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Title: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: ssriraman on November 07, 2010, 04:09:38 AM
Pictures taken using EF135mm f/2L USM. These are clicked using Xti.

Location: Gangai konda cholapuram, India. World heritage Site.
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2677/4162120372_625aa18a22.jpg)

Location: Bhradeeshwara temple, Tanjore. World heritage Site.
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2488/4162149578_0944775ba0.jpg)

Location: Kalashethra Dance School, Chennai.
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4073/4959123793_f55e7c7761.jpg)

Location: Kalashethra Dance School, Chennai.
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4109/4957797708_27f031b7dc.jpg)
Title: Baby goats with Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: CR Backup Admin on February 16, 2011, 03:16:58 PM
We have some new babies, baby Nigerian Dwarf goats.  They were born 2 nights ago, but are out enjoying the mild weather we've been having, hardly any snow left.

I selected my 135mm L for the images on my 5D MK II, it let me stand back a little but still fill the frame.

Its really difficult to get a good exposure, the DR is tremendous from almost pure black to pure white.  I did crop them so I could see their features and markings better. Both are females.

(http://www.mount-spokane-photography.com/Pets/Goats/Baby-Goatsuntitled-2628/1189537164_nTFUd-XL.jpg)

(http://www.mount-spokane-photography.com/Pets/Goats/Baby-Goatsuntitled-2613/1189535877_LV5H9-XL.jpg)

I don't think they eat grain yet, but this one is curious and checking it out.  They nurse the mother goat.

(http://www.mount-spokane-photography.com/Pets/Goats/Baby-Goatsuntitled-2610/1189534478_KPcZw-XL.jpg)
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: danielfliu on February 22, 2011, 10:29:37 AM
Extreme close up portraits with the 135L is amazing! For a time I used that lens exclusively for my indoor dance shots.

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4037/4590145329_6f007b21d0_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/danielliu/4590145329/)
Cornelia (http://www.flickr.com/photos/danielliu/4590145329/) by Daniel f. Liu (http://www.flickr.com/people/danielliu/), on Flickr
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4116/4825383064_18451b7c36_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/danielliu/4825383064/)
Dance Portrait V (http://www.flickr.com/photos/danielliu/4825383064/) by Daniel f. Liu (http://www.flickr.com/people/danielliu/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: fesapo on May 29, 2011, 11:36:43 PM
Taken with the 7D:

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5068/5691467375_267500037c_m.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/5691467375/)
Gossip Girls (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/5691467375/) by Fesapo (http://www.flickr.com/people/fesapo/), on Flickr

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5187/5659778112_00caf9a74e_m.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/5659778112/)
Sun Drops (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/5659778112/) by Fesapo (http://www.flickr.com/people/fesapo/), on Flickr

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2066/5720324761_f3b89bd4fe_m.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/5720324761/)
It's Beautiful to Be (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/5720324761/) by Fesapo (http://www.flickr.com/people/fesapo/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: macfly on May 30, 2011, 12:05:47 AM
It's the best lens in my camera case!
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Mrs. Canon on May 31, 2011, 10:06:34 PM
It has such beautiful bokeh.
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: fesapo on June 01, 2011, 05:09:09 AM
Another one! This lens is seriously one of the best things I have ever purchased (camera or non-camera)!

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2019/5783777769_b2a31c2421_m.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/5783777769/)
A Real Head-Scratcher (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/5783777769/) by Fesapo (http://www.flickr.com/people/fesapo/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: fesapo on June 02, 2011, 10:07:16 PM
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3038/5792028360_8ce885552c_m.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/5792028360/)
Girl With an Umbrella (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/5792028360/) by Fesapo (http://www.flickr.com/people/fesapo/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: distant.star on June 02, 2011, 11:20:24 PM

It sure does. It's the last lens I'd give up.

That's a gorgeous picture.



It has such beautiful bokeh.
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: fotografiasi on June 03, 2011, 10:00:15 AM
I really like Sun Drops and It's Beautiful to Be by Fesapo.

Very nice lens indeed the 135L. I borrowed it for a wedding photoshoot until my 70-200 2.8 is II comes next week. Here's one if the photos (touch of a kiss)...

(http://a2.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/251252_1897481030003_1030942774_31933887_5395349_n.jpg)



Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Tastino0 on June 03, 2011, 10:44:09 AM
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http://www.flickr.com/photos/tastino0/5675017255/



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135L+ EOS 550D.
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: fesapo on June 06, 2011, 01:17:08 AM
I really like Sun Drops and It's Beautiful to Be by Fesapo.

Very nice lens indeed the 135L. I borrowed it for a wedding photoshoot until my 70-200 2.8 is II comes next week. Here's one if the photos (touch of a kiss)...

Thanks! And right back atcha -- that's a beautiful wedding photo!
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: neuroanatomist on June 06, 2011, 03:46:31 PM
"Higher!"

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EOS 5D Mark II, EF 135mm f/2L USM, 1/1600 s, f/2.2, ISO 100
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Redreflex on June 06, 2011, 04:14:17 PM
My first attempt at public photo sharing, so here goes...

1. EOS XSi (450D), EF 135mm f/2L, 1/2000s, f/2.5, ISO 200
2. EOS XSi (450D), EF 135mm f/2L, 1/2000s, f/2.8, ISO 200
3. EOS XSi (450D), EF 135mm f/2L, 1/3200s, f/2.8, ISO 200

Constructive comments welcome!

P.S. How can I display the above info above/below each photo? Also, how is it that ssriraman's and not 'clickable', i.e. not downloadable? How can I do that?
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: fesapo on June 12, 2011, 02:53:19 AM
Buy a Kit Kat, help raise money for the Japanese Red Cross Society!

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2091/5823617502_10eb9e2949_m.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/5823617502/)
Kit Kat ずんだ風味 (Zunda Flavour) 01 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/5823617502/) by Fesapo (http://www.flickr.com/people/fesapo/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: fesapo on June 19, 2011, 06:30:23 AM
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3045/5847470815_2fa811656a_m.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/5847470815/)
Softly, as in an Evening Sunset (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/5847470815/) by Fesapo (http://www.flickr.com/people/fesapo/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: fesapo on July 07, 2011, 02:21:19 AM
Mō i-kai! Mō i-kai!

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6014/5910814565_bafaf86d72_m.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/5910814565/)
Kirin by the Crate (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/5910814565/) by Fesapo (http://www.flickr.com/people/fesapo/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: fesapo on July 13, 2011, 08:30:47 PM
Summer's upon us in Japan -- gotta put the "mushi" in "mushiatsui"!

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6006/5920487548_6ba7e820e6_m.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/5920487548/)
The Ledge (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/5920487548/) by Fesapo (http://www.flickr.com/people/fesapo/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Tastino0 on July 14, 2011, 04:13:56 PM
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http://www.flickr.com/photos/tastino0/5937948326


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Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: fesapo on July 17, 2011, 03:22:40 AM
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6137/5945087388_e0c1aab559_m.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/5945087388/)
Potential (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/5945087388/) by Fesapo (http://www.flickr.com/people/fesapo/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: mrian on July 19, 2011, 01:44:24 PM
One of the first few shots I took after getting this baby.

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4066/4678110377_21b56033e5.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ianclarito/4678110377/)
a033 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ianclarito/4678110377/) by ianclarito (http://www.flickr.com/people/ianclarito/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: PXL_Pusher on July 19, 2011, 01:59:44 PM
The sample shots of this lens are great and I love the saturation it seems to capture!

I currently own the 100mm f/2.8L Macro (which is also a great portrait prime) and have been trying to decide if to jump on another fast prime (ex. 135mm f/2L or the 200mm f/2.8L). The issue i'm running into is deciding between these primes or going for a 70-200mm f2.8L (non-MKII, simply because I don't have that in my current budget). For the 200 prime, I can get the same aperture out of the zoom, but how much would IQ suffer?  and is the 135mm enough of a difference from my 100mm macro to make it worth it? I'm shooting with a 7D, and currently only have a sigma 50mm 1.4 as my other lens, so moving around for framing is not new to me. Anyone interested in giving me me their two cents?

Lastly, I know i'm being lazy by not making a trip to google, but is this lens weather sealed?
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: dstppy on July 19, 2011, 04:26:55 PM
The sample shots of this lens are great and I love the saturation it seems to capture!

I currently own the 100mm f/2.8L Macro (which is also a great portrait prime) and have been trying to decide if to jump on another fast prime (ex. 135mm f/2L or the 200mm f/2.8L). The issue i'm running into is deciding between these primes or going for a 70-200mm f2.8L (non-MKII, simply because I don't have that in my current budget). For the 200 prime, I can get the same aperture out of the zoom, but how much would IQ suffer?  and is the 135mm enough of a difference from my 100mm macro to make it worth it? I'm shooting with a 7D, and currently only have a sigma 50mm 1.4 as my other lens, so moving around for framing is not new to me. Anyone interested in giving me me their two cents?

Lastly, I know i'm being lazy by not making a trip to google, but is this lens weather sealed?

Aren't *ALL* "L" lenses weather sealed?

The 200mm L is on my short list as well. 

At $800 and it being a black lens, it's a lot more low-key than the 'big white lens' -- it's supposed to be REALLY sharp.
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: c-law on July 19, 2011, 06:11:15 PM
PXL_Pusher, check out this link to compare the IQ of the 200 prime verses the 70-200 II: ISO 12233 Chart 100% Crops (http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/ISO-12233-Sample-Crops.aspx?Lens=687&Camera=453&Sample=0&FLI=3&API=0&LensComp=245&CameraComp=0&FLIComp=0&APIComp=0)

And this one to compare the difference between the 100mm f/2.8 and 135mm f/2: 135mm F/2 & 100mm F/2.8 L (Subject Isolation) (http://frontallobbings.blogspot.com/2011/02/135mm-f2-100mm-f28-l-subject-isolation.html)


Chris
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: T2iShooter on July 19, 2011, 06:54:58 PM
No, not all L lenses are weather sealed. The 70-200 f/4 being a good example of non-sealed.

As for the 135 f/2 vs 200 f2.8 issue, it's mostly personal preference. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think the 135 is slightly sharper. If you want the extra f-stop, and don't need the extra 65mm of focal length, and are willing to spend ~$300 extra, then go for it.

For the 200 f/2.8 vs. Original 70-200 f/2.8 IS, the prime is sharper, but the zoom is more versatile (being a zoom and all...).
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: PXL_Pusher on July 20, 2011, 09:53:52 AM
The sample shots of this lens are great and I love the saturation it seems to capture!

I currently own the 100mm f/2.8L Macro (which is also a great portrait prime) and have been trying to decide if to jump on another fast prime (ex. 135mm f/2L or the 200mm f/2.8L). The issue i'm running into is deciding between these primes or going for a 70-200mm f2.8L (non-MKII, simply because I don't have that in my current budget). For the 200 prime, I can get the same aperture out of the zoom, but how much would IQ suffer?  and is the 135mm enough of a difference from my 100mm macro to make it worth it? I'm shooting with a 7D, and currently only have a sigma 50mm 1.4 as my other lens, so moving around for framing is not new to me. Anyone interested in giving me me their two cents?

Lastly, I know i'm being lazy by not making a trip to google, but is this lens weather sealed?

Aren't *ALL* "L" lenses weather sealed?

The 200mm L is on my short list as well. 

At $800 and it being a black lens, it's a lot more low-key than the 'big white lens' -- it's supposed to be REALLY sharp.


As T2iShooter pointed out, not all "L" lenses are weather sealed. And I could be wrong, but I believe I have heard that the more expensive L lenses have a more intricate (higher level) of weather sealing to protect it from the elements. What you said about the lens being low key when compared to one of the 70-200's - that's a major plus.

c-law :  thanks for the links, i'm always reading reviews on there and have never noticed the comparison crop charts. Very useful  :D
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: dstppy on July 20, 2011, 12:08:35 PM
The sample shots of this lens are great and I love the saturation it seems to capture!

I currently own the 100mm f/2.8L Macro (which is also a great portrait prime) and have been trying to decide if to jump on another fast prime (ex. 135mm f/2L or the 200mm f/2.8L). The issue i'm running into is deciding between these primes or going for a 70-200mm f2.8L (non-MKII, simply because I don't have that in my current budget). For the 200 prime, I can get the same aperture out of the zoom, but how much would IQ suffer?  and is the 135mm enough of a difference from my 100mm macro to make it worth it? I'm shooting with a 7D, and currently only have a sigma 50mm 1.4 as my other lens, so moving around for framing is not new to me. Anyone interested in giving me me their two cents?

Lastly, I know i'm being lazy by not making a trip to google, but is this lens weather sealed?

Aren't *ALL* "L" lenses weather sealed?

The 200mm L is on my short list as well. 

At $800 and it being a black lens, it's a lot more low-key than the 'big white lens' -- it's supposed to be REALLY sharp.


As T2iShooter pointed out, not all "L" lenses are weather sealed. And I could be wrong, but I believe I have heard that the more expensive L lenses have a more intricate (higher level) of weather sealing to protect it from the elements. What you said about the lens being low key when compared to one of the 70-200's - that's a major plus.

c-law :  thanks for the links, i'm always reading reviews on there and have never noticed the comparison crop charts. Very useful  :D

Weird; for L cash I'd have expected they were all sealed :/

Check that link again . . . when I pulled it up, it had the MKII instead of the previous gen selected.
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Mt Spokane Photography on July 20, 2011, 01:30:06 PM
Weird; for L cash I'd have expected they were all sealed :/

It depends on the design and intended use of a lens.  Its not practical, for example, to seal a push-pull design, but it was popular a several years ago.  Same for a TS_E lens.  Any lens that extends while zooming or focusing is impractical to seal, but the design keeps weight and cost down.  Some of the older designs were around before sealing became popular, so there are lots of choices.

If you need weather sealing, be sure to select a lens with that feature.  Having a choice can be a good thing.
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: neuroanatomist on July 20, 2011, 02:19:36 PM
The 200mm L is on my short list as well.   

At $800 and it being a black lens, it's a lot more low-key than the 'big white lens' -- it's supposed to be REALLY sharp.

To be specific, you mean the 200mm f/2.8L II.  "200 L" could also refer to the 200mm f/2L IS - which is not black, not low-key, definitely no where near $800, but is really REALLY sharp. 

The 200/2.8L II is a very nice lens - I had one for a while, which I sold after getting the 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II.  One thing to note is that you need a fair bit of light to handhold a non-IS lens at 200mm, especially on a crop body.

Weird; for L cash I'd have expected they were all sealed :/

It depends on the design and intended use of a lens.  Its not practical, for example, to seal a push-pull design, but it was popular a several years ago.  Same for a TS_E lens.  Any lens that extends while zooming or focusing is impractical to seal, but the design keeps weight and cost down.  Some of the older designs were around before sealing became popular, so there are lots of choices.

If you need weather sealing, be sure to select a lens with that feature.  Having a choice can be a good thing.

It also depends on the design date, I think.  A push-pull design isn't a problem - the 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L has a push-pull design similar to the 100-400mm, but the 28-300mm is weather-sealed.  Extending zooms like the 24-105mm and 24-70mm are weather-sealed, too.

Canon started offering 'dust- and weather-resistant' lenses in late 1999.  Before that, the white primes and zooms did have weather sealing under the switches and focus/zoom rings (so the 100-400mm, 400/5.6L, 300/4L IS, etc. all have some degree of sealing) - what's lacking is seal at the mount gasket.

L primes after 2006 are also weather-sealed - so, the 85mm f/1.2L II from 2006 is not, whereas the 50mm f/1.2L (released in 2007) is, as are the 14mm f/2.8L II, the 24mm f/2.8L II, and the 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS. 
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: dstppy on July 21, 2011, 11:14:46 AM
Re: weather sealing -- I get it now.  Makes sense. I'm too timid (with camera equipment) to NEED weather proofing.  I DOVE into my car after my 15-85mm got sprayed with snow coming off a drift and was beading up on the camera/lens (just to dry it off).  I suppose that fear will fade with time.

The 200mm L is on my short list as well.   

At $800 and it being a black lens, it's a lot more low-key than the 'big white lens' -- it's supposed to be REALLY sharp.

To be specific, you mean the 200mm f/2.8L II.  "200 L" could also refer to the 200mm f/2L IS - which is not black, not low-key, definitely no where near $800, but is really REALLY sharp. 

The 200/2.8L II is a very nice lens - I had one for a while, which I sold after getting the 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II.  One thing to note is that you need a fair bit of light to handhold a non-IS lens at 200mm, especially on a crop body.

This is true - I only found out the f2 version existed yesterday and . . . wow.  Sharpness does NOT come cheap over 100mm -- I was eyeing the 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM II after so much talk about it here and could just HEAR the wife spelling it out to me: d-i-v-o-r-c-e  ;D

If I arrange some trip where I could use it (she likes to travel) -- I could easily throw that one by her in the form of a rental :)
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Tastino0 on July 21, 2011, 08:17:43 PM
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Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: fesapo on July 21, 2011, 09:28:01 PM
I loved this Japanese Buddy Rich look-alike -- he was the best part of the show!

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6021/5962753640_d96d362f3b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/5962753640/)
The Japanese Buddy Rich (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/5962753640/) by Fesapo (http://www.flickr.com/people/fesapo/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Tastino0 on July 24, 2011, 05:32:29 AM
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Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: fesapo on July 25, 2011, 12:32:26 AM
School's out for summer!

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6007/5971805991_a049aca398_m.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/5971805991/)
Homeward Bound (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/5971805991/) by Fesapo (http://www.flickr.com/people/fesapo/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: fesapo on July 27, 2011, 10:57:52 PM
Look who popped his head out for my composition!

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6149/5982638867_55c995504c_m.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/5982638867/)
Kitty Surprise (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/5982638867/) by Fesapo (http://www.flickr.com/people/fesapo/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: fesapo on July 29, 2011, 09:59:55 AM
An inherently evil cat!

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6122/5986284146_2cca20b78b_m.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/5986284146/)
I Will Destroy You (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/5986284146/) by Fesapo (http://www.flickr.com/people/fesapo/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Tastino0 on July 30, 2011, 03:05:37 AM
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Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Dr.Jones on July 30, 2011, 04:45:07 AM
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http://www.flickr.com/photos/tastino0/5980308179/


Tastino I really like your photos, and the idea with black header and footer just works so very well. Your pictures look very crispy according to the image quality. This makes me wanna buy this lens even more!
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: fesapo on July 31, 2011, 10:26:46 PM
Tastino I really like your photos, and the idea with black header and footer just works so very well. Your pictures look very crispy according to the image quality. This makes me wanna buy this lens even more!

Agreed! Tastino, your shots are very nice to look at.  The black bars and desaturation really give them a cinematic feel.
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: fesapo on July 31, 2011, 10:40:36 PM
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6137/5996183978_c6d89c1c4b_m.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/5996183978/)
Stare Into My Soul (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/5996183978/) by Fesapo (http://www.flickr.com/people/fesapo/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Tastino0 on August 01, 2011, 05:39:00 AM
Tastino I really like your photos, and the idea with black header and footer just works so very well. Your pictures look very crispy according to the image quality. This makes me wanna buy this lens even more!

Agreed! Tastino, your shots are very nice to look at.  The black bars and desaturation really give them a cinematic feel.
Thank you guys! ;)
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: bycostello on August 01, 2011, 07:56:40 AM
all great images esp above poppy pic
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: bchernicoff on August 01, 2011, 02:46:45 PM
Let me ask the group...I own a 70-200 f/2.8 IS Mk II. Would I see enough of a difference with the 135 @f/2 to make it worth buying a nice used one?
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Mt Spokane Photography on August 01, 2011, 03:24:43 PM
Let me ask the group...I own a 70-200 f/2.8 IS Mk II. Would I see enough of a difference with the 135 @f/2 to make it worth buying a nice used one?

I have had both and kept the 135mm L.  Not because of IQ so much as weight and that slightly larger aperture does help, since I find myself needing all the light I can get.

The 70-200 is absolutely supurb while the 135 is more of a speciality lens.  I really would not recommend that you switch, and I doubt that you would gain anything unless you shoot in very dark areas with moving subjects, for stills, the IS will get you there and then some.

My 135mmL is not going away anytime soon!
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: neuroanatomist on August 01, 2011, 03:57:47 PM
Let me ask the group...I own a 70-200 f/2.8 IS Mk II. Would I see enough of a difference with the 135 @f/2 to make it worth buying a nice used one?

I have and use both.  For low light action shooting, the 135mm f/2L is very useful.  It's also great for tight portraits where you have a busy background that you want to blur out.  For general use, the 70-200mm f2.8L IS II is great.  The IQ with the prime is no better than that with the zoom (haven't we come a long way?), so unless you have a specific need for an f/2 lens, I'd say stick with the zoom. 

Personally, I have 7-8x more shots from the 70-200mm II - it's a much more versatile lens.  Of the shots with the 135L, 90% of them are shot wider than f/2.8 (mostly f/2-f/2.2).
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Kernuak on August 01, 2011, 03:59:28 PM
I got my 135 f/2 purely for photographing pine martens in low light, but I've also used it for near macro work coupled to extension tubes, where you can get some very narrow depth of field effects (which I want to experiment some more with). I've also found myself wanting to do more portrait work since getting it too, simply because of the "look" it gives you. With this lens, it's not just the sharpness, but the whole package it brings you, so it isn't an easy lens to compare to others. For general work though, it probably wouldn't give you anything over the 70-200, it simply isn't quite as versatile.
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Mt Spokane Photography on August 01, 2011, 04:28:21 PM
Looking at images I've retained in lightroom from 2010 and so far in 2011, I see that my favorite lenses are the 135mm L and the 35mmL which I just bought last August.  The favorites change depending on what and when I shoot.  we have had poor weather so far this year, cold and rainy, but my 24-105 will get lots more use now that things are nicer outdoors.   I also have some new lenses not yet reflected in the totals, a 15-85mm and a 35-350mmL.  I have a 17mm wide angle, but wide angles just don't get much use from me.

These are only a fraction of the images taken, I toss most of them or I'd be buried.


Lens                  2010   2011
24-105mmL       867     244
35mmL              248     1014
50mm 1.4          704     125
85mm 1.8          446     354
100mmL            176     55
135mmL            1005   865
70-200mm f/4    90      230
100-400mm L    146     58
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: bchernicoff on August 02, 2011, 10:19:07 AM
Thanks for the advice.
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: fesapo on August 09, 2011, 03:22:07 AM
Not too too bad for ISO 3200:

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6084/6024256256_51f188e3a7_m.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6024256256/)
Attention Getter (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6024256256/) by Fesapo (http://www.flickr.com/people/fesapo/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: etto72 on August 09, 2011, 01:10:21 PM
Wonderful lens
incredibly sharp!!!
One of the very best L lens (and probably among the cheapest!?

Would love a mk II with IS




(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4111/5066671322_0b05d4bce0_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/54702677@N03/5066671322/)
_MG_4835.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/54702677@N03/5066671322/) by studiocharlot (http://www.flickr.com/people/54702677@N03/), on Flickr



(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5250/5328066668_1b9582ec04_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/54702677@N03/5328066668/)
_MG_9751.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/54702677@N03/5328066668/) by studiocharlot (http://www.flickr.com/people/54702677@N03/), on Flickr



http://www.flickriver.com/photos/54702677@N03/
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: eaw213 on August 10, 2011, 02:39:21 AM
My Flickr Page (http://www.flickr.com/photos/eaw213/)

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2794/4019083652_c0067f3352_b.jpg)


(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5087/5333146041_1d719e00b6_b.jpg)


(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5248/5333145491_b83b7564e4_b.jpg)


(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5228/5652527269_de0d7b7619_b.jpg)

My Flickr Page (http://www.flickr.com/photos/eaw213/)
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: fesapo on August 11, 2011, 01:50:46 AM
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6064/6030979237_2ff28e4b09_m.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6030979237/)
Free and Clear (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6030979237/) by Fesapo (http://www.flickr.com/people/fesapo/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Tastino0 on August 11, 2011, 05:22:46 PM
(http://i56.tinypic.com/avlf6q.jpg)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tastino0/6028431726/

(http://i55.tinypic.com/5n5avc.jpg)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tastino0/6033229814/

(http://i51.tinypic.com/bg5kie.jpg)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tastino0/6025968513/

(http://i55.tinypic.com/256a07q.jpg)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tastino0/6022678860

(http://i53.tinypic.com/j8m72u.jpg)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tastino0/6009228545/
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Haydn1971 on August 11, 2011, 05:57:46 PM
Will you guys stop posting 135mm shots !!!!  There's a second hand one in my local camera shop for £700 and I'm itching to go buy it !!!!  ;-)
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: fesapo on August 12, 2011, 08:13:35 AM
Will you guys stop posting 135mm shots !!!!  There's a second hand one in my local camera shop for £700 and I'm itching to go buy it !!!!  ;-)

You've gotta scratch that itch, mate! Will be the best decision you've made all week ... possibly all month or all year too!
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: UpbeatCynic on August 12, 2011, 09:22:49 AM
Tastin0 -- your photos are wonderful.  The cinematic feel you evoke is absolutely brilliant; keep up the good work.
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Haydn1971 on August 12, 2011, 11:32:49 AM
Will you guys stop posting 135mm shots !!!!  There's a second hand one in my local camera shop for £700 and I'm itching to go buy it !!!!  ;-)

You've gotta scratch that itch, mate! Will be the best decision you've made all week ... possibly all month or all year too!

Oh dear, I am so weak !   Bought it today, lovely example hardly used, looks like new, the previous owner is apparently a "pro" and regular customer, just wasn't using it, so traded in.

My wife ain't happy though ;-)
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: dstppy on August 12, 2011, 11:44:01 AM

Oh dear, I am so weak !   Bought it today, lovely example hardly used, looks like new, the previous owner is apparently a "pro" and regular customer, just wasn't using it, so traded in.

My wife ain't happy though ;-)

Oddly enough, if it had LV on it and was some dreadful color . . . and you paid 3x that amount for it, she'd be fine with it, no? ;)

Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Haydn1971 on August 12, 2011, 12:13:09 PM
Oddly enough, if it had LV on it and was some dreadful color . . . and you paid 3x that amount for it, she'd be fine with it, no? ;)

Thankfully I haven't got that problem !
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: dstppy on August 12, 2011, 01:06:26 PM
Oddly enough, if it had LV on it and was some dreadful color . . . and you paid 3x that amount for it, she'd be fine with it, no? ;)

Thankfully I haven't got that problem !

Hehe good for you.  My response to mine is always "you have more money than I do, all of mine goes to toys" :D
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: fesapo on August 14, 2011, 09:25:05 PM
A couple new-ish ones:

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6149/6043868406_26cc6b42ca_m.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6043868406/)
Sing a Song of Summer (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6043868406/) by Fesapo (http://www.flickr.com/people/fesapo/), on Flickr

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6122/6039579581_9dfdc5874e_m.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6039579581/)
A Most Peculiar Day (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6039579581/) by Fesapo (http://www.flickr.com/people/fesapo/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: fesapo on August 18, 2011, 02:15:02 AM
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6181/6054102633_9d3f25d4f5_m.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6054102633/)
Dream of Light (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6054102633/) by Fesapo (http://www.flickr.com/people/fesapo/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: liberace on August 18, 2011, 10:03:34 AM

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6122/6039579581_9dfdc5874e_m.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6039579581/)
A Most Peculiar Day (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6039579581/) by Fesapo (http://www.flickr.com/people/fesapo/), on Flickr

I've been interested to find out how this lens / focal length performed on a 7D. Is that picture cropped in anyway?
It's hard to tell because of the resizing, but judging by the wall at the bottom right of the photo, it seems incredibly sharp right to the corners?
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Tastino0 on August 23, 2011, 04:16:48 AM
(http://i51.tinypic.com/2wgx47d.jpg)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tastino0/6061853205/


(http://i51.tinypic.com/5plzx1.jpg)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tastino0/6057110376/


(http://i52.tinypic.com/15ds0eh.jpg)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tastino0/6070696880/


(http://i53.tinypic.com/208d8bd.jpg)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tastino0/6034639118/


(http://i56.tinypic.com/wqviip.jpg)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tastino0/6072109011/
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: fesapo on August 24, 2011, 01:51:40 AM

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6122/6039579581_9dfdc5874e_m.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6039579581/)
A Most Peculiar Day (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6039579581/) by Fesapo (http://www.flickr.com/people/fesapo/), on Flickr

I've been interested to find out how this lens / focal length performed on a 7D. Is that picture cropped in anyway?
It's hard to tell because of the resizing, but judging by the wall at the bottom right of the photo, it seems incredibly sharp right to the corners?

I cropped it significantly.  Much more of the wall is present in the original image.
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: fesapo on August 24, 2011, 11:29:01 PM
I finally decided to create an entire set on Flickr devoted to this lens.  If the mood should strike you, please feel free to take a look (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/sets/72157627388182707/with/6077747721/)!

A couple of my latest additions:
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6084/6077751159_7073b5058f_m.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6077751159/)
Drink Coke (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6077751159/) by Fesapo (http://www.flickr.com/people/fesapo/), on Flickr

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6069/6078296330_8330bb06c6_m.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6078296330/)
The Wood's All Good (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6078296330/) by Fesapo (http://www.flickr.com/people/fesapo/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: fesapo on August 25, 2011, 10:27:45 PM
A favourite from my June trip to Tokyo:

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6071/6081490618_63db683a80.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6081490618/)
Hot-Crossed (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6081490618/) by Fesapo (http://www.flickr.com/people/fesapo/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: fesapo on August 30, 2011, 12:26:44 AM
A glimpse of Lake Shinji, one of the most picturesque lakes in all of Japan:

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6086/6094282471_fbc14abe70.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6094282471/)
Where I'll Be (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6094282471/) by Fesapo (http://www.flickr.com/people/fesapo/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: fesapo on August 31, 2011, 09:47:33 PM
A couple new ones today!

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6080/6101199081_67b825191d_m.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6101199081/)
Heaven on Earth (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6101199081/) by Fesapo (http://www.flickr.com/people/fesapo/), on Flickr

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6081/6101737284_45783ab0d8_m.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6101737284/)
Stop Calling Me (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6101737284/) by Fesapo (http://www.flickr.com/people/fesapo/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: fesapo on September 02, 2011, 03:29:43 AM
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6074/6104277129_e78d6474db_m.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6104277129/)
Yasugi Bushi (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6104277129/) by Fesapo (http://www.flickr.com/people/fesapo/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: fesapo on September 04, 2011, 02:58:08 AM
More from Tokyo!

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6196/6110333405_03f0507b08.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6110333405/)
Shibuya Street Kids (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6110333405/) by Fesapo (http://www.flickr.com/people/fesapo/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: fesapo on September 05, 2011, 01:37:32 AM
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6198/6114538446_3cf38e0926_m.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6114538446/)
Smug (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6114538446/) by Fesapo (http://www.flickr.com/people/fesapo/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: fesapo on September 05, 2011, 10:40:00 PM
My humble Japanese city threw a massive dance party last weekend!

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6065/6118027791_3dc6f7db6b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6118027791/)
Bobcat Jump! (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6118027791/) by Fesapo (http://www.flickr.com/people/fesapo/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Tastino0 on September 07, 2011, 01:37:28 AM
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6064/6123075026_7077fd4d80.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/tastino0/6123075026/)
In My Head. (http://www.flickr.com/photos/tastino0/6123075026/) di Tastino0 (http://www.flickr.com/people/tastino0/), su Flickr

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6068/6115539680_643135886a.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/tastino0/6115539680/)
Moments. (http://www.flickr.com/photos/tastino0/6115539680/) di Tastino0 (http://www.flickr.com/people/tastino0/), su Flickr

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6194/6111117099_860ccbb0e4.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/tastino0/6111117099/)
Peace. (http://www.flickr.com/photos/tastino0/6111117099/) di Tastino0 (http://www.flickr.com/people/tastino0/), su Flickr

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6184/6105550400_b7abafe70e.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/tastino0/6105550400/)
Dying. (http://www.flickr.com/photos/tastino0/6105550400/) di Tastino0 (http://www.flickr.com/people/tastino0/), su Flickr


You can also more picture on my Facebook Fan Page (https://www.facebook.com/Tastino0Photography0) or on mayor Social Network Pages on my Sign below :)
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: fesapo on September 08, 2011, 11:01:11 PM
Tastino0, again, simply gorgeous photos! I especially love "Moments".  Keep it up! Keep it up!!

Here are a couple more shots from the dance parade I caught in my Japanese city:

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6062/6128820966_8b38e4dde8_m.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6128820966/)
Having a Laugh (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6128820966/) by Fesapo (http://www.flickr.com/people/fesapo/), on Flickr

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6079/6128275379_50602dae6f_m.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6128275379/)
Poised (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6128275379/) by Fesapo (http://www.flickr.com/people/fesapo/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: fesapo on September 10, 2011, 12:03:17 AM
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6089/6131906006_60d810623f_m.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6131906006/)
Life's Rich Pageant (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6131906006/) by Fesapo (http://www.flickr.com/people/fesapo/), on Flickr

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6202/6131911846_8eb56e936a_m.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6131911846/)
Elaborate Expression (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6131911846/) by Fesapo (http://www.flickr.com/people/fesapo/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: lol on September 10, 2011, 06:27:17 PM
(https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-f3RnKsj-3Kg/TmlD_-0ETMI/AAAAAAAAHO4/BBYOjKYzgtg/s800/IMG_4762.JPG) (http://fav.me/d499oxq)
Click for full size download.

