Point: 56/70

DuyTom Evaluation: Great!

Canon EF 135mm f/2 L USM price: 
700 - 1000$ (second hand)

Year: 1996

Target: Portrait, sport

INTRODUCTION

If you ask anyone who has ever owned this lens, then the answer is certain: this is one of the best Canon lenses of all time! Canon EF 135mm f / 2 L USM is easily overlooked because the appearance is not very impressive. People often prefer 50mm, 85mm, or 70-200mm ... portrait. So newbies are often unaware of Canon EF 135mm f / 2 L USM. However it is a big mistake, Canon EF 135mm f/2 L USM is extremely great!

The advantages of this lens include: 
- Color: is extremely beautiful, fresh. Must say that the Canon EF 135mm color of f / 2 L USM lens is more beautiful than most of other lenses in this price range. Besides, Nikon lens 135 can’t compare to Canon. Pictures are very clear and bright.
- Image: extremely sharp.
- Boker is smooth, impressive.
- Focus is very fast
- Focus 135: is suitable for portrait and sports, narrow stadium.
- Take photos in the evening: Good.

Disadvantage:
- None!

Canon EOS 6D - Canon EF 135mm f/2 L USM - khẩu độ ƒ/32 - tiêu cự: 135mm - cửa chập: 0.5 giây - ISO: 100

 

Canon EOS 6D - Canon EF 135mm f/2 L USM - khẩu độ ƒ/2.8 - tiêu cự: 135mm - cửa chập: 1/200 giây - ISO: 1600 

Canon EF 135mm f/2 L USM Price 

8 points - Price is too good for one of the best lenses

700 - 1000$ (second hand)

Specification

Symbol

The acronyms on the lens means
- L: luxury lens
- USM: silent motor operation while AF (Ultra Sonic Motor).

Focal length

135mm.

Aperture
f/2

Filter Size
72mm. 

Closest focus
0.9m

Size
82 x 112mm

Weight
750g

Hood
ET-78 II.

Case
LP1219

Performance

Portrait:  8.5 points x 3

Canon EF 135mm f/2 L USM is just behind some “super man” like 50mm f/1.2, 85mm f/1.2, 24-70mm f/2.8 II... All of low level lenses or same price lenses can’t be compared to Canon EF 135mm f/2 L USM. For example: 
- 50mm f/1.8 or f/1.4
- 85mm f/1.8
- 24-105mm  
- 70-200mm f/4  
(Note: you absolutely can create beautiful photos with other low-level lenses. However, you probably will have to do heavily photoshop work. While 135mm Canon EF f / 2 L USM will help you create impressive images without much effort)

Canon EF 135mm f/2 L USM has great color. With the 5D Mark II, 5D Mark III or 6D, Canon EF 135mm f/2 L USM represents all capacities: Colorful and super sharp image.

Canon EOS 6D - Canon EF 135mm f / 2 L USM - aperture ƒ / 2 - Focus: 135mm - Shutter: 1/320 - ISO: 1000

 

Canon EOS 6D - Canon EF 135mm f / 2 L USM - aperture ƒ / 2 - Focus: 135mm - Shutter: 1/100 - ISO: 800  

The boker of Canon EF 135mm f/2 L USM is very smooth, subject is stand out on the background, and the color is beautiful. If you need to remove the background, few lens is good like Canon EF 135mm as f / 2 L USM. You don’t need to be a professional one to create images with great depth. 

Canon EOS 6D - Canon EF 135mm f / 2 L USM - aperture ƒ / 2.8 - focal length: 135mm - Shutter: 1/200 - ISO: 800

 

Canon EOS 6D - Canon EF 135mm f / 2 L USM - aperture ƒ / 2 – focal length: 135mm - Shutter: 1/640 - ISO: 100

With backlit photography technique, Canon EF 135mm f/2 L USM creates the glowing effect which is quite impressive. However, in this respect, the Canon EF 135mm f/2L is not equal to 24-70mm USM  f/2.8 II or 70-200mm f/2.8 II. These new model lenses create pretty much nicer glow effect. The similarity happens to sharpness: even though Canon EF 135mm f/2 L USM is sharp, the 24-70mm f/2.8 II and 70-200mm f/2.8 II is much better 

Canon EOS 6D - Canon EF 135mm f / 2 L USM - The glow effect is quite beautiful

Canon EOS 6D - Canon EF 24-70mm f / 2.8 L USM II - glow effect is better than the Canon EF 135mm f / 2 L USM 

