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CanonEF 135mm f/2L USM Lens
 
4.9

(based on 624 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (586)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (35)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (534)
  • Nice bokeh (406)
  • Strong construction (383)
  • Consistent output (378)
  • Durable (321)

Cons

  • Heavy (52)
  • No IS (12)
  • Slow focus (6)
  • No image stabilization (5)
  • Poor in low light (5)

Best Uses

  • Weddings (319)
  • Low light (307)
  • Sports/action (284)
  • Night photography (165)
  • Wildlife photos (123)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (167), Pro photographer (154), Photo enthusiast (134), Professional (30), Semi-professional (29)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (417), 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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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The 135 is still the best...

By ARIEL

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

One of Canon's best and overlooked Lenses. I have a 70-200 2.8 and prefer this one over it for Weddings. True that the 200 is a better reach, but the 135 is sharper, lighter, and faster. I don't mind walking up a bit if I have too, just to get the razor sharp and beautiful pic. One thing about the lens though that bugs me a bit, is the focus wheel. For whatever reason I manage to turn it at times and mess up my picture when I am on Automatic Focus. It so close to the lens mount that I have to grab it a little weird to shoot. On most of the other lenses the focus wheel is a bit further for the size. But that's the only thing I can complain about. Everything else is outstanding. I tried it this past weekend on a Football practice for the kids and fell even more in love with the lens. I used it on a Canon 7D Mark 2 and found it to be quite fast and light compared to the 300mm I normally use, and the 70-200mm. Just a great lens. Super-fast and light. I included 2 pics from the practice. Hope this helps any of you considering this lens....

 
5.0

Get you one !

By Michael

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I love primes I love light weight fast lens. I love this Canon 135mm f/2. It is small 4 inches long light 1.65 lbs
fast f/2 best Bokeh I have ever seen. Compared to the Canon EF 70 - 200mm f/2.8 L which weighs 3.28 lbs,
7.8 inches long it a beast. I shoot weddings and portraits this lens is magical one of the premier lens ever made. I could shoot an entire wedding with my Canon 50mm f/1.2 and this 135mm f/2. Get you one.
Did I mention half the cost of the 70-200 zoom.

 
5.0

Lives up to its nickname "Lord of the Red Rings"

By Jana

from Undisclosed

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

This is one fine piece of glass!

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome

By Nghia

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Incredible lens. I shoot only prime lens (28mm f/1.8, 50mm f/1.4, and 85mm f/1.8). I started with the 28mm and 85mm on a Canon 60D (cropped sensor) for a few years years before upgrading to a Canon 6D (full frame sensor). I up my collection of lenses with the 50mm and 135mm. The 135mm is a huge jump in bokeh quality over the 85mm, but its a much heavier lens. Your arms will get tired faster and then camera shake becomes an even more of an issue as you struggle to hold the camera steady, but steady hands is incredibly important when you shoot with this lens wide open because the depth of focus is so shallow - a slight movement will put your subject out of focus and something in the background in focus. I've ruin a great number of shots this way, but when I do hit the subject dead on while shooting at F2, the results are pretty amazing. Its mostly an outdoor lens, but you can get some good shots in a big area indoor with enough light. I prefer my 85mm when shooting around people around the house.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A Very Rare "Must Have"

By Cory

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I've had most of the lenses within this realm and this one really is a cut above. It has that magical quality and then some and just allows you to have a different quality to your pics.
If you can live with the limitations of one focal length then this is the one to consider. Nothing's perfect, but I view not having this lens as a limitation.

 
5.0

I WOULD BUY IT AGAIN

By Enkeleon

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

VERY GOOD LENS

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent purchase!

By Jillian

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

So happy I finally purchased this fantastic lens. Solid build without being too exhausting to use. Beautiful bokeh. Would definitely recommend.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Perfect for my needs

By Ericka

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I wanted a prime lens that would fit most of my needs. My uses are primarily portrait, but I also brought it to the March on Washington, and it was perfect.
I am enjoying getting to know it better.

 
5.0

Great piece of glass!!