(bought this for astrophotography, but I had to test it on something before then...)
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: fesapo on September 12, 2011, 12:36:45 AM
A couple more from my last visit to Shibuya, Tokyo:

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6198/6138758196_bd3738cd6b_m.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6138758196/)
Passersby (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6138758196/) by Fesapo (http://www.flickr.com/people/fesapo/), on Flickr

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6179/6138199669_6fcdc6d998_m.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6138199669/)
デイブズ Not Here, Man... (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6138199669/) by Fesapo (http://www.flickr.com/people/fesapo/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: fesapo on September 14, 2011, 02:30:42 AM
Nothing says Shibuya quite like this:

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6063/6145167883_69a8e14170_m.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6145167883/)
Shibuya Station (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6145167883/) by Fesapo (http://www.flickr.com/people/fesapo/), on Flickr

And here's one from my humble city of Matsue -- Japan's least-populous and bustling prefectural capital:

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6066/6145170431_4e9457df49_m.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6145170431/)
Matsue's Other Castle (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6145170431/) by Fesapo (http://www.flickr.com/people/fesapo/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: fesapo on September 14, 2011, 09:16:50 PM
I love how this lens performs in low light.  This was not as sharp as I would have liked, but the effect was pretty nearly as intended all the same.

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6087/6148783654_cefc819ff0_m.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6148783654/)
Stranded (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6148783654/) by Fesapo (http://www.flickr.com/people/fesapo/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: bvukich on September 14, 2011, 10:42:48 PM
I love how this lens performs in low light.  This was not as sharp as I would have liked, but the effect was pretty nearly as intended all the same.

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6087/6148783654_cefc819ff0_m.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6148783654/)
Stranded (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6148783654/) by Fesapo (http://www.flickr.com/people/fesapo/), on Flickr

I see what you mean regarding the sharpness of that particular shot; but overall, it's a pretty awesome photo.
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: fesapo on September 15, 2011, 10:53:36 PM
I see what you mean regarding the sharpness of that particular shot; but overall, it's a pretty awesome photo.

Thanks for the compliment, bvukich!

Here's a shot I took a couple months back of the owner of one of my favourite restaurants in my area in Japan:

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6165/6151666662_16671a5b47_m.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6151666662/)
Il Capo (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6151666662/) by Fesapo (http://www.flickr.com/people/fesapo/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: fesapo on September 21, 2011, 08:07:15 AM
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6176/6169085304_10b1eb333e_m.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6169085304/)
IMG_1849 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6169085304/) by Fesapo (http://www.flickr.com/people/fesapo/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: fesapo on September 26, 2011, 12:10:55 AM
Another night shot from my evening by the sea as well as quick candid snap during the dance festival my city had:

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6155/6183474254_89533fde59_m.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6183474254/)
Bored to Death (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6183474254/) by Fesapo (http://www.flickr.com/people/fesapo/), on Flickr

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6171/6182956355_8760a9560d_m.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6182956355/)
Freakin' Weekend (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6182956355/) by Fesapo (http://www.flickr.com/people/fesapo/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: fesapo on September 28, 2011, 09:37:26 PM
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6163/6193324485_2eef41255b_m.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6193324485/)
Hello, Kitties! (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6193324485/) by Fesapo (http://www.flickr.com/people/fesapo/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: fesapo on September 30, 2011, 11:56:14 PM
More Tokyo fun, this time in the Shinjuku ward of the city:

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6025/6198916189_f78e0ed04e_m.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6198916189/)
Power Walk (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6198916189/) by Fesapo (http://www.flickr.com/people/fesapo/), on Flickr

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6164/6198922401_3d91baff97_m.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6198922401/)
Come On Over (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6198922401/) by Fesapo (http://www.flickr.com/people/fesapo/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: fesapo on October 01, 2011, 11:50:27 PM
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6150/6202541306_530423a6d8_m.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6202541306/)
Fashionista (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6202541306/) by Fesapo (http://www.flickr.com/people/fesapo/), on Flickr

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6126/6202020821_e216f10e7c_m.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6202020821/)
ヨドバシカメラ (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6202020821/) by Fesapo (http://www.flickr.com/people/fesapo/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: fesapo on October 05, 2011, 10:23:47 PM
If "The Bourne Identity" were remade in Japan...

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6019/6215950420_da22f26b72_m.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6215950420/)
Espionage (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6215950420/) by Fesapo (http://www.flickr.com/people/fesapo/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: fesapo on October 06, 2011, 10:45:10 PM
Samurai still walk among us...

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6158/6218467263_f92ae1d4e9_m.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6218467263/)
Solitary Samurai (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6218467263/) by Fesapo (http://www.flickr.com/people/fesapo/), on Flickr

Elsewhere in the land of Japan...

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6215/6218466537_cbb3c985f1.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6218466537/)
Bear Trap (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6218466537/) by Fesapo (http://www.flickr.com/people/fesapo/), on Flickr

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6179/6218464035_81bfd2b021.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6218464035/)
The Noise We Make (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6218464035/) by Fesapo (http://www.flickr.com/people/fesapo/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: fesapo on October 07, 2011, 05:54:31 AM
Another candid shot from Tokyo.  Can't wait to head back there next week!

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6228/6218987372_d8ac47694a_m.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6218987372/)
Wasting Time (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6218987372/) by Fesapo (http://www.flickr.com/people/fesapo/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: fesapo on October 11, 2011, 02:22:56 AM
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6170/6232719808_3daaa61f2c_m.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6232719808/)
Indri Ah Um (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6232719808/) by Fesapo (http://www.flickr.com/people/fesapo/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: fesapo on October 12, 2011, 04:29:29 AM
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6104/6232733148_fa4ee2e2a8_m.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6232733148/)
Lookin' For Some Hot Stuff (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6232733148/) by Fesapo (http://www.flickr.com/people/fesapo/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: fesapo on October 14, 2011, 10:36:55 PM
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6230/6244773687_f65f5c3936_m.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6244773687/)
With a Song in My Heart (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6244773687/) by Fesapo (http://www.flickr.com/people/fesapo/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: fesapo on October 16, 2011, 11:01:59 PM
A couple more shots from the Matsue Dan-Dan Festival, celebrating the city's 400th anniversary:

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6042/6252062302_0cd6cc1e19_m.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6252062302/)
Forward (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6252062302/) by Fesapo (http://www.flickr.com/people/fesapo/), on Flickr

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6097/6251547659_8d3f57dced_m.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6251547659/)
The Flag Bearer (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6251547659/) by Fesapo (http://www.flickr.com/people/fesapo/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: fesapo on October 17, 2011, 09:46:32 PM
When you invite a samurai to a parade, you can't expect him to not use his sword!

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6033/6255348855_c95f039ec3_m.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6255348855/)
Brandished (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6255348855/) by Fesapo (http://www.flickr.com/people/fesapo/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: fesapo on October 18, 2011, 02:04:56 AM
Still working on getting the most out of this lens in lowlight situations:

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6177/6255876298_e5df9dd4d9_m.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6255876298/)
Crave (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6255876298/) by Fesapo (http://www.flickr.com/people/fesapo/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: fesapo on October 19, 2011, 01:02:15 AM
I really love how fast this lens is.  Worked fairly well with my 7D's focus tracking:

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6165/6258728691_8be8bc76d1_m.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6258728691/)
Moment of Beauty (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6258728691/) by Fesapo (http://www.flickr.com/people/fesapo/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: savale on October 19, 2011, 01:11:23 AM
This lens is on my wish list <3
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: fesapo on October 24, 2011, 12:32:39 AM
Savale, I hope you get your wish sooner than later :-)

I finally got close enough to a bird to take a shot -- doesn't happen too often for me!

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6110/6275017454_5d3cecd86e_m.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6275017454/)
Fine Feathered Friend (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6275017454/) by Fesapo (http://www.flickr.com/people/fesapo/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: savale on October 24, 2011, 09:42:15 AM
I hope so too ;) Great photo by the way
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: ianhar on October 24, 2011, 09:57:02 PM
Is this lens due to update anytime soon? Hope to get this lens by early next year :)
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: fesapo on October 24, 2011, 10:41:48 PM
I wouldn't count on an update anytime soon.  It's already quite a solid lens and works marvellously without IS.  Don't put off getting one :-)

I'm always fascinated by Japanese fashion sensibilities.  What kills me here is this guy's bad boy stance includes sandals and a granny bike.

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6031/6277958155_9f3742b8a9_m.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6277958155/)
The Great Divide (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6277958155/) by Fesapo (http://www.flickr.com/people/fesapo/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: fesapo on October 25, 2011, 11:07:18 PM
Flashback to Tokyo:

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6040/6281878374_8763830847_m.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6281878374/)
Stay Away! (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6281878374/) by Fesapo (http://www.flickr.com/people/fesapo/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: fesapo on October 28, 2011, 12:19:45 AM
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6224/6287765098_46a9b96baf_m.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6287765098/)
Fortress of Dreams (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6287765098/) by Fesapo (http://www.flickr.com/people/fesapo/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Kernuak on October 31, 2011, 12:20:08 PM
A couple of recent wild pine marten shots at f/2 under artificial lighting at a feeding station from a hide.

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6095/6270342292_9e9175bcb1.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/15522274@N04/6270342292/)
Pine Marten Feeding (http://www.flickr.com/photos/15522274@N04/6270342292/) by Kernuak (http://www.flickr.com/people/15522274@N04/), on Flickr

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6098/6269812069_d989624759.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/15522274@N04/6269812069/)
Pine Marten in Tree Trunk (http://www.flickr.com/photos/15522274@N04/6269812069/) by Kernuak (http://www.flickr.com/people/15522274@N04/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: fesapo on October 31, 2011, 11:44:35 PM
Those pine marten shots are nice and sharp!

Here's a Japanese Noh character on display at a shrine in Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan:

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6115/6300161987_7e78c0b527_m.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6300161987/)
The Laughing Doll (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6300161987/) by Fesapo (http://www.flickr.com/people/fesapo/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Kernuak on November 01, 2011, 04:57:42 PM
Thanks Fesapo, they were taken at ISO 1600 on the 5D MkII. I tried with the 7D, but didn't have any detail, probably due to a microadjustment problem to some degree, but I also find the 7D underexposes relative to the 5D.
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: fesapo on November 03, 2011, 11:17:38 PM
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6109/6310815552_8ab6578cde_m.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6310815552/)
Red Dusk (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6310815552/) by Fesapo (http://www.flickr.com/people/fesapo/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: fesapo on November 07, 2011, 11:16:30 PM
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6097/6324247922_04b2fd548c_m.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6324247922/)
War Paint (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6324247922/) by Fesapo (http://www.flickr.com/people/fesapo/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Kernuak on November 09, 2011, 05:05:19 PM
I don't do much portraiture fesapo, but the 135 has definitely made me more interested in it. It's just got that look about it. That's probably why I like the last one. I can't my finger on why exactly, but it's probably down to the narrow depth of field, giving just enough information for the brain to fill in a story.
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: lol on November 09, 2011, 05:43:27 PM
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6056/6317962008_b48308ef4d_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/crestie_crazy/6317962008/)
Ural Owl (http://www.flickr.com/photos/crestie_crazy/6317962008/) by Crestie Crazy (http://www.flickr.com/people/crestie_crazy/), on Flickr

It was late... I was running low on light so I thought I'd try the 135/2 on this owl and hope it helps blur out the wire fence too which it did to some degree...
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: fesapo on November 13, 2011, 11:14:32 PM
I don't do much portraiture fesapo, but the 135 has definitely made me more interested in it. It's just got that look about it. That's probably why I like the last one. I can't my finger on why exactly, but it's probably down to the narrow depth of field, giving just enough information for the brain to fill in a story.

That's a very nice way of putting it, Kernuak.  Glad to help sell you on the portraiture possibilities of this lens! Actually, I ran across this article on Gizmodo the other day comparing lens distortion at different focal lengths and it said that 135mm would, in theory, "would produce the best, most accurate results".

Now, for some non-portraiture portraiture, here's a trendy mannequin I liked in Shibuya, Tokyo:
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6033/6341748429_152048cafe_m.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6341748429/)
La Mode Japonaise (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6341748429/) by Fesapo (http://www.flickr.com/people/fesapo/), on Flickr

(Also, lol -- I love that owl shot of yours! You've captured its expression beautifully.)
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: fesapo on November 17, 2011, 09:19:02 PM
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6228/6355813799_e2c26df378_m.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6355813799/)
Thinking of You (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6355813799/) by Fesapo (http://www.flickr.com/people/fesapo/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: willrobb on November 18, 2011, 02:47:04 AM
Really enjoyed everyone's photos on this post. The 135 F2L goes fairly cheaply on the second hand Market in Tokyo and I always thought it looked like a great piece of glass, your shots all prove it.

I think having a 70-200mm f2.8L has kept me from buying a 135mm f2L, but I may just have to get one...
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: fesapo on November 21, 2011, 08:32:17 PM
People-watching at Shibuya Crossing in Tokyo:

(http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6226/6379832305_afb481d83a_m.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6379832305/)
Coffee Break (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6379832305/) by Fesapo (http://www.flickr.com/people/fesapo/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: fesapo on November 23, 2011, 08:25:37 PM
I really do love this lens for portraiture, especially with my 580EX II Speedlite:

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7144/6391916959_c17b43f78b_m.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6391916959/)
Flash That Smile! (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6391916959/) by Fesapo (http://www.flickr.com/people/fesapo/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: macfly on November 23, 2011, 10:36:55 PM
100 asa, f6.3 AP @ something automatic, I couldn't really look through the camera so was juding off the screen on the back. Love this lens!
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: fesapo on November 24, 2011, 08:43:24 PM
Gorgeous shot, Macfly!

Here's another street shot I liked from Shibuya in Tokyo:

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7147/6397290047_7f08d6be77_m.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6397290047/)
Because I'm Beautiful (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6397290047/) by Fesapo (http://www.flickr.com/people/fesapo/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Kernuak on November 27, 2011, 05:19:02 AM
A couple of landscapes.

(http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6233/6269825577_7b3b1f44f6_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/15522274@N04/6269825577/)
Bonscale Pike (http://www.flickr.com/photos/15522274@N04/6269825577/) by Kernuak (http://www.flickr.com/people/15522274@N04/), on Flickr

(http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6091/6270332512_14c4e5bd60_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/15522274@N04/6270332512/)
Silhouette Against The Fells (http://www.flickr.com/photos/15522274@N04/6270332512/) by Kernuak (http://www.flickr.com/people/15522274@N04/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: sct69 on November 27, 2011, 08:27:49 AM
This is one of my favorite lenses. f2.8 1/500 iso400
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: distant.star on November 27, 2011, 11:43:51 AM

I love this lens.

Last night I was out after dark, and this lens is a joy once the sun goes down. I'll post an image or two later.
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: fesapo on November 27, 2011, 09:59:11 PM
Kernuak, those shots are gorgeous.  And sct69, that's a very lovely shot you posted.  Please post more!

Here's a shot of some autumn leaves I liked:
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7175/6415296581_e7a64bff68_m.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6415296581/)
Winter's Shadow (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6415296581/) by Fesapo (http://www.flickr.com/people/fesapo/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Leopard Lupus on November 27, 2011, 10:51:44 PM
Wonderful shots folks!
I am looking to pick up my copy of this lens next weekend.
Does anyone have experience with this lens shooting indoor sports? I will be pairing it with an external flash (on 5D mk ll) due to poor lighting, and this will be replacing my 85mm f/1.8 for awhile. Samples perhaps?
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: distant.star on November 27, 2011, 11:03:59 PM
I've used it for several dance performances -- even more demanding than sports. Fast movement, low and bad light, no flash allowed. I put it on a tripod, set f/2.0 and ISO 800 and shot at opportune moments. I won't post those, but here's a gallery if you want to look at some:

http://wetracy.smugmug.com/Society/Studio4/16984568_6dLPw9#1285800316_sDxvM8T

Oops, had the wrong URL. The one above is correct for the 135. Sorry, folks.







Wonderful shots folks!
I am looking to pick up my copy of this lens next weekend.
Does anyone have experience with this lens shooting indoor sports? I will be pairing it with an external flash (on 5D mk ll) due to poor lighting, and this will be replacing my 85mm f/1.8 for awhile. Samples perhaps?
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: sct69 on November 28, 2011, 04:39:12 AM
Another older shot from my135L ISO 400 F2.5 1/1600 yes I put it in a water housing and go swimming with it. I LOVE this lens I should use it more than I actually do, but every time I do use it I fall in love all over again.
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: funkboy on November 28, 2011, 06:14:33 AM
Here are a few from my 135L & 40D (fall colors in Sancerre, FR):

(http://funk.nu/pix/sancerre-fall09/sancerre-fall09-12.jpg)

(http://funk.nu/pix/sancerre-fall09/sancerre-fall09-8.jpg)
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: fesapo on November 29, 2011, 11:25:30 PM
Really really nice stuff there from everyone! Distant Star, those night shots are very nice.  And funkboy, I like your landscapes very much.  I love the richness of colour this lens produces.

Here's a recent shot from an autumn outing at Izumo Taisha:
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7160/6427950211_04367a8099_m.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6427950211/)
Retirement (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6427950211/) by Fesapo (http://www.flickr.com/people/fesapo/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: fesapo on December 04, 2011, 09:49:51 PM
Look who's spotted in Shibuya!

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7006/6456243835_a6483ceabe_m.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6456243835/)
Spotted in Shibuya (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6456243835/) by Fesapo (http://www.flickr.com/people/fesapo/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: fesapo on December 06, 2011, 05:41:12 AM
A candid from a centuries-old annual drum parade in my city:
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7156/6465027583_b542107f3b_m.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6465027583/)
In My Life (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6465027583/) by Fesapo (http://www.flickr.com/people/fesapo/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: qless on December 06, 2011, 07:33:01 AM
Indoor shot with the 135 @ f2.8
(http://hierzo.net/foto/elvire/sfoto01.jpg) (http://hierzo.net/foto/elvire/foto01.jpg)
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: fesapo on December 07, 2011, 09:02:09 PM
My city in Japan has a river that winds throughout it with a daily boat tour popular with tourists:

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7156/6474199659_0a53a9f18a_m.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6474199659/)
Autumn River Fantasy (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6474199659/) by Fesapo (http://www.flickr.com/people/fesapo/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: fesapo on December 09, 2011, 01:02:23 AM
Autumn leaves at Gakuenji Temple in Izumo, Japan:

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7151/6479316437_e2c653b6b4_m.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6479316437/)
Resplendence (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6479316437/) by Fesapo (http://www.flickr.com/people/fesapo/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: fesapo on December 11, 2011, 09:12:24 PM
I like how the depth of field turned out in this shot.  Taken at Dazaifu, Fukuoka, Japan.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7015/6495941247_87042fa0a0_m.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6495941247/)
Waiting (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6495941247/) by Fesapo (http://www.flickr.com/people/fesapo/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Leopard Lupus on December 11, 2011, 10:03:26 PM
For some reason I am unable to post photos on this forum. Help?
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Kernuak on December 12, 2011, 04:20:34 PM
I find the easiest way is to copy the BBcode from Flickr directly into a post, via the share link.
From a recent trip to Tromsø, with lighting I haven't seen before, courtesy of the sun not rising.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7148/6468562135_e5807c0dc2.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/15522274@N04/6468562135/)
Morning Light over Tromsdalen (http://www.flickr.com/photos/15522274@N04/6468562135/) by Kernuak (http://www.flickr.com/people/15522274@N04/), on Flickr

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7028/6468554029_cb9e33d130.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/15522274@N04/6468554029/)
Tromsdalen Church  in Winter Light (http://www.flickr.com/photos/15522274@N04/6468554029/) by Kernuak (http://www.flickr.com/people/15522274@N04/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: fesapo on December 19, 2011, 06:42:00 AM
Kernnuak, those are some stunning images!

Here are a few more from Japan:

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7171/6535069215_8e4a76fc1c_m.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6535069215/)
Soul Spot (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6535069215/) by Fesapo (http://www.flickr.com/people/fesapo/), on Flickr

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7008/6535059157_61ece85c23_m.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6535059157/)
Mother Nature in Regalia (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6535059157/) by Fesapo (http://www.flickr.com/people/fesapo/), on Flickr

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7169/6535041839_9df0882fee_m.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6535041839/)
Wishing (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6535041839/) by Fesapo (http://www.flickr.com/people/fesapo/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Kernuak on December 22, 2011, 03:39:11 PM
Thanks Fesapo. I like the middle one of the last set, it represents what I should take as a nature photographer, but is the sort of image I don't "see" and have to work at to get any sort of decent composition. It's also the sort of image you don't often see taken with the 135, but the bokeh of the lens is perfect for that sort of shot.
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Crapking on December 23, 2011, 01:33:10 PM
Just got the 135...one of my first portraits at a holiday party.
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: handsomerob on December 23, 2011, 01:54:17 PM
Just got the 135...one of my first portraits at a holiday party.
The glass is pretty sharp. Seems you deliberately focused on it rather than on her eye. Congrats with the purchase ;)
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Crapking on December 24, 2011, 10:55:50 AM
Great pick up, I was experimenting with depth of field trying to get a feel for it, Not much room for margin of error.  I do love the composition, bokeh and the blade effects, but you really have to be careful. I did spot focus there - just shows how 'accurate' the focus can be with the 7D, even in low light.
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Leopard Lupus on December 26, 2011, 10:18:27 PM
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7148/6535388973_1c459d55d8.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/leopardlupus/6535388973/)
Portland, OR (http://www.flickr.com/photos/leopardlupus/6535388973/) by Leopard Lupus (http://www.flickr.com/people/leopardlupus/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: mtt92 on December 28, 2011, 04:29:21 AM
One of the best lenses made by Canon at a reasonable price!! Clicked with 5D2 at f/2

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5224/5587430403_8c498118a9_b.jpg) (http://www.facebook.com/SP.Photographie)

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7163/6548036829_1b99d9e3c1_b.jpg) (http://www.facebook.com/SP.Photographie)

(http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6114/6375494969_df6f9c31fd_b.jpg) (http://www.facebook.com/SP.Photographie)

Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Leopard Lupus on December 30, 2011, 04:12:53 AM
I really do love this piece of glass!


(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7019/6579908099_f3d007a203.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/leopardlupus/6579908099/)
Lisa Miller. (http://www.flickr.com/photos/leopardlupus/6579908099/) by Leopard Lupus (http://www.flickr.com/people/leopardlupus/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: CHL on December 30, 2011, 11:09:38 AM
I would appreciate your thoughts/advice on this. I have the 70-200 f/2.8 L IS (and the 85 f/1.8, 24-105 f/4 L, 35 f/1.4 L, TS-E 24 f/3,5L) and I mainly use them on a 5D MKII (have a 40D as well). I am very interested in getting the 135 f/2.0 but I am struggling with whether to buy that lens or sell the 70-200 in favour of the MKII version. And I can´t currently do both. I would say I am fairly "general" in my photography (means indoor low light, street, portrait, grandchildren......... rarely sports).

Thanks in advance.
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: JR on December 30, 2011, 11:47:09 AM
I would appreciate your thoughts/advice on this. I have the 70-200 f/2.8 L IS (and the 85 f/1.8, 24-105 f/4 L, 35 f/1.4 L, TS-E 24 f/3,5L) and I mainly use them on a 5D MKII (have a 40D as well). I am very interested in getting the 135 f/2.0 but I am struggling with whether to buy that lens or sell the 70-200 in favour of the MKII version. And I can´t currently do both. I would say I am fairly "general" in my photography (means indoor low light, street, portrait, grandchildren......... rarely sports).

Thanks in advance.

This is a really difficult question indeed CHL!  I have the mk II version of the 70-200 2.8 zoom and the IQ is preatty much on par with the 135L, minus the extra stop that the 135 provide you.  I am getting the 135 anyway because I am looking for something lighter to carry.

I dont have experience with the version I of the 70-200mm zoom but I am told (and you cant read in these forums) the current version was a big improvement in the IQ.  If you already find you use the 70-200mm zoom a lot for your purposes, I would think you might be better getting the mk II first instead of getting the 135L. 

Keep in mind if you buy it before Dec 31st at B&H you get $400 off! ($1974).  This is a good buy! (the link is on the main CR page).

Hope this helps.
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: briansquibb on December 30, 2011, 01:06:23 PM


This is a really difficult question indeed CHL!  I have the mk II version of the 70-200 2.8 zoom and the IQ is preatty much on par with the 135L, minus the extra stop that the 135 provide you.  I am getting the 135 anyway because I am looking for something lighter to carry.

I dont have experience with the version I of the 70-200mm zoom but I am told (and you cant read in these forums) the current version was a big improvement in the IQ.  If you already find you use the 70-200mm zoom a lot for your purposes, I would think you might be better getting the mk II first instead of getting the 135L. 

Keep in mind if you buy it before Dec 31st at B&H you get $400 off! ($1974).  This is a good buy! (the link is on the main CR page).

Hope this helps.

Fabulous on the 5DII, the 135L is that bit smoother than the 70-200 II. IQ of the 135 is better but not with the huge gap there used to be. The 135 makes a good street lens as it doesn't leap out at you and is surpisingly small. Minimum focus distance is small too!
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: candyman on December 30, 2011, 01:20:33 PM
Is there anyone able to post some indoor sports photos that were taken with an APS-C camera - like 7D?

I have a 85mm f1.8 but I have to be close to the field to get some close-up action. It is not always possible or allowed. I am looking into buying the Canon 135 f/2.
Love to see some indoor sports photos that were taken with a 7D


Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Crapking on December 30, 2011, 10:21:51 PM
Ditto Candyman's request!  I have been shooting the 70-200 2.8 II IS for over a year with the 7D and am very happy, but JUST got the 135 and haven't had the chance yet to get into the gym (volleyball).

I was wondering if anyone has experienced some handheld camera shake with the 135?  The 70-200 "IS" has given me no trouble, but the 135 (w/o my usual monopod), seems sl less stable.
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: briansquibb on December 31, 2011, 03:59:09 AM
Ditto Candyman's request!  I have been shooting the 70-200 2.8 II IS for over a year with the 7D and am very happy, but JUST got the 135 and haven't had the chance yet to get into the gym (volleyball).

I was wondering if anyone has experienced some handheld camera shake with the 135?  The 70-200 "IS" has given me no trouble, but the 135 (w/o my usual monopod), seems sl less stable.

Logic says keep the shutter at 1/250 or higher and you will be fine. Try panning at 1/100 for different effects.
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: candyman on December 31, 2011, 06:31:53 AM
Ditto Candyman's request!  I have been shooting the 70-200 2.8 II IS for over a year with the 7D and am very happy, but JUST got the 135 and haven't had the chance yet to get into the gym (volleyball).

I was wondering if anyone has experienced some handheld camera shake with the 135?  The 70-200 "IS" has given me no trouble, but the 135 (w/o my usual monopod), seems sl less stable.

Logic says keep the shutter at 1/250 or higher and you will be fine. Try panning at 1/100 for different effects.

Yes. That is good advice. Thanks

Is there anyone that can show indoor sports photos taken with an APS-C - like 7D?
EDIT: I am asking because I have read: http://www.pebbleplace.com/Personal/Canon_200L_1.html

"Overall I think the 135L is a better lens, but the 135mm focal length can be tricky to work with - too long indoors, not enough reach outdoors."
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Crapking on December 31, 2011, 06:32:53 AM
What is your recommended settings on a 7D while panning?  In particular, AF selection points / mode?  I am used to low-light gyms, so end up using M, auto ISO (1600 - 3200), f2.8 and 1/500-1/1000 with AI Servo - Hi speed continuous, Zone selection on my 70-200 2.8 II.  With the 135, hoping to bring the ISO down a little.
If I were to pan during a volleyball serve, what settings should I change? I'd love to learn to blur the background beyond my lens' bokeh.

Here are some 70-200 shots, sorry to go off thread but to compare with 135 shots I'll post next week from our next practice.

http://albums.phanfare.com/slideshow.aspx?i=1&db=1&pw=uIK3E4dn&a_id=5412204
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: briansquibb on December 31, 2011, 08:31:08 AM
What is your recommended settings on a 7D while panning?  In particular, AF selection points / mode?  I am used to low-light gyms, so end up using M, auto ISO (1600 - 3200), f2.8 and 1/500-1/1000 with AI Servo - Hi speed continuous, Zone selection on my 70-200 2.8 II.  With the 135, hoping to bring the ISO down a little.
If I were to pan during a volleyball serve, what settings should I change? I'd love to learn to blur the background beyond my lens' bokeh.

Here are some 70-200 shots, sorry to go off thread but to compare with 135 shots I'll post next week from our next practice.

http://albums.phanfare.com/slideshow.aspx?i=1&db=1&pw=uIK3E4dn&a_id=5412204

I would start panning with people at about 1/100 - this will bring the ISO down to 400 or less. F/2 if the person is from the waist up
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: funkboy on December 31, 2011, 09:04:09 AM
Is there anyone able to post some indoor sports photos that were taken with an APS-C camera - like 7D?

Well, I don't have sports shots taken with it, but I ran a series of test landscape shots with my 40D and 135L a few years ago (10 shots at each 1/3 stop shutter speed, incrementing from 1/200 to 1/500). I found that in order to consistently get pixel-peeper-sharp handheld landscape shots completely free of motion blur I needed to be at at least 1/400th of a second.  Don't get me wrong, I got plenty of good ones below that, but in order for me to really get it right & make it look like it was shot from a tripod almost all the time 1/400th is where I needed to be.  That may just be the way it is for me, & that's without a monopod or a tree to lean on or anything.

Now for sports with a 7D it's certainly going to be different.  Fist of all you have almost double the pixels of my 40D, but of course "acceptably sharp" will depend on your output resolution (even if you're not rock-solid at the pixel level).  In terms of acceptable motion blur & sharpness, what passes for acceptable in sports photography & landscape photography are two very different things (unless of course your clients are printing your sports shots at A3 or larger on a regular basis...).  You can really crank the ISO on that 7D in order to keep your shutter speed up, and sports shots are so much more about the moment than about the technical quality of the image.  Not saying that the images need to be less good, but you can certainly get away with a lot more.

But the biggest advantage you have vs. landscape photography is that your subjects are usually moving.  Like some other folks here have said, if your panning technique is good & you can follow the motion of the subject really closely, you should be able to cut that speed requirement down to 1/100th or so, maybe even less if you've practiced a lot at following your subjects it & really get it right (a lot also depends on the speed of your subject).
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: AprilForever on December 31, 2011, 10:36:06 AM
Is there anyone able to post some indoor sports photos that were taken with an APS-C camera - like 7D?

Well, I don't have sports shots taken with it, but I ran a series of test landscape shots with my 40D and 135L a few years ago (10 shots at each 1/3 stop shutter speed, incrementing from 1/200 to 1/500). I found that in order to consistently get pixel-peeper-sharp handheld landscape shots completely free of motion blur I needed to be at at least 1/400th of a second.  Don't get me wrong, I got plenty of good ones below that, but in order for me to really get it right & make it look like it was shot from a tripod almost all the time 1/400th is where I needed to be.  That may just be the way it is for me, & that's without a monopod or a tree to lean on or anything.

Now for sports with a 7D it's certainly going to be different.  Fist of all you have almost double the pixels of my 40D, but of course "acceptably sharp" will depend on your output resolution (even if you're not rock-solid at the pixel level).  In terms of acceptable motion blur & sharpness, what passes for acceptable in sports photography & landscape photography are two very different things (unless of course your clients are printing your sports shots at A3 or larger on a regular basis...).  You can really crank the ISO on that 7D in order to keep your shutter speed up, and sports shots are so much more about the moment than about the technical quality of the image.  Not saying that the images need to be less good, but you can certainly get away with a lot more.

But the biggest advantage you have vs. landscape photography is that your subjects are usually moving.  Like some other folks here have said, if your panning technique is good & you can follow the motion of the subject really closely, you should be able to cut that speed requirement down to 1/100th or so, maybe even less if you've practiced a lot at following your subjects it & really get it right (a lot also depends on the speed of your subject).

This is a matter of technique and IS...

However, for most sports photography, a minimum shutter speed is 1/500... usually, a speed of 1/1000 or more is preferable...
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Crapking on January 06, 2012, 10:53:45 PM
Finally got into the underlit gym with my 7D and 135L.  Girls basketball (not my usual subjects), but I must say the 135 outperformed my 70-200 2.8 II.  Mostly shot wide open and got the ISO down to 800/1600 and sometimes 3200 with shutter speeds 1/750 or 1/1000.  I'm happy looking at my screen, though these compressed images don't do it justice.
These were all handheld, no monopod, M, AI servo, zone select, f2, autoISO, and shutter speed adjusted via viewfinder exposure meter.
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: distant.star on January 07, 2012, 12:09:29 AM

Pretty good stuff, crap. You're not a sports photog yet, and never will be with the 135, but this lens turns out more intimate people images than anything I know -- even in a sports setting!

Thanks for showing.
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: dystorsion on January 07, 2012, 01:06:38 AM
Anyone who has the impression that 135 f/2 is limited to sports/action, I recommend visit this photographer's Flickr page: http://www.flickr.com/photos/soshiro

Absolutely magical street photography:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/soshiro/6562023133/in/photostream
http://www.flickr.com/photos/soshiro/6471188403/in/photostream
http://www.flickr.com/photos/soshiro/6445589535/in/photostream
http://www.flickr.com/photos/soshiro/6329126236/in/photostream
http://www.flickr.com/photos/soshiro/6599626129/in/photostream


Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: candyman on January 07, 2012, 05:17:13 AM
Finally got into the underlit gym with my 7D and 135L.  Girls basketball (not my usual subjects), but I must say the 135 outperformed my 70-200 2.8 II.  Mostly shot wide open and got the ISO down to 800/1600 and sometimes 3200 with shutter speeds 1/750 or 1/1000.  I'm happy looking at my screen, though these compressed images don't do it justice.
These were all handheld, no monopod, M, AI servo, zone select, f2, autoISO, and shutter speed adjusted via viewfinder exposure meter.

Thanks for sharing. I can now see how this lens works with indoor sports.
This helps in my purchase decision of this lens.  Thanks again!
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: candyman on January 07, 2012, 05:18:17 AM

Pretty good stuff, crap. You're not a sports photog yet, and never will be with the 135, but this lens turns out more intimate people images than anything I know -- even in a sports setting!

Thanks for showing.

