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Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM Lens USA

B&H # CA1352LEF Mfr # 2520A004
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Product Highlights
  • EF Mount L-Series Lens
  • Aperture Range: f/2-32
  • Two UD Lens Elements
  • Ultrasonic Focus Motor
  • Rear Focusing System
  • Manual Focus Override
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 3.0'
  • Focusing Range Limiter
  • Depth of Field Scale
  • 72mm Filter Thread Diameter

The EF 135mm f/2L USM Lens from Canon is designed to meet the needs of a wide range of advanced amateurs and professionals. With its f/2 maximum aperture, it is effective in low light situations and able to obtain shallow depth of field with superior background blur. A ten element optical formula with two UD-glass elements serves to correct residual aberrations, resulting in superb sharpness and high image quality.

An ultrasonic autofocus motor (USM) enables fast, smooth and silent autofocus and fulltime manual override allows for precise manual focus even in autofocus mode. The minimum focus distance for the 135mm f/2 is 3.0'. A switch on the lens barrel enables you to adjust the focusing distance range for faster autofocus speed. It is a stellar portrait and available light lens and is fully compatible with the Canon EF1.4x II and EF2.0x II extenders.

 

Two UD Glass Elements
Two UD-glass elements minimize aberrations and result in sharp pictures from corner-to-corner.
Ultrasonic Autofocus Motor
An Ultrasonic Autofocus Motor (USM) provides fast, smooth and quiet autofocus.
Focus Range Limiter
On the 135mm f/2L lens you can choose the focusing distance range with a switch on the lens barrel. By setting a suitable focusing distance range, actual autofocus time can be shorter. The two focusing ranges are 3.0' to infinity and 5.2' to infinity
Manual Focus Override
Full-time manual focus override allows you to use manual focus mode for precision focusing at any time, even when in autofocus mode.
Performance
Focal Length 135mm
Aperture Maximum: f/2
Minimum: f/32
Camera Mount Type Canon EF
Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
Canon (APS-C)
Angle of View 18°
Minimum Focus Distance 3' (91.44 cm)
Magnification 0.19x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:5
Elements/Groups 10/8
Diaphragm Blades 8
Features
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar No
Environmental
Physical
Filter Thread 72 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3.2 x 4.4" (8.13 x 11.18 cm)
Weight 1.65 lb (750 g)
Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM Lens
  • E-72U Front Lens Cap
  • Lens Dust Cap E (Rear)
  • ET-78 II Lens Hood
  • LP1219 Soft Lens Case
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    CanonEF 135mm f/2L USM Lens
     
    4.9

    (based on 557 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (522)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (33)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (504)
    • Nice bokeh (371)
    • Strong construction (361)
    • Consistent output (352)
    • Durable (298)

    Cons

    • Heavy (48)
    • No IS (11)
    • No image stabilization (5)
    • Poor in low light (5)
    • Slow focus (4)

    Best Uses

    • Weddings (289)
    • Low light (282)
    • Sports/action (268)
    • Night photography (160)
    • Wildlife photos (116)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Semi-pro photographer (149), Pro photographer (139), Photo enthusiast (130), Professional (30), Semi-professional (29)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (379), Yes (12)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    True Lord of the Red Rings

    This is one sick lens. Large aperture so great for shooting in low light. Long focal length for more candid shots. I use it for weddings and event photography and the super fast...Read complete review

    This is one sick lens. Large aperture so great for shooting in low light. Long focal length for more candid shots. I use it for weddings and event photography and the super fast AF allows me to get the perfect shot every time.

    I would recommend this to be used on a full framed camera, since a cropped sensor would give a 216mm focal length and could get a little too shaky handheld since it does not have IS.

    The image I included was shot wide open (Canon 5D Mark II - 135mm - F2 -1/160 sec - ISO 800) to demonstrate the bokeh characteristics.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Jury still out...

