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04-08-2017, 04:10 AM   #1
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50-135 2.8 vs 70-200 2.8 Which would you recommend?

Look to purchase a new lens. I'm mainly photograph High School Seniors and children. Which would you recommend?

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When you have a K-1 the 70-200. on APS-C the 50-135 is a great portrait lens. No need for big and fast full frame glass unless you plan to shoot sports activities.
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I would think the 50-135 would be more versatile with your current cameras and allow you more than just closeups. However if you plan to move to a K-1 the 70-200 may be a better choice. Hopefully you'll get some better answers from another portrait pro.
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Both are excellent lenses. If you intend to stay with APS-C format cameras, the 50-135 will be more manageable for hand-held shooting and (obviously) provides a wider field of view, so you'll be able to work closer in to your subjects. The 70-200 is ideal on full-format, and good on APS-C, but arguably not so versatile on the cropped sensor for portrait work (in my opinion).

One more option you might consider is the DA*60-250 f/4. Although not quite as fast, f/4 is still fast enough for good depth-of-field control at close range, and performance is excellent wide open.

I suspect that, for your purposes, the 50-135 might be the best choice - unless you intend moving to full frame at some point, in which case I'd go with the 70-200.

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When you have a K-1 the 70-200. on APS-C the 50-135 is a great portrait lens. No need for big and fast full frame glass unless you plan to shoot sports activities.
Thanks I'm waiting to go full frame. I rented the 70-200 and thought it was really HEAVY. Do you think the 50-135 will be lighter?
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I have a Sigma 70-200, and while it is nice to have the reach of the 200 mm end, 70 mm is a bit narrow in some situations. I shoot mostly kids sports with it. Outdoors it's okay, but indoors (handball) it's waay too narrow. Besides, it's quite heavy, and a bit of mass to move when the subject is running past.

A 50-135 would be a more flexible solution. Wide enough in the short end, and in the long end I can always crop. Maybe a 60-250 for outdoors sports and a 50-135 for indoors sports is an alternative?
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QuoteOriginally posted by DawnHoweth Quote
Thanks I'm waiting to go full frame. I rented the 70-200 and thought it was really HEAVY. Do you think the 50-135 will be lighter?
The 50-135 is about 40% of the weight compared to the 70-200... 685g versus 1755g. So, a lot lighter.

Fast, well-built full frame tele zooms are always going to be big and heavy, I'm afraid. Whilst full-frame cameras like the K-1 offer certain benefits, this is one of the trade-offs
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The 50-135 is not a heavy lens. It is however a touch on the large side (nothing compared to the 70-200 though!). I used to own the 50-135 when I had the k-3, and as someone who really doesn't like zooms very much, I'll concede that the 50-135 is a damn good lens. It's not as sharp as the FA77 (but for a zoom isn't too bad). The rendering however is pretty decent, again not as good as the FA77, but not too far off. I never had any problems with sdm whilst owning it, and was genuinely quite impressed. It wasn't however a lens I used all that often, mainly just down to its physical size. However for weddings/events, it's hard to beat.

The only reason I sold it on was that I moved to FF. If FF is your goal, then the 70-200 is probably a better choice. (Or the FA77, and just assume your legs will have to do the zooming)

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The 50-135 is not a heavy lens. It is however a touch on the large side (nothing compared to the 70-200 though!). I used to own the 50-135 when I had the k-3, and as someone who really doesn't like zooms very much, I'll concede that the 50-135 is a damn good lens. It's not as sharp as the FA77 (but for a zoom isn't too bad). The rendering however is pretty decent, again not as good as the FA77, but not too far off. I never had any problems with sdm whilst owning it, and was genuinely quite impressed. It wasn't however a lens I used all that often, mainly just down to its physical size. However for weddings/events, it's hard to beat.

The only reason I sold it on was that I moved to FF. If FF is your goal, then the 70-200 is probably a better choice. (Or the FA77, and just assume your legs will have to do the zooming)
Thank you for the help!!
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The 50-135 will still be useful on full frame but it doesn't have a full frame image circle at most focal lengths, getting worse towards the wide end. If you are prepared to crop manually you can still get progressively larger frames out of it. Zoomed in to 135mm there is just some vignetting easily dealt with. At 50mm a 1:1 square crop of the full height is possible when you don't use the supplied hood.
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Don't want to over complicate your decision. But anyone considering the 50-135 might want to check out the Sigma 50-150. Size is very manageable, af system is fast and reliable. I couldn't be happier with mine.
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50-135 is fairly light and compact compared to 70-200. 70-200 can feel oversized unless you are used to large lenses.
Check out the Tamron 70-200 option. FF ready, not too large and not too expensive.
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I live on my 50-135 and Tamon 28-75 for portraits and dance. Using K3II and K5IIs bodies now and after my last few portraits and head shot sessions with K3II, I have no idea why I'd need a K1. I may end up with one but if I do, I'll shoot in APS-C mode mostly, leave the FF stuff for when I'd rent a 645Z body.

Also, if you can, shoot on a tripod. It will make any lens better.

Some examples: Handheld Stage Light #30 Tripod Muse Farewell
Thanks Brooke!! I think I've decided to go with the 50-135! Thank you for you input!
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QuoteOriginally posted by DawnHoweth Quote
Thanks Brooke!! I think I've decided to go with the 50-135! Thank you for you input!
It's a beautiful lens, Dawn ... enjoy!
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If you're sticking with APS-C, the DA*50-135 is the logical choice. You'll love it.
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