You see some improvement here.
What are your tips for improvement?
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: fear_through_the_eyes on January 07, 2012, 05:49:33 AM
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7171/6610010005_1f84b67f2c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fear_through_the_eyes/6610010005/)
A fellow traveller (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fear_through_the_eyes/6610010005/) by Fear_Through_The_Eyes (http://www.flickr.com/people/fear_through_the_eyes/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: briansquibb on January 07, 2012, 07:06:10 AM

These were all handheld, no monopod, M, AI servo, zone select, f2, autoISO, and shutter speed adjusted via viewfinder exposure meter.

"autoISO, and shutter speed adjusted via viewfinder exposure meter"

Any adjustments you make would be undone via auto iso- do you mean exposure compensation?

I like the pictures - bit like street candids but on a sports field. A different, but valid, take on sports photography
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Crapking on January 07, 2012, 08:00:53 AM
What I meant is I control the shutter speed, choosing 750, or 1000 based on what my viewfinder meter 'tells' me and the autoISO would then adjust itself, usually to 1600, or 3200, or occasionally down to 800.
I've tried Tv mode but my keeper rate is higher when I do it myself.

As far as composition / style - basketball is not my usual sport, and I had a tough time on the ACTION/SPORTy moments, so I chose to go after the more personal / candid shots.

My volleyball parents always like to see the emotion of the moment, rather than the stop-action hand on ball so to speak.   What I REALLY like about the 135 is the bokeh, really isolates the player IN  the moment.  Next week, I am shooting a VB tourney for 2 days, and I am renting a 1D Mark IV as a trial...trying to decide 1D MIV vs 1DX.....
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: briansquibb on January 07, 2012, 09:12:32 AM
What I meant is I control the shutter speed, choosing 750, or 1000 based on what my viewfinder meter 'tells' me and the autoISO would then adjust itself, usually to 1600, or 3200, or occasionally down to 800.
I've tried Tv mode but my keeper rate is higher when I do it myself.

I use Manual mode with auto ISO in a variable light situation (so that is nearly always  ;D )

I use the 135 mostly on F/2 or F/2.8 as it lifts the subject out of the background
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: briansquibb on January 07, 2012, 09:23:15 AM
  Next week, I am shooting a VB tourney for 2 days, and I am renting a 1D Mark IV as a trial...trying to decide 1D MIV vs 1DX.....

You wont want to hand back the 1D4 ...
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: JR on January 07, 2012, 09:39:00 AM
What I meant is I control the shutter speed, choosing 750, or 1000 based on what my viewfinder meter 'tells' me and the autoISO would then adjust itself, usually to 1600, or 3200, or occasionally down to 800.
I've tried Tv mode but my keeper rate is higher when I do it myself.

I use Manual mode with auto ISO in a variable light situation (so that is nearly always  ;D )

I use the 135 mostly on F/2 or F/2.8 as it lifts the subject out of the background


Hey Brian, you must be shooting those with your 7D or 1D4 correct?  Because my 5D mkII does not have autoISO in manual mode (well ok from 100-400  :-\) so I would kill for autoISO in manual!

Just on a trip now and I only brought the 135L to force me to get use to it and it rocks!  Will post pictures apon my return.
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: briansquibb on January 07, 2012, 09:43:42 AM

I use Manual mode with auto ISO in a variable light situation (so that is nearly always  ;D )

I use the 135 mostly on F/2 or F/2.8 as it lifts the subject out of the background


Hey Brian, you must be shooting those with your 7D or 1D4 correct?  Because my 5D mkII does not have autoISO in manual mode (well ok from 100-400  :-\) so I would kill for autoISO in manual!

Just on a trip now and I only brought the 135L to force me to get use to it and it rocks!  Will post pictures apon my return.

Started using it with the 7D and continued it with the 1D4. Just bought a 1Ds3 - hope that works the same (will pick it up on Monday)
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: fear_through_the_eyes on January 07, 2012, 10:11:57 AM
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7024/6605096695_9f480ed438.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fear_through_the_eyes/6605096695/)
Fence of thousands bras (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fear_through_the_eyes/6605096695/) by Fear_Through_The_Eyes (http://www.flickr.com/people/fear_through_the_eyes/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Cornershot on January 07, 2012, 03:01:25 PM
@ fear_through_the_eyes Great photo! Love the color and depth of field.
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: briansquibb on January 09, 2012, 08:30:06 AM
Cant beat that creamy background

Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: fesapo on January 10, 2012, 03:10:57 AM
I'll never understand fashion in Tokyo:

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7003/6671770033_dd7ecf68a6_m.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6671770033/)
Authentic Artifice (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6671770033/) by Fesapo (http://www.flickr.com/people/fesapo/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: JR on January 10, 2012, 08:04:52 AM
I am starting to love this lens as a walk around lens.  The only thing I find is color vibrance is not as nice as with the other newer L lenses I have.  In both pictures below I played with the vibrance setting in Lightroom...
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: funkboy on January 10, 2012, 07:55:08 PM
I am starting to love this lens as a walk around lens.  The only thing I find is color vibrance is not as nice as with the other newer L lenses I have.  In both pictures below I played with the vibrance setting in Lightroom...

I'd agree that the 135L is more neutral than a lot of other Canon lenses; for example the 50mm f/1.4 always seemed kinda hot in the yellow/green department to me.  I'm a big fan of the "look" of Zeiss images (the microcontrast in particular just knocks my socks off when you get a good shot with it).  The 135L seems more "Leica-like" to me, but that's no bad thing :-).
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: briansquibb on January 10, 2012, 07:59:23 PM
I like the neutral starting point as it gives more scope for filters and/or pp changes
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: JR on January 10, 2012, 09:33:24 PM
I like the neutral starting point as it gives more scope for filters and/or pp changes

Which filter do you like to use with your 135L Brian (beside a polarizing filter I mean)? 

I'd agree that the 135L is more neutral than a lot of other Canon lenses; for example the 50mm f/1.4 always seemed kinda hot in the yellow/green department to me.  I'm a big fan of the "look" of Zeiss images (the microcontrast in particular just knocks my socks off when you get a good shot with it).  The 135L seems more "Leica-like" to me, but that's no bad thing :-).

U right, more neutral is more like it.  I wonder if it is the coating on the lens of newer "L" series that makes them more snappy?  My 85 1.2L II or any other L I own for that matter have a different feel then the 135L.  I wonder if Canon will ever update this wonderful 135L lens...
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: jasonsim on January 10, 2012, 10:50:21 PM
Great bokeh.  I like it most for it's smallish size and low weight.  And that it is black and not noticed as much. 
 
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7152/6648650701_df286aabbf_b.jpg)

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7007/6648655313_108e6d942b_b.jpg)
 
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7154/6648669975_c07f515ff8_b.jpg)
 
--Jason
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: briansquibb on January 11, 2012, 06:54:36 AM
I like the neutral starting point as it gives more scope for filters and/or pp changes

Which filter do you like to use with your 135L Brian (beside a polarizing filter I mean)? 


I use a range of Cokin filters, for example:

Grad sunset
Grad blue
ND/Grad ND

With the Cokin/Lee approach you can stack the filters nicely, for example ND grad from the bottom, gap in middle, Grad Sunset from top + Polarisor gives a lovely sunset over the sea.
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: dr croubie on January 11, 2012, 07:57:02 AM
With the Cokin/Lee approach you can stack the filters nicely, for example ND grad from the bottom, gap in middle, Grad Sunset from top + Polarisor gives a lovely sunset over the sea.

Of course now we're all going to be asking for example photos...
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: JR on January 11, 2012, 08:07:20 AM
I use a range of Cokin filters, for example:

Grad sunset
Grad blue
ND/Grad ND

With the Cokin/Lee approach you can stack the filters nicely, for example ND grad from the bottom, gap in middle, Grad Sunset from top + Polarisor gives a lovely sunset over the sea.

Thanks Brian!  I will look into those.  I have been meaning to expand my knowledge of filters as right now it is limited to polarized and clear ones!  I will give them a try.   
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: briansquibb on January 11, 2012, 08:35:48 AM
With the Cokin/Lee approach you can stack the filters nicely, for example ND grad from the bottom, gap in middle, Grad Sunset from top + Polarisor gives a lovely sunset over the sea.

Of course now we're all going to be asking for example photos...

ND grad at top 3/4 + polarisor



Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: JR on January 11, 2012, 08:46:45 AM

ND grad at top 3/4 + polarisor


Very good balance.  Have you used or tried the B+W grad filters?  Are they as good as the ones you are using?
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: briansquibb on January 11, 2012, 09:39:10 AM

ND grad at top 3/4 + polarisor


Very good balance.  Have you used or tried the B+W grad filters?  Are they as good as the ones you are using?

The only grads I have are Cokin. Have some Hoya pro polarisors for went I go travelling but that is all. I dont use filters as much as when as I was using film as it can be done in pp - except the pollarisor and the big stopper grads
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: JR on January 12, 2012, 08:49:53 AM
I really love this focal lenght for indoor portraits!  Perfect for my use anyway.  This was shot with my 5D mkII and 135L at f2.8, 1/125 sec and ISO 1250...
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: fesapo on January 13, 2012, 12:42:08 AM
Time for a confession.  Part of the reason I bought my 135mm f/2L was because I was going to be getting married and I didn't like any of the local photographers in my area.  They charged too much and didn't offer particularly great packages.  So, I decided to take the money I normally would've spent on a wedding photographer and buy myself this lens -- mine, to keep, forever.  My dad, I figured, could take good enough photos.

Well, the big day was last month and I must say -- I'm quite happy with my decision!

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7016/6687008617_4edf40ac45_m.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6687008617/)
Snow Mates (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6687008617/) by Fesapo (http://www.flickr.com/people/fesapo/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: briansquibb on January 13, 2012, 05:11:38 AM
Time for a confession.  Part of the reason I bought my 135mm f/2L was because I was going to be getting married and I didn't like any of the local photographers in my area.  They charged too much and didn't offer particularly great packages.  So, I decided to take the money I normally would've spent on a wedding photographer and buy myself this lens -- mine, to keep, forever.  My dad, I figured, could take good enough photos.

Well, the big day was last month and I must say -- I'm quite happy with my decision!

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7016/6687008617_4edf40ac45_m.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6687008617/)
Snow Mates (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6687008617/) by Fesapo (http://www.flickr.com/people/fesapo/), on Flickr

Great move - both of them  :) :)
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: JR on January 13, 2012, 08:27:54 AM
Time for a confession.  Part of the reason I bought my 135mm f/2L was because I was going to be getting married and I didn't like any of the local photographers in my area.  They charged too much and didn't offer particularly great packages.  So, I decided to take the money I normally would've spent on a wedding photographer and buy myself this lens -- mine, to keep, forever.  My dad, I figured, could take good enough photos.

Well, the big day was last month and I must say -- I'm quite happy with my decision!


Indeed, well done fesapo!  I'll to remember that approach when a special occasion is coming with the family -  :D
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Crapking on January 13, 2012, 08:56:36 AM
  Next week, I am shooting a VB tourney for 2 days, and I am renting a 1D Mark IV as a trial...trying to decide 1D MIV vs 1DX.....

You wont want to hand back the 1D4 ...

Wow you are not kidding - just started last PM for practice.  The ISO range difference is unbelievable c/w 7D. Indoor, no flash, no problem.
Took a walk in my neighborhood last night before a snowfall (so no contrast on the ground), with only moonlight, and got interesting / usable handheld shots at 1/15 and 1/30.

Shot indoor volleyball then indoor soccer (my kids are very busy), and paired the 135 with both the 7D and the ID IV - didn't have time to process yet but first glance I liked what the viewfinder shows, but my wife is not gonna be happy (neither is LENSRENTAL) - I may not return it  :)

I will shoot similar shots this weekend with the 135 using both bodies for a real-life comparison and post next week.
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM - Minimum focus headshot
Post by: John MacLean Photography on January 15, 2012, 09:40:10 PM
 Canon 5D, ISO 100, @ f2, 1/400 sec
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Leopard Lupus on January 16, 2012, 03:24:14 PM
Mounted on a Canon 5D mk ll, of course!
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7158/6579604033_4ba4acb27d.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/leopardlupus/6579604033/)
Aum. (http://www.flickr.com/photos/leopardlupus/6579604033/) by Leopard Lupus (http://www.flickr.com/people/leopardlupus/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: lol on January 16, 2012, 03:45:16 PM
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7028/6692557309_af8027f9e6_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/crestie_crazy/6692557309/)
Rosette Nebula (http://www.flickr.com/photos/crestie_crazy/6692557309/) by Crestie Crazy (http://www.flickr.com/people/crestie_crazy/), on Flickr
About 2 hours total exposure. Astro-Modified 450D with 135mm f/2 at f/2. Astronomik CLS and H-alpha filters used separately. This is cropped.
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Axilrod on January 16, 2012, 04:12:16 PM
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7028/6692557309_af8027f9e6_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/crestie_crazy/6692557309/)
Rosette Nebula (http://www.flickr.com/photos/crestie_crazy/6692557309/) by Crestie Crazy (http://www.flickr.com/people/crestie_crazy/), on Flickr
About 2 hours total exposure. Astro-Modified 450D with 135mm f/2 at f/2. Astronomik CLS and H-alpha filters used separately. This is cropped.

Dude holy crap, that is AWESOME.  What part of the country are you in? 

I've been trying to find a telescope that I can use in conjunction with my DSLR, but all the sites get pretty overwhelming...so many choices and I can't figure out what's what.  I've looked at the Meade, Nextar and Celestron I think, do you have any recommendations?
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: RedEye on January 16, 2012, 04:46:53 PM
Taken wiht T2i, 3200ISO, Hillsdale vs GVSU basketball Game. 
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Crapking on January 16, 2012, 05:59:18 PM
7D, early AM snow

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7006/6708171577_8109de736e.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/pvc2012/6708171577/)
135Lsnow7Da (http://www.flickr.com/photos/pvc2012/6708171577/)
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: mathino on January 16, 2012, 06:11:19 PM
Gorgeous pics ! Once I get a FF the next buy will be this beauty 135 f/2 L ! :-)
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Crapking on January 16, 2012, 06:13:51 PM
1dIV, ISO6400 1/640 f2.2 Tv

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7001/6710650813_b7a4ceb392.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/pvc2012/6710650813/)
PVC18Yellow070 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/pvc2012/6710650813/)
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: lol on January 16, 2012, 06:46:00 PM
Dude holy crap, that is AWESOME.  What part of the country are you in? 

I've been trying to find a telescope that I can use in conjunction with my DSLR, but all the sites get pretty overwhelming...so many choices and I can't figure out what's what.  I've looked at the Meade, Nextar and Celestron I think, do you have any recommendations?
I'm in Swindon, UK. Light pollution is quite bad here so there's a lot of processing required to get around it as best I can. There's still a LOT of improvement that could be done there. I really could use a longer focal length, but the 200/2 is a bit outside my budget, and I'm considering a 300/2.8 class lens some time instead... As for scopes, in short it depends on what you want one for and budget. But that's probably best for another thread.
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Crapking on January 16, 2012, 06:50:26 PM
Gorgeous pics ! Once I get a FF the next buy will be this beauty 135 f/2 L ! :-)

No need to wait for FF, the 1DIV and 7D photos from above show what this lens is capable of....
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: briansquibb on January 16, 2012, 07:06:57 PM
Here is a FF version taken this evening. Stunning lens on FF. 1Ds3, 135, f/4.0, iso200
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Crapking on January 17, 2012, 08:44:26 PM
Here are some of the comparison shots with this lens on both a 7D and/or the 1D IV  Different Gyms with different lighting but both shot with Tv mode, autoISO so more real life than technical comparison  :)

135/2  1/1000 Tv ISO 3200 on the 7D
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7003/6717632411_74517cc9c6_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/pvc2012/6717632411/)
PVC16Black7d011 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/pvc2012/6717632411/) by PVC 2012 (http://www.flickr.com/people/pvc2012/), on Flickr

Here is similar shot with 1D IV

f2.2 1/800 ISO 6400

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7171/6718755943_4e0a88eafe_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/pvc2012/6718755943/)
PVC18Yellowreedits1D093 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/pvc2012/6718755943/) by PVC 2012 (http://www.flickr.com/people/pvc2012/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Crapking on January 18, 2012, 10:30:52 AM
Love this Lens

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7143/6719992685_ee3930fbcc_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/pvc2012/6719992685/)
PVC18Black1D041 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/pvc2012/6719992685/) by PVC 2012 (http://www.flickr.com/people/pvc2012/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: OlAf on January 18, 2012, 09:32:15 PM
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7004/6650858459_4918298600_z.jpg) (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7004/6650858459_a1a4e2489e_o.jpg)
IMG_9637_1200 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/43506647@N06/6650858459/) by -OlAf- (http://www.flickr.com/people/43506647@N06/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: fesapo on January 20, 2012, 02:06:49 AM
For those who commented, thanks for the kind words and congratulations about my wedding :-)  I couldn't resist taking hold of my camera for some shots of my new wife, and this is one of my favourites (although I think I might soon fix it as it's a bit too much on the blue side):

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7019/6728696287_201c74b17a_m.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6728696287/)
Bouquet Beauty (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6728696287/) by Fesapo (http://www.flickr.com/people/fesapo/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: CHL on January 24, 2012, 04:02:27 AM


This is a really difficult question indeed CHL!  I have the mk II version of the 70-200 2.8 zoom and the IQ is preatty much on par with the 135L, minus the extra stop that the 135 provide you.  I am getting the 135 anyway because I am looking for something lighter to carry.

I dont have experience with the version I of the 70-200mm zoom but I am told (and you cant read in these forums) the current version was a big improvement in the IQ.  If you already find you use the 70-200mm zoom a lot for your purposes, I would think you might be better getting the mk II first instead of getting the 135L. 

Keep in mind if you buy it before Dec 31st at B&H you get $400 off! ($1974).  This is a good buy! (the link is on the main CR page).

Hope this helps.

Fabulous on the 5DII, the 135L is that bit smoother than the 70-200 II. IQ of the 135 is better but not with the huge gap there used to be. The 135 makes a good street lens as it doesn't leap out at you and is surpisingly small. Minimum focus distance is small too!

Thank you both. I am going for the 135L because of less weight and it is more discreet compared to the 70-200 2.8. I have also come to the conclusion that the 35L and the 135L will make a very good combo for me on my 40D and 5DMKII. I live in Europe so I can not take advantage of any good deals with B&H - unless I travel to New York which is not a bad idea in itself :-)

/Claes
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: JR on January 24, 2012, 11:07:29 AM


This is a really difficult question indeed CHL!  I have the mk II version of the 70-200 2.8 zoom and the IQ is preatty much on par with the 135L, minus the extra stop that the 135 provide you.  I am getting the 135 anyway because I am looking for something lighter to carry.

I dont have experience with the version I of the 70-200mm zoom but I am told (and you cant read in these forums) the current version was a big improvement in the IQ.  If you already find you use the 70-200mm zoom a lot for your purposes, I would think you might be better getting the mk II first instead of getting the 135L. 

Keep in mind if you buy it before Dec 31st at B&H you get $400 off! ($1974).  This is a good buy! (the link is on the main CR page).

Hope this helps.

Fabulous on the 5DII, the 135L is that bit smoother than the 70-200 II. IQ of the 135 is better but not with the huge gap there used to be. The 135 makes a good street lens as it doesn't leap out at you and is surpisingly small. Minimum focus distance is small too!

Thank you both. I am going for the 135L because of less weight and it is more discreet compared to the 70-200 2.8. I have also come to the conclusion that the 35L and the 135L will make a very good combo for me on my 40D and 5DMKII. I live in Europe so I can not take advantage of any good deals with B&H - unless I travel to New York which is not a bad idea in itself :-)

/Claes

Congratulation CHL, you will not regret the 135L.  Now that I have it, I wonder how I could live without it for so long!  Cheers,

Jacques
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: fesapo on January 24, 2012, 11:43:10 PM
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7011/6757585637_364ea64a1f_m.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6757585637/)
Delicate Winter (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6757585637/) by Fesapo (http://www.flickr.com/people/fesapo/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: codewizpt on January 25, 2012, 06:26:15 AM
(http://)
I'm Lovin' It
http://raimundinha-jr.blogspot.com/ (http://raimundinha-jr.blogspot.com/)
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: fesapo on January 28, 2012, 09:34:00 AM
Sleepy puppies are great to shoot because they don't spaz out like well-rested, peppy puppies ;-)

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7019/6773819069_7d1686afed_m.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6773819069/)
Sleepy Puppy (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6773819069/#) by Fesapo (http://www.flickr.com/people/fesapo/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: JR on February 03, 2012, 08:43:31 AM
The Look!  When your women look at you like that, you know you are in trouble!  hihihi   8)
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: codewizpt on February 03, 2012, 11:15:08 AM
The Look!  When your women look at you like that, you know you are in trouble!  hihihi   8)

I know the feeling!  :D
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Kernuak on February 06, 2012, 04:48:56 PM
The Look!  When your women look at you like that, you know you are in trouble!  hihihi   8)
Especially when you have a second one in training :P.
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: fesapo on February 06, 2012, 09:32:54 PM
My cousin prefers this look :)

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7152/6832888531_05e9b05c48_m.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6832888531/)
She Says With a Smirk (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6832888531/#) by Fesapo (http://www.flickr.com/people/fesapo/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: fesapo on February 15, 2012, 12:07:58 AM
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7042/6878261081_ed97d2beef_m.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6878261081/)
Rocking Out (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6878261081/#) by Fesapo (http://www.flickr.com/people/fesapo/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: CHL on February 17, 2012, 11:07:37 PM
Shot at a carneval in Spain
5DII 135/2L f/2 1/125 ISO 1600
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: fesapo on February 20, 2012, 12:03:28 AM
My wife loves this lens about as much as I do!

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7070/6907337095_b3e1ed8a60_m.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6907337095/)
The Smile of a Well-Rested Woman (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6907337095/#) by Fesapo (http://www.flickr.com/people/fesapo/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Leopard Lupus on February 20, 2012, 02:09:13 AM
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7011/6814860441_00855e2b91.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/leopardlupus/6814860441/)
Johnny R. (http://www.flickr.com/photos/leopardlupus/6814860441/#) by Leopard Lupus (http://www.flickr.com/people/leopardlupus/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: fesapo on February 20, 2012, 09:57:00 PM
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7011/6814860441_00855e2b91.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/leopardlupus/6814860441/)
Johnny R. (http://www.flickr.com/photos/leopardlupus/6814860441/#) by Leopard Lupus (http://www.flickr.com/people/leopardlupus/), on Flickr

Great work! I really like this shot.
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Leopard Lupus on February 25, 2012, 12:03:57 AM
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7182/6776515552_0f97b36a8d.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/leopardlupus/6776515552/)
Hannah G. (http://www.flickr.com/photos/leopardlupus/6776515552/#) by Leopard Lupus (http://www.flickr.com/people/leopardlupus/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Hillsilly on February 25, 2012, 02:09:19 AM
My latest project is trying to photograph flying foxes.  As they're moving and its dark, I'm pushing my camera's autofocus system to the limit and a lot of the time it just won't lock on (I've only got a window of a few minutes where they're active and my AF still works before getting too dark).  I'm finding it a bit of challenge to get a decent shot.  But I'm slowly refining my technique, and I'll get there one day.  I know the type of composition I want, but I just can't get them to go where I want them!  Lens wise, I've settled on the 135mm.  Its the only fast telephoto that I've got.  Being sharp wide open makes it a natural choice.  It's an awesome lens. 
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: OlAf on March 01, 2012, 10:09:54 PM
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3223/5716585938_5fa7311a35_z.jpg) (http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3223/5716585938_100dcf981f_o.jpg)
IMG_1113_1200 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/43506647@N06/5716585938/#) by -OlAf- (http://www.flickr.com/people/43506647@N06/), on Flickr
Title: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Kamakalele on March 09, 2012, 02:33:30 AM
Candid shot at the park.

Taken with my 5DMkII.
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: codewizpt on March 10, 2012, 08:33:10 PM
Candid shot at the park.

Taken with my 5DMkII.

Wonderful!
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: OlAf on March 10, 2012, 09:46:12 PM
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5020/5577674476_11c9e594c9_z.jpg) (http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5020/5577674476_551afdbf77_o.jpg)
IMG_1727_1200 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/43506647@N06/5577674476/#) by -OlAf- (http://www.flickr.com/people/43506647@N06/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: fesapo on April 25, 2012, 04:19:25 AM
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7221/6963017350_62ddc836b8.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6963017350/)
Bride-To-Be (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fesapo/6963017350/#) by Fesapo (http://www.flickr.com/people/fesapo/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: jeffp on June 11, 2012, 07:23:25 PM
Took these two shots today testing out this lovely new lens!


(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8002/7363442830_38191983fd_b.jpg)

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7241/7178210525_e3c4ff703a_b.jpg)
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: macrodust on June 17, 2012, 07:45:25 AM
Took these two shots today testing out this lovely new lens!


I really like the first one. Dreamy!
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: wilddreamer on July 10, 2012, 04:25:59 PM
like to hear some comments about this photo.
*like how well the bokeh and etc
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: wickidwombat on July 10, 2012, 08:01:42 PM
great shot!

if you have shot raw and lightroom i would suggest pulling the highlight down a tiny bit to take a little emphasis off the hair highlight it draws your eye away from her face. I would possibly tweek the contrast up a tiny bit too
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: pdirestajr on August 14, 2012, 05:12:54 PM
Just picked up this lens off of Craigslist for 750. It is pretty cool.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7135/7760938796_c945faa99a_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/phillyd/7760938796/)
Cafe Girls (http://www.flickr.com/photos/phillyd/7760938796/#) by Philip DiResta (http://www.flickr.com/people/phillyd/), on Flickr

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8302/7763297750_0c2cea6187_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/phillyd/7763297750/)
The Gymnast (http://www.flickr.com/photos/phillyd/7763297750/#) by Philip DiResta (http://www.flickr.com/people/phillyd/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: untitled10 on August 20, 2012, 07:26:52 PM
like to hear some comments about this photo.
*like how well the bokeh and etc

I honestly think the shutter speed was a little too low....
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: LostArk on August 25, 2012, 04:04:32 AM
5D2 1/200 f/2 6400 ISO, available light
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8296/7855459006_0c6d06d62d_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/noahfence/7855459006/)
Street Dreams (http://www.flickr.com/photos/noahfence/7855459006/#) by Nοah Fence (http://www.flickr.com/people/noahfence/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: candyman on August 25, 2012, 04:13:29 AM
like to hear some comments about this photo.
*like how well the bokeh and etc


I like your photo


I am not sure....but the bokeh seems a little nervous. What do you think yourself?
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: KurtStevens on August 25, 2012, 04:57:48 AM
Won't put the img tags around the link since its NSFW, but this is 5d3 + 135 @ 1/40th at 2500 iso:

http://imgur.com/a/gpYlt#0 (http://imgur.com/a/gpYlt#0)
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Quasimodo on August 25, 2012, 05:00:56 PM
Won't put the img tags around the link since its NSFW, but this is 5d3 + 135 @ 1/40th at 2500 iso:

http://imgur.com/a/gpYlt#0 (http://imgur.com/a/gpYlt#0)

One of those pictures where it is hard to focus on your technical skills :)
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: wilddreamer on August 26, 2012, 10:48:21 PM
great shot!

if you have shot raw and lightroom i would suggest pulling the highlight down a tiny bit to take a little emphasis off the hair highlight it draws your eye away from her face. I would possibly tweek the contrast up a tiny bit too

i cant do photoshop, but yes i took it with raw

like to hear some comments about this photo.
*like how well the bokeh and etc

I like your photo

I am not sure....but the bokeh seems a little nervous. What do you think yourself?

sometimes its hard to define a good bokeh. but thx for all comments, i really fall in love with this lens completely
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: pdirestajr on August 28, 2012, 03:39:01 PM
Good "sports" lens :)
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8428/7853709274_1dcfb0049a_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/phillyd/7853709274/)
Hanging out (http://www.flickr.com/photos/phillyd/7853709274/#) by Philip DiResta (http://www.flickr.com/people/phillyd/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Crapking on August 28, 2012, 05:29:21 PM
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8445/7883047606_61bc4e831b_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/pvc2012/7883047606/)
CHP Golf-20 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/pvc2012/7883047606/#) by PVC 2012 (http://www.flickr.com/people/pvc2012/), on Flickr

Camera   Canon EOS-1D X
Exposure   1/2500 sec
Aperture   f/2.0
Focal Length   135 mm
ISO Speed   200
Exposure Bias   0 EV

Fell in love (all over again) with this lens and the 1D-X :)
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: florianbieler.de on November 19, 2012, 01:50:51 PM
Quite a nice lens, gonna stick to 100L though.

Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: TWI by Dustin Abbott on November 19, 2012, 03:42:23 PM
One of the best things about this lens is its ability to produce stunning photos in lousy light.  I shot this during a portrait setting in truly terrible light and still ended up with an entire shoot that the clients were very pleased with.  (Canon 5D MKII)

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8055/8118918974_6102a405ae.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/8118918974/)
Framed (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/8118918974/#) by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott (http://www.flickr.com/people/thousandwordimages/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Kernuak on November 19, 2012, 04:45:15 PM
This is a fantastic lens, but to be honest I find it difficult to use well. I'm not into portraits - apart from animals, and as animals tend to have long bodies or noses or both it's difficult to utilise the very shallow depth of field - so I end up using it at f4.
Also the auto focus on 5D just cannot cope with the f2 depth of field on a moving subject. So I end up using it at f4.......
I've attached three of my pictures with the 135mm, all using manual focus, the shot at Bramham Horse Trials in England was pre focused. Oh and by the way, I think they are all at f4
it's a specialist lens and tricky. Think I'm going to get a 70-200 instead............................
The reason I bought the lens, was to shoot pine martens in low light, where I knew I would be close, but I have also found other uses for it. It can also be used to produce artistic near macro images with very narrow depth of field, when used with extension tubes. Not to everyone's taste, but it can be effective.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8053/8113262639_139a30dd11.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/15522274@N04/8113262639/)
Artistic Gallerina (http://www.flickr.com/photos/15522274@N04/8113262639/#) by Kernuak (avalonlightphotoart.co.uk) (http://www.flickr.com/people/15522274@N04/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: TWI by Dustin Abbott on November 20, 2012, 08:14:10 AM
It does work very nicely as a pseudo macro on extension tubes.  That great clarity and bokeh still shine in that setting.
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: leftnose on December 23, 2012, 05:12:42 PM
I went through my annual MFA process with my lenses today but, this year, I bought Reikan Focal Pro so I shot some tests afterwards to see the results.  I was reminded why I like this lens so darn much.  This is a 100% crop from the right middle third @ 1/200, f/2, ISO 200, handheld on my 5D2 (the JPG was generated by LR4 with no adjustments).

(http://i.imgur.com/5rN1Q.jpg)

Not a good photo but so sharp on the focal plane that it'll cut you!

BTW, Focal is great!  I was able to MFA 9 lenses in about 45 minutes once I had the test target, lights, and tripod set-up.  Only two of those lenses were set at zero despite previous MFA tests, the 100L macro and 70-300L.  Focal left them both at 0 but adjusted all my other lenses by 2-3 points in either direction.  It seems to have done the job properly and was worth the money just for the time savings!
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: SJTstudios on December 23, 2012, 06:27:54 PM
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6147/5937948326_517a5cc2f2_z.jpg)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tastino0/5937948326 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/tastino0/5937948326)


(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6149/5935700131_0d34856bc8_z.jpg)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tastino0/5935700131/ (http://www.flickr.com/photos/tastino0/5935700131/)


(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6020/5934244291_533de2fdab_z.jpg)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tastino0/5934244291 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/tastino0/5934244291)


(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6123/5931391056_40a87435ce_z.jpg)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tastino0/5931391056/ (http://www.flickr.com/photos/tastino0/5931391056/)
Amazing, they look like they came out of a holly wood movie!
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: SJTstudios on December 23, 2012, 06:48:36 PM
like to hear some comments about this photo.
*like how well the bokeh and etc

I think it's ok, the bokeh is a little distracting. I don't like the flowers, they are blurry, and it takes away from the sharpness of the image, it looks more of slow shutter than motion blur.