    I bought this lens because so many people said they used it for sports in a gym with a crop sensor. That gets them close to 200mm without investing in a 70-200mm. I...Read complete review

    I bought this lens because so many people said they used it for sports in a gym with a crop sensor. That gets them close to 200mm without investing in a 70-200mm. I shoot XC, and Indoor and outdoor track and field. I use my 70-200mm with 5DMarkIII for running events and a 7D with the 135mm for field events. I've only used it once, so I'm not making a clear judgement yet, but I did not find it such a snappy focusing lens. I would say 50-60% of my shots were out of focus. I made adjustments to the focusing on the camera thinking that was the problem, but that yielded a rate of about 40-50% out of focus shots. Some were back focused so maybe a micro adjustment is needed? I did not just love this lens at first use like I did my 70-200mm. I plan on more use and an update of this review, but wanted to get my thoughts out.
    It is lightweight, and sharp when shooting static subjects. Color is good, and I did not see any CA.

    Reviewed by 557 customers

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    5.0

    Great lens!

    By yw

    from cleveland, ohio

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Nice Bokeh

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery

      Comments about Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM Lens:

      Beautiful creamy lens! I purchased this when I saw images taken with it.

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      • No

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      5.0

      "FAST, SHARP, VERSITILE"

      By Clyde

      from Atlanta, GA

      About Me Photography Student

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Nice Bokeh

      Cons

      • A bit heavy

      Best Uses

      • Versitile

      Comments about Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM Lens:

      This easy-to-use prime allows maunal focus during auto-focus mode, while producing spectacular results in DOF contrast/bokeh. Though a bit heavy, this lens is about half a pound lighter than the Zeiss 135mm, at about half the price, achieving levels of performance par excellence in grade.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Just Do It

      By Jason Snow Photography

      from Houston, Tx

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Lightweight
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Rugged
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Night Photography
        • Sports/Action
        • Video
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM Lens:

        Simply stated - It may be one of the oldest 'L' series primes out there but it still shines with amazing sharpness, color and contrast and is a go to lens for portrait work as well as video. It has become a regular on the cameras on wedding days.

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        • No

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        5.0

        stunning

        By Steve

        from Jupiter, FL

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Lightweight
        • Nice Bokeh

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Sports/Action
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM Lens:

          Great portraiture lens with beautiful bokeh wide open and is much lighter and easier to handle than the 70-200.

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          • No

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          My new favorite lens

          By jessN

          from Central NJ

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Lightweight
          • Nice Bokeh
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • None yet
          • Non yet

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Portrait
          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM Lens:

          I got this lens because I was tired of lugging around my 70-200mm 2.8 which is pretty heavy. This lens is NOT heavy, anyone who thinks so has never carried anything in their life. This is much sharper and overall better portrait lens IMO. I will be using this for portrait sessions outdoors, can't wait to use it more!

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          5.0

          Awesome lenses

          By Rober

          from São Paulo

          Comments about Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM Lens:

          Fast focus and extremely sharp .

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Best $ I ever spent!

          By Mutrock

          from Jacksonville, Florida

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Nice Bokeh
          • Rugged
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Sports/Action
            • Video
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM Lens:

            Have used the lens one time, at the Colts/Jaguars game about two weeks ago. It is the longest lens the NFL will allow a non-pro to bring into a stadium. I used it for candid portraits mostly: players, D-line drummers, cheerleaders, fans, and Jaxson De ville the self-proclaimed best mascot in sports.

            I had been using my f2.8 100 mm to shoot these games up to now. The extra 35mm and incredible sharpness of the 135 were noticeable. Paired with my MK III the focus was super fast. The 100 mm will go back to its pouch and come out for macro use only. The 135 is now my go-to portrait lens.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Totally in Love

            By kiwichick

            from British Columbia

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Great in Low Light
            • Nice Bokeh

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Sports/Action
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM Lens:

              I bought this lens as I take a lot of stage and studio photos, ski racing photos and child/family photos. After 1 week I have found that its great for everything I've wanted so far. The clarity is wonderful and I'm looking forward to playing with it some more.

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              5.0

              Fast and sharp lens

              By thechad

              from Kansas City, MO

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Durable
              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Nice Bokeh
              • Rugged
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Portrait photography
                • Product Photography
                • Video
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM Lens:

                Super-sharp lens for product and portrait photography.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Everything you've heard it was!

