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Canon Black EF 135MM F2L USM Telephoto Lens - 2520A004

Abt Model: 2520A004 | UPC Code: 082966213328
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135MM Focal Length/ 1:2.0 Maximum Aperture/ 18 Degree Diagonal Angle Of View/ 72mm Filter Size/10 Elements In 8 Groups Lens Construction/ Black Finish
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Canon Black EF 135MM F2L USM Telephoto Lens - 2520A004

The fastest 135mm telephoto lens in its class. Ideal for indoor sports and portraits with background blur. Two UD-glass elements correct secondary spectrum for outstanding sharpness and color. Compatible with Extender EF 1.4x II and 2x II.

Features:

  • The fastest 135mm telephoto lens in its class
  • 135mm focal length
  • 1:2.0 maximum aperture
  • 18 diagonal angle of view
  • 0.9m / 3 ft. closest focusing distance

Package Content:

  • EF 135mm f/2L USM Lens
  • Lens Case LP1219
  • Lens Hood ET-78II
  • Instruction Book
  • One Year Limited Warranty Card

Specifications:

  • Focal Length & Maximum Aperture 135mm 1:2.0
  • Lens Construction 10 elements in 8 groups
  • Diagonal Angle of View 18°
  • Focus Adjustment Rear focusing system with USM
  • Closest Focusing Distance 0.9m / 3 ft.
  • Filter Size 72mm

Approximate Dimensions:

  • Maximum Diameter: 3.2"
  • Length: 4.4"

Approximate Weight:

  • Unit: 1.7 lbs
  • Shipping: 2 lbs
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Canon Black EF 135MM F2L USM Telephoto Lens
 
4.9

(based on 30 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Super-sharp images (17)
  • Superior build quality (16)
  • Fast auto-focus (14)
  • Nice bokeh (4)

Cons

  • No IS (3)

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5.0

Its a stunner

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from Illinois

Comments about Canon Black EF 135MM F2L USM Telephoto Lens:

Phew! Relieved to have ponied up the $$ and received a lens in return that has definitely elevated my photography interest again. Technical reviews are all over the place regarding this lens so I won't dwell on them but bottom line it (quickly) focuses at razor sharp levels wide open and returns stunning head and body shots. I've been running around taking spontaneous outdoor people subjects and I've surprised myself how effortlessly it assists in creating amazing personal and vacation photos. No doubt you could set up a studio and go bananas if you prefer a sterile controlled environment - but the outside spontaneous natural photos are way more fun in my opinion. With the greater focal length of 135 mm I am appreciating the fact that you can really fill up the frame without being right in the face of your subject. I think it relaxes your model and makes for a very natural and comfortable photographer to subject space, especially for head shots. Beach and garden people shots are amazing when you open up the aperture and let the soft bokeh background blur do it's magic. A zoom lens is my jack of all trades workhorse in the camera bag, but for situations where I can use my legs and move in or out away from my subject this is the lens I want on my camera body. If it sounds like I'm gushing, your right - I probably am. It is hard not to. If you have a chance, maybe rent it and try it first before you buy - or find someone to show off their pics to you) and you can see for yourself that it is a stunner of a lens.

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5.0

Red Ring of Portrait Photography!

By 

from NYC

Comments about Canon Black EF 135MM F2L USM Telephoto Lens:

I wanted to wait a while before writing a review on the Canon EF 135mm F/2. Today is the day. After a good bit of use, I wanted to share my humble opinion of this lens. The EF 135mm is the gold standard as a Canon Telephoto non-long range lens! Advantages: Stunning, clean, sharp, smooth, colorful visuals of subjects at maximum aperture F/2, Incredible Bokeh at F/2 (especially with background light in low light environments), Fast Auto Focus (AF), Very quiet USM motor, and Excellent build quality, and looks sexier without lens hood (in my opinion). This is the lens for top quality photography! I cannot fault the lens for the following 'disadvantages', but users should know about lens Challenges: At 135mm Prime (fixed lens) user cannot adjust the zoom so subjects always appear much closer than user may want. Because of this reason, the lens does not have versatility to walk around with and talk photos of both indoor and outdoor subjects. Conclusion: I cannot think of any other reason to use this lens...unless it is for taking out portrait shots of people's faces or certain inanimate objects. I will never sell this lens, because it is really that phenomenal. However, unless I'm taking photos of people it is hard to use the EF 135mm.

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5.0

Best lens ever

By 

from NY

Comments about Canon Black EF 135MM F2L USM Telephoto Lens:

This is a LEGEND !!! You all know that the price of this lens will increase and increase as there is nothing to compare to this. I highly recommend this to all my friends. I cannot believe that it is one of the cheapest L lenses and it is the best. This lens should cost the same as the 85mm 1.2L which i also have. After years those lenses will be so expensive that none can afford to buy. Thanks canon that give us the opportunity to have this lens at this price. The 135mm L is so sharp that you cannon believe in your eyes. It is sharper than any zoom of course and any other prime. It is really fast and accurate. I havent miss a shot during a day and havent miss a shot inside with the help of an ISO of the outstanding 6D. This is one of the best combination you can have in addition to Canon 6D EF 16-35mm 2.8L. (if you get a good copy because i had a bad experience with the 16-35 2.8, i have replaced it and got a sharp one now) Anyone that would like to shoot family and kinds playing around this is the L LEGEND LENS. I have a feeling that Canon will release an IS version soon. But for me this is more than enough as my hands are still very stable to get a sharp image at 1/50 or 1/80. I have also a good feeling that this lens have already a good name because is an old school glass from canon, so it will stay at the history. Really impressed and really happy,

