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Canon EF 135mm f/2.8 with Softfocus Telephoto Lens for Canon SLR Cameras

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  • EF mount; telephoto lens
  • Internal focusing; aspherical lens
  • 135mm focal length
  • f/2.8 maximum aperture
  • Rear focusing system with Autofocus drive
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 3.8 x 3.6 inches ; 13.6 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00009R6WK
  • Item model number: 2516A003
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 9, 2006

Product Description

Product Description

A unique, compact telephoto lens that gives the choice of razor-sharp images, or with the twist of a ring, two degrees of soft focus. It works by applying "softness over sharpness," using deliberate spherical aberration on top of a sharp "core" image at apertures from f/2.8 thru 5.6; images taken at apertures smaller than f/5.6 are always sharp. Autofocus continues to function, with or without the soft focus in use. This lens is an ideal addition to a portrait or scenic photographer's arsenal. A perfect combination with an EOS Digital SLR, with the camera enabling review of soft focus effect on the LCD monitor.

From the Manufacturer

A unique, compact telephoto lens that gives the choice of razor-sharp images, or with the twist of a ring, two degrees of soft focus. It works by applying "softness over sharpness," using deliberate spherical aberration on top of a sharp "core" image at apertures from f/2.8 thru 5.6; images taken at apertures smaller than f/5.6 are always sharp. Autofocus continues to function, with or without the soft focus in use. This lens is an ideal addition to a portrait or scenic photographer’s arsenal. A perfect combination with an EOS Digital SLR, with the camera enabling review of soft focus effect on the LCD monitor.

Long and Fast
A telephoto lens is essential to any serious photographer. For sports action, you will need a fast shutter speed and a long focal length. A large maximum aperture allows a faster shutter speed. In this telephoto lens line-up, the focal lengths range from 135mm to 300mm. If you want compactness, choose a lens with a smaller maximum aperture.

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Sharpness is GREAT, even at f/2.8.
Matt
I shoot full-frame, so the "fringes" of lens's image areas are especially important to me.
Branden
As for sharpness, contrast and image quality, I find the lense very good.
Lam Phung

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62 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Matt on September 26, 2006
When most people think of this lens, the soft focus feature comes to mind. This lens is certainly unique in this respect. But the truth of the matter is that most people find this to be a feature that they will probably find little (if any) use for. So most people pass on this lens in favor of some sort of zoom (ie the EF 75-300mm). But even if you have no use whatsoever for the soft focus feature, this lens is actually one great, large-aperture, telephoto prime. Oh, and it can be had for a song. I have seen this lens go for less that $200 used here at the marketplace, as well as on ebay and craigslist. Even new, it is pretty cheap.

Optically, this lens is a GREAT performer. Sharpness is GREAT, even at f/2.8. It is certainly a MUCH better performer here than ANY Canon telephoto zoom that does not have an L somewhere in it's name. And since it is SO much faster than any consumer-grade zoom, it is MUCH better in both low light AND in situations where you are looking for background blur. And, as is the case most of the time, both saturation and contrast are worlds better than your typical consumer-grade zoom. How does it compare with an L-series zoom? I can't say for sure. But it does cost MANY times less. And it is faster than the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4. So given both the price and performance, this is one GREAT lens.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Branden on July 17, 2010
This is going to be just another five-star review of this lens, but this is a lens that completely deserves it.

First off, if you're like me, you were drawn to this lens wondering what on Earth you'd ever want a lens that's intentionally soft for. Well, "soft focus" is not the same thing as being out of focus. No, even with this lens's soft focus features at maximum, the photo is still razor-sharp, there's just a soft glow coming off the bright parts of the image. This effect is controllable with both the "Soft Focus" dial (0, 1, or 2) on the lens, or through the aperture value. Soft Focus 2 and f/2.8 is the "softest", and decreasing the aperture size and soft focus value both lessen the effect. Additionally, you can shoot with the soft focus value not "clicked" into a number, but between the numbers.

But now, enough about that feature, since you'll likely rarely use it. Apart from stylized portraits and nature shots, you'll probably keep the Soft Focus dial locked into zero. So then, what is so great about this lens? The answer is simple: it is an amazingly sharp f/2.8 telephoto lens. This lens is the smallest and lightest f/2.8 telephoto lens on Canon's current lineup, but this is not to say it is constructed cheaply. It is a very solid build, with a metal camera mount, and thick rubber hood built-in. The dials and controls are an older Canon style, so the focus ring isn't as smooth or easy-to-use on the newer lenses, but it still works like a charm.

But let's get back to the part about how amazing this lens is. I shoot full-frame, so the "fringes" of lens's image areas are especially important to me. But this lens doesn't miss a beat -- even at f/2.8 it is sharp, focused, and free of distortion to the far edges of the frame.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Jim on May 17, 2007
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I wanted a longish, cheap, wide and sharp lens, and at 135mm/f2.8, this one fit the bill. I'm using it for taking pictures at conferences and fashion shows. Still haven't used the soft focus feature.

The only thing to watch is that its so long and wide, that the focal plane is really pretty short, so be careful with where your focus is. For that reason, it's probably not a beginner's lens.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Lam Phung on October 17, 2008
I am an amateur photographer using this lense on a Canon 40D to take portraits or anything that requires some reach. The lense is light, which I love, since I can carry it with me everyday. The built is solid and more than well enough to hold up with my use- lots of tossing in the bookbag type of handling.
The lense autofocus (AF)is from the older generation of AF by Canon. It makes this cool, sharp, and distinct wirring sound that isn't too lound that I like. All my other Canon lenses are just plain quiet and I do miss that mechanical buzzing of things that actually moves. The manual focus is disable whenever the autofocus is turned on. For my usage, which is casual everyday multipurpose photo snapping that includes some wildlife, candid, low light, and photojournal photography, the autofocus is more than fast enough. For low light situation, I have used this lense indoor during the evening with decent lighting and it performs fine. So far, I have not encountered any flaring or optical aberrations that catch my attention as an amateur photographer.
As for sharpness, contrast and image quality, I find the lense very good. I can't tell the differences between this lense and my 70-200 f/4L IS. Of course, I am not a pixel maniac, so I can't tell the differences if any exist. If you need or want a high performance 135mm lense, then perhaps you should look more into the 135mm f/2L lense that Canon has. That seems to be the most popular choice for people when they talk about 135mm lense. However, if your need is a consumer level 135mm lense, then this lense is the one.
Finally for the highlight of this lense. Its unique, and best feature of soft focus put it in a class of its own.
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