But I really like the idea of blurry petals, and the girl blowing.
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: NickPerkins on January 03, 2013, 12:46:30 PM
Overall thrilled with the quality of the lens some samples

http://www.flickr.com/photos/nickperkins/8343023928/# (http://www.flickr.com/photos/nickperkins/8343023928/#)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/nickperkins/8341967243/# (http://www.flickr.com/photos/nickperkins/8341967243/#)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/nickperkins/8341962493/# (http://www.flickr.com/photos/nickperkins/8341962493/#)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/nickperkins/8343020818/# (http://www.flickr.com/photos/nickperkins/8343020818/#)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/nickperkins/8341963477/# (http://www.flickr.com/photos/nickperkins/8341963477/#)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/nickperkins/8341963805/# (http://www.flickr.com/photos/nickperkins/8341963805/#)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/nickperkins/8341964047/# (http://www.flickr.com/photos/nickperkins/8341964047/#)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/nickperkins/8343023012/# (http://www.flickr.com/photos/nickperkins/8343023012/#)
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: bdunbar79 on January 03, 2013, 07:01:12 PM
I was surprised with the distance sharpness of the lens in rapid action.
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: ChilledXpress on January 03, 2013, 07:25:17 PM
My first prime and the one I blame for my eventual move to all primes.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8161/7165338341_fc373fecfa_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dk_m/7165338341/)
Summertime and the livin's easy... (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dk_m/7165338341/#) by David KM (http://www.flickr.com/people/dk_m/), on Flickr
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5080/7234979328_b59e1e701c_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dk_m/7234979328/)
Kyudo demonstration (Japanese Archery)... (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dk_m/7234979328/#) by David KM (http://www.flickr.com/people/dk_m/), on Flickr
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7120/7665967138_c99e3d0512_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dk_m/7665967138/)
MotoGP 2012 Qualifying - Laguna Seca, California (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dk_m/7665967138/#) by David KM (http://www.flickr.com/people/dk_m/), on Flickr
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5041/5325646117_152c2e181b_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dk_m/5325646117/)
17 Mile Drive... Monterey, Ca. (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dk_m/5325646117/#) by David KM (http://www.flickr.com/people/dk_m/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Roger Jones on January 03, 2013, 07:53:55 PM
Great portrait lens as well
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8494/8301034961_0c982d1efe_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/rogerjones/8301034961/)
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: littlepilotdude on January 08, 2013, 06:21:21 PM
@ Roger Jones, that's a great shot!
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Quasimodo on January 09, 2013, 02:02:12 AM
My first prime and the one I blame for my eventual move to all primes.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8161/7165338341_fc373fecfa_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dk_m/7165338341/)
Summertime and the livin's easy... (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dk_m/7165338341/#) by David KM (http://www.flickr.com/people/dk_m/), on Flickr
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5080/7234979328_b59e1e701c_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dk_m/7234979328/)
Kyudo demonstration (Japanese Archery)... (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dk_m/7234979328/#) by David KM (http://www.flickr.com/people/dk_m/), on Flickr
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7120/7665967138_c99e3d0512_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dk_m/7665967138/)
MotoGP 2012 Qualifying - Laguna Seca, California (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dk_m/7665967138/#) by David KM (http://www.flickr.com/people/dk_m/), on Flickr
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5041/5325646117_152c2e181b_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dk_m/5325646117/)
17 Mile Drive... Monterey, Ca. (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dk_m/5325646117/#) by David KM (http://www.flickr.com/people/dk_m/), on Flickr

Have to say that I absolutely love the archery shot (no pun intented :)
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: TWI by Dustin Abbott on January 09, 2013, 09:49:49 AM
Here's a SOOC shot from a recent portrait shoot.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8072/8352884297_c91226e8f2_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/8352884297/)
Hints (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/8352884297/#) by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott (http://www.flickr.com/people/thousandwordimages/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: ChilledXpress on January 09, 2013, 10:46:21 AM
My first prime and the one I blame for my eventual move to all primes.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8161/7165338341_fc373fecfa_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dk_m/7165338341/)
Summertime and the livin's easy... (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dk_m/7165338341/#) by David KM (http://www.flickr.com/people/dk_m/), on Flickr
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5080/7234979328_b59e1e701c_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dk_m/7234979328/)
Kyudo demonstration (Japanese Archery)... (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dk_m/7234979328/#) by David KM (http://www.flickr.com/people/dk_m/), on Flickr
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7120/7665967138_c99e3d0512_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dk_m/7665967138/)
MotoGP 2012 Qualifying - Laguna Seca, California (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dk_m/7665967138/#) by David KM (http://www.flickr.com/people/dk_m/), on Flickr
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5041/5325646117_152c2e181b_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dk_m/5325646117/)
17 Mile Drive... Monterey, Ca. (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dk_m/5325646117/#) by David KM (http://www.flickr.com/people/dk_m/), on Flickr

Have to say that I absolutely love the archery shot (no pun intented :)

Thanks !
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: leftnose on January 09, 2013, 04:00:43 PM
Great portrait lens as well
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8494/8301034961_0c982d1efe_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/rogerjones/8301034961/)
Very nice!  Very Karsh-ish.  Even though I'm obviously looking at it on a monitor, it "feels" like it was printed on fiber based paper!

I assume this was split toned?  If so, would you be willing to share your settings?
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: babiesphotos on January 09, 2013, 05:14:45 PM
Attack!!!
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Portrait_Moments_Photogra on January 09, 2013, 06:22:47 PM
(http://photos.weddingmomentsphotography.com/Weddings/Bridal-Portraits-with-Benjie/i-4qJZNtd/0/L/_1DX1968%20copy-L.jpg)

Canon 1DX and EF 135 f/2.0 with B+W XS CPL Filter

more here; http://photos.weddingmomentsphotography.com/ (http://photos.weddingmomentsphotography.com/)
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: westr70 on January 09, 2013, 06:32:03 PM
My first prime and the one I blame for my eventual move to all primes.

+ 1.  I was so blown away by this lens that I resolved to buy just primes.  Mostly.
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: yogi on January 09, 2013, 08:30:56 PM
great shot!

if you have shot raw and lightroom i would suggest pulling the highlight down a tiny bit to take a little emphasis off the hair highlight it draws your eye away from her face. I would possibly tweek the contrast up a tiny bit too


Really like it. Very original idea blowing the flower petals. The petals blend in nicely with the bokeh. Probably just a coincidence?, but a nice blend of colors also.
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: yogi on January 09, 2013, 08:34:29 PM
like to hear some comments about this photo.
*like how well the bokeh and etc

Sorry Wilddreamer-- i replied to the wrong post.
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Roger Jones on January 09, 2013, 10:03:08 PM
Very nice!  Very Karsh-ish.  Even though I'm obviously looking at it on a monitor, it "feels" like it was printed on fiber based paper!

I assume this was split toned?  If so, would you be willing to share your settings?

I use Nik silver efex 2 to get the split toned look. I think Silver Efex has the best toning and grain simulation of all the software I've used. I dial the toning in on each image individually but always turn paper toning completely off and set the balance at -50 or below.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8323/8365571701_f761d6b827_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/rogerjones/8365571701/)
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: rj79in on January 10, 2013, 07:10:00 AM
Excellent images ... couldn't resist ... ordered mine today!
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: germanaleman on January 10, 2013, 07:36:38 AM
What about this lens with my new 5D Mark III for fashion photography? I need one tele and don't mind if it's prime instead of a zoom.
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Standard on January 10, 2013, 08:28:08 AM
It's my favorite lens, next to the 50L, easily suitable for fashion and portrait work. It also shines as a lighter, more discreet lens for street photographers. Creating beautiful crisp images with wonderful bokeh in lowlight, better than the current zooms in my opinion. Here's an image paired with the 5DM3, square cropped (You can see the full image at my Website under Journal > Amara).

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8499/8263948661_2aa1d4f790_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dunghoang/8263948661/)
Bailey (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dunghoang/8263948661/#) by Standard Deluxe (http://www.flickr.com/people/dunghoang/), on Flickr

Additional examples from the 135L:

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7036/7053970669_9f253d9569_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dunghoang/7053970669/)
Hard to Leave When You Belong (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dunghoang/7053970669/#) by Standard Deluxe (http://www.flickr.com/people/dunghoang/), on Flickr

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8067/8203540976_43be958cfc_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dunghoang/8203540976/)
Sans Abri (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dunghoang/8203540976/#) by Standard Deluxe (http://www.flickr.com/people/dunghoang/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Studio1930 on January 10, 2013, 08:38:26 AM
It's my favorite lens, next to the 50L, easily suitable for fashion and portrait work. It also shines as a lighter, more discreet lens for street photographers. Creating beautiful crisp images with wonderful bokeh in lowlight, better than the current zooms in my opinion. Here's an image paired with the 5DM3, square cropped (You can see the full image at my Website under Journal > Amara).


Very nice work.
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: 101Clicks on January 10, 2013, 10:35:58 AM
I just got mine last month and I already love this lens! Here's my very first try with this lens...

More pics here: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.442645789117052.95936.374727482575550&type=3 (http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.442645789117052.95936.374727482575550&type=3)

Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: bdunbar79 on February 09, 2013, 12:29:48 AM
I would like to share a bad shot.  The reason is that it illustrates two points about the lens.  The first here is the obvious lack of flexibility in sports, as with any prime lens.  However, this is quickly forgiven when considering the sharpness of the girl's face as she goes up for the layup.  This is 1DX, 135L, 1/500, f/2.2, ISO 5000.
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: TWI by Dustin Abbott on February 11, 2013, 08:46:23 AM
It's my favorite lens, next to the 50L, easily suitable for fashion and portrait work. It also shines as a lighter, more discreet lens for street photographers. Creating beautiful crisp images with wonderful bokeh in lowlight, better than the current zooms in my opinion. Here's an image paired with the 5DM3, square cropped (You can see the full image at my Website under Journal > Amara).

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8499/8263948661_2aa1d4f790_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dunghoang/8263948661/)
Bailey (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dunghoang/8263948661/#) by Standard Deluxe (http://www.flickr.com/people/dunghoang/), on Flickr

Additional examples from the 135L:

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7036/7053970669_9f253d9569_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dunghoang/7053970669/)
Hard to Leave When You Belong (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dunghoang/7053970669/#) by Standard Deluxe (http://www.flickr.com/people/dunghoang/), on Flickr

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8067/8203540976_43be958cfc_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dunghoang/8203540976/)
Sans Abri (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dunghoang/8203540976/#) by Standard Deluxe (http://www.flickr.com/people/dunghoang/), on Flickr

Some exceptional images, there.  I love the 135L and love to see images that do it's capabilities justice.
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: florianbieler.de on February 16, 2013, 11:05:08 AM
THE mid range portrait lens. Period.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8092/8479245278_666dca207d.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/florianbieler/8479245278/)
Float Like A Butterfly (http://www.flickr.com/photos/florianbieler/8479245278/#) von Florian Bieler (http://www.flickr.com/people/florianbieler/) auf Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: candyman on February 16, 2013, 11:16:54 AM
THE mid range portrait lens. Period.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8092/8479245278_666dca207d.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/florianbieler/8479245278/)
Float Like A Butterfly (http://www.flickr.com/photos/florianbieler/8479245278/#) von Florian Bieler (http://www.flickr.com/people/florianbieler/) auf Flickr


Wonderful photo!
I love the 135mm
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: florianbieler.de on February 17, 2013, 01:16:25 PM

Wonderful photo!
I love the 135mm

Thanks, well it sure is a great lens.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8235/8483014268_b9601cb5f9_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/florianbieler/8483014268/)
Fritzi VI (http://www.flickr.com/photos/florianbieler/8483014268/#) von Florian Bieler (http://www.flickr.com/people/florianbieler/) auf Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: florianbieler.de on February 19, 2013, 01:19:26 PM
Fancy, fancy lens that is.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8386/8486386050_f30b297e1b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/florianbieler/8486386050/)
Fritzi VII (http://www.flickr.com/photos/florianbieler/8486386050/#) von Florian Bieler (http://www.flickr.com/people/florianbieler/) auf Flickr

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8109/8490020876_de9ba47916_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/florianbieler/8490020876/)
Fritzi VIII (http://www.flickr.com/photos/florianbieler/8490020876/#) von Florian Bieler (http://www.flickr.com/people/florianbieler/) auf Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: bdunbar79 on March 03, 2013, 01:39:49 AM
1DX, 135L, f/2.2, ISO 5000:
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: drmikeinpdx on March 10, 2013, 03:50:31 PM
I've had my 135 for about three months now and just recently had a chance to do some shooting outdoors.  Here is a shot taken in Portland yesterday near Union Station.  The delightfully blurry stuff in the background is an Amtrak train seen through a fence.


(http://www.beyondboudoirphoto.com/img/s2/v70/p1471285318-4.jpg)
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: J.R. on March 14, 2013, 09:27:08 AM
I don't suppose the 135L is used for landscapes but in this instance I had to because this was the only lens I had longer than 105mm.
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Kernuak on March 15, 2013, 03:51:38 PM
I don't suppose the 135L is used for landscapes but in this instance I had to because this was the only lens I had longer than 105mm.
There's no reason not to use the 135 for landscapes and it makes a nice change to see others using it.
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Sporgon on March 15, 2013, 04:50:20 PM
Yes it is true to say the 135L is not just for portraits at f2. Here are two pictures that we have taken using this lens. The first one was shot at 1/40 from a studio tripod, using mirror lock up and a remote release. There's been some discussion on another thread about the inability to shoot a medium telephoto at slow shutter speeds from a tripod, but I've also attached a 100% view of one of the original frames converted directly to jpeg - no modification - which shows just how sharp it can be, as long as the air is clear, and there is zero vibration on the tripod.
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: bdunbar79 on March 15, 2013, 11:55:31 PM
I don't suppose the 135L is used for landscapes but in this instance I had to because this was the only lens I had longer than 105mm.
There's no reason not to use the 135 for landscapes and it makes a nice change to see others using it.

I agree.  I actually enjoy longer focal length landscape photography. 
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: wayno on March 16, 2013, 01:34:32 AM
I don't suppose the 135L is used for landscapes but in this instance I had to because this was the only lens I had longer than 105mm.
There's no reason not to use the 135 for landscapes and it makes a nice change to see others using it.

I agree.  I actually enjoy longer focal length landscape photography.

Agreed, however depth of field sharpness can be more problematic with the zoom landscapes.
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Sporgon on March 16, 2013, 10:44:40 AM
I was surprised with the distance sharpness of the lens in rapid action.


@bdundar79 - yours are the only shots that I see of fast action taken on the 135L at f2 which are in sharp focus ! Being honest what % are these of your total frames ?
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: bdunbar79 on March 16, 2013, 12:20:33 PM
I was surprised with the distance sharpness of the lens in rapid action.


@bdundar79 - yours are the only shots that I see of fast action taken on the 135L at f2 which are in sharp focus ! Being honest what % are these of your total frames ?

Sporgon, being completely honest, about 60%.  This is where the camera body matters.  If I fire off let's say 6 bursts on the 1DX, maybe none of them are in focus even if I achieve focus first (focal plane moves).  However, on another layup a few plays later, I can burst and get 4 out of 6 hits sharp in focus.  The 1DX will give you many more hits than another camera I feel.  However, in these situations, I had no choice.  Many high schools around the country are going with "economy lighting" and in most of my situations, I was shooting f/2.2, 1/500, and still at ISO 5000.  So what I did was get very aggressive, and try very hard to get the face in focus by moving my active AF point up the vertical center row, and panning with the player the best I could.  I got better at it, but lower light hurts AF accuracy and the focal plane moves.  I had a high success rate if I panned across while standing in the stands, at a 90 degree angle from the player, then the plane didn't move much and/or it moved little enough that the 1DX could track it and move.  Frustrating, but fun.
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: bdunbar79 on March 16, 2013, 12:31:26 PM
Oops!  Wrong file!  Here is the correct file with the 135L at f/2.2, files in and out of focus as she goes toward the hoop.  Note the lack of flexibility with this lens for sports, however, f/2.8 would not be really good here as ISO would have been 8000 vs 5000.
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Kernuak on March 16, 2013, 01:44:22 PM
I was going to do this last night, but here are some more landscapes with the 135.

(http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6233/6269825577_7b3b1f44f6_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/15522274@N04/6269825577/)
Bonscale Pike (http://www.flickr.com/photos/15522274@N04/6269825577/#) by Kernuak (avalonlightphotoart.co.uk) (http://www.flickr.com/people/15522274@N04/), on Flickr
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8196/8098145502_52c807643f_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/15522274@N04/8098145502/)
Mist over Loch Leven (http://www.flickr.com/photos/15522274@N04/8098145502/#) by Kernuak (avalonlightphotoart.co.uk) (http://www.flickr.com/people/15522274@N04/), on Flickr
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7086/7243747602_edda3c198e_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/15522274@N04/7243747602/)
River Glass and Beauly Firth (http://www.flickr.com/photos/15522274@N04/7243747602/#) by Kernuak (avalonlightphotoart.co.uk) (http://www.flickr.com/people/15522274@N04/), on Flickr
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3613/5805566253_b09a0e6059_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/15522274@N04/5805566253/)
Loch in Glen Strathfarrar (http://www.flickr.com/photos/15522274@N04/5805566253/#) by Kernuak (avalonlightphotoart.co.uk) (http://www.flickr.com/people/15522274@N04/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Stig on March 16, 2013, 05:21:24 PM
I was going to do this last night, but here are some more landscapes with the 135.

... and they are really nice ones   :)
btw, so are the ones you posted in the Canon around the world thread ;)
thanks for doing so
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Kernuak on March 16, 2013, 05:32:40 PM
I was going to do this last night, but here are some more landscapes with the 135.

... and they are really nice ones   :)
btw, so are the ones you posted in the Canon around the world thread ;)
thanks for doing so
Thanks Stig.
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Sporgon on March 16, 2013, 05:53:48 PM
Oops!  Wrong file!  Here is the correct file with the 135L at f/2.2, files in and out of focus as she goes toward the hoop.  Note the lack of flexibility with this lens for sports, however, f/2.8 would not be really good here as ISO would have been 8000 vs 5000.


Well 60% is higher than I would have thought. I think the 1Dx must be helping, plus your ability to use it. Anyway I like your pictures of basket ball. The razor thin depth of field coupled with the expressions on the young players faces make for enjoyable pictures. Keep posting !
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: bdunbar79 on March 27, 2013, 07:59:36 PM
Oops!  Wrong file!  Here is the correct file with the 135L at f/2.2, files in and out of focus as she goes toward the hoop.  Note the lack of flexibility with this lens for sports, however, f/2.8 would not be really good here as ISO would have been 8000 vs 5000.


Well 60% is higher than I would have thought. I think the 1Dx must be helping, plus your ability to use it. Anyway I like your pictures of basket ball. The razor thin depth of field coupled with the expressions on the young players faces make for enjoyable pictures. Keep posting !

Thanks.  I appreciate your comments.  I still need to improve a lot though.  I want to keep learning and improving and I think this site helps a great deal.
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Crapking on March 28, 2013, 10:58:07 AM
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8234/8598009058_a8981659b8_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/pvc2012/8598009058/)
XNSA1877 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/pvc2012/8598009058/#) by PVC 2012 (http://www.flickr.com/people/pvc2012/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: ablearcher on March 28, 2013, 12:05:11 PM
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8234/8598009058_a8981659b8_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/pvc2012/8598009058/)
XNSA1877 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/pvc2012/8598009058/#) by PVC 2012 (http://www.flickr.com/people/pvc2012/), on Flickr

Wow thats a really cool shot!!!
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Harv on March 28, 2013, 12:58:33 PM
It's my favorite lens, next to the 50L, easily suitable for fashion and portrait work. It also shines as a lighter, more discreet lens for street photographers. Creating beautiful crisp images with wonderful bokeh in lowlight, better than the current zooms in my opinion. Here's an image paired with the 5DM3, square cropped (You can see the full image at my Website under Journal > Amara).



(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8067/8203540976_43be958cfc_c.jpg)

I absolutely love this image.  It's outstanding.  Great job.
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: phixional ninja on March 28, 2013, 05:56:49 PM
Oh man, there are some incredible images in this thread.  A couple of my own contributions... not what I expected to be using this lens for necessarily, but the focus speed is a revelation compared to the 100mm f2.8L, and I was excited to be able to capture these:

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8110/8595450341_48b6777291_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/phixional_ninja/8595450341/in/photostream/lightbox/)
5D3  135mm  f/2.8  1/4000s  ISO 200

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8106/8596525638_d6272f72e2_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/phixional_ninja/8596525638/in/photostream/lightbox/)
5D3  135mm  f/3.5  1/4000s  ISO 200
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: LostArk on April 10, 2013, 07:00:50 AM
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8107/8637475888_c7ed901a26_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/noahfence/8637475888/)
Let Darkness Be Parted (http://www.flickr.com/photos/noahfence/8637475888/#) by Nοah Fence (http://www.flickr.com/people/noahfence/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: TWI by Dustin Abbott on April 10, 2013, 07:51:52 AM
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8107/8637475888_c7ed901a26_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/noahfence/8637475888/)
Let Darkness Be Parted (http://www.flickr.com/photos/noahfence/8637475888/#) by Nοah Fence (http://www.flickr.com/people/noahfence/), on Flickr

Very cool image.  Great color tones
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Quasimodo on April 10, 2013, 11:28:28 AM
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6147/5937948326_517a5cc2f2_z.jpg)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tastino0/5937948326 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/tastino0/5937948326)


(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6149/5935700131_0d34856bc8_z.jpg)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tastino0/5935700131/ (http://www.flickr.com/photos/tastino0/5935700131/)


(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6020/5934244291_533de2fdab_z.jpg)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tastino0/5934244291 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/tastino0/5934244291)


(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6123/5931391056_40a87435ce_z.jpg)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tastino0/5931391056/ (http://www.flickr.com/photos/tastino0/5931391056/)
Amazing, they look like they came out of a holly wood movie!


Love these shots! Would you mind sharing how you edited the pictures to acheive this filmatic look?
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: pdirestajr on April 10, 2013, 11:46:16 PM
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8265/8633727940_b43f71b153_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/phillyd/8633727940/)
Early Spring (http://www.flickr.com/photos/phillyd/8633727940/#) by Philip DiResta (http://www.flickr.com/people/phillyd/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: ncsa on April 16, 2013, 08:00:57 AM
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8402/8647316641_71eaf0ecd4_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ncsabkk/8647316641/)
sharing.. (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ncsabkk/8647316641/#) by ncsabkk (http://www.flickr.com/people/ncsabkk/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: ewg963 on April 16, 2013, 08:25:06 AM
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8265/8633727940_b43f71b153_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/phillyd/8633727940/)
Early Spring (http://www.flickr.com/photos/phillyd/8633727940/#) by Philip DiResta (http://www.flickr.com/people/phillyd/), on Flickr
Beautiful shot!!!
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: drolo61 on April 17, 2013, 02:18:01 PM
Portrait of a little lady
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: jman on April 22, 2013, 01:08:17 PM
By far one of my favorite lenses to shoot with.
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: TWI by Dustin Abbott on May 02, 2013, 07:26:33 AM
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8273/8700717749_a7d842de8a.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/8700717749/)
Two Farthings (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/8700717749/#) by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott (http://www.flickr.com/people/thousandwordimages/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: drolo61 on May 02, 2013, 10:15:35 AM
I love the 135
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: TWI by Dustin Abbott on May 09, 2013, 09:26:27 AM
Here's a sample taken with the 135L + 1.4xII extender (189mm f/2.8L :) )  I love that with the Canon extender you can do a separate AFMA and get better AF results.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7458/8722280291_8450178dab.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/8722280291/)
Strange Magic (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/8722280291/#) by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott (http://www.flickr.com/people/thousandwordimages/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: bornshooter on May 09, 2013, 10:47:48 AM
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8265/8633727940_b43f71b153_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/phillyd/8633727940/)
Early Spring (http://www.flickr.com/photos/phillyd/8633727940/#) by Philip DiResta (http://www.flickr.com/people/phillyd/), on Flickr
beautiful shot well done :)
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: bornshooter on May 09, 2013, 10:48:17 AM
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8273/8700717749_a7d842de8a.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/8700717749/)
Two Farthings (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/8700717749/#) by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott (http://www.flickr.com/people/thousandwordimages/), on Flickr
love it :)
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: CarlTN on May 09, 2013, 10:51:57 AM
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8273/8700717749_a7d842de8a.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/8700717749/)
Two Farthings (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/8700717749/#) by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott (http://www.flickr.com/people/thousandwordimages/), on Flickr
love it :)

Yes quite nice Dustin. 
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: TWI by Dustin Abbott on May 09, 2013, 11:19:38 AM

love it :)

Yes quite nice Dustin. 
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8273/8700717749_a7d842de8a.jpg), on Flickr
 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/8700717749/)
love it :)

Thanks, guys
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: sanj on May 09, 2013, 11:44:56 AM
Here's a sample taken with the 135L + 1.4xII extender (189mm f/2.8L :) )  I love that with the Canon extender you can do a separate AFMA and get better AF results.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7458/8722280291_8450178dab.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/8722280291/)
Strange Magic (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/8722280291/#) by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott (http://www.flickr.com/people/thousandwordimages/), on Flickr

Beautiful
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: TWI by Dustin Abbott on May 09, 2013, 12:18:08 PM
Here's a sample taken with the 135L + 1.4xII extender (189mm f/2.8L :) )  I love that with the Canon extender you can do a separate AFMA and get better AF results.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7458/8722280291_8450178dab.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/8722280291/)
Strange Magic (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/8722280291/#) by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott (http://www.flickr.com/people/thousandwordimages/), on Flickr

Beautiful

Thanks.  I love the color rendering out of the 135L.  It never ceases to impress.
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: CarlTN on May 09, 2013, 02:01:38 PM
I've had my 135L for 4 years, love it.  Probably never sell it.  However, color rendition isn't necessarily its strongest asset.  It's really just part of the whole package that makes it such a great lens.  The color balance itself is a tad cooler than I like, and sometimes too green, so I compensate with some magenta bias in-camera.  In my opinion, bokeh smoothness is its strongest asset.  Sharpness, and both global and micro-contrast, are all a close second.  I will find it hard to believe any current or future lenses in the 135mm focal length, will be a better overall lens.  An f/1.4 or faster zoom of some kind, could possibly be a better overall lens, but would be pricey and hard to design and build.  I find that much of the wildlife I like to shoot, needs such fast aperture for the low light...that none exist.
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: TWI by Dustin Abbott on May 09, 2013, 06:33:36 PM
I've had my 135L for 4 years, love it.  Probably never sell it.  However, color rendition isn't necessarily its strongest asset.  It's really just part of the whole package that makes it such a great lens.  The color balance itself is a tad cooler than I like, and sometimes too green, so I compensate with some magenta bias in-camera.  In my opinion, bokeh smoothness is its strongest asset.  Sharpness, and both global and micro-contrast, are all a close second.  I will find it hard to believe any current or future lenses in the 135mm focal length, will be a better overall lens.  An f/1.4 or faster zoom of some kind, could possibly be a better overall lens, but would be pricey and hard to design and build.  I find that much of the wildlife I like to shoot, needs such fast aperture for the low light...that none exist.

I certainly would be interested in a replacement with IS (which would be huge for my event work), and I wouldn't mind if they could tighten up the CA a bit.  It isn't as bad as my 85mm f/1.8, but still shows it on occasion.  It's interesting what you say about color.  It probably is a bit cool, which is ironic, since I'm partial to my Tamron 24-70VC which is probably on the warm side.
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: CarlTN on May 10, 2013, 06:27:04 PM
I've had my 135L for 4 years, love it.  Probably never sell it.  However, color rendition isn't necessarily its strongest asset.  It's really just part of the whole package that makes it such a great lens.  The color balance itself is a tad cooler than I like, and sometimes too green, so I compensate with some magenta bias in-camera.  In my opinion, bokeh smoothness is its strongest asset.  Sharpness, and both global and micro-contrast, are all a close second.  I will find it hard to believe any current or future lenses in the 135mm focal length, will be a better overall lens.  An f/1.4 or faster zoom of some kind, could possibly be a better overall lens, but would be pricey and hard to design and build.  I find that much of the wildlife I like to shoot, needs such fast aperture for the low light...that none exist.

I certainly would be interested in a replacement with IS (which would be huge for my event work), and I wouldn't mind if they could tighten up the CA a bit.  It isn't as bad as my 85mm f/1.8, but still shows it on occasion.  It's interesting what you say about color.  It probably is a bit cool, which is ironic, since I'm partial to my Tamron 24-70VC which is probably on the warm side.

Canon color rendition overall, is generally considered to be "cool".  I've read it many places...but certainly not all Canon lenses have a cool temperature.  Interesting you mention CA.  My copy really doesn't have any, or if it does, I haven't found it.  One troubling thing I'm noticing with the 6D, is that with the 135...sometimes AF is slower than my 70-200 f/4...especially in servo mode.  Hard to believe.  Also seems to hunt a bit more in very low light, than the "slower aperture" f/4 zoom.  Very odd.

As far as color goes, I have never seen a color rendition and spectrum, as good as the 200 f/2L that I rented.  I want one...but again, would prefer something a bit shorter that is an even faster zoom, with identical optical performance.  I think it could be done, but if Canon did it, it would cost $15k !!

The Zeiss 100mm f/2 I rented, might have the best color for fall foliage, or possibly even green foliage.  However, it also had some weird contrast, where it didn't go "black" enough...yet the bright end seemed very contrasty.  The red end of the color spectrum was really alive and "analogue" looking. 
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: TWI by Dustin Abbott on May 10, 2013, 08:21:49 PM
I've had my 135L for 4 years, love it.  Probably never sell it.  However, color rendition isn't necessarily its strongest asset.  It's really just part of the whole package that makes it such a great lens.  The color balance itself is a tad cooler than I like, and sometimes too green, so I compensate with some magenta bias in-camera.  In my opinion, bokeh smoothness is its strongest asset.  Sharpness, and both global and micro-contrast, are all a close second.  I will find it hard to believe any current or future lenses in the 135mm focal length, will be a better overall lens.  An f/1.4 or faster zoom of some kind, could possibly be a better overall lens, but would be pricey and hard to design and build.  I find that much of the wildlife I like to shoot, needs such fast aperture for the low light...that none exist.

I certainly would be interested in a replacement with IS (which would be huge for my event work), and I wouldn't mind if they could tighten up the CA a bit.  It isn't as bad as my 85mm f/1.8, but still shows it on occasion.  It's interesting what you say about color.  It probably is a bit cool, which is ironic, since I'm partial to my Tamron 24-70VC which is probably on the warm side.

Canon color rendition overall, is generally considered to be "cool".  I've read it many places...but certainly not all Canon lenses have a cool temperature.  Interesting you mention CA.  My copy really doesn't have any, or if it does, I haven't found it.  One troubling thing I'm noticing with the 6D, is that with the 135...sometimes AF is slower than my 70-200 f/4...especially in servo mode.  Hard to believe.  Also seems to hunt a bit more in very low light, than the "slower aperture" f/4 zoom.  Very odd.

As far as color goes, I have never seen a color rendition and spectrum, as good as the 200 f/2L that I rented.  I want one...but again, would prefer something a bit shorter that is an even faster zoom, with identical optical performance.  I think it could be done, but if Canon did it, it would cost $15k !!

The Zeiss 100mm f/2 I rented, might have the best color for fall foliage, or possibly even green foliage.  However, it also had some weird contrast, where it didn't go "black" enough...yet the bright end seemed very contrasty.  The red end of the color spectrum was really alive and "analogue" looking.

I could really tell a difference when I was doing a head to head between the 24-105L and the Tamron 24-70 VC for my lens review.  The color temperature was noticeably cooler on the 24-105L, and when I was comparing them side by side, my preference was always the Tamron (that is certainly just a matter of taste).  What the 135L does so wonderfully well is the transitions in color and focus.  So smooth, and the end result is typically very pleasing.
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: bjornjd on May 11, 2013, 06:11:05 AM
(http://i.imgur.com/kAPBRyS.jpg)
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: TWI by Dustin Abbott on May 11, 2013, 09:34:00 AM
(http://i.imgur.com/kAPBRyS.jpg)

Very cool image.  Nicely done!
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Sporgon on May 11, 2013, 11:23:55 AM
(http://i.imgur.com/kAPBRyS.jpg)

 :).  Interesting


Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Click on May 11, 2013, 11:28:47 AM
(http://i.imgur.com/kAPBRyS.jpg)


Very nice. Good choice for the black & white.
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Sporgon on May 11, 2013, 11:57:24 AM
Here's a sample taken with the 135L + 1.4xII extender (189mm f/2.8L :) )  I love that with the Canon extender you can do a separate AFMA and get better AF results.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7458/8722280291_8450178dab.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/8722280291/)
Strange Magic (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/8722280291/#) by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott (http://www.flickr.com/people/thousandwordimages/), on Flickr


@Dustin, I think your 6D has inspired you  ;)

Lovely  :)
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: TWI by Dustin Abbott on May 11, 2013, 01:39:43 PM
Here's a sample taken with the 135L + 1.4xII extender (189mm f/2.8L :) )  I love that with the Canon extender you can do a separate AFMA and get better AF results.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7458/8722280291_8450178dab.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/8722280291/)
Strange Magic (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/8722280291/#) by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott (http://www.flickr.com/people/thousandwordimages/), on Flickr


@Dustin, I think your 6D has inspired you  ;)

Lovely  :)

That is very kind.  Thank you
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: ScottFielding on May 11, 2013, 04:14:58 PM
This thread did it for me, I have been looking to purchase this lens since moving to Canon last year...finally ordered mine last night!

Amazing shots posted up by all!

Cheers,

Scott
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Harry Muff on May 11, 2013, 08:45:50 PM
This thread did it for me, I have been looking to purchase this lens since moving to Canon last year...finally ordered mine last night!

Amazing shots posted up by all!

Cheers,

Scott


Yeah, this forum has that effect on people. It's cost me quite a bit lately...
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: leftnose on May 13, 2013, 04:29:56 PM
Not a good photo but: bokeh!

(http://i.imgur.com/7RA3mhw.jpg?1)

I love how this lens can be so sharp but render so softly at the same time.
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: CarlTN on May 16, 2013, 02:19:09 PM
I've had my 135L for 4 years, love it.  Probably never sell it.  However, color rendition isn't necessarily its strongest asset.  It's really just part of the whole package that makes it such a great lens.  The color balance itself is a tad cooler than I like, and sometimes too green, so I compensate with some magenta bias in-camera.  In my opinion, bokeh smoothness is its strongest asset.  Sharpness, and both global and micro-contrast, are all a close second.  I will find it hard to believe any current or future lenses in the 135mm focal length, will be a better overall lens.  An f/1.4 or faster zoom of some kind, could possibly be a better overall lens, but would be pricey and hard to design and build.  I find that much of the wildlife I like to shoot, needs such fast aperture for the low light...that none exist.

I certainly would be interested in a replacement with IS (which would be huge for my event work), and I wouldn't mind if they could tighten up the CA a bit.  It isn't as bad as my 85mm f/1.8, but still shows it on occasion.  It's interesting what you say about color.  It probably is a bit cool, which is ironic, since I'm partial to my Tamron 24-70VC which is probably on the warm side.

Canon color rendition overall, is generally considered to be "cool".  I've read it many places...but certainly not all Canon lenses have a cool temperature.  Interesting you mention CA.  My copy really doesn't have any, or if it does, I haven't found it.  One troubling thing I'm noticing with the 6D, is that with the 135...sometimes AF is slower than my 70-200 f/4...especially in servo mode.  Hard to believe.  Also seems to hunt a bit more in very low light, than the "slower aperture" f/4 zoom.  Very odd.

