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Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM

Review Date: Sep 25, 2013 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Portable, sharp and reliable.

I've had this lens for a little while now, and I'm still getting to know it. I'm making the transition to the 135mm prime from my 200mm prime as a day to day lens on my 5DII. I used the 200mm f2.8 quite a bit before getting this lens, and I still like it, but I wanted a lens that was more useful in low light, indoors and close up(ish). In my hands the 135mm delivers fewer hits than the 200mm, but that's more a reflection of my ability at this focal length, and the kind of shots I'm trying to get. Obviously, the 135mm is sharper and faster than the 200mm, although not *that* sharp (by modern standards) if you believe the data on the dxo mark site. In fact, my 100mm is supposed to be sharper (you might wonder why I bothered with a 135mm if I already had a 100mm - it really is a great lens. Quick answer - speed, IS doesn't deal with motion blur created by too low a shutter speed at an ISO you don't want to go above). Anyway, great lens. Sample:

Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM

Review Date: Sep 4, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated


Okay, so I have just bought one of these possibly excellent lenses on ebay. I know that an f4 lens at this sort of focal length is not the easiest thing to use. Happily, I've had plenty of practice with my quite excellent Sigma 120-400mm lens - but the thing is, if you point a full size telephoto lens at people they just seem to squirm out of the way. On my 500D, I used my cheap but surprisingly good canon 55-250 mm lens to get around this problem. However, you can't use one of these on a full frame camera. So with the the kind of photography that I am increasingly wanting to do - the candid, surreptitious street photography type, where a really big lens is not a good thing, a small lens is going to get more shots. I hope. Finally, and just to cover some of the disparities in the reviews so far, I reckon that if you shoot full frame then generally you're going to find a long focal length lens easier to use than it would be on a cropped sensor - that's if the rule that you shoot at 1/focal length of a second exposure or no shake rule applies. Maybe it doesn't. But I certainly get more useable shots on my 5d than my 500d. Although, that could be down to better auto focus, and a better view finder, and lower noise at high iso. Anyway, I am looking forward to getting my hands on this anyway - after all it's one of the first truly 21st Century lenses isn't it? Green is the new red, right?