Canon EF 135mm f/2.8 with Softfocus

Last updated (07 May’12):
– Review by SLRLensreview

The Canon EF 135mm f/2.8 with Softfocus features 135mm at focal length with maximum aperture of f/2.8. The lens construction has 7 elements in 6 groups and has diagonal angle of view at 18 degrees. Focus adjustment: Rear focusing system with AFD, Closest focusing distance at 1.3m / 4.3 ft and has a filter size of 52mm. The Canon EF 135mm f/2.8 with Softfocus lens weighs 13.8 oz. 390g and it measures 2.7 inches in diameter and 3.9 inches long.

Canon EF 135mm f/2.8 with Softfocus
Overall Rating: ★★★☆☆ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Canon EF 135mm f/2.8 with Softfocus Reviews

SLRLensreview reviews the Canon EF 135mm f/2.8 with Softfocus and writes;
“Canon EF 135mm f/2.8 Softfocus showed a rather mixed performance in the lab. Center image quality was very good throughout the tested aperture range..”
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Photozone reviews the Canon EF 135mm f/2.8 with Softfocus and writes;
“On the EOS 350D with its reduced format (APS-C) the (full format) lens exhibits slight vignetting at f/2.8 which shouldn’t be problem in most scenes. One stop down the issue is negligible. As to be expected from a tele fix-focal lens the level of distortions is very low and nothing to worry about under field conditions.”
Rating: ★★★☆☆

Prime-junta reviews the Canon EF 135mm f/2.8 with Softfocus and writes;
“Bokeh always gets better when you get closer to the subject and the background drops further back. This subject has a similar background, and under these conditions the bokeh looks pretty damn good to my eye.”
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The-digital-picture reviews the Canon EF 135mm f/2.8 with Softfocus and writes;
“My personal preference is for a short DOF (Depth of Field) background blur over the softfocus effect. A tight 135mm portrait shot at f/2.8 can create this effect very nicely as well.. Color and contrast are a little better on the 135 L as well. That said, the Canon EF 135mm f/2.8 With Softfocus Lens is not bad in these categories.”
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User Opinions

Canon EF 135mm f/2.8 with Softfocus User Reviews

A cheap lens that performs like a million bucks! | Rating: ★★★★★
“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.” – by Matt

Great lens for the price – and I still haven’t used soft focus | Rating: ★★★★★
“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.” – by James G. Driscoll

Great deal | Rating: ★★★★☆
“For a f2.8, this is a great deal. The soft focus is ‘kinda’ cool, but nothing you can’t do -and control better- in Photoshop. But it can be turned off, and that’s how I use it. I like it a lot. “ – by Timothee H. Howland

Not Bad At All | Rating: ★★★★☆
“I bought this lens because I needed its focal length on my 5D.. The manual focus ring is a joke, put it on the 5D and took a few shots, I was surprised at how sharp this lens was wide open.. For the money I spent, not bad, not bad at all. I’m very happy with it!” – by Son of Sam

A very fun and good lense | Rating: ★★★★★
“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..” – by Lam Phung

Canon 135mm f/2.8 lens | Rating: ★★★★★
“Needed a Canon 135mm lens. The choice was the 135mm f/2 L lens or the 135mm f/2.8 lens with soft focus. Can’t compare this lens with the L lens optically but weight is a lot less and the price a lot less even more so. I am able to get very good results wide open at f/2.8. I don’t use the soft focus feature. I am pleased with this lens.” – by C. Hunt

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Features & Specifications

Canon EF 135mm f/2.8 with Softfocus Specifications

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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