Summary: This lens is now my favorite go-to lens. I never use the softfocus feature on it, but the auto focus is fast and sharp and the lens works amazing. It is a bit heavier than other lenses, but is much lighter weight than a large zoom, and takes better photos by far.
Summary: The EF 135 2.8 SF was among Canon's original EF lens offerings during the 1987 EOS System debut. The designation "Soft Focus" refers to the two levels of dial-in spherical aberration that softens and imparts a beautiful glow to the image. Unlike a soft filter, you can quickly vary the effect by changing the aperture or soft focus setting. AF works perfectly with soft focus engaged, but if you change soft focusing settings after AF, you need to refocus.
Conclusion: I have been using this lens since the film days (1996) It can work very well for portraits and has very good background blurring. In the digital age it is just average and gives a bit of a magenta cast at f2.0-F4 with my 5D and 30D. it is still a very good lens from f5.6-f11 but not in the same league as the EF 85mm f1.8 or the EF 100mm F2.0.
Dennis M. Meinert "I hear and I forget. I se..., Amazon
7 July 2013
Summary: Much smaller, lighter and faster (better low-light performance, brighter image) than a zoom-zoom. I don't use the soft focus feature (you can lock it in the "off" position) so I can't comment on it. If doesn't have IS but if you can live without IS it's really affordable.
Summary: Packaged good. Great timing! Works great! Durable. This is a real review lol. I know we are skeptical at times reading these things. I'm satisfied. Very sharp image. Works great on my Canon t3i.
Summary: What a beautiful lens. All I can say is those of you who've never shot this lens, you won't believe it until you pixilate your screen with the sharpest images you've ever seen. What's been said many times before is true. Canon makes beautiful pieces of glass and this is another. Get yourself one of these. You'll never use your 70-200 for this length again. It captures light so well that you could pull a flea off the head of your dog from 15 feet.
Summary: I bought this lens used(but mint) back in 1998. I loved using in on film bodys for portraits and general use. The portaits shot look like potraits should look. On APC digital bodies I was dissapointed. Wrong perspective since it became a 216mm lens. I bought a 5D and this lens shines again.