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CanonEF 135mm f/2L USM Lens
 
4.9

(based on 557 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (522)

  • 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 (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.

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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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    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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        (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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          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

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            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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                  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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                            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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