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Re: Review - Canon EF 135mm f/2L
« Reply #15 on: July 16, 2014, 11:06:10 AM »
In my view, it's a seriously underrated sports lens. The quick focusing and the fast aperture beg for that type of use. I prefer the 70-200 as it's more flexible, but...

I found that this lens turned out to be perfect for this very poorly lit ice skating show where even 2.8 wasn't fast enough. Sure, my shots were more limited and I needed to do more crop work - but the extra stop made all the difference in IQ, especially with a camera like the 7D. Plus, the images had a look that even the 70-200 couldn't achieve...hard to explain, but this lens just seems to have a signature "look"
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Re: Review - Canon EF 135mm f/2L
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Re: Review - Canon EF 135mm f/2L
« Reply #16 on: July 16, 2014, 11:10:15 AM »
Oh and I forgot sports..well just skating for me,  how could I !!!

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Re: Review - Canon EF 135mm f/2L
« Reply #17 on: July 16, 2014, 12:00:23 PM »
It won't replace the 70-200LII but it'd give a nice alternative to shooters who don't need the size and weight and need some extra speed.
I personally find it very, very limiting, and I rarely have it in my bag these days. My challenge is that whenever I put it on I have to have a second lens ready to use near by, which defeats the purpose of size and weight.
I always regret when taking it alone, as I "always" miss something and my mind cannot forgive myself.
If they add IS on it, that would be another story.

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Re: Review - Canon EF 135mm f/2L
« Reply #18 on: July 16, 2014, 01:33:24 PM »
I've been raving for the 135L for awhile now but it seems to get washed out by the "eermegerd 85mm 1.2!" Consistently... :/

It's a near perfect lens and it deserves a makeover with a bump in aperture and IS. That will make it a lens that I'd have absolutely no reason to own a 70-200II. Dedicated portrait photographers would flock to that prime instead of spending the weight and monies on the 70-200II.
I just love the 135L. It's the reason I like primes over zooms. Light, small, fast and affordable.

Since I don't do photography for living, I can live without 135L. The 70-200 f2.8 IS II is a MUST have lens for my shooting.
It won't replace the 70-200LII but it'd give a nice alternative to shooters who don't need the size and weight and need some extra speed.

There is nothing much to complaint about current 135L, except lacking IS for those 1/60 or slower shots.

I've been thinking about 35mm to go with 135L for low light. The love for 50mm focal lenght has changed to 35mm now.
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Re: Review - Canon EF 135mm f/2L
« Reply #19 on: July 16, 2014, 05:33:31 PM »
Beware! Do not read this post if you are trying to avoid G.A.S.!
I really enjoy using both primes and zooms. Like you, I appreciate the strengths of each for a given setting. Even when armed with a 1DX, 6400 looks significantly better in that high school gymnasium than 12,800 does. Conversely, even though a 2.0 aperture gives a buttery background during that wedding ceremony, a 70-200 2.8 may be a better choice when needing a bunch of images in a short time while shackled to a less than optimal balcony shooting distance/angle. So the answer is of course … all of the above! Well maybe not all, but a not so talked about advantage is a back-up for your zoom or vice-versa. So when the shots count, having a set of primes AND zooms is ideal. Each can shine when the time is right and as a second best option they can also bail you out when you need it. (full disclosure; I have gas and I own canon CAJ stock)

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Re: Review - Canon EF 135mm f/2L
« Reply #20 on: July 16, 2014, 05:46:52 PM »
I've been raving for the 135L for awhile now but it seems to get washed out by the "eermegerd 85mm 1.2!" Consistently... :/

It's a near perfect lens and it deserves a makeover with a bump in aperture and IS. That will make it a lens that I'd have absolutely no reason to own a 70-200II. Dedicated portrait photographers would flock to that prime instead of spending the weight and monies on the 70-200II.
I just love the 135L. It's the reason I like primes over zooms. Light, small, fast and affordable.

Since I don't do photography for living, I can live without 135L. The 70-200 f2.8 IS II is a MUST have lens for my shooting.
It won't replace the 70-200LII but it'd give a nice alternative to shooters who don't need the size and weight and need some extra speed.

