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Re: !00mm macro L or non L
« Reply #30 on: April 04, 2012, 12:32:58 PM »
Does anyone have any portrait comparisons for these two lenses. I am a wedding photographer and looking for more glass (as always). The 100mm L is what I think I want but If I can get by with the 100mm (non L) I would like to spend the cash elsewhere...

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« Reply #30 on: April 04, 2012, 12:32:58 PM »

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Re: !00mm macro L or non L
« Reply #31 on: April 05, 2012, 08:40:40 AM »
Does anyone have any portrait comparisons for these two lenses. I am a wedding photographer and looking for more glass (as always). The 100mm L is what I think I want but If I can get by with the 100mm (non L) I would like to spend the cash elsewhere...

With your kit the 100mmL would be the number 1 lenses i would recommend followed by a fast 50, 1.8 would do fine. the 100mmL make a great portrait lens.

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Re: !00mm macro L or non L
« Reply #32 on: April 05, 2012, 10:35:25 AM »
I actually originally had the L version, but traded it for a lens I use more (the 70-200 f/4 IS). Then got the non-L version later on.

This version is also very good for portraits and focuses fast (as long as you aren't going from macro to far).


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This lens is really fun to use as a telephoto/ portrait lens that basically has no minimum focus distance for normal photography. Then Macro is a plus.
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Re: !00mm macro L or non L
« Reply #33 on: April 06, 2012, 11:20:32 AM »
The L is well worth the extra cash, the hybrid IS makes a huge difference if you are using it hand held (which I am 95% of the time for weddings)

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Re: !00mm macro L or non L
« Reply #34 on: April 06, 2012, 01:16:07 PM »
The non L is amazing.  I don't see how any lens can be twice as good.  I'm not sure if that added price is for weather sealing and IS, because the optics on the non L are nearly perfect.

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Re: !00mm macro L or non L
« Reply #35 on: April 06, 2012, 01:31:07 PM »
Does anyone have any portrait comparisons for these two lenses. I am a wedding photographer and looking for more glass (as always). The 100mm L is what I think I want but If I can get by with the 100mm (non L) I would like to spend the cash elsewhere...

If you are doing close up images of wedding rings or other small objects, the hybrid IS is wonderful.  Otherwise, you likely have other lenses that will do as good or better for portraits, so portrait use is a side benefit.  I never use mine for portraits, my 135mm l is so much better.

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Re: !00mm macro L or non L
« Reply #36 on: April 06, 2012, 03:19:36 PM »
I never use mine for portraits, my 135mm l is so much better.

I agree that a macro is not a dedicated portrait lens (thus I got the non-L version) - but out of interest: what's so much better about the 135L? sharpness wide open? bokeh?

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Re: !00mm macro L or non L
« Reply #37 on: April 06, 2012, 03:27:25 PM »
I never use mine for portraits, my 135mm l is so much better.

I agree that a macro is not a dedicated portrait lens (thus I got the non-L version) - but out of interest: what's so much better about the 135L? sharpness wide open? bokeh?

All of the above plus F/2 aperture.
 
Lack of IS may bother some, but for portraits, IS is not a big issue to me.

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Re: !00mm macro L or non L
« Reply #38 on: April 07, 2012, 04:36:36 PM »
I've used both. If there is a difference optically, it's completely insignificant in practice. They are both extremely good. I've found that the IS doesn't help as much for macro as I had hoped, but it is helpful if you use the lens for non-macro distances (for e.g. candid portraits). For macro, a flash is much more useful. You could use the price difference to get e.g. a Sigma EM-140 DG Macro Flash.

Comparing the EF 100/2.8L to the EF 135/2.0L for portraits, I would again say that the difference in sharpness (and bokeh) is insignificant (they are both excellent), the most important difference is instead the larger aperture of the 135L and the IS of the 100L.

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Re: !00mm macro L or non L
« Reply #39 on: April 07, 2012, 04:55:08 PM »
You could use the price difference to get e.g. a Sigma EM-140 DG Macro Flash.

I also thought about getting a macro flash - but looking at the price tag for me it's more useful to get two remote speedlites that I can use for non-macro work, too. The Canon IR system works just fine at these distance. As long as my lens doesn't cast a shadow, even the built-in flash of my 60d works as an additional fill flash. Last not least, I personally found that stopped down directional light looks better than the full-frontal blow of a macro flash - but ymmv of course.

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Re: !00mm macro L or non L
« Reply #40 on: April 07, 2012, 05:30:35 PM »
The L is TOTALLY worth the 2x price jump.  The IS alone is incredible.  4 stops!  I use this lens now for wedding photography ALL the time.  In fact.  If my all time favorite wedding portrait lens now!   Highly recommend the L.

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Re: !00mm macro L or non L
« Reply #41 on: April 08, 2012, 08:26:04 AM »
I use this lens now for wedding photography ALL the time.  In fact.  If my all time favorite wedding portrait lens now!
What is it about the 100/2.8L IS that makes you prefer it (on weddings) to the 70-200/2.8L IS II? Is it the less intimidating size or macro capability? IQ seems very comparable at 100mm, with the macro having a tad nicer bokeh. The 70-200, on the other hand, is much more versatile for portraits, so I would have thought you'd prefer that.

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« Reply #41 on: April 08, 2012, 08:26:04 AM »