By Ram

from Texas

Verified Buyer

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

Just love the lens, takes amazing portraits! It is my first L lens and looking forward to getting more.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

My favorite portrait lens

By James

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

The EF 135 f/2 is a fabulous lens. Produces a dreamy bokeh allowing isolation of the main subject. I love this lens for tracking active grandkids. Also, it's a great prime for landscape work. I am drifting more and more to primes because they are fast and lightweight when compared to big, heavy zooms.

(0 of 24 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

This lens will change your world.

By Matthew

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Amazing. 4 start because it sucks at focusing in low light. So don't try to use it in low light.. am I right!? Amazing otherwise. This lens changed my world.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Highly recommend it!

By Brenda Robles

from Chicago, IL

Verified Buyer

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

I use this lens for my outdoor shoots. It is amazing! Gorgeous bokeh, very sharp and affordable compared to other lenses used for the same purpose. Do not doubt this purchase, it is worth it!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

AMAZING

By DianaMaru

from New York City

Verified Buyer

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

I can't believe I didn't buy this lens earlier in my career. It is fast, wonderful in low light, sharp and has a lovely bokeh.

Highly recommended.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Incredibly sharp and fast lens

By Russ

from San Jose

Verified Buyer

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

For use with the Metabones Speed Booster and Sony FS7. I conducted tests (HD 1920x1080) from lens settings at F2 through F11 using the 8x10 Digital Image Flow resolution chart with an Led lighting panel at 5500K, using camera Cine mode at native 2000 ISO, and color graded with Black Magic Resolve. This lens seems to slightly out-perform the Schneider 35mm T1.5 and 25mm T2.1 lens in resolution and contrast. Chromatic aberration is absent, and there are no induced artifacts on the Sony sensor.
The focus throw is very short and extreme care had to be taken to achieve good focus. I have never adjusted F-stop with the camera running, so the aperture clicks do not bother me.
Frankly I was blown away by the corner to corner sharpness of this lens.

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great for dark churches

By Danielle

from Western MA

Verified Buyer

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

This lens helped me deliver great ceremony shots from a dark church with super tall ceilings that I couldn't bounce my flash off of, and I'm so glad I had it in my bag. I started the ceremony using my 70-200 2.8L lens, but I switched to the 135 quickly to let in more light. The only thing that was tricky for me to get used to was the lack of internal stabilization- my 70-200 has it, so I've become accustomed to going a bit lower in shutter speed which I can't do with the 135 without risking blurry photos.

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Love this lens!

By Marie

from Eugene, Oregon

Verified Buyer

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

I got this lens a couple weeks ago and did a couple shoots with it for a couple people. This lens is so clear it's hard to believe, and boy does it have nice blur! I have a Canon cropped frame camera and it works beautifully on it. Yes, it makes it a bigger zoom, but it is not an issue for me in the least. This is by far my favorite lens. At the price point for a prime lens of this caliber, i would highly recommend it. My go to lens is my 70-200, but for portraits and sports, this will be the one I will grab most of the time.

(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A Great Addition!

By JBZ

from Saint Paul, MN

Verified Buyer

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

I had not given this 135mm F2 any consideration until recently. I stumbled upon many stellar reviews and I thought it would be a good lightweight alternative (although somewhat more limiting) than the 70-200 2.8 IS.

I've just had this a few weeks shooting it with my Canon 6D. The results are stellar. Although this lens has been around a while, it delivers on build quality, ergonomics, and sharpness. It is great for portraits and I will explore it's other uses.

I feel this is a very high value lens and I'm looking forward to years of use.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The best!!

By Cris M Photography

from Mexico

Verified Buyer

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

The bokeh and the sharpness are amazing. I love this lens for outdoor sessions such as maternity and family. Very nice lens

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

New favorite lens!

By Julia

from Nyc

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

I bought this lens a few weeks ago and so far it is my favorite one! It gives me 3 things I was looking for. 1. Very sharp images
2. Super creamy bookeh
3. Amazing in low light
I would highly recommend it!

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Super sharp

By Avoidingcupid

from South carolina

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

Couldn't belive how sharp. Will use often.

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