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Canon EF 135mm f/2 real-world review

ef 135mm f/2

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

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