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So I sold my Canon 135mm f/2L lens, and I'd love to tell you why. Like most of us photographers, I love a shallow depth of field. The 135mm really delivers in that department. Almost to the point of too much. The focal length being so long also complicates things in small spaces and most indoor spaces. It's also heavy and I'm skinny, so fcuk that, right? Honestly I got used to the weight after a while, but whenever I would switch it out for my Canon 85mm f/1.8 (which is a lens that's priced considerably less than the 135mm), I noticed the weight change immediately and really liked it. I can also be much closer to my models, still get a significantly shallow depth of field, and it's focus is fast and sharp. Also being slightly wider in perspective, it allows me to capture the essence of a location while still being somewhat close in the the model. I've owned the 135mm for 3 years, and the 85mm for 4. For the majority of that time I only used the 135mm because I was obsessed with the depth of field, and the 85mm was used very rarely. After two years though I felt that all my work was starting to look the same, and I've been getting a little bored with it. Over the last two months I started using my 85mm again, and I was really loving the images I was able to render with it. I realized that I like them just as much, if not more than my photos with the 135mm. The versatility of the 85mm compared to the 135mm was also causing me to quickly learn new things and improve my work (in my humble opinion). I wasn't really learning much with the 135mm anymore. As well I feel that the two lenses have similar enough ways of rendering an image, and the price difference between the 85mm ($350 on amazon) was steep enough compared to the 135mm ($999 on amazon) that I could no longer rationalize owning it. So, I sat down for a while and thought about it, and decided that selling my 135mm lens and using the 85mm instead would be a better choice for my photography and I. And I don't regret it one bit. Already I feel so inspired to try new things because of the limitation that were opened up to me with a wider focal length, and I don't think there is any real different in the image quality. What I do notice though is that my overall images are becoming better because I'm learning quicker, which comes to my point that expensive gear is unnecessary to take an excellent photograph. Knowing your light, how to use your camera and how to compose an image in a pleasing way are 100% the most important aspect to photography. For this shot I used an old 5D Classic, an EF 85mm f/1.8 lens, available daylight and a $15 five-in-one reflector. The total cost of this gear is only $750. If I sold all of that I would still need to raise another $150 to buy a 135mm f/2L. Just food for thought. If you read all of this, go you!