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Canon 135mm f2 mk2?
« on: February 15, 2012, 09:54:28 AM »
Hi guys,

I'm looking in purchasing a canon 135mm f2, what i need to know, if there is a possibility of a version 2 about to be releases this year

Thanks

Raz

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Canon 135mm f2 mk2?
« on: February 15, 2012, 09:54:28 AM »

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Re: Canon 135mm f2 mk2?
« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2012, 10:05:12 AM »
Here is a Roadmap that was previously shared:
 
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I received what appears to be some kind of lens roadmap. I only ever remember seeing a communication like this one once in the past.  There are definitely some interesting concepts listed. Take all of this with the grain of salt.
 
  • EF 50 1.8 IS, status “prototype”, has tag “spring 2013″
  • EF 50 2.5 macro was tagged with “to be replaced”
  • EF 200 2.8 L IS macro is tagged with “testing”, “patents pending”, and “autumn 2013″
  • EF 24-70 2.8 L II tagged “final”, “winter 2011″
  • EF 100-400 4-5.6 L IS tagged “final”, “autumn 2012″
  • EF 35 1.4 L II tagged “prototype”, “winter 2012″
  • EF 60 L IS lens tagged “prototype”
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  • EF-S 20-65 IS
  • EF-S 45-105 IS status “development”
  • EF-S 55-70 IS “testing”
  • EF-S 70-400 IS “prototype”
The one that seems the most interesting above is the EF 50 f/1.8 IS. That could become a replacement to the 50 f/1.4 and put some separation between it and the 50 f/1.2L. *****************   Dan
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Re: Canon 135mm f2 mk2?
« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2012, 10:17:17 AM »
I picked up the current version.  Even if there is a second version coming out, I doubt many will be dissapointed by the current model. Plus, you can probably sell it for little loss if it dosen't do the trick. 

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Re: Canon 135mm f2 mk2?
« Reply #3 on: February 15, 2012, 11:01:10 AM »
You should pick-up the current version.  It is amazing and is fairly cheap for what it is.  It will also retain its value.  In a recent lens rumor post, Graig mentioned something about a 135 1.8L IS which would be the replacement of the current version but this was not a 2012 possibility.  2013 at best and you could expect the price to be at least double of the current version.

That's why I say pick-it up now and start shooting buddy!

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« Reply #4 on: February 15, 2012, 11:13:21 AM »
This lens is one of Canon's sharpest. It's also known for having amazing contrast and color. Personally one of my favourites, and a steal at the price. I say go for it.

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Re: Canon 135mm f2 mk2?
« Reply #5 on: February 15, 2012, 11:24:54 AM »
Ditto - if you have ANY doubts, just look at the lens gallery here and you'll see how versatile / sharp this can be.  For the current price, maybe the best 'value' in the L series.
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Re: Canon 135mm f2 mk2?
« Reply #6 on: February 18, 2012, 11:33:53 AM »
The only way I see they could improve that lens is by adding IS and weather sealing, which would likely double the cost.

I LOVE mine... and it's a very, very high value right now.  I doubt I'd upgrade, even given the choice. 

My recommendation: Buy now. 
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« Reply #6 on: February 18, 2012, 11:33:53 AM »

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« Reply #7 on: February 18, 2012, 01:11:43 PM »
Dude just go for it and buy the damn thing, it's an awesome lens and you can always resell it if a new one comes out.  And it's very cheap for an L lens, so all the more reason to go for it.  If you keep waiting on new equipment you'll never get anything, as there is always something new in the works.
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Re: Canon 135mm f2 mk2?
« Reply #8 on: February 18, 2012, 01:36:04 PM »
« Last Edit: February 18, 2012, 01:37:46 PM by dirtcastle »

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« Reply #9 on: February 18, 2012, 10:31:27 PM »
Great composition!

I keep saying that I got mine for $850, and it was a fairly new (2006 or 2008) copy; complete and in great shape.  No regrets whatsoever.

If Canon were to release a new model, I'd probably not bother picking it up unless it was demonstrated to have some useful improvement, like an even shorter minimum focus distance, markedly better microcontrast at f/2 (as noted, this is already one of the best lenses, so that would be really something) and IS.  As it stands, you get a lot of value from the lens, and it is about as wide aperture as a lens can be while still being useful for low-light applications on the current crop of DSLRs.

Out of Canon's entire lineup of older designs, this is one that stands out as being worthy of a purchase without any thought to possible future improvements.

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Re: Canon 135mm f2 mk2?
« Reply #10 on: February 18, 2012, 11:08:01 PM »
Plus, there are rumors of a 200mm f/2.8 L. So the opportunity cost might be getting a little higher this year!
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« Reply #11 on: February 19, 2012, 11:14:41 PM »
The 135mm is already one of the best lenses Canon makes, so personally I think you'd be better off getting it now. You won't regret it - unless you find you don't need that focal length, at which point you wouldn't have considered it anyway.

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« Reply #12 on: February 20, 2012, 12:08:39 AM »
I was also looking at this lens but I already have the 100mm f/2.8 Macro.  I was debating on this lens or the 200mm f/2.8 L.  I think I would be better served by the 200mm but I see on the latest roadmap that a newer version is to be released.  Does anyone recommend purchasing the 200mm?  I have seen prices for around $500-$600.

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Re: Canon 135mm f2 mk2?
« Reply #13 on: February 20, 2012, 12:15:12 AM »
@ Anyone and everyone debating the purchase of this lens:

TAKE THE PLUNGE. It really is one of the best bangs-for-your-buck in regards to Canon glass. IQ and build quality really shine on this lens. If a version ll were to come out, it would not be soon considering how recent the rumor is. For the price and all around quality, the current version is superb. Don't waste your time waiting for a lens not currently in existence, start shooting!

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« Reply #14 on: February 20, 2012, 01:52:51 AM »
I was also looking at this lens but I already have the 100mm f/2.8 Macro.  I was debating on this lens or the 200mm f/2.8 L.  I think I would be better served by the 200mm but I see on the latest roadmap that a newer version is to be released.  Does anyone recommend purchasing the 200mm?  I have seen prices for around $500-$600.

I'd rather go for the 70-200 f/2.8 L IS II instead of the 200 f/2.8, but thats just me.

135mm over the 200 2.8 too

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Re: Canon 135mm f2 mk2?
« Reply #14 on: February 20, 2012, 01:52:51 AM »