Canon EF 135mm f/2 real-world review

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Canon EF 135mm f/2: Amazon, B&H Photo, Digitalrev, eBay, Adorama, Canon USA

At a glance:

  • 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

Our friend Caleb Keiter reviewed the Canon EF 135mm f/2 lens, and it’s a real-world review. He lists 55 reasons to love this lens.

About the lens sharpness he says:

There’s no doubt, the Canon 135mm f/2L is sharp, even at its widest aperture of f/2. Sure, if you look at MTF charts and scientific tests of this lens, they’ll show some softness in the corners that clears up by f/4. But in real-world scenarios, you probably won’t place your main subject in the far corners when shooting with this lens.

About Bokeh:

Combine the 135mm focal length with the f/2 maximum aperture, and this lens is a bokeh monster.

In the conclusion:

I’d highly recommend the Canon 135mm f/2 lens for people photographers. […] here’s my top 3 selling points:

  1. The combination of a 135mm focal length and an f/2 maximum aperture creates stunning images that have a look all their own. You really have to shoot with it and see the images to understand what I mean.

  2. The autofocus is ridiculously fast, accurate, and silent. This lens should be the benchmark for autofocus.

  3. It’s unbelievably sharp with rich, accurate color, consistent contrast, and minimal (if any) “issues” you have to clean up in post (i.e. distortions, aberrations, fringing, etc.).

Caleb’s review comes with many samples and much more information than I can list here. Read Caleb’s review…

Canon earns EISA awards for EOS 80D, EOS-1D X Mark II, EF 35mm f/1.4 II, and magePROGRAF PRO-1000


Canon was awarded with 4 EISA awards, for the following Canon products:

Press release (German):

The best quality from capture to print, Canon wins four EISA Awards across DSLR and Inkjet product ranges

United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland 15 August 2016 – Canon today announces it has been honoured with four product awards from the European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA). The EOS 80D has been named the ‘European DSLR Camera 2016-2017’, while the EOS-1D X Mark II took the title of ‘European Professional DSLR Camera 2016-2017’ and the EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM and the imagePROGRAF PRO-1000 received awards for ‘European Professional DSLR Lens 2016-2017’ and ‘European Photo Printer 2016-2017’ respectively. With recognition for products that span both capture and print, the wins in 2016 reflect the outstanding, market-leading quality of Canon products across the imaging eco-system.

Voted for by panels of editors representing nearly 50 prominent magazines from across 20 European countries, the EISA Awards celebrate products which combine the most advanced technology, distinctive design and desirable features, with genuine value for end users. Each of the winning products has been enthusiastically received since launch, and the EISA award recognition is further testament to their outstanding quality and performance.

“At Canon, we understand photography doesn’t end with the press of a shutter, and are consistently striving to produce high-quality products that help novices and professionals alike to get the best from their photographs,” said Steve Marshall, Product Marketing Director, Consumer Imaging Group, Canon Europe. “Be it capture, print, store or share, every element matters, and we’re committed to ensuring Canon quality comes through at every step. Each of the awards we’ve received demonstrate our dedication and commitment to creating pioneering products and once again we’re extremely proud to have been recognised by the esteemed EISA panel.”

Discussing the four awards, the EISA panel said:


The Canon EOS 80D is more than just another SLR. Canon has brought a camera to the market that incorporates many innovative functions for photo and video. The key feature is Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF which enables fast focussing during live view and video, which is also supported by the new Power Zoom Adapter PZ-E1 which works together with the new EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM kit lens. The AF is also greatly improved and now sports 45 cross-type sensors, while the high resolution vari-angle LCD allows touchscreen operation. Last but not least, the EOS 80D has class leading image quality.



The Canon EOS-1D X Mark II is the fastest DSLR ever, making it the best tool for the professional sports photographer. It can take 14 images per second of moving subjects, an impressive achievement that’s particularly useful for action photography. Compared to the previous model Canon has increased the still image quality significantly, and improved the autofocus particularly when using lenses with extenders. The video function is also much more advanced with high quality 4K recording and fast autofocus in live view mode. All the improvements together with the rugged body make the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II an even better all-round camera than its predecessor.



The Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM gives exciting performance: it is the best 35mm lens on the market. Image sharpness is unbelievably high, both at the centre and at the edges, even at f/1.4. Canon uses key technologies as Subwavelength Structure Coating (SWC) to increase light transmission, reducing both flare and ghost images. In addition a Blue Spectrum Refractive (BR) lens, made of organic material, enables very efficient correction of axial chromatic aberration that’s impossible to correct by software. The 9-bladed aperture diaphragm creates very attractive bokeh and a seal on the mount protects the camera from dust and moisture.



Canon’s imagePROGRAF PRO-1000 is a dedicated A2 photo printer that uses pigment inks for the best possible print quality, including great light fastness [the resistance to colours fading] and print longevity. With a maximum print resolution of 2400x1200dpi, it uses 12 ink cartridges including separate matte black and photo black to prevent wastage of ink, money and time. It supports printing from a wide range of devices, with connection options including Hi Speed USB 2.0, Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Pictbridge and Ethernet. The Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-1000’s external design is reminiscent of Canon lenses.