As far as color goes, I have never seen a color rendition and spectrum, as good as the 200 f/2L that I rented.  I want one...but again, would prefer something a bit shorter that is an even faster zoom, with identical optical performance.  I think it could be done, but if Canon did it, it would cost $15k !!

The Zeiss 100mm f/2 I rented, might have the best color for fall foliage, or possibly even green foliage.  However, it also had some weird contrast, where it didn't go "black" enough...yet the bright end seemed very contrasty.  The red end of the color spectrum was really alive and "analogue" looking.

I could really tell a difference when I was doing a head to head between the 24-105L and the Tamron 24-70 VC for my lens review.  The color temperature was noticeably cooler on the 24-105L, and when I was comparing them side by side, my preference was always the Tamron (that is certainly just a matter of taste).  What the 135L does so wonderfully well is the transitions in color and focus.  So smooth, and the end result is typically very pleasing.

Very well said, and I'll take it one step farther.  The end result...is...PURE ART.  Most everything out of either of the 3 cameras I have shot with the 135 f/2, looks like some kind of art piece...to varying degrees of success, of course.  I will post a few images in the future...don't have time to sift through and edit them now.

Btw Dustin, any thoughts or tips about LR 4?  I only recently bought it for use with the 6D.  I'm used to CS5 and ACR.  I kind of am getting used to how to make use of the changes to the sliders in the basic section (the "fill light" is gone, etc.)...but frankly, my main complaint is that I am a slow learner, and there are just too many choices and customizations in LR...regarding file management...where they get imported and exported, and how they're archived...etc.  Once I get more used to it, I will make use of it.
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: TWI by Dustin Abbott on May 16, 2013, 04:41:21 PM
I've had my 135L for 4 years, love it.  Probably never sell it.  However, color rendition isn't necessarily its strongest asset.  It's really just part of the whole package that makes it such a great lens.  The color balance itself is a tad cooler than I like, and sometimes too green, so I compensate with some magenta bias in-camera.  In my opinion, bokeh smoothness is its strongest asset.  Sharpness, and both global and micro-contrast, are all a close second.  I will find it hard to believe any current or future lenses in the 135mm focal length, will be a better overall lens.  An f/1.4 or faster zoom of some kind, could possibly be a better overall lens, but would be pricey and hard to design and build.  I find that much of the wildlife I like to shoot, needs such fast aperture for the low light...that none exist.

I certainly would be interested in a replacement with IS (which would be huge for my event work), and I wouldn't mind if they could tighten up the CA a bit.  It isn't as bad as my 85mm f/1.8, but still shows it on occasion.  It's interesting what you say about color.  It probably is a bit cool, which is ironic, since I'm partial to my Tamron 24-70VC which is probably on the warm side.

Canon color rendition overall, is generally considered to be "cool".  I've read it many places...but certainly not all Canon lenses have a cool temperature.  Interesting you mention CA.  My copy really doesn't have any, or if it does, I haven't found it.  One troubling thing I'm noticing with the 6D, is that with the 135...sometimes AF is slower than my 70-200 f/4...especially in servo mode.  Hard to believe.  Also seems to hunt a bit more in very low light, than the "slower aperture" f/4 zoom.  Very odd.

As far as color goes, I have never seen a color rendition and spectrum, as good as the 200 f/2L that I rented.  I want one...but again, would prefer something a bit shorter that is an even faster zoom, with identical optical performance.  I think it could be done, but if Canon did it, it would cost $15k !!

The Zeiss 100mm f/2 I rented, might have the best color for fall foliage, or possibly even green foliage.  However, it also had some weird contrast, where it didn't go "black" enough...yet the bright end seemed very contrasty.  The red end of the color spectrum was really alive and "analogue" looking.

I could really tell a difference when I was doing a head to head between the 24-105L and the Tamron 24-70 VC for my lens review.  The color temperature was noticeably cooler on the 24-105L, and when I was comparing them side by side, my preference was always the Tamron (that is certainly just a matter of taste).  What the 135L does so wonderfully well is the transitions in color and focus.  So smooth, and the end result is typically very pleasing.

Very well said, and I'll take it one step farther.  The end result...is...PURE ART.  Most everything out of either of the 3 cameras I have shot with the 135 f/2, looks like some kind of art piece...to varying degrees of success, of course.  I will post a few images in the future...don't have time to sift through and edit them now.

Btw Dustin, any thoughts or tips about LR 4?  I only recently bought it for use with the 6D.  I'm used to CS5 and ACR.  I kind of am getting used to how to make use of the changes to the sliders in the basic section (the "fill light" is gone, etc.)...but frankly, my main complaint is that I am a slow learner, and there are just too many choices and customizations in LR...regarding file management...where they get imported and exported, and how they're archived...etc.  Once I get more used to it, I will make use of it.

Carl, one of my best recommendations is to watch some of these tutorials (the LR specific ones, obviously).  This woman from Adobe is a whiz with LR and it really helped unleash my creativity and flexibility in LR.  http://tv.adobe.com/show/the-complete-picture-with-julieanne-kost/ (http://tv.adobe.com/show/the-complete-picture-with-julieanne-kost/) 

Secondly, I would encourage to either purchase or create some good presets.  The use of the presets saves so much work in LR.  I use import presets that add metadata, basic lens specific settings, and even common keywords.  I have a ton of develop presets.  The image I posted in the thread today literally took me about 30 seconds to process in LR other than writing the description.
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Old Shooter on May 17, 2013, 10:52:11 AM
I'm a recent purchaser - partly because of this thread!  ;)

FoCal says it is my sharpest lens - and I believe it!

After AFMA, I took it to the Philippines and put it to use...

Really love this piece of glass!
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: CarlTN on May 23, 2013, 04:46:36 PM
I've had my 135L for 4 years, love it.  Probably never sell it.  However, color rendition isn't necessarily its strongest asset.  It's really just part of the whole package that makes it such a great lens.  The color balance itself is a tad cooler than I like, and sometimes too green, so I compensate with some magenta bias in-camera.  In my opinion, bokeh smoothness is its strongest asset.  Sharpness, and both global and micro-contrast, are all a close second.  I will find it hard to believe any current or future lenses in the 135mm focal length, will be a better overall lens.  An f/1.4 or faster zoom of some kind, could possibly be a better overall lens, but would be pricey and hard to design and build.  I find that much of the wildlife I like to shoot, needs such fast aperture for the low light...that none exist.

I certainly would be interested in a replacement with IS (which would be huge for my event work), and I wouldn't mind if they could tighten up the CA a bit.  It isn't as bad as my 85mm f/1.8, but still shows it on occasion.  It's interesting what you say about color.  It probably is a bit cool, which is ironic, since I'm partial to my Tamron 24-70VC which is probably on the warm side.

Canon color rendition overall, is generally considered to be "cool".  I've read it many places...but certainly not all Canon lenses have a cool temperature.  Interesting you mention CA.  My copy really doesn't have any, or if it does, I haven't found it.  One troubling thing I'm noticing with the 6D, is that with the 135...sometimes AF is slower than my 70-200 f/4...especially in servo mode.  Hard to believe.  Also seems to hunt a bit more in very low light, than the "slower aperture" f/4 zoom.  Very odd.

As far as color goes, I have never seen a color rendition and spectrum, as good as the 200 f/2L that I rented.  I want one...but again, would prefer something a bit shorter that is an even faster zoom, with identical optical performance.  I think it could be done, but if Canon did it, it would cost $15k !!

The Zeiss 100mm f/2 I rented, might have the best color for fall foliage, or possibly even green foliage.  However, it also had some weird contrast, where it didn't go "black" enough...yet the bright end seemed very contrasty.  The red end of the color spectrum was really alive and "analogue" looking.

I could really tell a difference when I was doing a head to head between the 24-105L and the Tamron 24-70 VC for my lens review.  The color temperature was noticeably cooler on the 24-105L, and when I was comparing them side by side, my preference was always the Tamron (that is certainly just a matter of taste).  What the 135L does so wonderfully well is the transitions in color and focus.  So smooth, and the end result is typically very pleasing.

Very well said, and I'll take it one step farther.  The end result...is...PURE ART.  Most everything out of either of the 3 cameras I have shot with the 135 f/2, looks like some kind of art piece...to varying degrees of success, of course.  I will post a few images in the future...don't have time to sift through and edit them now.

Btw Dustin, any thoughts or tips about LR 4?  I only recently bought it for use with the 6D.  I'm used to CS5 and ACR.  I kind of am getting used to how to make use of the changes to the sliders in the basic section (the "fill light" is gone, etc.)...but frankly, my main complaint is that I am a slow learner, and there are just too many choices and customizations in LR...regarding file management...where they get imported and exported, and how they're archived...etc.  Once I get more used to it, I will make use of it.

Carl, one of my best recommendations is to watch some of these tutorials (the LR specific ones, obviously).  This woman from Adobe is a whiz with LR and it really helped unleash my creativity and flexibility in LR.  http://tv.adobe.com/show/the-complete-picture-with-julieanne-kost/ (http://tv.adobe.com/show/the-complete-picture-with-julieanne-kost/) 

Secondly, I would encourage to either purchase or create some good presets.  The use of the presets saves so much work in LR.  I use import presets that add metadata, basic lens specific settings, and even common keywords.  I have a ton of develop presets.  The image I posted in the thread today literally took me about 30 seconds to process in LR other than writing the description.

I've already stored a ton of develop presets, but I thank you very much for the advice and info!  I will study it carefully.  One thing I need, is for my creativity to be unleashed !!  ;D
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: CarlTN on May 23, 2013, 04:48:57 PM
I'm a recent purchaser - partly because of this thread!  ;)

FoCal says it is my sharpest lens - and I believe it!

After AFMA, I took it to the Philippines and put it to use...

Really love this piece of glass!

Nice pics, and glad you're enjoying it!  Frankly, this lens alone will probably always keep me with Canon as my primary DSLR system company...although certainly there are many other reasons.
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: J.R. on May 26, 2013, 12:06:10 PM
Love this lens ... straight out of the camera - no processing.
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Dylan777 on May 28, 2013, 12:00:08 AM
Love this lens ... straight out of the camera - no processing.

Nice shot JR ;)

I just ordered this lens from BH....will arrive this coming friday. Can't wait :o
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: J.R. on May 28, 2013, 03:59:08 AM
Love this lens ... straight out of the camera - no processing.

Nice shot JR ;)

I just ordered this lens from BH....will arrive this coming friday. Can't wait :o

Good choice. This is a great lens.
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Dylan777 on May 28, 2013, 09:53:09 AM
Love this lens ... straight out of the camera - no processing.

Nice shot JR ;)

I just ordered this lens from BH....will arrive this coming friday. Can't wait :o

Good choice. This is a great lens.

I wish 85L II has similar AF speed as 50L or 135L, then I could have completed my dream set ::)

What happen to your 70-200 f2.8 IS II? I thought you use to have this lens?
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: J.R. on May 28, 2013, 11:15:47 AM

What happen to your 70-200 f2.8 IS II? I thought you use to have this lens?

Just got the 24-70 II a couple of months back so the savings account is blown. Started again ... maybe by July/August.  :)
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Crapking on May 28, 2013, 07:49:16 PM
(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2841/8872035772_367c2289a8_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/pvc2012/8872035772/)
WPIAL-87 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/pvc2012/8872035772/#) by PVC 2012 (http://www.flickr.com/people/pvc2012/), on Flickr

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8559/8872033484_bb92c05f29_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/pvc2012/8872033484/)
WPIAL-65 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/pvc2012/8872033484/#) by PVC 2012 (http://www.flickr.com/people/pvc2012/), on Flickr


Love this lens....
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Crapking on May 28, 2013, 07:51:05 PM
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7430/8872042386_8faf023576_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/pvc2012/8872042386/)
WPIAL-117 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/pvc2012/8872042386/#) by PVC 2012 (http://www.flickr.com/people/pvc2012/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Harry Muff on May 29, 2013, 12:52:25 PM
Umm… Should his arm do that?  :o
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Studio1930 on May 30, 2013, 08:48:45 AM
I just ordered this lens from BH....will arrive this coming friday. Can't wait :o

Better than arriving on Monday!  :P

You will love this lens.  Take some time to get to know it.  I found that it needed a bit faster of a shutter speed than I expected to keep things sharp.  Crank up the shutter speed and enjoy.
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Crapking on May 30, 2013, 02:07:51 PM
Umm… Should his arm do that?  :o

At 1/1000, a lot can happen that we don't see in real time .  Always makes me appreciate how hard they hit. Some of his serves launch at over 60 mph...
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Dylan777 on May 30, 2013, 08:28:04 PM
I just ordered this lens from BH....will arrive this coming friday. Can't wait :o

Better than arriving on Monday!  :P

You will love this lens.  Take some time to get to know it.  I found that it needed a bit faster of a shutter speed than I expected to keep things sharp.  Crank up the shutter speed and enjoy.

Thanks for headup with shutter speed. With my kids, lowest shooting is 1/125. 1000-2000 when they start running etc ;)
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Dylan777 on June 01, 2013, 11:20:47 PM
Love this lens ... straight out of the camera - no processing.

Nice shot JR ;)

I just ordered this lens from BH....will arrive this coming friday. Can't wait :o

Lens arrived with date code UB(2013) ;D and here are first couple shots straight out from camera. ZERO PP. @ f2. No AFMA yet, I don't think I need it ;D
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: J.R. on June 02, 2013, 04:53:44 AM
Love this lens ... straight out of the camera - no processing.

Nice shot JR ;)

I just ordered this lens from BH....will arrive this coming friday. Can't wait :o

Lens arrived with date code UB(2013) ;D and here are first couple shots straight out from camera. ZERO PP. @ f2. No AFMA yet, I don't think I need it ;D

Congrats ... Enjoy the new love affair ;)
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Dylan777 on June 02, 2013, 09:49:03 AM


Congrats ... Enjoy the new love affair ;)

Thanks JR...85L II might be next on my list ;)
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Zv on June 02, 2013, 12:14:16 PM
Congrats on getting your 135L! I've only had mine a few months but it's by far my fave!

Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: J.R. on June 02, 2013, 12:18:45 PM


Congrats ... Enjoy the new love affair ;)

Thanks JR...85L II might be next on my list ;)

Ha ha ... the hits just keep on coming!  ;D
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Pi on June 02, 2013, 01:52:51 PM
I hope I have not posted this before, f/2:

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8468/8143716892_6307c93575_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/plamen-stefanov/8143716892/)
The Caribbean Festival in Toronto, 8/2012 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/plamen-stefanov/8143716892/#), on Flickr

And this was my post popular photo on Flickr until recently (not necessarily because of its technical merit  ;)), heavily cropped on the left and on the right, f/4:

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8466/8123698962_824fa57ab4_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/plamen-stefanov/8123698962/)
Belly Dancing (http://www.flickr.com/photos/plamen-stefanov/8123698962/#), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Old Shooter on June 03, 2013, 08:27:10 AM


Congrats ... Enjoy the new love affair ;)

Thanks JR...85L II might be next on my list ;)

Ha ha ... the hits just keep on coming!  ;D

Dylan, we have seen this before... It is a serious condition that depletes bank accounts and infuriates spouses...  You have --- Red Ring Acquisition Syndrome...  There is no known cure - but sitting on the floor surrounded by L lenses will alleviate the symptoms...  ;D
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Dylan777 on June 03, 2013, 09:26:09 AM


Dylan, we have seen this before... It is a serious condition that depletes bank accounts and infuriates spouses...  You have --- Red Ring Acquisition Syndrome...  There is no known cure - but sitting on the floor surrounded by L lenses will alleviate the symptoms...  ;D

"Red Ring Acquisition Syndrome" - Yes, indeed. It needs to be stopped, right after 85L II of course ;D

To be honest, the lenses I bought are not for collection. I use them everydays. As you can see, I do not have anything longer 200mm ;)
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: tron on June 03, 2013, 09:46:38 AM
I do not have anything longer 200mm ;)
Dylan!!!  THIS IS SERIOUS!

I suggest a therapy with a 500mm f/4L IS II ASAP!
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Dylan777 on June 03, 2013, 10:03:10 AM
Dylan!!!  THIS IS SERIOUS!

I suggest a therapy with a 500mm f/4L IS II ASAP!

Since Neuro is a Dr, I might call him to help me with my "Red Ring Acquisition Syndrome"

Thx god that I'm not into bird shooting YET ;D
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: leftnose on June 03, 2013, 10:26:12 PM
My most willing subject....

(http://i.imgur.com/6eFEpGO.jpg)
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: J.R. on June 03, 2013, 11:50:38 PM
Dylan!!!  THIS IS SERIOUS!

I suggest a therapy with a 500mm f/4L IS II ASAP!

Since Neuro is a Dr, I might call him to help me with my "Red Ring Acquisition Syndrome"


Yeah ... and with the "help" you may very well end up buying the 600mm f/4L II  ;D
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Dylan777 on June 04, 2013, 12:30:41 AM
Dylan!!!  THIS IS SERIOUS!

I suggest a therapy with a 500mm f/4L IS II ASAP!

Since Neuro is a Dr, I might call him to help me with my "Red Ring Acquisition Syndrome"


Yeah ... and with the "help" you may very well end up buying the 600mm f/4L II  ;D

You just never know ::)

Quick update on 135L: after looking through the copy I received from BH, it seems like it has a tiny dust inside the lens. I called and asked for replacement. The new copy is on the way, it should be here this wed. Hope this coming lens has same date code UB(2013) as the 1st copy. BTW, it seems 2013 date lens came with new pinch cap.

Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: TWI by Dustin Abbott on June 12, 2013, 11:18:40 AM
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3769/9025573506_734e563123.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/9025573506/)
Spirea (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/9025573506/#) by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott (http://www.flickr.com/people/thousandwordimages/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Sporgon on June 12, 2013, 12:49:49 PM
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3769/9025573506_734e563123.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/9025573506/)
Spirea (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/9025573506/#) by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott (http://www.flickr.com/people/thousandwordimages/), on Flickr


I think your 70-300L is seriously challenging the 135 on this type of shot !
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: TWI by Dustin Abbott on June 12, 2013, 04:48:30 PM
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3769/9025573506_734e563123.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/9025573506/)
Spirea (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/9025573506/#) by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott (http://www.flickr.com/people/thousandwordimages/), on Flickr


I think your 70-300L is seriously challenging the 135 on this type of shot !

Probably, although few lenses produce the bokeh "cream" that the 135L does.
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: TWI by Dustin Abbott on June 20, 2013, 12:00:14 PM
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3670/9091743255_304965a514_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/9091743255/)
Summer Wine (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/9091743255/#) by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott (http://www.flickr.com/people/thousandwordimages/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Ewinter on June 20, 2013, 03:07:22 PM
When I bought the 100l I kinda swore I wouldn't have to get the 135. Just got it, haven't seen the magic yet. Probably won't get to use it till July :(
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: CarlTN on June 20, 2013, 03:33:23 PM
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3670/9091743255_304965a514_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/9091743255/)
Summer Wine (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/9091743255/#) by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott (http://www.flickr.com/people/thousandwordimages/), on Flickr

Nice shots Dustin, I've done similar wildflower shots with my 135.  How do you come up with the names for these images?  And where did "thousand word" images come from, if I may ask?
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: tron on June 20, 2013, 03:44:05 PM
When I bought the 100l I kinda swore I wouldn't have to get the 135. Just got it, haven't seen the magic yet. Probably won't get to use it till July :(
Never say never  ;D
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: CarlTN on June 20, 2013, 03:50:49 PM
When I bought the 100l I kinda swore I wouldn't have to get the 135. Just got it, haven't seen the magic yet. Probably won't get to use it till July :(
Never say never  ;D

I can certainly see how someone would prefer the 100mm focal length to 135mm.  Not sure that is what is going on with Ewinter.  The 100mm f/2.8L is a fine lens, but I say the real reason to own it, is for its macro ability.  However, from the pics I've seen online, the new Tamron 90mm macro lens gives that Canon a run for its money, and then some. 

The reason to own and use the Canon 135L, is to shoot pics with some of the best bokeh there is, and get hyper sharpness in the focal plane.  The color is nice, but a tad cooler than I like.  The color and contrast of the 200 f/2L, was far preferable to me.  But it's bokeh, especially background bokeh at distance, was inferior to the 135L.  Up close, the 200's bokeh is obviously more extreme than the 135's, and thus unique and nice to look at as well.
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: TWI by Dustin Abbott on June 20, 2013, 04:51:13 PM
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3670/9091743255_304965a514_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/9091743255/)
Summer Wine (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/9091743255/#) by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott (http://www.flickr.com/people/thousandwordimages/), on Flickr

Nice shots Dustin, I've done similar wildflower shots with my 135.  How do you come up with the names for these images?  And where did "thousand word" images come from, if I may ask?

The name for this image is from the name of the plant - a summer wine bush.  The name "Thousand Word Images" comes from the proverbial saying, "A picture is worth a thousand words".
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: CarlTN on June 20, 2013, 04:58:00 PM
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3670/9091743255_304965a514_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/9091743255/)
Summer Wine (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/9091743255/#) by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott (http://www.flickr.com/people/thousandwordimages/), on Flickr

Nice shots Dustin, I've done similar wildflower shots with my 135.  How do you come up with the names for these images?  And where did "thousand word" images come from, if I may ask?

The name for this image is from the name of the plant - a summer wine bush.  The name "Thousand Word Images" comes from the proverbial saying, "A picture is worth a thousand words".

Thanks Dustin, that makes more sense than I first thought!
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: TWI by Dustin Abbott on June 20, 2013, 08:53:21 PM
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3670/9091743255_304965a514_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/9091743255/)
Summer Wine (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/9091743255/#) by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott (http://www.flickr.com/people/thousandwordimages/), on Flickr

I try to make sense on occasion... 8)

Nice shots Dustin, I've done similar wildflower shots with my 135.  How do you come up with the names for these images?  And where did "thousand word" images come from, if I may ask?

The name for this image is from the name of the plant - a summer wine bush.  The name "Thousand Word Images" comes from the proverbial saying, "A picture is worth a thousand words".

Thanks Dustin, that makes more sense than I first thought!
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: J.R. on June 21, 2013, 12:29:03 AM
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3670/9091743255_304965a514_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/9091743255/)
Summer Wine (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/9091743255/#) by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott (http://www.flickr.com/people/thousandwordimages/), on Flickr

Nice shot Dustin. I like the way you shoot and also the way you post process your photos. Excellent work!

Cheers ... J.R.
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Ewinter on June 21, 2013, 08:34:22 AM
When I bought the 100l I kinda swore I wouldn't have to get the 135. Just got it, haven't seen the magic yet. Probably won't get to use it till July :(
Never say never  ;D

I can certainly see how someone would prefer the 100mm focal length to 135mm.  Not sure that is what is going on with Ewinter.  The 100mm f/2.8L is a fine lens, but I say the real reason to own it, is for its macro ability.  However, from the pics I've seen online, the new Tamron 90mm macro lens gives that Canon a run for its money, and then some. 

The reason to own and use the Canon 135L, is to shoot pics with some of the best bokeh there is, and get hyper sharpness in the focal plane.  The color is nice, but a tad cooler than I like.  The color and contrast of the 200 f/2L, was far preferable to me.  But it's bokeh, especially background bokeh at distance, was inferior to the 135L.  Up close, the 200's bokeh is obviously more extreme than the 135's, and thus unique and nice to look at as well.

Basically, I went for the 100L for versatility. I thought I wouldn't end up with both as they're similar in focal length. It's a great prime to carry around as a telephoto due to it's capabilities.

But I shoot lots of gigs, and in very poor light. The 70-200 just isn't fast enough, and IS doesn't help.
Between the 85mm 1.2 and the 135 I picked the 135L. Partly price, but mostly for the focus speed. Faster than f2 doesn't mean anything if the lens can't keep up. I'm sure if I had a 1DX that wouldn't be quite so much a problem, but I've got a 5D III so I guess it was bound to happen.
I've got the 85mm 1.8, but I find it somewhat lack lustre compared to the L lenses.
So now I'm the proud owner of both, but I get married tomorrow so I don't think I'll get a chance to use it till july ish :(
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: alexanderferdinand on June 21, 2013, 08:46:31 AM
@ Dustin: very nice shots!
I love my 135 too.
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: CarlTN on June 21, 2013, 01:43:45 PM
When I bought the 100l I kinda swore I wouldn't have to get the 135. Just got it, haven't seen the magic yet. Probably won't get to use it till July :(
Never say never  ;D

I can certainly see how someone would prefer the 100mm focal length to 135mm.  Not sure that is what is going on with Ewinter.  The 100mm f/2.8L is a fine lens, but I say the real reason to own it, is for its macro ability.  However, from the pics I've seen online, the new Tamron 90mm macro lens gives that Canon a run for its money, and then some. 

The reason to own and use the Canon 135L, is to shoot pics with some of the best bokeh there is, and get hyper sharpness in the focal plane.  The color is nice, but a tad cooler than I like.  The color and contrast of the 200 f/2L, was far preferable to me.  But it's bokeh, especially background bokeh at distance, was inferior to the 135L.  Up close, the 200's bokeh is obviously more extreme than the 135's, and thus unique and nice to look at as well.

Basically, I went for the 100L for versatility. I thought I wouldn't end up with both as they're similar in focal length. It's a great prime to carry around as a telephoto due to it's capabilities.

But I shoot lots of gigs, and in very poor light. The 70-200 just isn't fast enough, and IS doesn't help.
Between the 85mm 1.2 and the 135 I picked the 135L. Partly price, but mostly for the focus speed. Faster than f2 doesn't mean anything if the lens can't keep up. I'm sure if I had a 1DX that wouldn't be quite so much a problem, but I've got a 5D III so I guess it was bound to happen.
I've got the 85mm 1.8, but I find it somewhat lack lustre compared to the L lenses.
So now I'm the proud owner of both, but I get married tomorrow so I don't think I'll get a chance to use it till july ish :(

Congrats on the nuptials.  Yes the 135 focuses very fast, but in very low light even f/2 isn't enough. 

Again I call for someone to make a 90 or 100mm f/1.4 or similar.  I've considered the 100 f/2, but from the pics I've seen online, I'm not blown away by it.  It's at very good price though, and does seem above average IQ for its price range.  I would certainly buy it before an f/2.8 macro lens, but then I don't do a lot of macro.  I've considered getting some extension tubes, which would likely turn the 135 into a fantastic macro lens...but have not bought any yet.

Perhaps Sigma, Tamron, or Zeiss will build a lens like I want.  Of course if Zeiss build it, it might be a Sony-only mount, or maybe a micro 4/3 mount.  I don't really want a fully manual lens, either.  I have one and that's enough.
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: TWI by Dustin Abbott on June 21, 2013, 06:18:53 PM
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3670/9091743255_304965a514_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/9091743255/)
Summer Wine (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/9091743255/#) by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott (http://www.flickr.com/people/thousandwordimages/), on Flickr

Nice shot Dustin. I like the way you shoot and also the way you post process your photos. Excellent work!

Cheers ... J.R.

Thanks, J.R.  I'm using Alien Skin Exposure 5 a lot right now because I am doing a review for them in a few weeks.
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: TWI by Dustin Abbott on June 22, 2013, 10:41:19 AM
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5333/9108649886_0c65f09185_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/9108649886/)
Golden Hour (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/9108649886/#) by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott (http://www.flickr.com/people/thousandwordimages/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: leftnose on June 28, 2013, 07:06:01 PM
One of these days, I'll get around to taking a photo of something that doesn't have four legs and a tail....

(http://i.imgur.com/APzVVN3.jpg)
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: TWI by Dustin Abbott on June 28, 2013, 09:52:06 PM
One of these days, I'll get around to taking a photo of something that doesn't have four legs and a tail....

(http://i.imgur.com/APzVVN3.jpg)

No rush - that's pretty cute  ;D
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: drmikeinpdx on July 09, 2013, 11:47:13 PM
Most of my work is too naughty for this forum, but I really wanted to contribute to the 135mm thread.  I really love this lens.

Here is a test shot from a recent photoshoot, taken while I was dialing in the exposure.  It was processed in Lightroom with the default settings, except for max sharpening on export.

info: 5D3, 1/1600 sec, ISO 100, F 2.2

(http://www.beyondboudoirphoto.com/img/s9/v97/p1750542995-4.jpg)

And here is a crop from the center.  I'd show a corner crop, but I always let the corners blur.  I've come to realize that corner sharpness is irrelevant to the type of shooting I do.

(http://www.beyondboudoirphoto.com/img/s8/v84/p1629372748-5.jpg)

Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: bvukich on July 12, 2013, 02:37:37 AM
Most of my work is too naughty for this forum, but I really wanted to contribute to the 135mm thread.  I really love this lens.

Here is a test shot from a recent photoshoot, taken while I was dialing in the exposure.  It was processed in Lightroom with the default settings, except for max sharpening on export.

info: 5D3, 1/1600 sec, ISO 100, F 2.2

And here is a crop from the center.  I'd show a corner crop, but I always let the corners blur.  I've come to realize that corner sharpness is irrelevant to the type of shooting I do.


I looked around your site, I like your work, too bad you can't share more of it here.
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Vossie on July 12, 2013, 06:15:01 AM
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5333/9108649886_0c65f09185_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/9108649886/)
Golden Hour (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/9108649886/#) by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott (http://www.flickr.com/people/thousandwordimages/), on Flickr

Very pleasing image
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: TWI by Dustin Abbott on July 12, 2013, 03:18:10 PM
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5333/9108649886_0c65f09185_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/9108649886/)
Golden Hour (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/9108649886/#) by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott (http://www.flickr.com/people/thousandwordimages/), on Flickr

Very pleasing image

Thanks.  The 135L is a beautiful choice for images like this.
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: TWI by Dustin Abbott on July 29, 2013, 08:57:08 AM
Here's one with the 135L + 1.4x TCII - a beautiful combination to get near 200mm f/2.8 with a still compact and light setup.

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5487/9390651047_1d0bb08a3f_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/9390651047/)
Summer's Bounty (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/9390651047/#) by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott (http://www.flickr.com/people/thousandwordimages/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: RLPhoto on July 29, 2013, 10:10:44 AM
I had this lens since 2008. I have so many frames through mine should've done a review by now but I end up just using it some more.
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: TWI by Dustin Abbott on July 29, 2013, 01:01:06 PM
I had this lens since 2008. I have so many frames through mine should've done a review by now but I end up just using it some more.

Well said.  This is a lens that should be used...as often as possible.
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Kernuak on July 31, 2013, 05:32:39 PM
A couple of recent ones.

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5453/9364884923_21d2ec6ca6_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/15522274@N04/9364884923/)
_F1A6999 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/15522274@N04/9364884923/#) by Kernuak (avalonlightphotoart.co.uk) (http://www.flickr.com/people/15522274@N04/), on Flickr
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3742/9367667544_00ab0edc2d_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/15522274@N04/9367667544/)
_F1A7002 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/15522274@N04/9367667544/#) by Kernuak (avalonlightphotoart.co.uk) (http://www.flickr.com/people/15522274@N04/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: CarlTN on August 01, 2013, 02:23:44 PM
A couple of recent ones.

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5453/9364884923_21d2ec6ca6_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/15522274@N04/9364884923/)
_F1A6999 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/15522274@N04/9364884923/#) by Kernuak (avalonlightphotoart.co.uk) (http://www.flickr.com/people/15522274@N04/), on Flickr
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3742/9367667544_00ab0edc2d_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/15522274@N04/9367667544/)
_F1A7002 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/15522274@N04/9367667544/#) by Kernuak (avalonlightphotoart.co.uk) (http://www.flickr.com/people/15522274@N04/), on Flickr

Nice, that looks like a white ambient light "reflector" in her eye, rather than a strobe.
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Kernuak on August 01, 2013, 02:49:16 PM
A couple of recent ones.

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5453/9364884923_21d2ec6ca6_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/15522274@N04/9364884923/)
_F1A6999 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/15522274@N04/9364884923/#) by Kernuak (avalonlightphotoart.co.uk) (http://www.flickr.com/people/15522274@N04/), on Flickr
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3742/9367667544_00ab0edc2d_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/15522274@N04/9367667544/)
_F1A7002 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/15522274@N04/9367667544/#) by Kernuak (avalonlightphotoart.co.uk) (http://www.flickr.com/people/15522274@N04/), on Flickr

Nice, that looks like a white ambient light "reflector" in her eye, rather than a strobe.
Thanks. Actually it's neither. It was shot in a barn under natural light, which was filtering in through a translucent skylight, with the ISO increased slightly. It was a difficult day for lighting generally, being one of the hottest days of the year and really harsh sunlight.
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: CarlTN on August 01, 2013, 02:58:55 PM
A couple of recent ones.

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5453/9364884923_21d2ec6ca6_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/15522274@N04/9364884923/)
_F1A6999 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/15522274@N04/9364884923/#) by Kernuak (avalonlightphotoart.co.uk) (http://www.flickr.com/people/15522274@N04/), on Flickr
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3742/9367667544_00ab0edc2d_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/15522274@N04/9367667544/)
_F1A7002 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/15522274@N04/9367667544/#) by Kernuak (avalonlightphotoart.co.uk) (http://www.flickr.com/people/15522274@N04/), on Flickr

Nice, that looks like a white ambient light "reflector" in her eye, rather than a strobe.
Thanks. Actually it's neither. It was shot in a barn under natural light, which was filtering in through a translucent skylight, with the ISO increased slightly. It was a difficult day for lighting generally, being one of the hottest days of the year and really harsh sunlight.

I was looking at the bottom image, where the light appears to be coming from lower down...and there is a bright object reflecting in her eye, which is near eye level, and is not a skylight.  My mistake, though.
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Kernuak on August 01, 2013, 05:05:38 PM
A couple of recent ones.

