Reviews and Problems with Canon EF 135mm f/2.8 with Softfocus
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New Life for old Eyes
1 January 2011
Summary: The Canon FD lineup has played a pivotal role in photography. Theve earned a solid reputation and this lens is one of there top players. I bought this lens to fill out my compliment of lens for my T70 canon And most photographers chose a later model film backup , I preffer to keep the T70 with FD lens as mine.
Summary: I actually love this lens, the only downside is its 135mm, so you can easily frame your subject all the time. You really can't use the f2.8 for soft focus, as it is overly soft at setting 2. And if you go higher than f4 it tends to lose its soft effect. I love how sharp this lens is without the soft feature turned on, and I love how you can do soft or not. GREAT!
Conclusion: I bought this lens because I wanted a portrait lens that wasn't to close to my 50mm f1.4. The 135L was just a bit too expensive at the moment, so I checked out this soft focus lens. There is little reading on this lens on the net, but what I found was encouraging enough to give it a go. Found a used one and bought it after a few on the spot tests. I've used it on my 5D, 40D and 350D. pro: This lens is very sharp.
Summary: Great for portraiture and low light situations and creative soft effect. Fast and solid construction. be careful not to use too much of the soft effect. It ramps up quickly. the first setting is more than enough. Half way to "1" works great. Its an old school style lens and I like that simple and well made, straight to the point. Right on the money.
Conclusion: Recently picked up my 3rd copy of this lens. This is the best one. First one was also nice and I regretted selling it. So.. second one wasn't as sharp. Held on to it a short time and then went without one for a while. Then while looking at some old photos taken with this lens I decided to pick up another. Never use the soft focus feature. I use it as an outdoor, natural light portrait lens and more recently indoors with my strobes.
Pros: sharp; small, lightweight, cheap
Cons: focus is slower than USM, slightly less accurate
Summary: 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.
Pros: 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.
Cons: Reliable autofocus but legacy style; prone to lens flare w/o shade; long minimum focus distance
Summary: 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).
Pros: sharp!, not to soft when the soft focus is turned on.
Cons: af system is slow and i did eventually develop a problem where the manual focus ring slipped
Conclusion: just picked up a 2nd-hand copy of this lens. images are tack sharp, even at f2.8. if u can find this on the used mkt, BUY IT! i haven't figure out how to use the soft-focus settings properly. think, for the time being, will use it as an outdoor portrait lens. focal length is too long for studio.
Pros: images tack sharp, even at f2.8. light-weight. reasonably fast AF, even tho no USM. relatively low-cost for a prime.
Cons: SF features a hit-or-miss affair, depending on lighting conditions. the MF ring is a joke, forget abt using MF or even the distance scale. lens hood shld be included for this product. a flimsy looking lens' construction - DO NOT drop it! =)
Summary: 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.
Pros: Small, light, razor sharp, although not edge to edge like the big brother "L".
Cons: 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.