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CanonEF 135mm f/2L USM Lens
 
4.9

(based on 602 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (565)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (34)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (532)
  • Nice bokeh (404)
  • Strong construction (382)
  • Consistent output (377)
  • Durable (321)

Cons

  • Heavy (51)
  • No IS (12)
  • Slow focus (6)
  • No image stabilization (5)
  • Poor in low light (5)

Best Uses

  • Weddings (317)
  • Low light (305)
  • Sports/action (282)
  • Night photography (165)
  • Wildlife photos (122)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (166), Pro photographer (153), Photo enthusiast (134), Professional (30), Semi-professional (29)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (415), Yes (13)

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

Great lens

By PJC Imagery

from Jacksonville

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Portraits
    • Weddings/Events

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

    Only had it for about a month but shot with it enough to give it 5 stars. I use it primarily on my 6D for outdoor Portrait work and will also use it for weddings at the ceremony and reception. Indoors it may by to long but should work for headshots. Gives great background separation for portraits and is fast for low light situations. Size and weight is comparable to the 24-105mm. Peace!

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    • No

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    5.0

    Game changer

    By World traveler

    from Guam

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

    This lens speaks for itself and is Ideal for portrait photography. The sharpness and quality is amazing and I feel like amateurs could even see the difference.

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    5.0

    Worth the investment!!

    By Sam

    from New York, New York

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

    Love this lens a bit of a learning curve well worth learning the lens.
    Love the image quality and oh the bokeh....

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    5.0

    I would buy this product again and again.

    By BIgM

    from Huntsville, AL

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

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

      I would buy this product again and again

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      • Yes

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      5.0

      I've wanted one for years

      By Jim

      from Willits CA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Lightweight
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Rugged

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

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

        Finally bought one! I use mainly for portraits, but recently tried it out (on a 7D) at a little league game. Good sports lens where you're reasonably close. Great bokeh. Can't think of any negatives. In short, I love this lens.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Crisp, beautiful photos

        By Mrs. Coach

        from Tennessee

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

        This lens is incredible for portraits. The aperture is very lovely and the image is
        Very crisp.

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        5.0

        Sharp & Fast

        By Cobalt71

        from Azerbaijan, Baku

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Portait
          • Weddings/Events

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

          I have Canon 70-200 (f 2.8) Mark II and love this lense.
          I have decided to by Canon 135 (f2) after reviewing a lot of forums and feedbacks. I am really happy with 135 lense performance and picures quality. It is fantastic lense for portrait shots. It has bekame my favorite lense now. You just need to have enough distance in order to use it's full capability.

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          5.0

          One of a kind

          By West Virginia Max

          from Morgantown, WV

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

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

            I use my EF 135mm f/2L on a EOS 6D body. It is a creative, artistic lens, which is also excels in every imaginable technical aspect. It is my common choice for taking portraits, or for any other situation when I need to isolate an object from the background. Many of my best images were obtained with this lens. I will never let it go.

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            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Excellent

            By ERG

            from San Juan, PR

            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
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Sports/Action
              • Video

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

              In love with this lens!! I use for photojournalism and is so impressed with the quality and sharpness.

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              5.0

              Amazing lens for Portraits

              By Valerie

              from Kansas

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Nice Bokeh

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Portraits
                • Seniors
                • Weddings/Events

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

                I rented this lens for an outdoor portrait session and was buying it here a week later. It's so creamy and the compression is awesome. It is quick to focus too! I cannot say enough good things about it. If you photograph seniors, portraits or weddings, get it in your bag!

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                5.0

                Excellent portrait and event lens!

                By BeckyCarp

                from Milwaukee WI

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

                Excellent portrait and event lens! Love the 2.0 aperture, excellent depth of field, quick focus

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                (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                A real beauty

                By D

                from Virginia

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

                I use a 6D. I thought my camera was a bit sluggish to focus in sports until I put this lens on it. The focusing with this lens is fast! Being able to open up to f2 (had been shooting at 2.8) in a dim gym got me up to much faster shutter speeds, which also made a world of difference in final quality. I had almost all keepers (over the 70-200 2.8L and the 100 2.8L). The focal range felt about right for me in a gym, but opinions on its use for sports will vary since this is a fixed length. I miss having IS but since I can open it up so much I can shoot faster to help make up for that. My copy of this lens was dead on and needed no microfocus calibration. It's pretty sharp. I'm anxious to start using it for portrait work soon. I have seen absolutely beautiful results others have been able to produce with it for that. Overall, the use of this is a bit specialized, but there is no way I could give this lens up now that I have used it.

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                5.0

                Excellent Lens!

                By lisaglamphotography

                from Delray Beach, FL

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Lightweight
                • Nice Bokeh

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Familychild Photography

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

                  Love this lens as it gives you the best bokeh without the 200mm weight, The closest to it!
                  Highly recommend!

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                  • No

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Love It!

                  By Lu

                  from lititz, pa

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Lightweight
                  • Nice Bokeh

                  Cons

                  • Slow Focus

                  Best Uses

                  • Macro Photography
                  • Weddings/Events

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

                  I just took this lens out of the box and wa-la! I took two pics and loved it instantly! Took it outside for the first time and loved the results on the frost. I can only expect to get better results as I get more familiar with this lens!

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Sharp as a tack

                  By Picczar

                  from Oshkosh, WI

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

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

                  What this lens lacks in zoom, it makes up for in sharpness and wonderful bokeh. The "upgrade" from my 70-200 2.8 to this for portraits is amazing.

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                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Wonderful lens!

                  By Meghannngene

                  from Leesburg, VA

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Lightweight
                  • Nice Bokeh

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                      I shoot with a Canon 6D and was convinced that there would not be another lens that I loved more than my Sigma ART 35... until I bought this. The gorgeous compression, the lightning speed focus, and the sharpness is unreal. I don't know how I survived life before owning it!

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                      5.0

                      "I would buy this product again and again"

                      By D13g0

                      from New York City

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Night Photography
                        • Sports/Action
                        • Weddings/Events

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

                        I use this lens for portraits and dance photoshoots outdoors and its one of the most amazing lenses that i ever had.

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                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Thrilled with my purchase

                        By Michelle Rose

                        from Cleveland, MN

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                        • Distance From Subject
                        • Heavy

                        Best Uses

                        • Low Light
                        • Outdoor
                        • Weddings/Events

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

                        I am a photographer and absolutely love the look this lens gives me. I prefer to use it for seniors and engagement sessions, but have difficulty with young children as you have to be so far away from them to get the shot.

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                        5.0

                        in love!

                        By adb

                        from Maryland

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                        • Low Light
                        • Nice Bokeh
                        • Portrait

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Weddings/Events

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

                          beautiful lens! as long as you don't mind being the zoom, this is a great lens!

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Buy it. The best lens I have ever used.

                          By Ed Dittenhoefer Photography

                          from Ithaca, NY

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

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

                            Probably the sharpest and fastest focusing lens Canon has ever made. Creamy bokeh, blazing AF, perfect lens. Doesn't need an update.

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                            • No

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