Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM Lens for Canon SLR Cameras

September 28, 2011 | 0 Comments

Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM Lens for Canon SLR Cameras – Product Description:

Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM Lens for Canon SLR Cameras

The fastest 135mm telephoto lens in its class, the Canon EF 135mm f/2L lens is ideal for indoor sports photography and portraits with background blur. Although the lens offers complete automatic focusing capabilities thanks to its Ultra Sonic Motor (USM), you can still take advantage of its manual focus function even when the camera is in AF mode. The lens also offers two UD glass elements that help minimize chromatic aberrations, giving your images outstanding sharpness and color. Other details include a 3-foot close focusing distance, an 18-degree diagonal angle of view, and a 72mm filter size. The lens–which is compatible with EF 1.4x II and 2x II extenders–carries a one-year warranty.Specifications

  • Focal length: 135mm
  • Maximum aperture: f/2.0
  • Lens construction: 10 elements in 8 groups
  • Angle of view: 18 degrees
  • Closest focusing distance: 3 feet
  • Focus adjustment: Rear focusing system with USM
  • Mount: Canon
  • Filter size: 72mm
  • Dimensions: 3.2 inches in diameter and 4.4 inches long
  • Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Warranty: 1 year

The fastest 135mm telephoto lens in its class. Ideal for indoor sports and portraits with background blur. Two UD-glass elements correct secondary spectrum for outstanding sharpness and color. Compatible with Extender EF 1.4x II and 2x II.

Product Features :

  • EF mount; telephoto lens
  • Ultra-low Dispersion glass with Fluorite elements; inner focusing ring
  • 135mm focal length f/2 maximum aperture Ring USM motor
  • Comes with Leather bag & lens hood

Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM Lens for Canon SLR Cameras – Review:

ONE OF THE BEST CANON LENS FOR ABOUT $1000

I believe this is one of the best lens for about $1000. Forget about zoom lenses even if they are L. This lens is far better than 70-200L in my opinion. It is very sharp at f2 and even more sharp at f2.5. With zoom lenses you have to set to f/5.6 for better result and f/8 to match this lens. It is very well built but not excessive heavy, come with hood and bag, but unfortunately, Canon have decided to remove the hard cases for all the L lenses.

Combined with a Tamron 1.4X teleconverter this lens provide very good optical quality on par with any zoom L lenses at 189mm focal length. Yes I know I lost the convenience of a 70-200 zoom lens. But I am really happy that I decide to change the plan of buying a 70-200IS to 135/2L+1.4X. This not only saves me the money but also let me to get better pictures, especially at wide open. Better portrait lenses, like 200/1.8 and 300/2.8, would cost several thousands of dollars. Trust me, once you play with primes, you will not like zoom anymore.

I am also using a 24-70L to shoot my small kid. After using this lens, I don’t like it anymore and thinking about change to primes someday, the only reason preventing me doing that is the 1.6X crop factor of digital camera. A 35mm/1.4L will become 56mm which is really not good.

Order from Amazon with free shipping even though it says not in stock. They shipped mine in 2 days and this happened before even though item stated “in stock soon”.

Pros:
Very sharp at f2 and super sharp start from f2.5.
Very fast lens with f/2
Very good bokeh (background blurring).
Overall extremely good picture quality with good contrast/color.
Smaller size, less weight and black color compare to those white 70-200s.
It is a L lens: best build quality, fast/quiet ring USM AF with FTM.

Cons:
No hard case.
No inexpensive.
Effective focal length is 216mm on 10D/20D/Rebel/300D which is a little difficult to use for portrait.

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