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Canon EF 135mm f/2.8 Soft Focus 35mm Primes

4.11/5 (18 Reviews)


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  • Camera Format35 mm SLR
    Lens TypeFixed Focal Length Lens
    Focal Length135mm
    Lens Max Aperturef/2.8
    Min Aperturef/32
    Focus TypeAutofocus
    Macro LensWithout Macro Lens
    Closest Focusing Distance51.6 in
    Picture Angle18 degrees
    Attachment / Filter Size52 mm
    Groups / Elements7 Elements in 6 Groups
    Diameter2.7 in
    Length3.9 in
    Weight13.8 oz
    MPN2516a003
    Product ID20723663

Product Description

Telephoto lens with a soft focus feature. It can give razor-sharp images as well as soft focus photos that do not look blurry.


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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by undieyatch a Intermediate

Date Reviewed: November 9, 2006

Strengths:    Optional natural optical soft focus, subtle to strong; lightweight; economical; very good colour and contrast; very good prime lense sharpness at fast f2.8 max aperture, sharper at f4; superior bokeh.

Weaknesses:    Reliable autofocus but legacy style; prone to lens flare w/o shade; long minimum focus distance

Bottom Line:   
Useful & versatile portrait lense.
A special lense, can be used as a fast prime but also incorporates a dial for
continuous soft focus effect, with engraved setting stops at zero for no soft effect; setting 1 is for half effect; and setting 2 is for full effect. Placement of a setting between the stops is also appropriate. Chosen setting soft focus intensity will also be mitagated by aperture and appears to be less conspicuous above f5.6.
Software can create soft focus in a reliable way and may be a better option for some, but this lense provides a on camera control which may have merit for some requirements.

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Duration Product Used:   21+ years

Purchased At:   Amazon

Similar Products Used:   Canon EF 85mm F1.8

Type of photography:   Other


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Skyman a Expert

Date Reviewed: December 19, 2005

Strengths:    sharp!
not to soft when the soft focus is turned on.


Weaknesses:    af system is slow and i did eventually develop a problem where the manual focus ring slipped

Bottom Line:   
This lens is far sharper than i thought it would be. in fact bench testing it against the canon 70-200 f4L it comes up trumps in the sharpness department. The soft focus takes a lot of getting used to and despite having 2 levels of softness the effective softness of a shot changes with the aperture (canon got it right when they said the best results will be achieved between f2.8 and f4). i have noticed that you get a more pleasing soft effect if there is a strong source of light somewhere in the image. the focusing system is a little sluggish at times but then this lens is not built for sports. overall i am happy and for a long time this lens was a favourite in my quiver.

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Duration Product Used:   6-10 years

Price Paid:    $900.00

Purchased At:   Blacktown Camera Hou

Similar Products Used:   70-200mm f4L
200mm f2.8L


Type of photography:   Fine Art


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Lionheart a Intermediate

Date Reviewed: December 15, 2004

Strengths:    Small, light, razor sharp, although not edge to edge like the big brother "L".

Weaknesses:    Lens flare is very pronounced even with a hood against even slightly backlit subjects. Build is cheap. Not a lens I would take through a rough outing.

Bottom Line:   
Great lens to pick up if you can find it cheap used. Easily a match for its big brother in the "L" gang, but not wide open. Very nice soft focus feature, razor sharp when off, dreamy effects when dialed in.

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Duration Product Used:   11-20 years

Price Paid:    $100.00

Purchased At:   Samy's Camera

Similar Products Used:   135 f2L

Type of photography:   Other


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by ichiu a Intermediate

Date Reviewed: March 11, 2004

Strengths:    Sharp wide open and stopped down! inexpensive, small filter size, metal hood mount, bokeh is silky smooth, great portrait and midtelephoto lens.

Weaknesses:    Plastic barrel, AF motor a little whiney and not as fast as USM, long minimum focus distance of 4 feet

Bottom Line:   
Great Value for a nice portrait lens. I spent couple days shooting a couple hundred pictures with this lens mounted on the Canon 10D. The images are sharp, the bokeh is smooth, what more do you want from a portrait lens. The 1.6X crop factor does make you stand a little farther from your subject. This lens has been over shadowed by it's 135mm f2"L" brother and the other midtelephoto USM lenses. But for less money you can get the same quality of pictures. Highly recommended lens, especially if you're on a tight budget... well, even if you're not.

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Duration Product Used:   2-5 years

Price Paid:    $259.00

Purchased At:   B&H

Similar Products Used:   Canon 85 f1.8
Canon 135 f2
Tamron 90 f2.8


Type of photography:   Outdoor


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by baldur a Expert from Hong Kong

Date Reviewed: January 10, 2004

Strengths:    it's a cheap and cheerful 135mm lens.
Quite sharp. F2.8 is good enough.


Weaknesses:    No weakness you can said in this price range.

Bottom Line:   
In a summary, a sharp 135mm lens when you don't use the soft focus feature. To the soft focus, it's totally depend on your taste, someone love it so much and someone don't like the effect. It's better to judge it yourself. Built quality is average, focus speed is OK.

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Duration Product Used:   21+ years

Price Paid:    $300.00




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