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Overview

The 135mm focal length is an ideal portrait lens for 35mm full format cameras, and with a maximum f/2 aperture can give a very effective shallow depth of field. Widely regarded as one of Canon better older lenses, it is solidly built and great for lower light use, even without modern image stabilisation.

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Lens specifications

Focal Length & Maximum Aperture 135mm 1:2.0
Lens Construction 10 elements in 8 groups
Diagonal Angle of View 18°
Focus Adjustment Rear focusing system with USM
Closest Focusing Distance 0.9m / 3 ft.
Filter Size 72mm
Max. Diameter x Length, Weight 3.2" x 4.4", 1.7 lbs. / 82.5 x 112.0mm, 750g

Canon EF135mm f/2L USM telephoto lens block diagram

Canon EF135mm f/2L USM telephoto lens mtf chart

A quick guide to MTF charts (which only measure contrast and resolution. Canon's guide to their MTF charts)

Black lines reflect lens performance at widest aperture.
Blue lines show the performance at f/8

Thick lines indicate lens contrast
Thin lines indicate lens resolution

Dashed lines: Lens performance with meridional lines.
Solid lines: Lens performance with sagittal lines

Closer sagittal and meridional chart lines indicate more 'natural' out of focus areas.

Remember that MTF charts are good for comparing similar lenses, so comparing ones from the 14mm f2.8L and 300mm 2.8L won't tell you much at all, whilst comparing the EF14 2.8L with the EF14 2.8L II will show meaningful differences. Note that other manufacturers may have different ways of displaying such information that may or may not match up with the Canon figures.

EF135mm f/2L USM reviews and articles

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Sample images

None available at present.

Product launch

No product launch information available from 1996.

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