Reviews and Problems with Canon EF 135mm f/2.8 with Softfocus
Showing 1-10 of 74
Awesome, must have lens.
4 February 2014
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.
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 purchased this lens two years ago, to use with my 40D camera. To get the effect this one lens give you, years ago I would buy Softar filters for my Hasselblad at over $200 each! Now, this Canon lens gives me sharpness, or different degrees of softness, like the old-fashioned portrait lenses, and all at a fraction of the price. Just be careful not to overdo the softness when doing portraits.
Summary: I bought this lens in the 1990s, chiefly because a number of my family members are older and don't appreciate photographs containing facial wrinkles. Although this problem can now be eliminated through the use of various Photoshop (TM) techniques, these techniques still leave the individual's skin with an artificially smooth appearance, or an appearance that is so perfect that it is not life-like.
Summary: This is going to be just another five-star review of this lens, but this is a lens that completely deserves it. First off, if you're like me, you were drawn to this lens wondering what on Earth you'd ever want a lens that's intentionally soft for. Well, "soft focus" is not the same thing as being out of focus. No, even with this lens's soft focus features at maximum, the photo is still razor-sharp, there's just a soft glow coming off the bright parts of the image.
Conclusion: I bought this lens just over two years ago as a package deal on three lenses. At first I never used it as I wanted the other two "L" lenses but the deal included all three. One day I put it on my 40D and took it outside with my daughter and two of her friends for an informal Prom shoot. The biggest mistake I made was not using this lens before! The shots are easily the equal to any taken with my "L" lenses and to some extent even better. No soft focus filter is needed.
Pros: Fast auto-focus, Superior build quality, Super-sharp images, very versitile lens, replaced several lenses