There is nothing much to complaint about current 135L, except lacking IS for those 1/60 or slower shots.

I've been thinking about 35mm to go with 135L for low light. The love for 50mm focal lenght has changed to 35mm now.


The 35L is a fantastic lens. Almost 3D images (hopefully will be able to share a few shortly).
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Re: Review - Canon EF 135mm f/2L
« Reply #21 on: July 17, 2014, 11:49:59 PM »
Quick note. The review says: "Event shooters may like the extra 2/3rds of a stop of light over the 70-200 f/2.8" f/2 is one full stop away from f/2.8

The 135mm f/2 L is a fine lens. I've had a copy for several years. It is especially useful when you need to shoot a longer FL wide open and can tolerate the very narrow DOF.

However... once I got the 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS II it turned out that I barely used this lens anymore. Yes, f/2.8 is not as large as f/2 and yes, the zoom is a lot bigger. However, f/2.8 does produce pretty nice DOF, too, the IS extends the low light range of the zoom, and the flexibility of the zoom is quite useful.

For those who are sure they want a prime at this FL, the 135 f/2 is certainly a fine one. However, such lenses seem to become more and more specialized things these days.

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Re: Review - Canon EF 135mm f/2L
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Re: Review - Canon EF 135mm f/2L
« Reply #22 on: July 18, 2014, 02:51:53 AM »
Oh and I forgot sports..well just skating for me,  how could I !!!

That's a cool shot and nice colors too!

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Re: Review - Canon EF 135mm f/2L
« Reply #23 on: July 18, 2014, 02:16:19 PM »
I just want to testify here of my love-relationship with my 135mmF2.

Some years ago I decided to switch from APSC to 24x36. I had a Canon 40D with a bunch of lenses, and had to decide for the body to chose. Since most of my lenses were for APSC, I had to sell *almost* all my gear. The only exception was my 135mmF2, that I could either chose to sell -- and then get a Nikon D700, of keep -- and then chose a 5DmkII.

My choice was obvious: the 135F2 is a truly amazing lens. I decided of course to keep it and chose the 5d2.

Bottom line: the 135F2 was the only reason for me to remain on the red side -- and because of the unbelievable quality of the lens, I have never regretted it!

PS: I just bought the Fuji 56mmF1.2 to put on an X-Pro1. The first impression is that (appart from the focal length of course) the rendering of this lens is close to Canon's 135mm -- but no cigar...

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Re: Review - Canon EF 135mm f/2L
« Reply #24 on: July 20, 2014, 01:54:42 PM »
You took a shot with a 135 at 1/10 of a sec and it turned out sharp!!!! Either you used a monstrous tripod, or you are my new hero. :-)

Thanks for the review, some of us like this type of review much better than charts of numbers.

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Re: Review - Canon EF 135mm f/2L
« Reply #25 on: July 20, 2014, 03:37:31 PM »
You took a shot with a 135 at 1/10 of a sec and it turned out sharp!!!! Either you used a monstrous tripod, or you are my new hero. :-)

Thanks for the review, some of us like this type of review much better than charts of numbers.

I have handheld the 135/2 @ 1/80 and I don't even have the most steady of hands. I am sure a decent tripod can do 1/10 quite easily.
(if it is handheld, he is my new hero too ;) )
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Re: Review - Canon EF 135mm f/2L
« Reply #26 on: October 26, 2014, 02:13:50 AM »
Definitley not just for people photography, it is my go to lens for product bottle photography.. so damn sharp at F18+.
Although the bottle shot is half finished btw, still some retouching and the right reflect to even up to the other two. It give you an idea of how close you can get without a macro lens.
Prefer it to the 100 macro as it compresses the image a touch more for a graphic look.
And of course great at candids, pets etc.
I think it’s pretty versatile and renders sharp and OOF really beautifully, sharp when it needs to be and creamy on the background. Although for me slightly more specialist due to the focal length as I tend to use shorter 50 & 85 much more in my work, this is one lens that has stopped me swapping to Nikon (D800) which would no doubt produce better files for my product shoots.. but with a lens as nice as this MP and DR are not everything ;)

very nice pics

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Re: Review - Canon EF 135mm f/2L
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