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5453/9364884923_21d2ec6ca6_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/15522274@N04/9364884923/)
_F1A6999 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/15522274@N04/9364884923/#) by Kernuak (avalonlightphotoart.co.uk) (http://www.flickr.com/people/15522274@N04/), on Flickr
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3742/9367667544_00ab0edc2d_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/15522274@N04/9367667544/)
_F1A7002 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/15522274@N04/9367667544/#) by Kernuak (avalonlightphotoart.co.uk) (http://www.flickr.com/people/15522274@N04/), on Flickr

Nice, that looks like a white ambient light "reflector" in her eye, rather than a strobe.
Thanks. Actually it's neither. It was shot in a barn under natural light, which was filtering in through a translucent skylight, with the ISO increased slightly. It was a difficult day for lighting generally, being one of the hottest days of the year and really harsh sunlight.

I was looking at the bottom image, where the light appears to be coming from lower down...and there is a bright object reflecting in her eye, which is near eye level, and is not a skylight.  My mistake, though.
I'm not sure where it's coming form either now you mention it. There were openings on both sides, but there was another building on the model's right (left as you look), which would have obscured light from that side. I would have thought her hair would obscure light from the other side though. I'm trying to remember if there were any windows at the back of the barn behind me.
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Kernuak on August 01, 2013, 05:09:28 PM
A couple of recent ones.

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5453/9364884923_21d2ec6ca6_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/15522274@N04/9364884923/)
_F1A6999 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/15522274@N04/9364884923/#) by Kernuak (avalonlightphotoart.co.uk) (http://www.flickr.com/people/15522274@N04/), on Flickr
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3742/9367667544_00ab0edc2d_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/15522274@N04/9367667544/)
_F1A7002 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/15522274@N04/9367667544/#) by Kernuak (avalonlightphotoart.co.uk) (http://www.flickr.com/people/15522274@N04/), on Flickr

Nice, that looks like a white ambient light "reflector" in her eye, rather than a strobe.
Thanks. Actually it's neither. It was shot in a barn under natural light, which was filtering in through a translucent skylight, with the ISO increased slightly. It was a difficult day for lighting generally, being one of the hottest days of the year and really harsh sunlight.

I was looking at the bottom image, where the light appears to be coming from lower down...and there is a bright object reflecting in her eye, which is near eye level, and is not a skylight.  My mistake, though.
I'm not sure where it's coming form either now you mention it. There were openings on both sides, but there was another building on the model's right (left as you look), which would have obscured light from that side. I would have thought her hair would obscure light from the other side though. I'm trying to remember if there were any windows at the back of the barn behind me.
Here's a 100% crop of one of her eyes. It looks like the opening out of frame on the right.
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: applecider on August 01, 2013, 06:09:19 PM
Leftnose tells me is that A wire haired pointing griffon or a german wire-haired pointer?

I love the grifs.

Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: leftnose on August 06, 2013, 01:38:36 PM
Leftnose tells me is that A wire haired pointing griffon or a german wire-haired pointer?

I love the grifs.
Not sure.  Not my dog and I took the image at an event.  If I had to guess, I'd say GWP. 
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: leftnose on August 20, 2013, 11:42:40 PM
This is a reject but the 100% crop shows exactly why I love this lens so much.

(http://i.imgur.com/2jqXVPw.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/NSXMhxg.jpg)
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: TWI by Dustin Abbott on September 03, 2013, 09:04:55 AM
Something a little different:

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7295/9661392109_1291109518_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/9661392109/)
Rustic (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/9661392109/#) by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott (http://www.flickr.com/people/thousandwordimages/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: fugu82 on September 03, 2013, 09:20:31 PM
Very cool, TWI by Dustin Abbott. Like a Van Gogh.
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: fugu82 on September 03, 2013, 09:27:24 PM
Just got this amazing lens.
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Click on September 03, 2013, 09:33:00 PM
Very cool, TWI by Dustin Abbott. Like a Van Gogh.

+1

Very nice Dustin. 8)
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Click on September 03, 2013, 09:35:06 PM
Just got this amazing lens.

Congrats on your acquisition of this wonderful piece of glass.
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: TWI by Dustin Abbott on September 04, 2013, 09:23:28 AM
Very cool, TWI by Dustin Abbott. Like a Van Gogh.

+1

Very nice Dustin. 8)

Thanks, mates!
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: CarlTN on September 05, 2013, 03:45:46 PM
Just got this amazing lens.

The contrast of the dark tones in his glasses really make the image pop, but compositionally his placement is slightly off in my opinion.  I also don't care to look at this type of person in hyper closeup, but to each their own...that's just my personal preference.  This is certainly the type of image the 135 can do as well or better than any other lens...but then it can do many types of images that way...yes I'm a rabid fan of the lens!

Dustin's image is nice, I commented on it in another thread.
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Kernuak on September 06, 2013, 02:18:09 PM
From last year.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8470/8113261743_fb0b97de06_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/15522274@N04/8113261743/)
Loch Meig Reflection (http://www.flickr.com/photos/15522274@N04/8113261743/#) by Kernuak (avalonlightphotoart.co.uk) (http://www.flickr.com/people/15522274@N04/), on Flickr
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8308/7964335322_fab76d97d0_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/15522274@N04/7964335322/)
Chinese Seat (http://www.flickr.com/photos/15522274@N04/7964335322/#) by Kernuak (avalonlightphotoart.co.uk) (http://www.flickr.com/people/15522274@N04/), on Flickr

And older.

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5222/5805566737_eb740d2de5_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/15522274@N04/5805566737/)
Rock in the Farrar. (http://www.flickr.com/photos/15522274@N04/5805566737/#) by Kernuak (avalonlightphotoart.co.uk) (http://www.flickr.com/people/15522274@N04/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Old Shooter on September 07, 2013, 01:03:16 AM
I posted this on the 5DIII thread - but the lens made the shot IMO... The sun was already down - just dusk lighting to the rear and left side... On second thought, shooting at 1250 ISO made it possible - thanks 5DIII!  * 1/200 * f/2.8 * +1/3 EV * 1250 ISO * -2/3 on the little 90EX for fill *
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Rienzphotoz on September 07, 2013, 03:54:01 AM
I posted this on the 5DIII thread - but the lens made the shot IMO... The sun was already down - just dusk lighting to the rear and left side... On second thought, shooting at 1250 ISO made it possible - thanks 5DIII!  * 1/200 * f/2.8 * +1/3 EV * 1250 ISO * -2/3 on the little 90EX for fill *
Nice and very sharp ... no wonder the 135 f/2 is called the Lord of the Red Rings.
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: TWI by Dustin Abbott on September 07, 2013, 07:49:12 AM
I posted this on the 5DIII thread - but the lens made the shot IMO... The sun was already down - just dusk lighting to the rear and left side... On second thought, shooting at 1250 ISO made it possible - thanks 5DIII!  * 1/200 * f/2.8 * +1/3 EV * 1250 ISO * -2/3 on the little 90EX for fill *

Fantastic sharpness, and that little bit of fill flash is nicely subtle.
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Dylan777 on September 07, 2013, 10:03:26 AM
Something a little different:

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7295/9661392109_1291109518_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/9661392109/)
Rustic (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/9661392109/#) by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott (http://www.flickr.com/people/thousandwordimages/), on Flickr

Always enjoy your PP TWI by Dustin Abbott ;)
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: TWI by Dustin Abbott on September 07, 2013, 03:06:16 PM


Always enjoy your PP TWI by Dustin Abbott ;)

Thanks, Dylan
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: hovland on September 08, 2013, 12:13:44 PM
Thanks for the posts and comments in this thread (and other 135 threads). It helped me choose a prime.
I was considering the 85L, 135L and 200 2,8L, but landed on the 135 L. I’m very pleased with it.

But the challenge is how to bring the photographer up to the level of the 135 ;)

Some samples.
(http://home.nenett.no/bph/bilder/diverse/9Z5A0193.jpg)
(The moon is 100% crop)
(http://home.nenett.no/bph/bilder/diverse/9Z5A0438.jpg)
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: CarlTN on September 11, 2013, 03:53:55 PM
I posted this on the 5DIII thread - but the lens made the shot IMO... The sun was already down - just dusk lighting to the rear and left side... On second thought, shooting at 1250 ISO made it possible - thanks 5DIII!  * 1/200 * f/2.8 * +1/3 EV * 1250 ISO * -2/3 on the little 90EX for fill *

Quite a professional looking shot!
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Jesse on September 11, 2013, 06:39:33 PM
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3750/9723975055_525968ef9c_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jesseherzog/9723975055/)
Sunrise (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jesseherzog/9723975055/#) by Jesse Herzog (http://www.flickr.com/people/jesseherzog/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Old Shooter on September 12, 2013, 01:10:39 AM
Rienz, Dustin, and Carl - Thank you!

Jesse - You are my hero! You got her up, hair and makeup done, for a sunrise pic? You Da Man!
Title: Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Post by: TWI by Dustin Abbott on September 16, 2013, 08:31:47 AM
(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2809/9772025655_eba8d6e854_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/9772025655/)
Sunday Morning (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/9772025655/#) by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott (http://www.flickr.com/people/thousandwordimages/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: sandymandy on October 15, 2013, 03:58:06 AM
omg hes growing a big bench out of his groin area   :'(
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Rienzphotoz on October 15, 2013, 04:44:56 AM
omg hes growing a big bench out of his groin area   :'(
??? ... where did you come up with that?  ::)
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: sandymandy on October 15, 2013, 04:37:12 PM
After i went to http://youarenotaphotographer.com/ (http://youarenotaphotographer.com/) :D NOT saying TWI cant take good photos! Its just when u browse linked site u will have a new look on things :P
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: TWI by Dustin Abbott on October 15, 2013, 05:20:59 PM
After i went to http://youarenotaphotographer.com/ (http://youarenotaphotographer.com/) :D NOT saying TWI cant take good photos! Its just when u browse linked site u will have a new look on things :P

I hate to say it, but you do have a valid point here. In my defense, I was trying to setup this shot on the fly using the laggy EOS remote app on my iPhone.  Trying to position yourself in mirror position using a tiny screen that doesn't refresh very quickly while shooting wide open with the 135L isn't the easiest proposition in the world.

I hope I would have gotten it right if I had been behind the camera, but hey, no guarantees.  ;)
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: JohnDizzo15 on October 15, 2013, 06:40:21 PM
F2
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: chilledXpress on October 15, 2013, 06:58:58 PM
All time favorite lens... first L that got me hooked.

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3783/9794145635_5231c3f949_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/96286721@N07/9794145635/)
Week 23 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/96286721@N07/9794145635/#) by David.K.M (http://www.flickr.com/people/96286721@N07/), on Flickr

(http://davidkm.smugmug.com/Portfolio/i-Tc27V6V/1/M/Moments-M.jpg)
Kyūdō Japanese Archery  (http://davidkm.smugmug.com/Portfolio/i-Tc27V6V/A) by David.K.M (http://davidkm.smugmug.com/), on SmugMug

(http://davidkm.smugmug.com/Portfolio/i-t7H87f7/1/M/Moments-1-M.jpg)
A Day in Santa Cruz  (http://davidkm.smugmug.com/Portfolio/i-t7H87f7/A) by David.K.M (http://davidkm.smugmug.com/), on SmugMug

Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: distant.star on October 15, 2013, 07:06:43 PM
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I like the expression.

(http://wetracy.smugmug.com/Society/Events1/i-x73znPR/0/L/977A7770-L.jpg)

Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: JohnDizzo15 on October 15, 2013, 07:09:47 PM
Don't mind the crop. It's the version the wife wanted.
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Dylan777 on October 15, 2013, 07:56:01 PM
Don't mind the crop. It's the version the wife wanted.

Very cute.

My 85L II & 135L are my fav. lenses for portrait
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: JohnDizzo15 on October 15, 2013, 09:20:22 PM
Don't mind the crop. It's the version the wife wanted.

Very cute.

My 85L II & 135L are my fav. lenses for portrait

TY. Agreed regarding the 85II and 135 (add in the 90tse for me). Although I have been fighting off the itch to pick up the 200/2 to find out if all the claims of its greatness are legit.
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Dylan777 on October 15, 2013, 09:47:17 PM
Don't mind the crop. It's the version the wife wanted.

Very cute.

My 85L II & 135L are my fav. lenses for portrait

TY. Agreed regarding the 85II and 135 (add in the 90tse for me). Although I have been fighting off the itch to pick up the 200/2 to find out if all the claims of its greatness are legit.

I haven't touch that lens yet and will try to stay away from it ;D

My itch is 300 f2.8 IS II...will see after Sony A7 + Zeiss 50mm f1.8.
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: JohnDizzo15 on October 15, 2013, 10:17:34 PM
Don't mind the crop. It's the version the wife wanted.

Very cute.

My 85L II & 135L are my fav. lenses for portrait

TY. Agreed regarding the 85II and 135 (add in the 90tse for me). Although I have been fighting off the itch to pick up the 200/2 to find out if all the claims of its greatness are legit.

I haven't touch that lens yet and will try to stay away from it ;D

My itch is 300 f2.8 IS II...will see after Sony A7 + Zeiss 50mm f1.8.

Not that any of the lenses are equivalent to each other, but I'm very interested in comparing raw portrait files from the 85, 135, 200/2, and 300II to see the differences (mainly compression and detail variances). Of course, I would need to get my hands on the latter two first  :D. Or if someone fortunate enough to have them all could do the honors?
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: tron on October 15, 2013, 10:22:32 PM
Don't mind the crop. It's the version the wife wanted.

Very cute.

My 85L II & 135L are my fav. lenses for portrait

TY. Agreed regarding the 85II and 135 (add in the 90tse for me). Although I have been fighting off the itch to pick up the 200/2 to find out if all the claims of its greatness are legit.

I haven't touch that lens yet and will try to stay away from it ;D

My itch is 300 f2.8 IS II...will see after Sony A7 + Zeiss 50mm f1.8.

Not that any of the lenses are equivalent to each other, but I'm very interested in comparing raw portrait files from the 85, 135, 200/2, and 300II to see the differences (mainly compression and detail variances). Of course, I would need to get my hands on the latter two first  :D. Or if someone fortunate enough to have them all could do the honors?
Err hmm compression can be checked without crazy open aperture  ::) but I understand your wishes  ;D
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: JohnDizzo15 on October 15, 2013, 10:55:37 PM
Don't mind the crop. It's the version the wife wanted.

Very cute.

My 85L II & 135L are my fav. lenses for portrait

TY. Agreed regarding the 85II and 135 (add in the 90tse for me). Although I have been fighting off the itch to pick up the 200/2 to find out if all the claims of its greatness are legit.

I haven't touch that lens yet and will try to stay away from it ;D

My itch is 300 f2.8 IS II...will see after Sony A7 + Zeiss 50mm f1.8.

Not that any of the lenses are equivalent to each other, but I'm very interested in comparing raw portrait files from the 85, 135, 200/2, and 300II to see the differences (mainly compression and detail variances). Of course, I would need to get my hands on the latter two first  :D. Or if someone fortunate enough to have them all could do the honors?
Err hmm compression can be checked without crazy open aperture  ::) but I understand your wishes  ;D

I suppose I could check the compression of 300mm with a 70-300. But that would not provide me with justification for spending 6-7k on a lens.  :D

What I should have said was that I'm mainly interested in seeing the compression in conjunction with all the other exclusive qualities those two lenses are renown for i.e. high resolution, shallow, DOF, color rendition, contrast, etc.
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: privatebydesign on October 15, 2013, 10:56:44 PM
"Compression" is an illusion, there is no such thing in comparing lenses; it is just perspective. For the same subject framing the greater working distance and larger aperture of the 300 bests the others easily on comparisons of the same subject in the same location when looking at background blur, actually it destroys them, despite having the deepest dof.
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: JohnDizzo15 on October 15, 2013, 11:15:50 PM
"Compression" is an illusion, there is no such thing in comparing lenses; it is just perspective. For the same subject framing the greater working distance and larger aperture of the 300 bests the others easily on comparisons of the same subject in the same location when looking at background blur, actually it destroys them, despite having the deepest dof.

Destroys the 200 as well?
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: drmikeinpdx on October 16, 2013, 09:44:40 AM
This is a place where I always reach for my 135.  I added some vignetting, as I usually do.

(http://www.beyondboudoirphoto.com/img/s10/v107/p1660304483-4.jpg)
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Rienzphotoz on October 16, 2013, 09:47:30 AM
This is a place where I always reach for my 135.  I added some vignetting, as I usually do.

(http://www.beyondboudoirphoto.com/img/s10/v107/p1660304483-4.jpg)
Very nice ... the model and the image
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: privatebydesign on October 16, 2013, 12:50:19 PM
"Compression" is an illusion, there is no such thing in comparing lenses; it is just perspective. For the same subject framing the greater working distance and larger aperture of the 300 bests the others easily on comparisons of the same subject in the same location when looking at background blur, actually it destroys them, despite having the deepest dof.

Destroys the 200 as well?

Yes.

Here is a test shot with a 300mm f2.8 IS at close to MFD, one eye (eyebrow) in focus, totally obliterated busy background.
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Sporgon on October 16, 2013, 12:59:44 PM

Yes.

Here is a test shot with a 300mm f2.8 IS at close to MFD, one eye (eyebrow) in focus, totally obliterated busy background.

PDB; is the lady you use as a model for demonstration purposes getting younger and prettier as time goes on, or are you posting sequentially older pictures ?  ;)
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: privatebydesign on October 16, 2013, 01:43:12 PM

Yes.

Here is a test shot with a 300mm f2.8 IS at close to MFD, one eye (eyebrow) in focus, totally obliterated busy background.

PDB; is the lady you use as a model for demonstration purposes getting younger and prettier as time goes on, or are you posting sequentially older pictures ?  ;)

 :)

I will be sure not to tell the normal one that! No they are different people. Melissa, this one, is single too.........
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: RomainF on October 16, 2013, 01:50:34 PM
For all of you wondering about compression :
(http://forum.nikonpassion.com/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=59887.0;attach=67290;image)
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: privatebydesign on October 16, 2013, 01:57:35 PM
For all of you wondering about compression

That is not compression, it is perspective!
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: J.R. on October 16, 2013, 02:03:19 PM
For all of you wondering about compression :
(http://forum.nikonpassion.com/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=59887.0;attach=67290;image)

Trust you were out of slapping distance when you chose FL shorter than 50mm.  ;D
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: neuroanatomist on October 16, 2013, 02:04:54 PM
For all of you wondering about compression
That is not compression, it is perspective!

+1 - it's due to the fact that the camera-to-subject distance was changed to maintain framing, and has nothing to do with the focal length of the lens.

PBD has posted visual examples of this before, as have I.  I prefer mine, mainly because I was able to imbibe the subjects after the test.   ;)

See: http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=11368.msg205165#msg205165 (http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=11368.msg205165#msg205165)
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: J.R. on October 16, 2013, 02:11:34 PM
For all of you wondering about compression
That is not compression, it is perspective!

+1 - it's due to the fact that the camera-to-subject distance was changed to maintain framing, and has nothing to do with the focal length of the lens.

PBD has posted visual examples of this before, as have I.  I prefer mine, mainly because I was able to imbibe the subjects after the test.   ;)

See: http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=11368.msg205165#msg205165 (http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=11368.msg205165#msg205165)

Thanks...  Never read that post because I became a member in 2013.

BTW...  So you did enjoy the Chocolate Stout!   ;D
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Rienzphotoz on October 17, 2013, 06:26:17 AM
For all of you wondering about compression :
(http://forum.nikonpassion.com/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=59887.0;attach=67290;image)
Nice comparison ... forgetting the compression vs perspective debate, I like the way you did this comparison ... it gives a nice one glance view of what to expect from all those focal lengths, if one were to frame them all the same way. Thanks for sharing.
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: neuroanatomist on October 17, 2013, 08:16:15 AM
For all of you wondering about compression
Nice comparison ... forgetting the compression vs perspective debate, I like the way you did this comparison ... it gives a nice one glance view of what to expect from all those focal lengths, if one were to frame them all the same way. Thanks for sharing.

I've seen this collage in many places, I'm not sure the member who posted it here is the maker (and the image link points to a Nikon forum).
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Sporgon on October 17, 2013, 08:45:39 AM
For all of you wondering about compression
That is not compression, it is perspective!

+1 - it's due to the fact that the camera-to-subject distance was changed to maintain framing, and has nothing to do with the focal length of the lens.

PBD has posted visual examples of this before, as have I.  I prefer mine, mainly because I was able to imbibe the subjects after the test.   ;)

See: http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=11368.msg205165#msg205165 (http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=11368.msg205165#msg205165)

I remember that thread well. Personally I thought PBD's example was amusing because the lady in the comparison had either been posing for far too long or had been asked to do this type of thing far too many times before. It was of course also informative as was yours, where it showed a good example of wiki getting it wrong, or at least being misleading, a warning to those who use wiki as a ready reference for posing as an experienced expert on the web.

The 'compression' seen in perspective can be confusing photographically. PBD says compression is an illusion, but it's worth remembering that the 'illusion' is what we see.

Anyone with a zoom can do a quick test for themselves. Using a zoom that goes from wide angle to telephoto - say the 24-105, take a shot of a scene with objects of some sort at different distances away from you at 24mm. Then from exactly the same position take the same shot at 105mm. Download both images, then crop centre of the 24 mil shot to exactly the same as 105 and enlarge it to the same. It will be identical to the original 105 mil shot in perspective despite the fact that on the 24mm shot the perspective seems to be pulling apart - an illusion.

Incidentally the 24-105 is so well corrected the two images are nearly identical in that you can virtually overlay them.

Back on track with the 135L, the head shots show that once you are over a certain distance from the model there is little flattering change to the perspective of the face, and that flattering distance starts with the 135mm.
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Rienzphotoz on October 17, 2013, 08:48:57 AM
For all of you wondering about compression
Nice comparison ... forgetting the compression vs perspective debate, I like the way you did this comparison ... it gives a nice one glance view of what to expect from all those focal lengths, if one were to frame them all the same way. Thanks for sharing.

I've seen this collage in many places, I'm not sure the member who posted it here is the maker (and the image link points to a Nikon forum).
I see. Still a very nice comparison for reference.
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: privatebydesign on October 17, 2013, 08:50:11 AM
For all of you wondering about compression
Nice comparison ... forgetting the compression vs perspective debate, I like the way you did this comparison ... it gives a nice one glance view of what to expect from all those focal lengths, if one were to frame them all the same way. Thanks for sharing.

I've seen this collage in many places, I'm not sure the member who posted it here is the maker (and the image link points to a Nikon forum).
They were originally shot by Stephen Eastwood, well his site is the first place I saw them and I have seen him credited with them in several places. Also it is one of his models and his lighting style, interestingly he uses Canon Speedlites very extensively and I often wondered why he never became the Canon Joe McNally.

http://stepheneastwood.com/tutorials/Tutorials_Lens_Perspective.htm (http://stepheneastwood.com/tutorials/Tutorials_Lens_Perspective.htm)
http://stepheneastwood.com/tutorials/lensdistortion/strippage.htm (http://stepheneastwood.com/tutorials/lensdistortion/strippage.htm)
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: privatebydesign on October 17, 2013, 09:12:44 AM

I remember that thread well. Personally I thought PBD's example was amusing because the lady in the comparison had either been posing for far too long or had been asked to do this type of thing far too many times before. It was of course also informative as was yours, where it showed a good example of wiki getting it wrong, or at least being misleading, a warning to those who use wiki as a ready reference for posing as an experienced expert on the web.

The 'compression' seen in perspective can be confusing photographically. PBD says compression is an illusion, but it's worth remembering that the 'illusion' is what we see.

Anyone with a zoom can do a quick test for themselves. Using a zoom that goes from wide angle to telephoto - say the 24-105, take a shot of a scene with objects of some sort at different distances away from you at 24mm. Then from exactly the same position take the same shot at 105mm. Download both images, then crop centre of the 24 mil shot to exactly the same as 105 and enlarge it to the same. It will be identical to the original 105 mil shot in perspective despite the fact that on the 24mm shot the perspective seems to be pulling apart - an illusion.

Incidentally the 24-105 is so well corrected the two images are nearly identical in that you can virtually overlay them.

Back on track with the 135L, the head shots show that once you are over a certain distance from the model there is little flattering change to the perspective of the face, and that flattering distance starts with the 135mm.

Sporgon,

You nail it with your third paragraph, and that is all I am ever really trying to point out, staying in the same place and changing lenses (or zooming) won't change "compression", and that is the point so many miss, they believe that at 105 thy are creating more "compression" than at 24. Lenses don't "compress", position creates perspective.

(P.S. She had been on the phone to her mum for an hour, it was the phone call rather than the "modelling" that created the feel of the shot  ;D  )

P.P.S. I will probably take a lead from Neuro next time and use something I can drink afterwards for "demonstration" purposes!
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Epic800 on October 17, 2013, 09:52:18 AM
Just finally purchased this lens last night after reading extensive reviews. I am excited to start shooting this lens.
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Dylan777 on October 18, 2013, 08:15:30 PM
Just finally purchased this lens last night after reading extensive reviews. I am excited to start shooting this lens.

Me too...I bought it, then sold it after picked up 85L II.

Last week, I placed a bid on Ebay on brand new 135L with Best Buy receipt included(100% feedback seller), lens still under warranty until Sep 27th, 2014. I didn't expect to win @ $800. Guess what? I won...lens arrived today with date UB6017 with pinch-cap.

I'm not sure what to say now ??? :-\ ::) :) ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: wickidwombat on October 18, 2013, 10:45:30 PM
Just finally purchased this lens last night after reading extensive reviews. I am excited to start shooting this lens.

Me too...I bought it, then sold it after picked up 85L II.

Last week, I placed a bid on Ebay on brand new 135L with Best Buy receipt included(100% feedback seller), lens still under warranty until Sep 27th, 2014. I didn't expect to win @ $800. Guess what? I won...lens arrived today with date UB6017 with pinch-cap.

I'm not sure what to say now ??? :-\ ::) :) ;D ;D ;D

not a bad deal I got mine for $700 which i was over the moon with and its like brand new only 2 years old by the date code
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Dylan777 on October 19, 2013, 10:00:49 AM
Just finally purchased this lens last night after reading extensive reviews. I am excited to start shooting this lens.

Me too...I bought it, then sold it after picked up 85L II.

Last week, I placed a bid on Ebay on brand new 135L with Best Buy receipt included(100% feedback seller), lens still under warranty until Sep 27th, 2014. I didn't expect to win @ $800. Guess what? I won...lens arrived today with date UB6017 with pinch-cap.

I'm not sure what to say now ??? :-\ ::) :) ;D ;D ;D

Indoor/outdoor test shots @ f2. JPEG straight out from camera.
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Epic800 on October 19, 2013, 10:29:47 AM
Just finally purchased this lens last night after reading extensive reviews. I am excited to start shooting this lens.

Me too...I bought it, then sold it after picked up 85L II.

Last week, I placed a bid on Ebay on brand new 135L with Best Buy receipt included(100% feedback seller), lens still under warranty until Sep 27th, 2014. I didn't expect to win @ $800. Guess what? I won...lens arrived today with date UB6017 with pinch-cap.

I'm not sure what to say now ??? :-\ ::) :) ;D ;D ;D

Indoor/outdoor test shots @ f2. JPEG straight out from camera.

Oh wow, awesome deal on the auction. This lens is so sharp it is unbelievable. If my pockets were deep enough for the 85 II. I would of definitely purchased that instead.
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Pi on October 19, 2013, 10:33:33 AM
Indoor/outdoor test shots @ f2. JPEG straight out from camera.

6mp?
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Dylan777 on October 19, 2013, 10:54:39 AM
Indoor/outdoor test shots @ f2. JPEG straight out from camera.

6mp?

Resized the jpegs to 50% to post here.
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: TWI by Dustin Abbott on October 23, 2013, 08:34:45 AM
Here's a recent portrait with the 135L (pretty much my favorite portrait lens).  A little fill flash from the 580EXII, but other than adding a bit of vignette and slight bit of warmness, this is out of camera.  Wide open @ f/2

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5513/10420911993_105b048d77_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/10420911993/)
Paris on Her Mind (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/10420911993/#) by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott (http://www.flickr.com/people/thousandwordimages/), on Flickr

Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: J.R. on October 23, 2013, 08:43:18 AM
Here's a recent portrait with the 135L (pretty much my favorite portrait lens).  A little fill flash from the 580EXII, but other than adding a bit of vignette and slight bit of warmness, this is out of camera.  Wide open @ f/2

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5513/10420911993_105b048d77_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/10420911993/)
Paris on Her Mind (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/10420911993/#) by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott (http://www.flickr.com/people/thousandwordimages/), on Flickr

Nice one ... good work with the foreground too!
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: TWI by Dustin Abbott on October 23, 2013, 10:10:17 AM
Here's a recent portrait with the 135L (pretty much my favorite portrait lens).  A little fill flash from the 580EXII, but other than adding a bit of vignette and slight bit of warmness, this is out of camera.  Wide open @ f/2


Nice one ... good work with the foreground too!

I really like to include a foreground element with the 135L when possible because it does such a good job with both foreground and background bokeh.  Doing that always adds an extra bit of depth to the image. 
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Rienzphotoz on October 23, 2013, 02:11:44 PM
Here's a recent portrait with the 135L (pretty much my favorite portrait lens).  A little fill flash from the 580EXII, but other than adding a bit of vignette and slight bit of warmness, this is out of camera.  Wide open @ f/2

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5513/10420911993_105b048d77_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/10420911993/)
Paris on Her Mind (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/10420911993/#) by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott (http://www.flickr.com/people/thousandwordimages/), on Flickr

Nice one ... good work with the foreground too!
+1
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Kernuak on October 23, 2013, 04:40:18 PM
Here's a recent portrait with the 135L (pretty much my favorite portrait lens).  A little fill flash from the 580EXII, but other than adding a bit of vignette and slight bit of warmness, this is out of camera.  Wide open @ f/2


Nice one ... good work with the foreground too!

I really like to include a foreground element with the 135L when possible because it does such a good job with both foreground and background bokeh.  Doing that always adds an extra bit of depth to the image.
I like adding a bit of foreground blur too, especially with lenses like the 135 and the 300 f/2.8, which have such a nice smooth OOF blur. Not only does it give an image more of an artistic feel, it also adds a sense of looking through the undergrowth and being there.
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: TWI by Dustin Abbott on October 23, 2013, 05:35:35 PM
Here's a recent portrait with the 135L (pretty much my favorite portrait lens).  A little fill flash from the 580EXII, but other than adding a bit of vignette and slight bit of warmness, this is out of camera.  Wide open @ f/2


Nice one ... good work with the foreground too!

I really like to include a foreground element with the 135L when possible because it does such a good job with both foreground and background bokeh.  Doing that always adds an extra bit of depth to the image.
I like adding a bit of foreground blur too, especially with lenses like the 135 and the 300 f/2.8, which have such a nice smooth OOF blur. Not only does it give an image more of an artistic feel, it also adds a sense of looking through the undergrowth and being there.

Haven't had the privilege of shooting the 300 f/2.8 (someday!), but I don't have any problem taking your word for it  ;D
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Sporgon on October 26, 2013, 10:10:18 AM
Here's a recent portrait with the 135L (pretty much my favorite portrait lens).  A little fill flash from the 580EXII, but other than adding a bit of vignette and slight bit of warmness, this is out of camera.  Wide open @ f/2

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5513/10420911993_105b048d77_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/10420911993/)
Paris on Her Mind (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/10420911993/#) by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott (http://www.flickr.com/people/thousandwordimages/), on Flickr

Great image Dustin, but her smile out shines the lens. You could have shot this with virtually anything and it would have been lovely. You have a really good rapport with your models and it shows.
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: TWI by Dustin Abbott on October 26, 2013, 10:37:56 AM
Here's a recent portrait with the 135L (pretty much my favorite portrait lens).  A little fill flash from the 580EXII, but other than adding a bit of vignette and slight bit of warmness, this is out of camera.  Wide open @ f/2


Great image Dustin, but her smile out shines the lens. You could have shot this with virtually anything and it would have been lovely. You have a really good rapport with your models and it shows.

That is very kind.  Thank you!
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Alex_R on November 11, 2013, 09:01:01 AM
One more. Moscow suburb
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Roger Jones on November 22, 2013, 02:50:11 PM
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7378/10698312876_bfdab06136_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/rogerjones/10698312876)

A bit of fun at the Million Mask March
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Zv on November 23, 2013, 09:27:34 AM
Here's a recent one I took with this lens @ f/2 on a trip to Kyoto.

Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: candyman on November 23, 2013, 04:28:21 PM
Here's a recent one I took with this lens @ f/2 on a trip to Kyoto.

That is  very nice picture. Thanks  :)
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Dylan777 on November 23, 2013, 07:33:49 PM
Priceless if I can shoot this lens at 1/60, indoor. Look forward to see IS on next version ;)
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Vossie on November 24, 2013, 05:09:09 AM
Here's a recent one I took with this lens @ f/2 on a trip to Kyoto.

Very nice shot. Will do well as an enlargement on your wall.
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Zv on November 24, 2013, 06:51:50 PM
Thanks Vossie and Candyman for the nice comments! I like the idea of a print, might try that!
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: CarlTN on November 26, 2013, 03:25:17 AM
One more. Moscow suburb

Quite nice, and very natural looking color!  Was this AWB?
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Dylan777 on December 27, 2013, 01:48:02 PM
Cookies & Milk for Santa
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Dylan777 on December 27, 2013, 11:55:06 PM
Open gifts on Christmas Eve...
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: tron on December 28, 2013, 11:54:06 PM
Priceless if I can shoot this lens at 1/60, indoor. Look forward to see IS on next version ;)
I understand what you mean. It is a pity that there is no IS on that lens since it is a very good one.
Nice photo by the way.
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Dylan777 on December 29, 2013, 12:28:05 AM
Priceless if I can shoot this lens at 1/60, indoor. Look forward to see IS on next version ;)
I understand what you mean. It is a pity that there is no IS on that lens since it is a very good one.
Nice photo by the way.

