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Lens review

2011-10-03
 

Canon EF 135 mm f/2L USM

11. Summary

Pros:
  • high build quality,
  • excellent image quality in the frame centre,
  • very good image quality on the edge of the frame,
  • chromatic aberration amounting to zero,
  • imperceptible distortion,
  • splendidly corrected coma,
  • negligible astigmatism,
  • low vignetting on the APS-C sensor,
  • fast, accurate and silent autofocus,
  • rich standard accessory kit.

Cons:

  • resolution on the edge of full frame at the maximum relative aperture a bit below decency level,
  • huge vignetting on full frame by f/2.0,
  • work against bright light could have been better.
As of today (3 October 2001) there are 7 Readers’ opinions in our Lenstip lenses database concerning the tested lens. All of users gave the Canon top notes in every possible category - we rarely see such unanimity. It would be also difficult not to agree with our Readers about that. The Canon EF 135 mm f/2.0L USM is really a splendid device and it proves that even constructions designed many years ago can fare very well today, in an era of omnipresent digital detectors. The lens is not flawless but fortunately its flaws are just minor slip-ups, not very bothersome in most of practical uses. It makes the purchase of this lens very recommendable to anyone interested in an instrument with such parameters.


Canon EF 135 mm f/2L USM - Summary


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Canon EF 135 mm f/2L USM - Summary
Canon EF 135 mm f/2L USM - Summary
Canon EF 135 mm f/2L USM - Summary
Camera: Canon 1Ds MkIII
Parameters: 135 mm, f/2.0, exp. 1/800 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 5616×3744 pix, 6.51 MB
Camera: Canon 1Ds MkIII
Parameters: 135 mm, f/2.8, exp. 1/400 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 5616×3744 pix, 6.61 MB
Camera: Canon 1Ds MkIII
Parameters: 135 mm, f/4.0, exp. 1/200 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 5616×3744 pix, 6.68 MB
Canon EF 135 mm f/2L USM - Summary
Canon EF 135 mm f/2L USM - Summary
Canon EF 135 mm f/2L USM - Summary
Camera: Canon 1Ds MkIII
Parameters: 135 mm, f/2.0, exp. 1/640 s, ISO 200
File: JPEG, 5616×3744 pix, 6.49 MB
Camera: Canon 1Ds MkIII
Parameters: 135 mm, f/2.0, exp. 1/400 s, ISO 200
File: JPEG, 5616×3744 pix, 6.23 MB
Camera: Canon 1Ds MkIII
Parameters: 135 mm, f/2.0, exp. 1/400 s, ISO 200
File: JPEG, 5616×3744 pix, 6.47 MB
Canon EF 135 mm f/2L USM - Summary
Canon EF 135 mm f/2L USM - Summary
Canon EF 135 mm f/2L USM - Summary
Camera: Canon 1Ds MkIII
Parameters: 135 mm, f/2.0, exp. 1/400 s, ISO 200
File: JPEG, 5616×3744 pix, 6.97 MB
Camera: Canon 1Ds MkIII
Parameters: 135 mm, f/2.8, exp. 1/200 s, ISO 200
File: JPEG, 5616×3744 pix, 5.67 MB
Camera: Canon 1Ds MkIII
Parameters: 135 mm, f/2.8, exp. 1/200 s, ISO 200
File: JPEG, 5616×3744 pix, 5.9 MB
Canon EF 135 mm f/2L USM - Summary
Canon EF 135 mm f/2L USM - Summary
Canon EF 135 mm f/2L USM - Summary
Camera: Canon 1Ds MkIII
Parameters: 135 mm, f/2.0, exp. 1/400 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 5616×3744 pix, 5.51 MB
Camera: Canon 1Ds MkIII
Parameters: 135 mm, f/2.0, exp. 1/500 s, ISO 200
File: JPEG, 5616×3744 pix, 6.94 MB
Camera: Canon 1Ds MkIII
Parameters: 135 mm, f/2.0, exp. 1/500 s, ISO 200
File: JPEG, 5616×3744 pix, 6.22 MB
Canon EF 135 mm f/2L USM - Summary
Canon EF 135 mm f/2L USM - Summary
Canon EF 135 mm f/2L USM - Summary
Camera: Canon 1Ds MkIII
Parameters: 135 mm, f/4.0, exp. 1/1000 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 5616×3744 pix, 7.47 MB
Camera: Canon 1Ds MkIII
Parameters: 135 mm, f/5.6, exp. 1/800 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 5616×3744 pix, 9.14 MB
Camera: Canon 1Ds MkIII
Parameters: 135 mm, f/5.6, exp. 1/500 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 5616×3744 pix, 8.27 MB
Canon EF 135 mm f/2L USM - Summary
Canon EF 135 mm f/2L USM - Summary
Canon EF 135 mm f/2L USM - Summary
Camera: Canon 1Ds MkIII
Parameters: 135 mm, f/2.8, exp. 1/5000 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 5616×3744 pix, 7.87 MB
Camera: Canon 1Ds MkIII
Parameters: 135 mm, f/4.0, exp. 1/5000 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 5616×3744 pix, 8.46 MB
Camera: Canon 1Ds MkIII
Parameters: 135 mm, f/4.0, exp. 1/2500 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 5616×3744 pix, 7.31 MB
Canon EF 135 mm f/2L USM - Summary
Canon EF 135 mm f/2L USM - Summary
Canon EF 135 mm f/2L USM - Summary
Camera: Canon 1Ds MkIII
Parameters: 135 mm, f/2.0, exp. 1/5000 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 5616×3744 pix, 7.18 MB
Camera: Canon 1Ds MkIII
Parameters: 135 mm, f/4.0, exp. 1/1250 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 5616×3744 pix, 7.33 MB
Camera: Canon 1Ds MkIII
Parameters: 135 mm, f/8.0, exp. 1/250 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 5616×3744 pix, 7.34 MB

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