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CanonEF 135mm f/2L USM Lens
 
4.9

(based on 548 reviews)

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    (513)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (33)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (497)
  • Nice bokeh (363)
  • Strong construction (357)
  • Consistent output (345)
  • Durable (294)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Weddings (283)
  • Low light (278)
  • Sports/action (264)
  • Night photography (159)
  • Wildlife photos (114)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (148), Pro photographer (134), Photo enthusiast (129), Professional (30), Semi-professional (29)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (371), 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.

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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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    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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      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

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        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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            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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              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

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                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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                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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                  (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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                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Lives up to its reputation

                    By Rajoo

                    from Lawton, OK

                    About Me Photography Student

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Weddings/Events

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

                      I use this lens for portraits and head-shots. The bokeh is as great as I had heard about this lens. Except for its heft and weight, I cannot praise this lens enough. And the focus is really, really fast. Love it.But.... had to get the 35mm f/2 ISM for indoor shots. Indoor portraits I use 85mm f/1.8.I plan to carry these three lenses for assignments wherever. Sold all my zooms except the 70-200mm f/4L.

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                      (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Best lans for the price

                      By AchoX

                      from PA

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Weddings/Events

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

                        One of the Canons best lanes for the price. Thank you BH Photo.Always good to do business with you

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                        • Yes

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                        5.0

                        Best Canon L Lens

                        By Rubidia C Photography

                        from Manteca, Ca

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                        • NONE

                        Best Uses

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

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

                        I love this lens. The focal lengh, the shapness and color are outstanding. I would recommend this lens to anyone who is ready to upgrade their lens collection.
                        I am a wedding photographer and I am pleased with the results it has provided.

                        I used this lens along with a Canon 6d

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                        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        This is one amazing piece of glass!

                        By Rohan Gupte

                        from Phoenix, AZ

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Weddings/Events

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

                          This lens is amazing. I pair it with a Canon 5D Mk II and everything about this combination works just perfect for me. I shoot portraits of couples and solo portraits with this and the pictures just blow my mind each time I download them from a shoot.

                          When used with the right technique and shot wide open, the lens offers just the right level of background compression and subject isolation in my opinion. The focal length almost forces you to maintain the right subject distance and as a result, almost the entire subject is in sharp focus and rest of the background is just beautifully blurred. The bokeh is just not only melty but also has a beautiful character to it. It looks very pleasant to my eye. The lens produces stunning contrast right out of the camera, beautiful colors and corner sharpness even when shooting wide open at f/2.

                          The focus locking is so perfect - the lens never hunts on my body. The weight is just right too and with a wide aperture, a lot of creative possibilities are afforded on the shoot.

                          If you shoot people and are looking for a nice keeper lens that will give you a lot of mileage over a long period of time, you are looking at a winner here.
                          PS: Attaching a few shots from a recent lifestyle couple's photoshoot that I shot here in Arizona.

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                          5.0

                          Great Lens

                          By Vanessa

                          from Durango, Co

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Lightweight
                          • Rugged

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Weddings/Events

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

                            Love this Lens! Incredible for portraits. Good depth of field. Must have.

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                            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Please do not change this magic recipe

                            By PhotoCyclist

                            from Boise, Idaho

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Night Photography
                              • Sports/Action
                              • Wildlife Photos

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

                              I can only echo all the comments about the exceptional performance of this wonderful lens, and all this performance for such a reasonable price.

                              My observation is there is frequently stated comment, "the lens would be even better with the addition of Image Stabilization". Such comments fail to appreciate that numerous aspects of this magic lens recipe would have to be compromised to add IS. I beg Canon no to change this magic recipe!

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                              5.0

                              STUNNING...AT LEAST I THINK SO.

                              By GiantSand

                              from Comus, Maryland

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Reviewer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Indoors/Low Light
                                • Landscape/Scenery

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

                                I'm just an enthusiast that had wanted a 135mm lens since way back in the 70's. I read a good number of the reviews here, and they confirmed that this lens is an outstanding value. I am so happy to have made this purchase. I have been experimenting and have been very happy with the results...admittedly, coupling this lens with the 5D MKIII helps. :-)

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                                5.0

                                My new favorite lens!

                                By Fleurdelis

                                from Seattle, WA

                                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

                                  • Portrait
                                  • Weddings/Events
                                  • Wildlife Photos

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

                                  I have been wanting this lens for a year, and it is everything I dreamed it would be!! It's lightweight for my weak wrist unlike it's big sister the 70-200. The bokeh is sharp and dreamy and makes me all giddy when I see a perfect shot at F.2. The compression is amazing, even more than my 85mm, very fast to focus too. Though not ideal for close action shots because of the length, I tested it at the park with my dog and though he was too close, the lens was very fast in following him. I look forward to using this for my weddings!

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                                  (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Awesome, sharp lens

                                  By Jay in Detroit

                                  from Detroit

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Night Photography
                                    • Portraits
                                    • Sports/Action
                                    • Weddings/Events
                                    • Wildlife Photos

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

                                    I own a lot of Canon L glass. The 14 2.8, 24 1.4, 35 1.4, 50 1.2, 85 1.2 primes and the latest versions of the 16-35, 24-70, and 70-200 zooms. This lens is sharper than any of them.

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