                By brnord

                from Duluth, MN

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Durable
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Lightweight
                • Nice Bokeh
                • Rugged
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM Lens:

                  The lightning fast focus and incredible IQ (colors/SHARP!) along with the incredible control over depth of field make this lens a must have for serious hobbyists and pros alike.

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  love it

                  By vince segalla

                  from brooklyn ny

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Macro Photography
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM Lens:

                    great for portraitures sharp amazing
                    my new favorite lens
                    would recommended

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Amazing!

                    By cjokie

                    from Tulsa, OK

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Nice Bokeh

                    Cons

                    • Heavy

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM Lens:

                      I shoot mostly Seniors and Family portraits and this lens is phenominal. The clarity is spot on and yet it produces this amazing bokeh. It's a little heavy, but totally worth it!

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                      5.0

                      It's everything it's built up to be!

                      By Brett

                      from Duluth, MN

                      Comments about Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM Lens:

                      Speedy AF that keeps up with anything. Of course that background smashing ability is great. Also prefer it's size to a 70-200.

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                      4.0

                      A Masterful Telephoto Lens

                      By Michael

                      from Glarus, Switzerland

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Nice Bokeh
                      • Rugged

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Video

                        Comments about Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM Lens:

                        My first evening with the 135mm I ventured into a lowlit, overcast mountain area. The resulting shots were very cool- I know I will find many uses for this excellent lens over the years.

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                        5.0

                        LOVE!

                        By Wendy

                        from Alabama

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                        • Nice Bokeh
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Weddings/Events

                          Comments about Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM Lens:

                          Just purchased and used for Bridal portraits. BEAUTIFUL!!! SHARP!

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Incredibly Sharp - Beautiful Lens

                          By Scott

                          from Allentown, PA

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Durable
                          • Easily Interchangeable
                          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                          • Lightweight
                          • Nice Bokeh
                          • Rugged
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Video
                            • Weddings/Events

                            Comments about Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM Lens:

                            There is a reason so many people consider this lens the KING OF THE L LENS. It's amazingly sharp, the bokeh is absolutely beautiful, and the lens is well built, with a smooth and great feeling focus ring. I can't recommend this lens enough. We shoot all video, and it's an amazing lens for video.

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Great Lens

                            By bullmoon

                            from ATL

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Consistent Output
                            • Lightweight
                            • Nice Bokeh

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Indoors/Low Light
                              • Night Photography

                              Comments about Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM Lens:

                              Great lens - excellent value - lightweight too. And excellent choice of focal length for portraits and loads of glass for low-light work.

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                              5.0

                              Sharp, nice bokeh

                              By Kevin Nguyen

                              from New York, NY

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Durable
                              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                              • Nice Bokeh
                              • Rugged
                              • Strong Construction

                              Cons

                              • Heavy

                              Best Uses

                              • Weddings/Events
                              • Wildlife Photos

                              Comments about Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM Lens:

                              it is a bit heavy, but very sharp glass, produces very nice bokeh. It is one of the best portrait lens.

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                              (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Amazing Lens

                              By BJoy

                              from Minnesota

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Consistent Output
                              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                              • Lightweight
                              • Nice Bokeh

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Indoors/Low Light
                                • Weddings/Events

                                Comments about Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM Lens:

                                I am a semi-pro (check out my pics at Brandie Brummer Photography via facebook). The most recent are with this lens. This is an amazing lens. It gives the most creamy bokeh and is light weight (with respect to the next step up -- the 200mm f/2L). This lens is a must have for your lens line-up, especially if you like the portrait with good bokeh.

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                                • No

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                                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Absolutely Stunning Lens!!!

                                By petzl47711

                                from Evansville, IN

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Consistent Output
                                • Durable
                                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                • Nice Bokeh
                                • Rugged
                                • Strong Construction

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Indoors/Low Light
                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Sports/Action
                                  • Video
                                  • Weddings/Events
                                  • Wildlife Photos

                                  Comments about Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM Lens:

                                  I own multiple canon L Series Lenses, this is simply the best made. The legendary sharpness is there, the unique and stunning quality to the depth of field will leave you speechless.

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