The other night, I rekindled my love for portraits and found a good price on a used 135 f2 so I decided to go ahead and pull the trigger to buy it. This post will serve as a brief review as well as a place where I can share some sample photos which will be at the end of this post in the form of a small gallery.
To start off, this lens is my second Canon "L series" lens. My first was the 16-35 f2.8 II. I love that lens and it has met every one of my expectations in every way. Its great on crop sensors as well as full frame. Anyways, when I first took the 135L out of the box and unwrapped it, I couldn't believe how compact and lightweight it was. This feature was one of the things that drew me to the lens in the first place, but darn it really isn't that much bigger than a 24-70 and its easily as light as a 50 1.4.
The next thing that struck me was the front element. My only comment is wow. I will let this picture speak for itself.
In comparison to the 70-200 F2.8L IS the 135 L is so much easier to use in my opinion. Dont get me wrong the 70-200 delivers every time, but it is huge and can be a pain to lug around when shooting photos for a day. Although the 135 only covers a small portion of the range of the 70-200, I still don't really feel restricted by it. 135mm is just the right length on a full frame body like my 5D to shoot portraits with. I used the 135 for about an hour when I shot the attached photo gallery. I did not find it cumbersome at all in that short period of time. Oh and don't let me forget to mention the amazing bokeh this lens produces.
I think this lens speaks for itself. Even if you are on a budget, I highly suggest this lens, I couldn't be happier with the results. I look forward to finding many more opportunities to use this lens. Below is a gallery from a walk I took with hunter using the 16-35L and the 135L.