Indeed

Took over 1000 photos during holidays - mostly 50L & 135L combo.
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Eldar on January 16, 2014, 04:24:45 PM
I came across this article about a Russian woman, who got her first camera in 2012 (!). It is a 5DII and a 135 f2L. Considering her limited experience, I think the images in the article is quite astonishing. And it shows why so many are so fond of this lens.

http://www.boredpanda.com/animal-children-photography-elena-shumilova/ (http://www.boredpanda.com/animal-children-photography-elena-shumilova/)
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Quasimodo on January 16, 2014, 04:32:38 PM
I came across this article about a Russian woman, who got her first camera in 2012 (!). It is a 5DII and a 135 f2L. Considering her limited experience, I think the images in the article is quite astonishing. And it shows why so many are so fond of this lens.

http://www.boredpanda.com/animal-children-photography-elena-shumilova/ (http://www.boredpanda.com/animal-children-photography-elena-shumilova/)

I would not dare to say that this is heavily photoshopped. I have no base for making such a claim. However, the quality of these photos makes me wonder :) These are some of the best pictures I have seen for a long time. I wish that I will someday be able to do such work.

Thank you for sharing and bringing this to my attention. A great inspiration!
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Eldar on January 16, 2014, 04:39:54 PM
I came across this article about a Russian woman, who got her first camera in 2012 (!). It is a 5DII and a 135 f2L. Considering her limited experience, I think the images in the article is quite astonishing. And it shows why so many are so fond of this lens.

http://www.boredpanda.com/animal-children-photography-elena-shumilova/ (http://www.boredpanda.com/animal-children-photography-elena-shumilova/)

I would not dare to say that this is heavily photoshopped. I have no base for making such a claim. However, the quality of these photos makes me wonder :) These are some of the best pictures I have seen for a long time. I wish that I will someday be able to do such work.

Thank you for sharing and bringing this to my attention. A great inspiration!
I am sure they have been through their fair share of post processing, but I think it is nicely done and, as you say, I would´t mind being able to produce something similar :)
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Rienzphotoz on January 16, 2014, 04:50:02 PM
I came across this article about a Russian woman, who got her first camera in 2012 (!). It is a 5DII and a 135 f2L. Considering her limited experience, I think the images in the article is quite astonishing. And it shows why so many are so fond of this lens.

http://www.boredpanda.com/animal-children-photography-elena-shumilova/ (http://www.boredpanda.com/animal-children-photography-elena-shumilova/)

I would not dare to say that this is heavily photoshopped. I have no base for making such a claim. However, the quality of these photos makes me wonder :) These are some of the best pictures I have seen for a long time. I wish that I will someday be able to do such work.

Thank you for sharing and bringing this to my attention. A great inspiration!
I am sure they have been through their fair share of post processing, but I think it is nicely done and, as you say, I would´t mind being able to produce something similar :)
+1
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Eldar on January 17, 2014, 10:38:05 AM
A follow up to my post from yesterday. According to the info I have, this woman got her first camera in 2012 and she´s shooting with a 135 2L lens. I got my first SLR 39 years ago and I would have been tremendously proud of a portfolio like this. Enjoy!

http://500px.com/ElenaShumilova (http://500px.com/ElenaShumilova)
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Quasimodo on January 17, 2014, 10:44:12 AM
A follow up to my post from yesterday. According to the info I have, this woman got her first camera in 2012 and she´s shooting with a 135 2L lens. I got my first SLR 39 years ago and I would have been tremendously proud of a portfolio like this. Enjoy!

http://500px.com/ElenaShumilova (http://500px.com/ElenaShumilova)

We all have to aspire to something :)
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: TWI by Dustin Abbott on January 17, 2014, 11:02:32 AM
I've been following her work on 500px for some time.  She has an incredible gift!
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: leftnose on January 17, 2014, 11:07:31 AM
A follow up to my post from yesterday. According to the info I have, this woman got her first camera in 2012 and she´s shooting with a 135 2L lens. I got my first SLR 39 years ago and I would have been tremendously proud of a portfolio like this. Enjoy!

http://500px.com/ElenaShumilova (http://500px.com/ElenaShumilova)

No question that those are gorgeous images but there's a lot of post processing involved there.

In this one: http://500px.com/photo/57384990 (http://500px.com/photo/57384990) for example, look at the area that's in focus on the ground between the dog and the child.  Then look at the ground near the child's heels.  It's on the same plane and should be in focus but is blurred.

Again, there's a lot of skill evident on those photos but it's not all "in-camera" skill.
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Zv on January 17, 2014, 11:16:00 AM
A follow up to my post from yesterday. According to the info I have, this woman got her first camera in 2012 and she´s shooting with a 135 2L lens. I got my first SLR 39 years ago and I would have been tremendously proud of a portfolio like this. Enjoy!

http://500px.com/ElenaShumilova (http://500px.com/ElenaShumilova)

No question that those are gorgeous images but there's a lot of post processing involved there.

In this one: http://500px.com/photo/57384990 (http://500px.com/photo/57384990) for example, look at the area that's in focus on the ground between the dog and the child.  Then look at the ground near the child's heels.  It's on the same plane and should be in focus but is blurred.

Again, there's a lot of skill evident on those photos but it's not all "in-camera" skill.

Could be a composite. Two images blended together. I like the moody atmosphere of these shots more than anything. I wish I had mad processing skillz like she does! 
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Quasimodo on January 17, 2014, 11:39:50 AM
A follow up to my post from yesterday. According to the info I have, this woman got her first camera in 2012 and she´s shooting with a 135 2L lens. I got my first SLR 39 years ago and I would have been tremendously proud of a portfolio like this. Enjoy!

http://500px.com/ElenaShumilova (http://500px.com/ElenaShumilova)

No question that those are gorgeous images but there's a lot of post processing involved there.

In this one: http://500px.com/photo/57384990 (http://500px.com/photo/57384990) for example, look at the area that's in focus on the ground between the dog and the child.  Then look at the ground near the child's heels.  It's on the same plane and should be in focus but is blurred.

Again, there's a lot of skill evident on those photos but it's not all "in-camera" skill.

Could be a composite. Two images blended together. I like the moody atmosphere of these shots more than anything. I wish I had mad processing skillz like she does!

+1 Me too!

I think her pictures are beautiful regardless of what goes into it. I think that photoshop liberated photographers from their documentary shackles, much like photography freed painting when the medium was introduced. Chagall, van Gogh, and Picasso all came after the photography. Before that paintings tended to be quite naturalistic.

What I would really wish, is that she would post a video of how she works, so I at least could try to imitate some of her process.
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Eldar on January 17, 2014, 11:47:23 AM
A follow up to my post from yesterday. According to the info I have, this woman got her first camera in 2012 and she´s shooting with a 135 2L lens. I got my first SLR 39 years ago and I would have been tremendously proud of a portfolio like this. Enjoy!

http://500px.com/ElenaShumilova (http://500px.com/ElenaShumilova)

No question that those are gorgeous images but there's a lot of post processing involved there.

In this one: http://500px.com/photo/57384990 (http://500px.com/photo/57384990) for example, look at the area that's in focus on the ground between the dog and the child.  Then look at the ground near the child's heels.  It's on the same plane and should be in focus but is blurred.

Again, there's a lot of skill evident on those photos but it's not all "in-camera" skill.

Could be a composite. Two images blended together. I like the moody atmosphere of these shots more than anything. I wish I had mad processing skillz like she does!
I am brought up being taught that 95% of the image is done when you push the shutter release (that´s why I´m so slow). I have spent manmonths in the darkroom, trying to tweak my black&whites right, with very few successes. When I look at this woman´s images I see beautiful motives, even though it is mostly her kids, excellent compositions, excellent DOF, beautiful colors, one or two processing flaws, but in general stunning images. And taking her short experience into consideration, I´d say she has a talent beyond most of us.
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: privatebydesign on January 17, 2014, 12:04:30 PM
A follow up to my post from yesterday. According to the info I have, this woman got her first camera in 2012 and she´s shooting with a 135 2L lens. I got my first SLR 39 years ago and I would have been tremendously proud of a portfolio like this. Enjoy!

http://500px.com/ElenaShumilova (http://500px.com/ElenaShumilova)

No question that those are gorgeous images but there's a lot of post processing involved there.

In this one: http://500px.com/photo/57384990 (http://500px.com/photo/57384990) for example, look at the area that's in focus on the ground between the dog and the child.  Then look at the ground near the child's heels.  It's on the same plane and should be in focus but is blurred.

Again, there's a lot of skill evident on those photos but it's not all "in-camera" skill.

Could be a composite. Two images blended together. I like the moody atmosphere of these shots more than anything. I wish I had mad processing skillz like she does!

I think you will find it is a simple Gaussian blur in a U shape to include the foreground and into the background either side of the subjects, probably done as a brush (good), a layer mask (better), or a grad layer mask (best), it's what adds to their isolation and that "unique look" that the 135 is supposed to have. Funny, with decent post skills any lens can have a "unique look".

Absolutely no need for a composite.
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: distant.star on January 17, 2014, 01:52:11 PM
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Yep, I agree. When I first looked at the images I thought, "There isn't that much fog/mist in the whole world!" Then I saw the obvious processing signs -- which is NOT to say it distracts. Lovely images.



I think you will find it is a simple Gaussian blur in a U shape to include the foreground and into the background either side of the subjects, probably done as a brush (good), a layer mask (better), or a grad layer mask (best), it's what adds to their isolation and that "unique look" that the 135 is supposed to have. Funny, with decent post skills any lens can have a "unique look".
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: CarlTN on January 17, 2014, 02:18:20 PM
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Yep, I agree. When I first looked at the images I thought, "There isn't that much fog/mist in the whole world!" Then I saw the obvious processing signs -- which is NOT to say it distracts. Lovely images.



I think you will find it is a simple Gaussian blur in a U shape to include the foreground and into the background either side of the subjects, probably done as a brush (good), a layer mask (better), or a grad layer mask (best), it's what adds to their isolation and that "unique look" that the 135 is supposed to have. Funny, with decent post skills any lens can have a "unique look".

Well, it seems there is an obvious trait of this image that is not being discussed.  The vignetting (likely added in post as "post crop" vignetting...yes the 135 f/2 does vignette wide open, but not nearly this much).  But the vignetting serves to spotlight (and almost 'bulls-eye') the subjects, making it that much more of a "portrait".

This technique is really not all that unusual, anyone can do it.  Not saying it's not a nice image, certainly it is.  But it's really more the lighting on the subject(s) (and the darker light surrounding it) relative to that darker background bokeh, that make this image successful.  The bokeh alone (whether natural or 'enhanced'), is not what jumps out as a primary feature of this image.  The spotlighted subjects are what jump out, from against the dark.  That's how I see it anyway.

I have nothing against doing any of these things to an image in post.  But it's important to point out that these are not 'native' features of the lens alone.  What the photographer has done here, serves to exaggerate the features and even 'artifacts' of fast prime lenses (to a pleasing result)...and in this image it works fine.  But anyone who has edited images for a while can easily see the image does not look like this straight out of the camera (especially if you have the camera set to compensate for vignetting in the first place...Which is usually the best way to do it, because that way the photogorapher/editer/artist can choose how much and where, and whether or not to apply any...vignetting in post).
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: privatebydesign on January 17, 2014, 02:27:34 PM
I didn't mention the vignetting because it is so obvious I didn't feel it needed mentioning, like, it is in colour, or it is in landscape format.

Of course it has been added, but as we mostly agree, images like this (non-documentary) are artistic in nature and can be manipulated in any way to produce the result the photographer was envisioning. Whether it is to our personal taste is something quite different. I think in this case the lady has a superb eye and is no slouch on a computer, she has a vision and I am sure the final images are pretty much what that vision was, I wish I was that good half the time!
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Sporgon on January 17, 2014, 02:38:54 PM
I had a very quick play with a recent jpeg to see if I could get a similar effect. I'm not sure she hasn't played with the white balance between subject and background in some of them. That's what I have done with this picture, as well as the manipulations mentioned above. I've attached the original from camera for comparison. In this case the lens has already done a pretty thorough job of isolating the subject.

Great pictures with a real 'signature' feel. Those who worked with film know that there was as much post processing done then as there ever is with digital !

Thanks for the link Eldar.
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Dylan777 on January 17, 2014, 03:26:49 PM
A follow up to my post from yesterday. According to the info I have, this woman got her first camera in 2012 and she´s shooting with a 135 2L lens. I got my first SLR 39 years ago and I would have been tremendously proud of a portfolio like this. Enjoy!

http://500px.com/ElenaShumilova (http://500px.com/ElenaShumilova)

Thanks for sharing Eldar

Indeed - AMAZING. I just booked mark her site for future photos.
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Quasimodo on January 17, 2014, 06:58:58 PM
I had a very quick play with a recent jpeg to see if I could get a similar effect. I'm not sure she hasn't played with the white balance between subject and background in some of them. That's what I have done with this picture, as well as the manipulations mentioned above. I've attached the original from camera for comparison. In this case the lens has already done a pretty thorough job of isolating the subject.

Great pictures with a real 'signature' feel. Those who worked with film know that there was as much post processing done then as there ever is with digital !

Thanks for the link Eldar.

Great shot and example Sporgon. Anytime you have time, would you mind sharing how you do this, step by step for those who are not too profficient in PS or Lightroom (like me :) )?
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: CarlTN on January 17, 2014, 11:36:51 PM
I didn't mention the vignetting because it is so obvious I didn't feel it needed mentioning, like, it is in colour, or it is in landscape format.

Of course it has been added, but as we mostly agree, images like this (non-documentary) are artistic in nature and can be manipulated in any way to produce the result the photographer was envisioning. Whether it is to our personal taste is something quite different. I think in this case the lady has a superb eye and is no slouch on a computer, she has a vision and I am sure the final images are pretty much what that vision was, I wish I was that good half the time!

I wasn't criticizing you, and I think you're missing my point a bit, but that's ok.
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: CarlTN on January 17, 2014, 11:38:31 PM
I had a very quick play with a recent jpeg to see if I could get a similar effect. I'm not sure she hasn't played with the white balance between subject and background in some of them. That's what I have done with this picture, as well as the manipulations mentioned above. I've attached the original from camera for comparison. In this case the lens has already done a pretty thorough job of isolating the subject.

Great pictures with a real 'signature' feel. Those who worked with film know that there was as much post processing done then as there ever is with digital !

Thanks for the link Eldar.

Nice image but in my opinion it's not all that successful because the girl's face is hidden rather needlessly.  I know you probably think that's the point of the image, but it kind of falls flat because of that.  No doubt most of you will disagree with me, but there it is.
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: privatebydesign on January 17, 2014, 11:41:52 PM
I didn't mention the vignetting because it is so obvious I didn't feel it needed mentioning, like, it is in colour, or it is in landscape format.

Of course it has been added, but as we mostly agree, images like this (non-documentary) are artistic in nature and can be manipulated in any way to produce the result the photographer was envisioning. Whether it is to our personal taste is something quite different. I think in this case the lady has a superb eye and is no slouch on a computer, she has a vision and I am sure the final images are pretty much what that vision was, I wish I was that good half the time!

I wasn't criticizing you, and I think you're missing my point a bit, but that's ok.

All is good with me, I didn't think you were criticising me, but even if you were, it is a forum for discussion and my opinion is worth no more, or less, than anybodies.
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: CarlTN on January 17, 2014, 11:44:51 PM
I didn't mention the vignetting because it is so obvious I didn't feel it needed mentioning, like, it is in colour, or it is in landscape format.

Of course it has been added, but as we mostly agree, images like this (non-documentary) are artistic in nature and can be manipulated in any way to produce the result the photographer was envisioning. Whether it is to our personal taste is something quite different. I think in this case the lady has a superb eye and is no slouch on a computer, she has a vision and I am sure the final images are pretty much what that vision was, I wish I was that good half the time!

I wasn't criticizing you, and I think you're missing my point a bit, but that's ok.

All is good with me, I didn't think you were criticising me, but even if you were, it is a forum for discussion and my opinion is worth no more, or less, than anybodies.

True enough, except in my case...sometimes my opinions get deleted :P...
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Sporgon on January 18, 2014, 06:29:27 AM
Nice image but in my opinion it's not all that successful because the girl's face is hidden rather needlessly.  I know you probably think that's the point of the image, but it kind of falls flat because of that.  No doubt most of you will disagree with me, but there it is.

 ;D

OK, here's one done especially for you !

( I really thought you'd have pulled me up on the tag showing on the hat  ;)  )

I've put one processed in a similar style on the 24-105L thread. I was going to sneak it in here but thought better of it.
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: candyman on January 18, 2014, 06:46:40 AM
I had a very quick play with a recent jpeg to see if I could get a similar effect. I'm not sure she hasn't played with the white balance between subject and background in some of them. That's what I have done with this picture, as well as the manipulations mentioned above. I've attached the original from camera for comparison. In this case the lens has already done a pretty thorough job of isolating the subject.

Great pictures with a real 'signature' feel. Those who worked with film know that there was as much post processing done then as there ever is with digital !

Thanks for the link Eldar.

Nice image but in my opinion it's not all that successful because the girl's face is hidden rather needlessly.  I know you probably think that's the point of the image, but it kind of falls flat because of that.  No doubt most of you will disagree with me, but there it is.


Of course subjective. I find it far more interesting to see only the eyes and the rest hidden by the dogs head instead of seeing both their faces. But that is of course subjective.  ;)
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: mhz1000a on January 18, 2014, 06:19:31 PM
Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM   :)
(http://jmfwcq.dm2303.livefilestore.com/y2p3N5klfxCBOJgLh8Ath2A4IcrNuFi8t-2ssIS4VNBdw-uRHF3WhgwZIHSzmgOJN52Rey9uhRWrXOSnR0yjA6Iy7U7UzNBZXwmkXkYLjpDCdo/_MG_1385.jpg)
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: CarlTN on January 22, 2014, 02:38:11 PM
Nice image but in my opinion it's not all that successful because the girl's face is hidden rather needlessly.  I know you probably think that's the point of the image, but it kind of falls flat because of that.  No doubt most of you will disagree with me, but there it is.

 ;D

OK, here's one done especially for you !

( I really thought you'd have pulled me up on the tag showing on the hat  ;)  )

I've put one processed in a similar style on the 24-105L thread. I was going to sneak it in here but thought better of it.

Very nice!  I'm envious of the dog haha...
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: CarlTN on January 22, 2014, 02:39:42 PM
Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM   :)
(http://jmfwcq.dm2303.livefilestore.com/y2p3N5klfxCBOJgLh8Ath2A4IcrNuFi8t-2ssIS4VNBdw-uRHF3WhgwZIHSzmgOJN52Rey9uhRWrXOSnR0yjA6Iy7U7UzNBZXwmkXkYLjpDCdo/_MG_1385.jpg)

This is very beautiful use of bokeh and shallow focus...but I would have moved the greenery just a smidge farther into the picture...However, if the intent was to be used for text graphics in the center of the picture, then it definitely works well.
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Sporgon on January 26, 2014, 05:33:25 PM
5D; 135 L @f4

When taking pictures of dressage I have come to find that the attractiveness of the rider transcends any other attributes the image might have  ;)
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: CarlTN on January 27, 2014, 01:36:10 AM
5D; 135 L @f4

When taking pictures of dressage I have come to find that the attractiveness of the rider transcends any other attributes the image might have  ;)

Agreed!
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: eating on February 04, 2014, 02:58:21 PM
Really love this lens! Here's my share.
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7429/12037531734_bcb7760ccc.jpg)

More here http://www.flickr.com/photos/eat1ng/ (http://www.flickr.com/photos/eat1ng/) .
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: flowers on February 04, 2014, 03:02:11 PM
Thank you for this thread! I've been thinking about getting this lens as well, nice to see all these pictures taken with it. :)
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Vossie on February 04, 2014, 04:42:55 PM
Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM   :)
(http://jmfwcq.dm2303.livefilestore.com/y2p3N5klfxCBOJgLh8Ath2A4IcrNuFi8t-2ssIS4VNBdw-uRHF3WhgwZIHSzmgOJN52Rey9uhRWrXOSnR0yjA6Iy7U7UzNBZXwmkXkYLjpDCdo/_MG_1385.jpg)
Wow, from something totally boring like a fence, you managed to create something visually appealing. Great job!
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: CarlTN on February 05, 2014, 01:30:18 AM
Really love this lens! Here's my share.
(http://www.flickr.com/photos/eat1ng/12037282985/)

More here http://www.flickr.com/photos/eat1ng/ (http://www.flickr.com/photos/eat1ng/) .

Nice work!
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Sporgon on February 08, 2014, 11:48:06 AM
Bramham Moor Horse Trials in Yorkshire, England.
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: wsheldon on February 08, 2014, 12:43:06 PM
I just used this lens for a set of portraits for a high school drama program with a 6D and 3-light setup. Beautiful color and bokeh with wonderful DOF control. Just love this lens.

(http://www.sheldonphoto.net/Personal/Cedar-Theatre/Les-Mis/i-ZLfNMvr/7/XL/wsheldon-20140125-4799-XL.jpg)

(http://www.sheldonphoto.net/Personal/Cedar-Theatre/Les-Mis/i-BMVvSCZ/3/XL/wsheldon-20140125-4926-XL.jpg)

(http://www.sheldonphoto.net/Personal/Cedar-Theatre/Les-Mis/i-v2KjMSj/5/XL/wsheldon-20140125-4930-XL.jpg)
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: flowers on February 08, 2014, 05:25:51 PM
I just used this lens for a set of portraits for a high school drama program with a 6D and 3-light setup. Beautiful color and bokeh with wonderful DOF control. Just love this lens.

(http://www.sheldonphoto.net/Personal/Cedar-Theatre/Les-Mis/i-ZLfNMvr/7/XL/wsheldon-20140125-4799-XL.jpg)

(http://www.sheldonphoto.net/Personal/Cedar-Theatre/Les-Mis/i-BMVvSCZ/3/XL/wsheldon-20140125-4926-XL.jpg)

(http://www.sheldonphoto.net/Personal/Cedar-Theatre/Les-Mis/i-v2KjMSj/5/XL/wsheldon-20140125-4930-XL.jpg)

Thank you for posting this perfect sample of using the lens for what it's meant for. Very helpful :) Would it be possible to see larger resolution samples?
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: wsheldon on February 08, 2014, 07:09:47 PM
I just used this lens for a set of portraits for a high school drama program with a 6D and 3-light setup. Beautiful color and bokeh with wonderful DOF control. Just love this lens.

Thank you for posting this perfect sample of using the lens for what it's meant for. Very helpful :) Would it be possible to see larger resolution samples?

Those links are from a gallery of prints for sale (to parents) so they're size-limited online, but here's one example you can view at 100% if you click on it. This was shot at f2.8 at ISO 200 and cropped from a 1/2-body portrait. I had to actually try to reduce sharpness in post-processing with LR 5, by setting clarity = -24, sharpness = 0 and luminance noise reduction to 40 (despite no visible noise in the image) to avoid accentuating minor skin imperfections. Focus was obviously on the eyes. For later portraits I switch to f3.5-f4.0 and moved the kids further from the background to avoid OOF ears and losing detail in jewelry.

(http://www.sheldonphoto.net/Photography/Miscellany/n-GD8pj/i-vFrxCvk/0/O/i-vFrxCvk.jpg)
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: flowers on February 08, 2014, 07:15:25 PM
I just used this lens for a set of portraits for a high school drama program with a 6D and 3-light setup. Beautiful color and bokeh with wonderful DOF control. Just love this lens.

Thank you for posting this perfect sample of using the lens for what it's meant for. Very helpful :) Would it be possible to see larger resolution samples?

Those links are from a gallery of prints for sale (to parents) so they're size-limited online, but here's one example you can view at 100%



Of course, I understand :) Thank you very much, that shows exactly what I wanted to see. If it's not too much to ask, could you produce flare with the lens and post a sample of that? Just when you have the time, or if you have a sample ready.
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: wsheldon on February 08, 2014, 09:30:56 PM
Of course, I understand :) Thank you very much, that shows exactly what I wanted to see. If it's not too much to ask, could you produce flare with the lens and post a sample of that? Just when you have the time, or if you have a sample ready.

Sorry - I've just had this lens a couple of months and my one outdoor session didn't include any open sky. I'm sure some online reviews cover that aspect.
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: flowers on February 09, 2014, 02:53:31 PM
Of course, I understand :) Thank you very much, that shows exactly what I wanted to see. If it's not too much to ask, could you produce flare with the lens and post a sample of that? Just when you have the time, or if you have a sample ready.

Sorry - I've just had this lens a couple of months and my one outdoor session didn't include any open sky. I'm sure some online reviews cover that aspect.
Sure, I will look it up online. Thanks. :)
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: CarlTN on February 17, 2014, 05:51:34 AM
Of course, I understand :) Thank you very much, that shows exactly what I wanted to see. If it's not too much to ask, could you produce flare with the lens and post a sample of that? Just when you have the time, or if you have a sample ready.

Sorry - I've just had this lens a couple of months and my one outdoor session didn't include any open sky. I'm sure some online reviews cover that aspect.
Sure, I will look it up online. Thanks. :)

I've had my 135 for almost 5 years, and I don't recall ever seeing flare.  I'm sure it has some, but I've not noticed it.  I'll try to get a shot of some over the next week or so, if you like.

The 70-300L is supposed to be very flare resistant, but I'm pretty sure I made it produce flare. 
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: flowers on February 17, 2014, 06:12:23 AM
Of course, I understand :) Thank you very much, that shows exactly what I wanted to see. If it's not too much to ask, could you produce flare with the lens and post a sample of that? Just when you have the time, or if you have a sample ready.

Sorry - I've just had this lens a couple of months and my one outdoor session didn't include any open sky. I'm sure some online reviews cover that aspect.
Sure, I will look it up online. Thanks. :)

I've had my 135 for almost 5 years, and I don't recall ever seeing flare.  I'm sure it has some, but I've not noticed it.  I'll try to get a shot of some over the next week or so, if you like.

The 70-300L is supposed to be very flare resistant, but I'm pretty sure I made it produce flare.
I have two things in mind when it comes to flare: how flare resistant is it, and if it flares, how pretty is the flare? :)
I looked up some examples on flickr, you don't have to bother. Thank you for offering :) it flares but not in a bad way, I find the flare pretty pleasing.
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: CarlTN on February 17, 2014, 05:25:59 PM
Of course, I understand :) Thank you very much, that shows exactly what I wanted to see. If it's not too much to ask, could you produce flare with the lens and post a sample of that? Just when you have the time, or if you have a sample ready.

Sorry - I've just had this lens a couple of months and my one outdoor session didn't include any open sky. I'm sure some online reviews cover that aspect.
Sure, I will look it up online. Thanks. :)

I've had my 135 for almost 5 years, and I don't recall ever seeing flare.  I'm sure it has some, but I've not noticed it.  I'll try to get a shot of some over the next week or so, if you like.

The 70-300L is supposed to be very flare resistant, but I'm pretty sure I made it produce flare.
I have two things in mind when it comes to flare: how flare resistant is it, and if it flares, how pretty is the flare? :)
I looked up some examples on flickr, you don't have to bother. Thank you for offering :) it flares but not in a bad way, I find the flare pretty pleasing.

Ok.  Do you not find that telephoto lenses generally do not flare as bad as wide angle lenses?  Seems to me it has to do with the angle of light and field of view, relative to the focal length.  Even my Sigma 120-400 does not seem to have much flare.

Everything about the 135 f/2's image quality is "pretty", most especially the bokeh.  I've tried 2 lenses with as good or better color palette, and one that I currently own (the Cosina Voigtlander 58mm) has better color.  However, the contrast, longitudinal CA, and bokeh quality are quite a bit better on the 135 f/2 (and these count for a lot).  Of course the focal lengths are different by a factor of two, so it's not really an even comparison.  I suppose the color of the 135 is also more neutral than that of the 85 f/1.2L that I rented...it was too purple, and wide open the warm colors were also a tad too saturated.  Both amazing lenses though.  If Canon decide to stop making f/1.2 lenses, I will do my best to buy the 85 in the future, before it goes out of production.

If you are just trying to decide between a 100mm macro f/2.8, and the 135 f/2...they're really intended for different uses.
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: flowers on February 18, 2014, 01:29:15 AM


Everything about the 135 f/2's image quality is "pretty", most especially the bokeh.  I've tried 2 lenses with as good or better color palette, and one that I currently own (the Cosina Voigtlander 58mm) has better color.  However, the contrast, longitudinal CA, and bokeh quality are quite a bit better on the 135 f/2 (and these count for a lot).  Of course the focal lengths are different by a factor of two, so it's not really an even comparison.  I suppose the color of the 135 is also more neutral than that of the 85 f/1.2L that I rented...it was too purple, and wide open the warm colors were also a tad too saturated.  Both amazing lenses though.  If Canon decide to stop making f/1.2 lenses, I will do my best to buy the 85 in the future, before it goes out of production.

If you are just trying to decide between a 100mm macro f/2.8, and the 135 f/2...they're really intended for different uses.

Wanting a 135 portrait lens, the decision is more between this and the 135/2.8 soft focus. I really like the fact that you can turn the soft focus on when you need it and off when you don't. It has three levels: 0, 1 and 2. The rendering is also nice, the bokeh is so smooth. Of course the f/2 is sharper, sharper wide open, sharper at f/2.8 and has less purple fringing... And just looks better, so it's not really much of a fight.
What you say is generally true, but I have an older 135/2.8 lens that flares and loses contrast worse than many wide angles! Of course it's from the 80's but it still proves a point :) Good lens design can produce great flare control and aberration control at any focal length. Try Samyang 16 f/2 or 14/2.8 on for size. Canon most likely will produce no more f/1.2 lenses. These lenses were made because the need for them was driven by the fact that you couldn't push your iso up to crazy numbers like 12800 or beyond. Now there's no need, most people seem happy using high ISOs rather than paying more for fast lenses and the people who are willing to spend the money on the fast lenses can't make it profitable enough for Canon (or any other manufacturer). Pretty soon the fastest lenses you can buy are f/2, then f/2.8... Unless something radical happens that makes it cheaper/easier to design and make good f/1.4 and f/1.2 lenses. We can always hope.

A glimpse of hope: Samyang is producing their first f/1.2 lens this year. Sigma might also start producing f/1.2 lenses if enough people want it, they're already competing for the money of Canon shooters (and I think Nikon too) and make excellent lenses, they just might take on the ef 85/1.2L and 50/1.2L next. We'll see! Then again, f/1.2 is less than half a stop faster than f/1.4 so there might not be enough of a reason to make more of the very special f/1.2 lenses. It depends on how many people are really willing to pay for them.
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: CarlTN on February 18, 2014, 03:29:38 AM


Everything about the 135 f/2's image quality is "pretty", most especially the bokeh.  I've tried 2 lenses with as good or better color palette, and one that I currently own (the Cosina Voigtlander 58mm) has better color.  However, the contrast, longitudinal CA, and bokeh quality are quite a bit better on the 135 f/2 (and these count for a lot).  Of course the focal lengths are different by a factor of two, so it's not really an even comparison.  I suppose the color of the 135 is also more neutral than that of the 85 f/1.2L that I rented...it was too purple, and wide open the warm colors were also a tad too saturated.  Both amazing lenses though.  If Canon decide to stop making f/1.2 lenses, I will do my best to buy the 85 in the future, before it goes out of production.

If you are just trying to decide between a 100mm macro f/2.8, and the 135 f/2...they're really intended for different uses.

Wanting a 135 portrait lens, the decision is more between this and the 135/2.8 soft focus. I really like the fact that you can turn the soft focus on when you need it and off when you don't. It has three levels: 0, 1 and 2. The rendering is also nice, the bokeh is so smooth. Of course the f/2 is sharper, sharper wide open, sharper at f/2.8 and has less purple fringing... And just looks better, so it's not really much of a fight.
What you say is generally true, but I have an older 135/2.8 lens that flares and loses contrast worse than many wide angles! Of course it's from the 80's but it still proves a point :) Good lens design can produce great flare control and aberration control at any focal length. Try Samyang 16 f/2 or 14/2.8 on for size. Canon most likely will produce no more f/1.2 lenses. These lenses were made because the need for them was driven by the fact that you couldn't push your iso up to crazy numbers like 12800 or beyond. Now there's no need, most people seem happy using high ISOs rather than paying more for fast lenses and the people who are willing to spend the money on the fast lenses can't make it profitable enough for Canon (or any other manufacturer). Pretty soon the fastest lenses you can buy are f/2, then f/2.8... Unless something radical happens that makes it cheaper/easier to design and make good f/1.4 and f/1.2 lenses. We can always hope.

A glimpse of hope: Samyang is producing their first f/1.2 lens this year. Sigma might also start producing f/1.2 lenses if enough people want it, they're already competing for the money of Canon shooters (and I think Nikon too) and make excellent lenses, they just might take on the ef 85/1.2L and 50/1.2L next. We'll see! Then again, f/1.2 is less than half a stop faster than f/1.4 so there might not be enough of a reason to make more of the very special f/1.2 lenses. It depends on how many people are really willing to pay for them.

I guess the solution would be to just make an even faster, more specialized lens.  Perhaps a zoom...an f/0.8 zoom would be nice.  Or 2 or 3 of them.  One that covers 28-50mm, one that's 55-110, and one that's 115-175mm (this longest one could be an f/1.0-f/1.6).  The 5mm gap in the middle would be intentional, to help justify owning all three lenses.  They could charge $4500 for the two shorter ones and $5500 for the longer one, all having IS and weather sealing.  Most of the well healed canon bigshots would buy at least one of them, I suspect.  Maybe not as many as would buy a super telephoto lens, but perhaps a good percentage of that number.  Who knows?

