Reviews and Problems with Canon EF 135mm f/2.8 with Softfocus
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4 December 2008
Conclusion: I picked this lens up for the softfocus feature to add some creativity to my portraits. I never really considered getting a 135 prime because I have the 200mm f2.8 L which makes very nice portraits indeed. But when I was looking as some pictures in books of the softfocus effect, I decided to buy it.
Pros: lightweight, sharp, versatile - 2 lenses in one - sharp 135mm prime, and a softfocus lens as well.
Conclusion: What can I say that has not already been said? This lens is a versatile multitool of a lens. Rather surprising for a prime, you will not believe it until you experience it. I got the lens for a bargain price of 250 euros (the price rating I gave is for the list price - I think all photography...
Pros: Sharp, lightweight, awesome bokeh, fast and quiet motor, accurate AF, softfocus feature is a nice addon
Conclusion: I've had this lens for a few months now, using it on film and APS-C DSLRs. I bought it mainly for these 3 reasons; Image quality Soft-focus Price I knew that it was a bit of an irrational purchase, I don't think I've ever needed soft-focus before, I've only used diffuse glow in PS a handful of...
Pros: Price, f2.8, light-weight, good sharpness, internal focussing.
Cons: AF is a little noisy, but only a little. MF-ring isn't as nice to use as on modern USM lenses, but better than on 'cheapo' Canon lenses.
Conclusion: this lens is very nice to use... the AF is quick, though not silent, and very accurate on the 5D. I thought the soft focus feature would be a waste of space, but a small amount, say 1 at f4-5.6, give a nice glow very much like the old Zeiss Softar lenses that went on the Hasselblad and created a...
Pros: classic EF non USM lens - great feel, very comfortable to hold, especially with the hood (highly recommended!). The SF effects can be very subtle, such as improving the bokeh at f5.6 without the soft focus being visible in the foreground. Very sharp, very versatile. A winner!
Cons: lens hood a bit loose on my copy (it's nearly 10 years old, though). Some CA in the corners.
Summary: When most people think of this lens, the soft focus feature comes to mind. This lens is certainly unique in this respect. But the truth of the matter is that most people find this to be a feature that they will probably find little (if any) use for.
Great lens for the price - and I still haven't used soft focus
7 April 2007
Summary: 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.
Summary: 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.