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Canon RF 135mm f/1.8 L IS USM Lens

BH #CA13518RF • MFR #5776C002
Canon RF 135mm f/1.8 L IS USM Lens
Key Features
  • RF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.8 to f/22
  • Nano USM AF System
  • Optical Image Stabilizer
Pairing a medium-telephoto focal length with an extremely bright maximum aperture, the Canon RF 135mm f/1.8 L IS USM offers an engaging mixture of high sharpness and shallow depth of field, making it an ideal choice for portrait subjects. Benefitting this desirable combination is an advanced L-series optical design, robust and weather-sealed construction, and fast AF along with dependable image stabilization for intuitive use.
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Canon RF 135mm F/1.8L IS USM Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Perfect Portrait Prime
  • 3L Series Optics
  • 4Nano USM Autofocus and Image Stabilization
  • 5Robust Design and Intuitive Handling
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Perfect Portrait Prime
Pairing a medium-telephoto focal length with an extremely bright maximum aperture, the Canon RF 135mm f/1.8 L IS USM offers an engaging mixture of high sharpness and shallow depth of field, making it an ideal choice for portrait subjects. Benefitting this desirable combination is an advanced L-series optical design, robust and weather-sealed construction, and fast AF along with dependable image stabilization for intuitive use.
L Series Optics
  • Impressively bright f/1.8 maximum aperture affords extensive control over depth of field for selective focus applications and also benefits working in low-light situations.
  • Three ultra-low dispersion elements control a variety of aberrations in order to achieve high sharpness, clarity, and accurate color rendering.
  • Both Air Sphere and Super Spectra Coatings improve image quality by maintaining high contrast and color accuracy while reducing lens flare and ghosting when working in strong lighting conditions.
  • Rounded nine-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing bokeh quality.
    Nano USM Autofocus and Image Stabilization
    • Nano USM delivers fast, accurate, and near silent autofocus performance to benefit both photo and video applications.
    • Customizable Lens Function buttons on the barrel permit intuitive tactile control and rapid access to shooting settings.
    • Benefitting handheld and monopod-based shooting, Optical Image Stabilization compensates for 5.5 stops of camera shake, or up to 8 stops if paired with in-body image stabilization, for sharper imagery.
    Robust Design and Intuitive Handling
    • Weather-sealed design for reliable use in inclement conditions.
    • Fluorine coating on front element helps repel moisture, dust, and fingerprints and is also easier to clean.
    • Configurable Control Ring can be used to adjust a variety of exposure settings, including aperture, ISO, and exposure compensation.

    Canon RF 135mm F/1.8L IS USM Specs

    Focal Length135mm
    Maximum Aperturef/1.8
    Minimum Aperturef/22
    Lens MountCanon RF
    Lens Format CoverageFull-Frame
    Angle of View18°
    Minimum Focus Distance2.3' / 70 cm
    Maximum Magnification0.26x
    Optical Design17 Elements in 12 Groups
    Diaphragm Blades9, Rounded
    Focus TypeAutofocus
    Image StabilizationYes
    Filter Size82 mm (Front)
    Dimensions (ø x L)3.5 x 5.1" / 89.2 x 130.3 mm
    Weight2.1 lb / 935 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight2.87 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH)11.1 x 5.4 x 5.4"

    Canon RF 135mm F/1.8L IS USM Reviews

    Canon at it's BEST.

    By David
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2023-02-01

    As an owner of both the RF 50mm 1.2 & RF 85mm f1.2, I'm utterly shocked that Canon can continue to make unbelievably *sharper* glass. On top of that, this is truly as close as optically perfect a lens can be. No chromatic aberration at 1.8, sharp corner to corner, silent ultrafast autofocus, best in class IS, and bokeh that will blow your mind. Definitely suited for Portraits mainly (Weddings!), but could be great for sports or even product photography. You can also surprisingly focus close with this lens as well (not macro or anything), but closer than the RF 70-200 at 135mm for sure. Video autofocus is also excellent on this lens. Feels very good in hand, well weighted (not too heavy). Custom button (it's only one, two on the lens for vertical/horizontal shooting) feels good and well built. Tank of a lens, handles better than the 85mm on my R3 body. Bokeh is unique on this lens, may not be to everyone's taste. It's super smooth and will make any chaotic background disappear. BUT, it does warp the bokeh in the corners that gives an oval look to the image. Personally I like this as it separates itself against the RF 85mm because of this characteristic alone. See my sample photos. Overall worth every penny. I know photographers will have a tough time choosing this or the RF 85mm f1.2. Honestly they're both great and you'll be happier with either. Choose the look you want to go for.

    A MUST have Beast!

    By Rohan
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2023-01-30

    A MUST have Beast. A MUST have portrait lens! Yes it IS better than EF version with supreme image quality. Indoor games and evening events are going to thank you for adding this beautiful glass in your arsenal. Highly recommend.

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