Sports / high speed: 7 points

When taking photos in a narrow sports stadium, where the photographer can approach athletes like badminton, tennis, patin, football etc... Canon EF 7 135mm f/2 L USM is perfect: it generates beautiful colors, sharp, and super fast focus. When you take photos in big stadium or racing ... you'll need a bigger focal length lens. Regarding sports shooting, the Canon EF 135mm f / 2 L USM is not good as Canon 70-200mm series

Canon EOS 6D - Canon EF 135mm f / 2 L USM - aperture ƒ / 3.2 - focal length: 135mm - Shutter: 1/1000 - ISO: 100

Canon EOS 6D - Canon EF 135mm f / 2 L USM - aperture ƒ / 3.2 - focal length: 135mm - Shutter: 1/1000 - ISO: 100 

Canon EOS 6D - Canon EF 135mm f/2 L USM - aperture  ƒ/3.2 - focal length: 135mm - Shutter: 1/320 - ISO: 1600

 

Canon EOS 6D - Canon EF 135mm f/2 L USM - aperture  ƒ/3.2 - focal length: 135mm - Shutter: 1/320 - ISO: 1000

Testing Canon EF 135mm f/2 L USM with the toughest test: night  sports shooting, in almost no light conditions, combo 6D + Canon EF 135mm f/2 L USM generated quite convincing images

Canon EOS 6D - Canon EF 135mm f / 2 L USM - aperture ƒ / 2 - Focus: 135mm - shutter: 1/50 - ISO: 12800

Architecture / landscape: not scoring 

Definitely, Canon EF 135mm f / 2 L USM is not for shooting landscapes or architectures. That area is the land of wide angle lenses such as 16-35mm, 17-40mm, 11-24mm ... But if you like brilliant color of Canon EF 135mm f/2 L USM, so why not? We can capture parts of the landscape and assemble them by panorama technique. when exposure, the sun star effect of Canon EF 135mm Star f/2 L USM is not as beautiful as wide lenses. However, color and sharpness are enough to make you satisfied   

Canon EOS 6D - Canon EF 135mm f / 2 L USM - aperture ƒ / 3.5 - focal length: 135mm - shutter: 10 sec - ISO: 100 (click here  for bigger resolution)

 

Canon EOS 6D - Canon EF 135mm f / 2 L USM - aperture ƒ / 11 - Focus: 135mm - shutter: 15 sec - ISO: 100 (click here for bigger resolution)

 

Canon EOS 6D - Canon EF 135mm f / 2 L USM - aperture ƒ / 5.6 - focal length: 135mm - shutter: 15 sec - ISO: 100 (click here for bigger resolution)

Wildlife:  not scoring

135mm focal length is too short to capture wildlife. However, if you are lucky, you can still take some finches which are familiar with human. or taking photograph some pets is also a good idea

Closeup/Macro: 7.5 points

Using Canon EF 135mm f / 2 L USM to take photograph of flies (size about 1 cm), we couldn't see the clear details. However, if the setup is good, the Canon EF 135mm f / 2 L USM is entirely possible to macro objects with the size from 1cm upward  

Canon EOS 6D - Canon EF 135mm f / 2 L USM - aperture ƒ / 2.8 - focal length: 135mm - Shutter: 1/1000 - ISO: 800 

Canon EOS 6D - Canon EF 135mm f / 2 L USM - aperture ƒ / 2 - Focus: 135mm - Shutter: 1/400 - ISO: 400 

Ergonomic   

8 points

Canon EF 135mm f / 2 L USM weighs 7.5 ounces, so it fully capable of taking portrait in every conditions. Handling a light-weight combo lens and camera is always a pleasant feeling. However, Canon EF 135mm f/2 L USM does not look cool. In fact, it looks nothing special. If you prefer appearance or want to show off your gears, you'll feel a little bit dissapointed

Recommendation

Canon EF 135mm f/2 L USM is really a legend. It is also the favorite lens of numerous professional photographers worldwide. With superior quality and compact size, you definitely will not regret when choosing Canon EF 135mm f/2 L USM for your portrait work.

You should choose Canon EF 135mm f/2 L USM if:

- You shoot portrait, macro, sport.

- You are using low-range lens such as 50 f/1.8, 85 f/1.8 ....and you want your images to be a different level.

- Insufficient funds to buy 50mm f/1.2 and 85mm f/1.2, 24-70mm f/2.8 II or 70-200mm f/2.8

In the following case, you should not select Canon EF 135mm f/2 L USM:

- Shooting Wildlife

- Take pictures of professional sports.

- If you don’t have enough money to buy, you can consider Canon 100mm f/2. The price is just a half but it’s also pretty good.


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