Originally Posted by Conspiracy
Just get 135L if you are doing outdoor portraits. It is a lot more impressive than the 85 1.8, i tested out the 135L last night and compared it to a 85 1.8 on a 5D3 and the 85 just doesn't keep up
The 135L is 3X the cost of the 85 2.8. I'd actually rather have the 200 2.8 than the 135F2L just because it has a longer focal length and I could use it on a bipod (wouldn't need IS). 85mm will be easier to shoot on crop too due to it not being as long and there may be cases where 135mm or longer is not possible.
85 1.8 is significantly better than 50 1.8/1.4 and in general for portraiture use from what I've seen/read so I'm going to go with that and when I eventually have the money get the 200mm 2.8 and use that when I have the room as I love the compression you can get at 200mm.
Trust me I'd love to have the 135F2L and someday I'm sure I'll have it but right now it's out of my price league.
I think that I can probably shoot everything that I need to shoot now with a trio of 35mm f2, 50 1.8, 85 1.8, and the kit lens when needed for ultra wide stuff from say 18-24mm. Eventually I really want to get the 200 f2.8L prime though.Edited by Mwarren - 12/18/12 at 5:01pm