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5.0

Pretty Great

By 

from Las Vegas, NV

Comments about Canon Black EF 135MM F2L USM Telephoto Lens:

Of course it is fine quality, fast focusing, and tack sharp. I knew all that before I bought it. What has continually stood out to me about my 135 is how BEAUTIFUL my photos turn out; so very pleasing to the eye. For my needs (and low light photography is one of the things I really enjoy) IS would not be a meaningful addition to this lens. This lens is a bargain. It is also a specialist. It will not do everything of course, but even when you stretch it outside of its forte the result can still be impressive. The rare annoyance: Make no mistake this lens is NOT a substitute for a 70-200. You will be kind of frustrated if you are trying to use it in place of the 70-200. If you're one of those people trying to choose between the two and are only going to buy one of them, get the zoom (2.8mk2 of course). But seriously, at half the price/size/weight, when you're using the 135 really well, you may never care that you didn't have your big white zoom.

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5.0

all of the rumors are true...

By 

from Oklahoma

Pros

  • Fast AF
  • Sharpness
  • Strong build
  • Weight

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Canon Black EF 135MM F2L USM Telephoto Lens:

      I had read for years that this was perhaps Canon's sharpest prime. After shooting with it for several months now, I have to agree. The focal length is a little bit of an adjustment when shooting casually on a hike or in the street, especially if you are used to a 50mm or zoom, but once you get comfortable, this lens will hardly leave your camera. With a still subject, such as an arranged portrait, this lens shines. The f/2 is plenty big to work with in 95% of conditions, and the lack of IS is not big deal. I would think the focal length would be a bit funny on a crop sensor, but have not tried it yet. I opted for this in place of a 70-200, and have not thought twice about it since. With this price tag, especially with a rebate, every serious shooter should have one.

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      (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      My fave lens

      By 

      from Milwaukee,WI

      Pros

      • Pricepoint

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Canon Black EF 135MM F2L USM Telephoto Lens:

          Portraiture is everything to me and I love working the streets with this lens and my 5D3, My only complaint is that Canon choose to use a plastic filter thread on this lens,Extra care must be given to prevent crossthreading. As for weatherproofing, How many folks shoot portraits in the rain? As for IS, I seriously dont believe that the same image IQ could be maintained by adding extra lens elements that IS would require and then pay extra to boot? I believe this lens will go down in history as a classic based on it"s own merits.

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          amazing lens

          By 

          from Maryland

          Pros

          • Fast auto-focus
          • Superior build quality
          • Super-sharp images

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Canon Black EF 135MM F2L USM Telephoto Lens:

              Unbelievable lens .. one of the sharpest lenses i have ever touched in my life

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              (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Amazing lens!

              By 

              from Undisclosed

              Pros

              • Fast auto-focus
              • Great bokeh
              • Superior build quality
              • Super-sharp images

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Canon Black EF 135MM F2L USM Telephoto Lens:

                  This is without a doubt the best lens I've ever used. I have owned this lens for around 6 months now, and it's a dream to use. I primarily shoot portraits with it. The bokeh it produces wide open is simply amazing. Even though it's not as wide as a 1.8, 1.4, or 1.2 lens, there is something special and unique about the bokeh it creates. The value of this lens is unparalleled for an L-lens in my opinion. I'm really surprised at how cheap it is compared to other prime, L-lenes. You also get a pretty close focusing distance as well, which is nice. If you want a great portrait L-lens, then this should be at the top of your list. The bang for your buck is terrific.

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                  (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Amazing lens.

                  By 

                  from Toronto

                  Pros

                  • Fast auto-focus
                  • Superior build quality
                  • Super-sharp images

                  Cons

                  • No IS
                  • No Weather Seal

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Canon Black EF 135MM F2L USM Telephoto Lens:

                    This lens was introduced in 1997. It's super sharp, fast auto-focus. much lighter than 70-200 f2.8 IS II. The bokeh is so smooth. I've been using a lot of Canon L Lens. This one is my favourite. The only thing is miss is the weather seal and IS. But on the side, if it does have those feathers, the price might be double.

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                    (13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Dream Lens

                    By 

                    from Chicago IL

                    Pros

                    • Fast auto-focus
                    • Superior build quality
                    • Super-sharp images

                    Cons

                    • Heavy
                    • No Image Stabilization
                    • no weather seals

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Canon Black EF 135MM F2L USM Telephoto Lens:

                      I shoot wide open at F2.0 using a 5D3. I think it would be a waste of money and glass if you stop this lens down beyond F2.8. Images are very sharp at F2.0. Bokeh is creamy and pleasant. I really wish it had IS. Lack of IS means you have to have very steady hands. Having said this, in order to isolate my subject, I shoot wide open at F2. To minimize camera shake, I use Auto ISO with minimum shutter speed of 250. Shallow depth of field means you have to have proper focus exactly where you want. If you do everything right, your subject will look better in pictures than in real life. I love this lens.

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