Canon patent for EF 28-560mm f/2.8-5.6L USM lens

canon patentCanon filed a patent for a EF 28-560mm f/2.8-5.6 optical formula that seems to be for an “L” lens (if I got the machine translated description right).

This is the second patent for a superzoom lens, after a crazy patent for a EF 40-800mm F4.5-5.6 lens. Hard to say if this patents will ever hit the market. Good to know Canon is working on such ideas.

  • Patent Publication No. 2016-142795
    • Published 2016.8.8
    • Filing date 2015.1.30
  • Example 1
    • Zoom ratio 18.86
    • Focal length 28.80 119.57 543.20
    • F-number 2.88 4.56 5.88
    • Half angle of view (degrees) 36.91 10.26 2.28
    • Image height 21.64 21.64 21.64
    • The total lens length 281.07 331.07 385.01
    • BF 53.05 61.31 40.00
    • The effective diameter of the front lens 120.00
[via Egami]

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Photographer and Former ‘America’s Next Top Model’ Judge Nigel Barker Launches ‘Top Photographer’ [Exclusive Interview] – Fstoppers

Pixels, peaks and pitons! Shooting ‘The Citadel’ in 4K – Canon Professional Network

The Canon Lens Experience: Everything You Need to Know about Canon Lenses – B&H Explora

What to Do When Your Camera Breaks in the Middle of Your Trip – B&H Explora

Sea & Sea Announces Housing for Canon 80D – Dive Photo Guide

Capturing Great Family Vacation Photos – Canon Digital Learning Center

Macro Photography Projects for a Rainy (Or Hot) Day – Canon Digital Learning Center

Canon PIXMA MG2922 – Cableless Setup with a Windows® computer – Canon How-To Video Library

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Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM Review (wonderful image quality)

Canon EF-M 28mm F/3.5 Macro IS STM Review (wonderful Image Quality)

Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM Amazon, B&H Photo, Digitalrev, eBay, Adorama, Canon USA

Photographer and reviewer Dustin Abbott published his exhaustive review of the Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM, Canon’s latest addition to the EOS M lens ecosystem. And according to the reviewer, this tiny lens has a “wonderful image quality”.

From the conclusion:

[…] the nearly perfect “normal” angle of view provided by this lens makes it a very versatile lens than what a lens with a longer focal length would have. I found it a very versatile travel option that really delivered a lot of stunningly good images in a tiny package. I would have liked a wider aperture, but realize that having one would have compromised the compact nature of the lens…which is a delight. That being said, my one optical complaint is that I feel trying to create a shallow depth of field for non-macro shots is limited with the 28mm Macro. The inclusion of the “Macro Lites” and Super Macro mode are better than gimmicks and I think will prove genuinely useful when used in the right way. I do wish the engineers had put in a stronger detent at the normal shooting spot so that I don’t always end up in Super Macro mode! The IS system works well, the lens focuses reasonably quickly, and has no real optical flaws. All in all, this is an excellent package at a reasonable price […]

You can watch Dustin’s 15 minutes video-review below, or go for the written review.

Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM Amazon, B&H Photo, Digitalrev, eBay, Adorama, Canon USA

Confirmed: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV will have Dual Pixel Auto-Focus

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More and more bits about the upcoming Canon EOS 5D Mark IV flock in.

We have been told (thanks) that the EOS 5D Mark IV will have Dual Pixel AF on board. This is in all truth a feature we expected and that doesn’t come as a surprise. It also was rumored in the past.

It’s two weeks to the announcement and we still know very little about the specifications of the EOS 5D Mark IV. An alleged, pretty blurry picture of what could be the EOS 5D Mark IV surfaced yesterday (update: it’s a fake).

I listed what we can expect to be announced by Canon on August 25/26 in the post below.

As I said, there are still no reliable information about the specifications of the EOS 5D Mark IV. For the time being the list below (posted by this site) is making its rounds (I added DPAF to the list).

  • 30mp
  • 7 fps
  • Compact Flash/SD Card Slots (No CFast)
  • Built-in Wifi
  • Dual Pixel Auto-Focus
  • 24/30fps @ 4K
  • 60fps @ 1080
  • 120fps @ 720
  • USB 3
  • Cable release port moved to the front of the camera where the “Mark XX” badge was.
  • A lot more touchscreen functionality than the EOS-1D X Mark II
  • Other ergonomic changes, such as a new “locking switch” on the rear of the camera.

Click here to see all EOS 5D Mark IV rumors.

47% of our readers think the EOS 5D Mark IV will come with 30MP, 42% think it will have 28MP. What do you think? Sound off in our poll.

What do you think will be the EOS 5D Mark IV resolution?

  • 30MP (52%, 897 Votes)
  • 28MP (35%, 600 Votes)
  • 24MP (12%, 213 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,710

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