price, to many times its price)...where it does bokeh better than most lenses...that's all I was saying.  You get a lot of bang for the buck with it.   

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Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
« Reply #529 on: April 26, 2014, 08:21:28 PM »
Today's little car show.


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Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
« Reply #530 on: May 22, 2014, 08:43:36 PM »
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Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
« Reply #531 on: May 26, 2014, 10:04:12 AM »
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Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
« Reply #531 on: May 26, 2014, 10:04:12 AM »

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Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
« Reply #532 on: July 27, 2014, 12:35:31 PM »
I was traveling earlier today and ran into paddy plantation by chance. Took these with the 135L and 6D
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Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
« Reply #533 on: July 28, 2014, 10:28:14 AM »
I was traveling earlier today and ran into paddy plantation by chance. Took these with the 135L and 6D
Awesome shots JR.
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Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
« Reply #534 on: July 28, 2014, 10:30:52 AM »
I was traveling earlier today and ran into paddy plantation by chance. Took these with the 135L and 6D
Awesome shots JR.


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Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
« Reply #535 on: July 28, 2014, 10:36:04 AM »
I was traveling earlier today and ran into paddy plantation by chance. Took these with the 135L and 6D

Greats shots. I especially like the 3rd one.

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Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
« Reply #536 on: July 31, 2014, 12:24:37 PM »
Thanks guys and sorry for the late response. Have too much stuff on my plate these days.

Will share more images soon :)

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Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
« Reply #537 on: August 22, 2014, 03:40:59 PM »
A greylag goose from closeby.

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Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
« Reply #538 on: September 11, 2014, 10:14:07 PM »
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Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
« Reply #539 on: September 19, 2014, 02:24:45 PM »
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