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Canon EF 135mm f/2.0L lens


  • one of my favorite Canon lenses
  • introduced in 1996
  • on my 1.3x crop Canon 1D Mark III digital SLR it gives an even longer effective focal length (176mm) but I love it for 3/4 length fashion shots when you want to blur the background and you have 3m or so to spare from camera to subject, but it also works very well as a portrait lens with its shallow depth of field (DOF) and lovely bokeh
  • it is very susceptible to flare so using the big lens hood is almost mandatory in any light!
  • sharpness improves as you stop down so by f/4 the 5D sensor resolution is limiting sharpness, no longer the lens.
  • a great portrait lens, especially for indoor performance photography but too long for the cropped sensors for indoor portraits
  • it can be used via adapter on an Olympus OM-D E-M5 camera to give an effective 270mm f/2.0 image stabilised manual focus lens (yes I know the DOF is more like a 270mm f/4 lens but when shooting at 270mm focal length you don't generally want shallower DOF than f/4)


  • $A1879; 750g; 72mm filter;
  • NOT weather sealed!
  • min. focus 0.9m ⇒ 0.19x magnification on full frame
  • USM rear focusing AF with full-time MF
  • focus limiter switch - full range or just 1.6m to infinity
  • 10 Elements in 8 Groups, two UD elements, internal floating design
  • designed to be used with EF extenders - 1.4x or 2x with “minimal” loss of image quality
  • at 3m focus distance, at f2.0, depth of field (DOF) is still only ~6cm on a full frame camera
  • supplied with ET-78 II bayonet lens hood which is indispensible with this lens


some of my photos with this lens

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photo/canonef135mmf2.txt · Last modified: 2017/04/05 20:58 by gary1

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