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Overview

Another specialist lens from when Canon launched the EF lens mount. Still (2015) avialable as the only 'soft focus' lens in Canon's range.

Still considered excellent for some styles of portrait work, it's an nteresting lens but the fact that Canon hasn't produced another suggests that it was more useful in the days of film.

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Lens specifications

Focal Length & Maximum Aperture 135mm 1:2.8
Lens Construction 7 elements in 6 groups
Minimum Aperture 32
Maximum Magnification (x) 0.12
Closest Focusing Distance 1.3m
Filter Size 52mm
Max. Diameter x Length, Weight 69.2 x 98.4mm, 390g

Canon EF135mm f/2.8 Soft Focus telephoto lens block diagram

Canon EF135mm f/2.8 Soft Focus 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/2.8 Soft Focus reviews and articles

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Sample images

None available.

Product launch

No information available on the 1987 launch of this lens.

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