Which lens is Samyang making at f/1.2?  I may have seen this but I forget now.  I'm considering purchasing their 14mm, because it is obviously excellent.  However, I would really prefer 16 or 18mm, as 14mm is too extreme...has too much rectilinear projection distortion (I would wind up cropping and correcting...and losing resolution in the process).  I considered the Tokina 16-28 as well.  Not interested in the Canon wide zooms...unless they come out with a new one.

I disagree that few if any lenses will be faster than f/2.8 in the future, as you assert.  I don't care how good the ISO performance is, there are still qualities the fast apertures give, that nothing else does.  Besides, ISO performance is probably not going to be radically better than it is now, for the next decade or so...if ever...especially if all but pro DSLR's (such as the 1 series) somehow become extinct...replaced with a mirrorless phone mounted on the wrist or eyeglasses or something. 

I would really enjoy those three lenses I suggest...
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: flowers on February 18, 2014, 05:15:51 AM


I guess the solution would be to just make an even faster, more specialized lens.  Perhaps a zoom...an f/0.8 zoom would be nice.  Or 2 or 3 of them.  One that covers 28-50mm, one that's 55-110, and one that's 115-175mm (this longest one could be an f/1.0-f/1.6).  The 5mm gap in the middle would be intentional, to help justify owning all three lenses.  They could charge $4500 for the two shorter ones and $5500 for the longer one, all having IS and weather sealing.  Most of the well healed canon bigshots would buy at least one of them, I suspect.  Maybe not as many as would buy a super telephoto lens, but perhaps a good percentage of that number.  Who knows?

Which lens is Samyang making at f/1.2?  I may have seen this but I forget now.  I'm considering purchasing their 14mm, because it is obviously excellent.  However, I would really prefer 16 or 18mm, as 14mm is too extreme...has too much rectilinear projection distortion (I would wind up cropping and correcting...and losing resolution in the process).  I considered the Tokina 16-28 as well.  Not interested in the Canon wide zooms...unless they come out with a new one.

I disagree that few if any lenses will be faster than f/2.8 in the future, as you assert.  I don't care how good the ISO performance is, there are still qualities the fast apertures give, that nothing else does.  Besides, ISO performance is probably not going to be radically better than it is now, for the next decade or so...if ever...especially if all but pro DSLR's (such as the 1 series) somehow become extinct...replaced with a mirrorless phone mounted on the wrist or eyeglasses or something. 

I would really enjoy those three lenses I suggest...

I wasn't sure if you were joking or not... f/1.2 or under zooms won't get produced, mostly because they would all weigh over 5kg / 10lbs, some of the lenses you suggest would weigh dozens of kg/lbs. At any decent weight they'd have horrible aberrations, to make them optically good through and though expect 50 lbs lenses.

Why would you need IS in a fast lens? Use a larger aperture or a tripod when using smaller apertures. For telephotos use a gimbal head and a proper tripod.

 The problem is the risk the investment carries. Designing and making those lenses cost a lot of money. What guarantee beyond your words does Canon have that they get their investment back?

It would be nice if more fast lenses were designed and made but it doesn't seem too likely, especially from Canon whose business decisions are very conservative.

Samyang is making a 50/1.2.
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: J.R. on February 19, 2014, 11:04:15 PM
with the 600D  :)
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Rienzphotoz on February 20, 2014, 03:41:07 AM
with the 600D  :)
Very pleasing image ... I'm assuming, that's at f/2?
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: J.R. on February 20, 2014, 05:14:40 AM
with the 600D  :)
Very pleasing image ... I'm assuming, that's at f/2?

Thanks ... Yes, this is at f/2.
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: JustMeOregon on February 20, 2014, 03:27:22 PM
with the 600D  :)

Damn you J.R.! I just had myself convinced to patiently wait for somebody's (maybe Sigma's) version of an IS 135. And then I see this beautiful picture...
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: StudentOfLight on February 21, 2014, 04:03:59 AM
I guess the solution would be to just make an even faster, more specialized lens.  Perhaps a zoom...an f/0.8 zoom would be nice.  Or 2 or 3 of them.  One that covers 28-50mm, one that's 55-110, and one that's 115-175mm (this longest one could be an f/1.0-f/1.6).  The 5mm gap in the middle would be intentional, to help justify owning all three lenses.  They could charge $4500 for the two shorter ones and $5500 for the longer one, all having IS and weather sealing.  Most of the well healed canon bigshots would buy at least one of them, I suspect.  Maybe not as many as would buy a super telephoto lens, but perhaps a good percentage of that number.  Who knows?

I hope you are joking. But since there are no smileys should we assume you are serious???

As a comparison the 200mm f/2 lens is 127mm wide and weighs 2.54 kg (5.6 lb). Your proposed 115-175mm f/0.8 would have a massive aperture. 175/0.8 = 218mm. Bear in mind that the lens would need to be even wider. Best case scenario would be a wide aperture prime in terms of weight. Assuming the length of the lens is similar to the 200 f/2, I'd estimate the weight a prime would be close to 4 times as heavy, around 10 kg. Now factor in zoom optics and weight goes up, up, up... So while a f/0.8 medium-tele zoom is a nice thought, it's simply not practical.
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: StudentOfLight on February 21, 2014, 04:15:19 AM
Arno - Night shot in Bedouin tent

5D Mark-III (EF 135mm f/2L USM)
135mm, 1/250s at f/4, ISO 1600
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: captainkanji on February 23, 2014, 01:22:16 PM
Finally got my hands on a used 135.  Got a pretty good deal.  It's been too miserable outside to do much with it.  Can't wait until Spring.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7442/12725672044_ea553d4dd1_c.jpg)
Canon 6D, ISO 50, 1/1000, f/2, 135mm
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: CarlTN on February 24, 2014, 06:32:43 PM
Finally got my hands on a used 135.  Got a pretty good deal.  It's been too miserable outside to do much with it.  Can't wait until Spring.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7442/12725672044_ea553d4dd1_c.jpg)
Canon 6D, ISO 50, 1/1000, f/2, 135mm

Nice shot, seems like not enough light to have gotten 1/1000 at ISO 50 and F/2 though, unless it was under-exposure compensated.
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: StudentOfLight on February 27, 2014, 06:11:46 PM
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Yep, I agree. When I first looked at the images I thought, "There isn't that much fog/mist in the whole world!" Then I saw the obvious processing signs -- which is NOT to say it distracts. Lovely images.

I think you will find it is a simple Gaussian blur in a U shape to include the foreground and into the background either side of the subjects, probably done as a brush (good), a layer mask (better), or a grad layer mask (best), it's what adds to their isolation and that "unique look" that the 135 is supposed to have. Funny, with decent post skills any lens can have a "unique look".

Well, it seems there is an obvious trait of this image that is not being discussed.  The vignetting (likely added in post as "post crop" vignetting...yes the 135 f/2 does vignette wide open, but not nearly this much).  But the vignetting serves to spotlight (and almost 'bulls-eye') the subjects, making it that much more of a "portrait".

This technique is really not all that unusual, anyone can do it.  Not saying it's not a nice image, certainly it is.  But it's really more the lighting on the subject(s) (and the darker light surrounding it) relative to that darker background bokeh, that make this image successful.  The bokeh alone (whether natural or 'enhanced'), is not what jumps out as a primary feature of this image.  The spotlighted subjects are what jump out, from against the dark.  That's how I see it anyway.

I have nothing against doing any of these things to an image in post.  But it's important to point out that these are not 'native' features of the lens alone.  What the photographer has done here, serves to exaggerate the features and even 'artifacts' of fast prime lenses (to a pleasing result)...and in this image it works fine.  But anyone who has edited images for a while can easily see the image does not look like this straight out of the camera (especially if you have the camera set to compensate for vignetting in the first place...Which is usually the best way to do it, because that way the photogorapher/editer/artist can choose how much and where, and whether or not to apply any...vignetting in post).

+1. I love what I've seen of her work. Elena has a definite talent and eye for portraiture and I am quite sure that she shoots for the edits that she wants make. Elena really nails her subject and ambient exposure which enables her to create such powerful images. Her post-production techniques highlights her abilities and are not being used as a substitute to good photographic technique.
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: dcm on February 27, 2014, 06:36:15 PM

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+1. I love what I've seen of her work. Elena has a definite talent and eye for portraiture and I am quite sure that she shoots for the edits that she wants make. Elena really nails her subject and ambient exposure which enables her to create such powerful images. Her post-production techniques highlights her abilities and are not being used as a substitute to good photographic technique.

There's a good interview with Elena (http://500px.com/blog/980/interview-with-elena-shumilova) where she talks about her preprocessing (ideas, drawings, poses) before she shoots and notes she does a lot of postprocessing.  It doesn't get into the post processing although she appears to be willing to share in a seminar.
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: J.R. on March 04, 2014, 11:55:26 AM
Another flower shot with the 135mm ... this one at f/2.8
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: CarlTN on March 07, 2014, 07:20:49 AM
Another flower shot with the 135mm ... this one at f/2.8

Great!  What flower is that?
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: BLFPhoto on March 07, 2014, 08:38:36 AM
The EF 135mm f/2 L USM is the perfect lens for trail running, mountain biking, and any other action situation where it is difficult to find space.  Even in tight quarters with tree-cluttered backgrounds you can get enough subject separation to make great photos.  Here are a few from a MTB race I shot last weekend.

Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: J.R. on March 09, 2014, 07:20:07 AM
Another flower shot with the 135mm ... this one at f/2.8

Great!  What flower is that?

Thanks Carl!

This is commonly known as the bottlebrush flower ... Botanical genus is Callistemon.
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Rienzphotoz on March 09, 2014, 01:27:48 PM
The EF 135mm f/2 L USM is the perfect lens for trail running, mountain biking, and any other action situation where it is difficult to find space.  Even in tight quarters with tree-cluttered backgrounds you can get enough subject separation to make great photos.  Here are a few from a MTB race I shot last weekend.
Those are some cool action shots 8) ... well done. I like the second one very much, that image portrays the whole picture showing the energy in that sport ... really cool. But the hairy man b00bs of the cyclist in the first pic are distracting :o ;D
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: CarlTN on March 10, 2014, 09:59:17 PM
Another flower shot with the 135mm ... this one at f/2.8

Great!  What flower is that?

Thanks Carl!

This is commonly known as the bottlebrush flower ... Botanical genus is Callistemon.

You are most welcome, and thank you for telling me.  It looks both poisonous and beautiful!
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: CarlTN on March 10, 2014, 10:00:41 PM
Those are some cool action shots 8) ... well done. I like the second one very much, that image portrays the whole picture showing the energy in that sport ... really cool. But the hairy man b00bs of the cyclist in the first pic are distracting :o ;D

Gotta love those man boobs huh?  :P hahaha
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Rienzphotoz on March 11, 2014, 05:31:16 AM
Another flower shot with the 135mm ... this one at f/2.8
AWESOME!
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: wickidwombat on March 24, 2014, 01:27:11 AM
I love this lens soooo much
added a 100% crop in below to see just how sharp it is and thin the Dof is at f2
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: CarlTN on March 24, 2014, 06:06:23 AM
I love this lens soooo much
added a 100% crop in below to see just how sharp it is and thin the Dof is at f2

Cute...the bokeh is wicked smooth, for a wicked wombat!!  :P
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Rienzphotoz on March 25, 2014, 05:46:18 AM
I love this lens soooo much
added a 100% crop in below to see just how sharp it is and thin the Dof is at f2

Cute...the bokeh is wicked smooth, for a wicked wombat!!  :P
+1  ;D
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: sagittariansrock on April 06, 2014, 06:00:41 AM
Just got the lens and didn't get too many great non-human subjects yet.
But this lens is amazing, and what I noticed most of all is the color.
The images below are unprocessed except the last one (only exposure and white balance altered).




(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3834/13663203384_9f8105641c_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/mPnum9)

(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3680/13662879803_979d99b421_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/mPkQaa)

(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2915/13662876833_2b73dac2ac_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/mPkPgX)

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7212/13662847895_80ee7b847e_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/mPkEF2)

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7278/13662869233_79576827c1_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/mPkM1V)
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: CarlTN on April 08, 2014, 06:24:32 AM
Sagittariansrock, the color does not jump off the screen at me...I don't know why you're not mentioning the bokeh!  The 135 has the smoothest background bokeh of any Canon lens I'm aware of.  Also has terrific contrast and sharpness.  The color the lens is capable of, is not mind blowing, but it's nice.  The whole point of this lens, is the bokeh...for those that say you can't tell the difference going from f/2 to f/2.8, it's usually because they're comparing the long end of the zoom, 200mm f/2.8, to 135mm f/2.  But at 200mm, you aren't taking in as wide of an angle of view...so the subjects are necessarily smaller or farther away...to see a similar degree of bokeh.  And that's just not the same experience, or effect.  Sure the 85L can also do a fantastic bokeh, but not as many mention using it instead, as much as they mention using the 70-200 instead.  It's really just personal preference, but this does not mean the 135L, is not "special". 
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: sagittariansrock on April 08, 2014, 08:29:17 AM
Sagittariansrock, the color does not jump off the screen at me...I don't know why you're not mentioning the bokeh!  The 135 has the smoothest background bokeh of any Canon lens I'm aware of.  Also has terrific contrast and sharpness.  The color the lens is capable of, is not mind blowing, but it's nice.  The whole point of this lens, is the bokeh...for those that say you can't tell the difference going from f/2 to f/2.8, it's usually because they're comparing the long end of the zoom, 200mm f/2.8, to 135mm f/2.  But at 200mm, you aren't taking in as wide of an angle of view...so the subjects are necessarily smaller or farther away...to see a similar degree of bokeh.  And that's just not the same experience, or effect.  Sure the 85L can also do a fantastic bokeh, but not as many mention using it instead, as much as they mention using the 70-200 instead.  It's really just personal preference, but this does not mean the 135L, is not "special".

Carl, the bokeh is awesome, of course. But that was something I expected.
The color, on the other hand, wasn't expected.
You have not seen most of the pictures that I shot indoors (of my nephew and niece, unfortunately there parents aren't to keen on posting pictures online), and the shots above were from a very grey Oregon afternoon. Usually it needs a boost in LR, but not these.
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: CarlTN on April 08, 2014, 11:58:48 PM
Sagittariansrock, the color does not jump off the screen at me...I don't know why you're not mentioning the bokeh!  The 135 has the smoothest background bokeh of any Canon lens I'm aware of.  Also has terrific contrast and sharpness.  The color the lens is capable of, is not mind blowing, but it's nice.  The whole point of this lens, is the bokeh...for those that say you can't tell the difference going from f/2 to f/2.8, it's usually because they're comparing the long end of the zoom, 200mm f/2.8, to 135mm f/2.  But at 200mm, you aren't taking in as wide of an angle of view...so the subjects are necessarily smaller or farther away...to see a similar degree of bokeh.  And that's just not the same experience, or effect.  Sure the 85L can also do a fantastic bokeh, but not as many mention using it instead, as much as they mention using the 70-200 instead.  It's really just personal preference, but this does not mean the 135L, is not "special".

Carl, the bokeh is awesome, of course. But that was something I expected.
The color, on the other hand, wasn't expected.
You have not seen most of the pictures that I shot indoors (of my nephew and niece, unfortunately there parents aren't to keen on posting pictures online), and the shots above were from a very grey Oregon afternoon. Usually it needs a boost in LR, but not these.

Not doubting the results you're getting.  I've had mine for 5 years now, and love it.  Shot over 10,000 images with it, so I'm aware of what it can do.  But it does not do color as well as a few other lenses (all of which cost anywhere from double its price, to many times its price)...where it does bokeh better than most lenses...that's all I was saying.  You get a lot of bang for the buck with it.   
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: captainkanji on April 26, 2014, 08:21:28 PM
Today's little car show.

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7339/14002766096_02647b9d73_b_d.jpg)
f/2.0

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7342/14002753006_d5c62429dc_b_d.jpg)
f/2.8

(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2896/14025874475_b4d5465aab_b_d.jpg)
f/2.0

(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2940/14025742455_73bb693207_b_d.jpg)
f/4.0
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: captainkanji on May 22, 2014, 08:43:36 PM
Anime Central 2014
Canon 6D, EF 135 f/2L USM
(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5475/14219726055_e98e5d8efb_b_d.jpg)

(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2921/14033072228_8d3fd0d3e4_b_d.jpg)

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5594/14216701571_723a0c5e96_b_d.jpg)

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(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5274/14199943626_15035bff57_b_d.jpg)
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: TWI by Dustin Abbott on May 26, 2014, 10:04:12 AM
(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5499/14050544479_abf3c88fca_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/npAHmT)Lazy Days (https://flic.kr/p/npAHmT) by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott (https://www.flickr.com/people/54816077@N03/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: J.R. on July 27, 2014, 12:35:31 PM
I was traveling earlier today and ran into paddy plantation by chance. Took these with the 135L and 6D
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Dylan777 on July 28, 2014, 10:28:14 AM
I was traveling earlier today and ran into paddy plantation by chance. Took these with the 135L and 6D
Awesome shots JR.
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: candyman on July 28, 2014, 10:30:52 AM
I was traveling earlier today and ran into paddy plantation by chance. Took these with the 135L and 6D
Awesome shots JR.


Yes, wonderful!
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Click on July 28, 2014, 10:36:04 AM
I was traveling earlier today and ran into paddy plantation by chance. Took these with the 135L and 6D

Greats shots. I especially like the 3rd one.
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: J.R. on July 31, 2014, 12:24:37 PM
Thanks guys and sorry for the late response. Have too much stuff on my plate these days.

Will share more images soon :)

Cheers ... J.R.
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Vossie on August 22, 2014, 03:40:59 PM
A greylag goose from closeby.
(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5594/14815043429_a7a89a2a82_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/oz9Ygg)
5D3, ISO 200, f/2, 1/2000, natural light, uncropped
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: captainkanji on September 11, 2014, 10:14:07 PM
Traveling Vietnam War Memorial visits Carbondale IL, September 11, 2014.
Canon 6D
(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5561/15189256706_e396d61a0c_b.jpg)

(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3925/15211882792_0ab4d61bae_b.jpg)

(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3925/15025688998_945296f545_b.jpg)
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Jesse on September 19, 2014, 02:24:45 PM
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Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: candyman on September 19, 2014, 02:40:02 PM
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Wonderful portrait Jesse!
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Dylan777 on September 19, 2014, 06:13:47 PM
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Booked mark your page. Thank you for sharing :)
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: J.R. on September 23, 2014, 10:33:38 PM
I love this lens
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: StudentOfLight on December 03, 2014, 09:13:32 AM
1/1250s at f/2.0, ISO 6400
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Pookie on December 03, 2014, 10:39:44 AM
(http://www.davidkm.com/Clients/Miranda-2014/i-TwCcD8B/0/L/Miranda-054-L.jpg) (http://www.davidkm.com/FrontPage/i-TwCcD8B/A)
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Click on December 03, 2014, 10:43:09 AM
I really like this portrait. Well done Pookie.
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Pookie on December 03, 2014, 11:58:57 AM
Thanks Click...
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: hendrik0701 on December 14, 2014, 01:57:47 PM
Few volleyball shots, shot with 135/2. Two of them with 7DII and BW one with 1DX:

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7481/15946070925_d44540b3f4_b.jpg)

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7563/16018377811_7d34e46cb7_b.jpg)

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7504/16020333085_e0eb0d3b4c_b.jpg)


One more, shot with 1DX:

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7575/15778908128_584f3a13a6_b.jpg)
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Pookie on December 15, 2014, 10:35:04 PM
Recent shoot...

(http://www.davidkm.com/Clients/Rengstorff-2014/i-Qp5BMqc/0/L/Yumi%20Dev-004-L.jpg) (http://www.davidkm.com/FrontPage/i-Qp5BMqc/A)
(http://www.davidkm.com/Clients/Rengstorff-2014/i-g8rqGw2/0/L/Yumi%20Dev-012-L.jpg) (http://www.davidkm.com/Clients/Rengstorff-2014/i-g8rqGw2/A)
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Pookie on January 19, 2015, 12:05:19 AM
Miranda came back for more after our first shoot...

(http://www.davidkm.com/Front/i-vrGnRX4/0/L/Image-001-L.jpg) (http://www.davidkm.com/Front/i-vrGnRX4/A)
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: lucasrodriguezfontan on January 26, 2015, 02:30:32 PM
Dakar 2014, Salta, Argentina

iso 160, f/2.5, 1/640

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5477/11957100804_9cbd5a51d2_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/jdBguq)DKR 37 (https://flic.kr/p/jdBguq) by Lucas Rodriguez Fontan (https://www.flickr.com/people/87045149@N08/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Pookie on February 11, 2015, 11:45:41 PM
Caley in Capitola, California.

5D3+135L with Elinchrom Quadra into a 1 meter Rotalux Octa...
 
(http://www.davidkm.com/Clients/CFlowers-2015/i-GX8rkL3/0/L/Image-001-107-L.jpg) (http://www.davidkm.com/Clients/CFlowers-2015/i-GX8rkL3/A)
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Quasimodo on February 12, 2015, 11:42:13 AM
I love this lens

Great shot with this beautiful lens :)
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: StudentOfLight on February 19, 2015, 01:30:25 PM
One of my favourite shots from Cosplay Cape Town's 2015 Valentine's picnic.

Character: Reika Mishima - Rahxephon
Model: Elza

Body: EOS 6D with 135mm f/2
Ambient Exposure: 1/200s at f/2, ISO 100
No flash
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Bernd FMC on March 20, 2015, 10:37:26 AM
A shot took in the Neighbours Garden:
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Pookie on March 20, 2015, 11:46:56 AM
(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8573/16598236155_273b3ee384_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/rhJikr)Dilan and Miranda... (https://flic.kr/p/rhJikr) by David K Martinez (https://www.flickr.com/people/96286721@N07/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Click on March 20, 2015, 11:59:08 AM
I really like this shot. Well done Pookie.
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: eating on March 20, 2015, 01:13:10 PM
I love this lens. Here's my share:

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7350/12037282985_e922108f04_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/jkGdRP)Siblings&#x27; day with the flowers (https://flic.kr/p/jkGdRP) by eat1ng (https://www.flickr.com/people/25970028@N08/), on Flickr

(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3715/12071611495_6e989a4d4c_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/joJawF)Anne (https://flic.kr/p/joJawF) by eat1ng (https://www.flickr.com/people/25970028@N08/), on Flickr

(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3724/12065263193_a6138fb9b9_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/joaCpc)Nanay (https://flic.kr/p/joaCpc) by eat1ng (https://www.flickr.com/people/25970028@N08/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Pookie on March 20, 2015, 11:04:55 PM
I really like this shot. Well done Pookie.

Thanks... much appreciated.
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: hendrik0701 on April 03, 2015, 08:33:36 AM
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7638/16832880089_0cda9b263b_b.jpg)
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Click on April 03, 2015, 09:05:16 AM
Cool shot. Well done hendrik0701
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: hendrik0701 on April 17, 2015, 04:36:30 PM
Estonian volleyball championship's final series:

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7641/16994790399_a5ca438f22_b.jpg)
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Eldar on April 18, 2015, 12:31:55 AM
Estonian volleyball championship's final series:

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7641/16994790399_a5ca438f22_b.jpg)
Chaos in defense :) Nice picture!
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: hendrik0701 on April 19, 2015, 02:19:52 PM
Thank you for those kind words.

Today my 135/2 got some more work at fencing championship's final:

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7711/17015961189_79fb9a0789_b.jpg)
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: AE-1Burnham on May 04, 2015, 06:48:44 AM
A couple of springtime shots (macro-like) around a rock face in Bergen, Norway.
- Natural light (had flashes with me but the light was nice)
- Hand held (next round will be with tripod)
- 1DsIII with 135 F2 (mostly near MFD and between 2.0 and 3.5)
- Web photos at ca. half-res

(http://www.dof.no/Files/Images/DOF%20Group/Content/People/Employee%20Photos/other/1DS_6813_sm.jpg)

(http://www.dof.no/Files/Images/DOF%20Group/Content/People/Employee%20Photos/other/1DS_6846_sm.jpg)

(http://www.dof.no/Files/Images/DOF%20Group/Content/People/Employee%20Photos/other/1DS_6854_sm.jpg)

(http://www.dof.no/Files/Images/DOF%20Group/Content/People/Employee%20Photos/other/1DS_6881_sm.jpg)

(http://www.dof.no/Files/Images/DOF%20Group/Content/People/Employee%20Photos/other/1DS_6888_sm.jpg)

(http://www.dof.no/Files/Images/DOF%20Group/Content/People/Employee%20Photos/other/1DS_6899_sm.jpg)

(http://www.dof.no/Files/Images/DOF%20Group/Content/People/Employee%20Photos/other/1DS_6930_sm.jpg)

(http://www.dof.no/Files/Images/DOF%20Group/Content/People/Employee%20Photos/other/1DS_6967_sm.jpg)
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: captainkanji on May 18, 2015, 03:20:46 PM
Anime Central 2015
Canon 6D, 430EXII speedlite

1/400, f/2.8
(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8774/17186948144_bf94200fcd_c.jpg)

1/1600, f/2.5
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7663/17621461439_a8ff2f2793_c.jpg)

1/800, f/4.0
(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8768/17620188028_2a26fd7664_c.jpg)

1/320, f/2.0
(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5465/17620667869_1d3d9379dc_c.jpg)
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: hendrik0701 on July 12, 2015, 03:23:42 PM
European Athletics U23 Championships 2015, Tallinn

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/342/19604408831_d1bb279f0c_c.jpg)

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/271/18977787613_48bc0502cf_c.jpg)

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/545/19584313771_7bfa5f59b9_c.jpg)

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/455/19363739760_218bf47745_c.jpg)
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Pookie on August 01, 2015, 10:55:28 AM
Shooting with one of my favorite models...

5D3 + 135L + Profoto B1 + 1.5m Octa

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/526/20162807135_c715df9467_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/wHHE6M)
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: TWI by Dustin Abbott on August 02, 2015, 02:40:05 PM
Shooting with one of my favorite models...

5D3 + 135L + Profoto B1 + 1.5m Octa

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/526/20162807135_c715df9467_c.jpg)
 (https://flic.kr/p/wHHE6M)

The lighting is nicely handled here.
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Pookie on August 02, 2015, 03:29:09 PM
Shooting with one of my favorite models...

5D3 + 135L + Profoto B1 + 1.5m Octa

The lighting is nicely handled here.

Thanks Dustin...
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Pookie on September 28, 2015, 01:35:28 AM
5D3 + 135L w/ Elinchrom Quadra into 5' Profoto Rfi Octa 45 deg right
(http://www.davidkm.com/photos/i-bmw9RvM/0/L/i-bmw9RvM-L.jpg) (http://www.davidkm.com/Front/n-Rt3rv/i-bmw9RvM/A)
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: axtstern on December 21, 2015, 03:57:42 PM
I love my 135

Camera was on single shot, non servo, only space for 2 pictures left, speed was set to only 250 so not tack sharp but still....

Oh and the blue frame on the white bricks is a blue stage light...

The one lens that never fails me
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Sporgon on December 30, 2015, 09:25:14 AM
Different use for the 135L: a four frame portrait stitch of Cnicht in North Wales, using a 5DII and Manfrotto Befree - a great little ultra light tripod that I was highly skeptical of at first.

f/8, 1/100 ISO 100. The original size has an amazing amount of resolution.
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Click on December 30, 2015, 09:44:42 AM
Lovely shot. Well done, Sporgon.
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Sporgon on December 30, 2015, 07:14:42 PM
Lovely shot. Well done, Sporgon.

Thanks Click ! Not often I use the 135 as a landscape lens but when I do I like what it does.
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: J.R. on February 17, 2016, 11:17:04 AM
Different use for the 135L: a four frame portrait stitch of Cnicht in North Wales, using a 5DII and Manfrotto Befree - a great little ultra light tripod that I was highly skeptical of at first.

f/8, 1/100 ISO 100. The original size has an amazing amount of resolution.

Taken with the camera on a tripod?  :o

OMG! OMG!

Beautiful shot though.  :)
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Sporgon on February 17, 2016, 01:34:01 PM
Different use for the 135L: a four frame portrait stitch of Cnicht in North Wales, using a 5DII and Manfrotto Befree - a great little ultra light tripod that I was highly skeptical of at first.

f/8, 1/100 ISO 100. The original size has an amazing amount of resolution.

Taken with the camera on a tripod?  :o

OMG! OMG!

Beautiful shot though.  :)

 ;D  ;D. J.R. you got me there ! In my defence this one isn't on my website !

Thanks for the positive comment.
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Pookie on February 22, 2016, 12:15:08 PM
Different use for the 135L: a four frame portrait stitch of Cnicht in North Wales, using a 5DII and Manfrotto Befree - a great little ultra light tripod that I was highly skeptical of at first.

f/8, 1/100 ISO 100. The original size has an amazing amount of resolution.

Nice catch... I really like the pinks tones int he sky against the green.

I'll add another since I was out yesterday shooting.

5D3 + 135L with Elinchrom Quadra + 1.5m Octabox.
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1546/25093965541_65c9a82e14_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Eet8Gi)
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: privatebydesign on February 24, 2016, 07:57:46 AM

I'll add another since I was out yesterday shooting.

5D3 + 135L with Elinchrom Quadra + 1.5m Octabox.
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1546/25093965541_65c9a82e14_c.jpg)
 (https://flic.kr/p/Eet8Gi)

Looks like a nice maternity shoot.
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: Pookie on February 27, 2016, 10:24:29 AM

I'll add another since I was out yesterday shooting.

5D3 + 135L with Elinchrom Quadra + 1.5m Octabox.
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1546/25093965541_65c9a82e14_c.jpg)
 (https://flic.kr/p/Eet8Gi)

Looks like a nice maternity shoot.

Now I just feel so sorry for you. This explains so much. You're actually a blind "pro" photographer I kind of figured you were desk bound and mentally challenged but wow. Good for you making do with your "gifts".
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: OlAf on March 31, 2016, 10:27:37 PM
Canon EOS-1D X

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1649/25550617553_f2c2d545cf_b.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1649/25550617553_27de2cac02_o.jpg)
OLAF8114 (https://flic.kr/p/EVPAqR) by -OlAf- (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43506647@N06/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: auditom on April 13, 2016, 11:02:58 AM
1DS MIII+135L @f 2,8 + 580EXII. The Bokehmonster Combo ;)
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: captainkanji on June 07, 2016, 10:16:09 AM
Aoi Matsuri Festival held every May 15th in Kyoto, Japan.
Canon 6D

f/2.8, ISO 100, 1/1600
(https://c5.staticflickr.com/8/7321/27133867012_065c7987f1_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/HkJakj)
0141_Aoi Matsuri, Kyoto (https://flic.kr/p/HkJakj) by William Wilson (https://www.flickr.com/photos/captainkanji/), on Flickr
f/2.0, ISO 100, 1/2500
(https://c8.staticflickr.com/8/7370/26625419863_3cc1c23ac5_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/GyNeHa)
0146_Aoi Matsuri, Kyoto (https://flic.kr/p/GyNeHa) by William Wilson (https://www.flickr.com/photos/captainkanji/), on Flickr
f/2.0, ISO 100, 1/2000
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7488/27161922441_f3d0382ea8_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/HocXeB)
0151_Aoi Matsuri, Kyoto (https://flic.kr/p/HocXeB) by William Wilson (https://www.flickr.com/photos/captainkanji/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: captainkanji on June 07, 2016, 11:19:24 AM
Gundam at Diver City, Odaiba Tokyo
Canon 6D
f/2.0, ISO 100, 1/3200
(https://c3.staticflickr.com/8/7408/27139966602_eba7947120_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/HmgqwE)
0447_Gundam Front, Odaiba Tokyo (https://flic.kr/p/HmgqwE) by William Wilson (https://www.flickr.com/photos/captainkanji/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: captainkanji on June 07, 2016, 11:37:57 AM
Roppongi Hills has a great view of Tokyo Tower.
f/2.0, ISO 3200, 1/125
(https://c8.staticflickr.com/8/7645/27167312311_697231ea2d_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/HoFzsp)
0390_Tokyo Tower, Roppongi Hills, Tokyo (https://flic.kr/p/HoFzsp) by William Wilson (https://www.flickr.com/photos/captainkanji/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: captainkanji on June 11, 2016, 06:46:12 PM
Superman Celebration, Metropolis Illinois
Canon 6D

f/2.8, ISO 100, 1/640
(https://c8.staticflickr.com/8/7283/27608439895_9ef9ac97ee_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/J4Etjp)
0019_Superman Celebration 2016 (https://flic.kr/p/J4Etjp) by William Wilson (https://www.flickr.com/photos/captainkanji/), on Flickr

f/2.8, ISO 100, 1/800
(https://c7.staticflickr.com/8/7722/27509002382_3f511ba6d0_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/HUSQ1w)
0018_Superman Celebration 2016 (https://flic.kr/p/HUSQ1w) by William Wilson (https://www.flickr.com/photos/captainkanji/), on Flickr

f/2.8, ISO 100, 1/1600
(https://c3.staticflickr.com/8/7580/26998228474_cac2ff0fed_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/H8JYHQ)
0032_Superman Celebration 2016 (https://flic.kr/p/H8JYHQ) by William Wilson (https://www.flickr.com/photos/captainkanji/), on Flickr

f/4.0, ISO 100, 1/640
(https://c7.staticflickr.com/8/7087/27508978702_65497fc561_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/HUSGYf)
0029_Superman Celebration 2016 (https://flic.kr/p/HUSGYf) by William Wilson (https://www.flickr.com/photos/captainkanji/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: meywd on November 11, 2016, 07:46:51 AM
Got this lens 2 days, so far accurate and fast focus, sharp, and lovely bokeh
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: meywd on November 13, 2016, 03:35:10 AM
I really love the bokeh rendering of this lens
Title: Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Post by: meywd on November 19, 2016, 04:00:30 AM
An amazing gift  8)