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CanonEF 135mm f/2L USM Lens
 
4.9

(based on 556 reviews)

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    (33)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (503)
  • Nice bokeh (369)
  • Strong construction (359)
  • Consistent output (351)
  • Durable (297)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Weddings (288)
  • Low light (281)
  • Sports/action (267)
  • Night photography (159)
  • Wildlife photos (115)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (149), Pro photographer (138), Photo enthusiast (129), Professional (30), Semi-professional (29)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (377), Yes (12)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

This is one amazing piece of glass!

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...Read complete review

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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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

Love, love, love!

By MomPhotographer

from Florida

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Night Photography
    • Sports/Action

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

    I have been taking pictures forever, but I am new to the amateur photography scene. I took a class online this summer and my love for photography has taken over all of my free time. My primary subjects are my two toddlers and my 17 year old son. I bought this lens after reading many positive reviews, ranting about how incredible it was. My husband was sceptical and didn't really believe the hype until he saw the photos! This lens is so fun! When I post pics on FB I get so many compliments and inquiries about what classes I am taking and what equipment I am using. My pictures look amazing. I use the lens around the house to capture everyday activities in low light and at the soccer field catching action photos of my son (with the 1.4x extender). The lens was worth every penny!

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    5.0

    Great lens !!!!

    By Albert

    from Chicago

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

    I own few L lenses. 24-70, 17-40, 100 mm macro.they are all great lenses but non of them is as sharp as 135mm L.

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    5.0

    Great lens!

    By yw

    from cleveland, ohio

    About Me Pro Photographer

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    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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      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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      5.0

      Just Do It

      By Jason Snow Photography

      from Houston, Tx

      About Me Pro Photographer

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      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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        5.0

        stunning

        By Steve

        from Jupiter, FL

        About Me Pro Photographer

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        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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          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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          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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            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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                  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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                          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

                              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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