Canon EF 135mm f/2.0 L USM

Review of Canon EF 135mm f/2.0 L USM telephoto lens. Review created 2008, latest update 2013.

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Facts

  • the king of Canon telephoto prime lenses
  • estimated retail price 1100 EUR
  • in my use from 11/2008 to current date
  • one in the top three of my lenses

Pros

  • is a stunning lens offering great image quality
  • works quite well even at f/2.0 so is usable indoors
  • not too heavy for my shooting style
  • I got Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS USM and this to see which suits me better and this was the keeper

Cons

  • quite heavy so could be an overkill for a small DSLR body
  • after I got Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 L Macro IS USM this is no longer the sharpest and best-focusing lens in my bag
  • with 1.6x crop bodies not a perfect focal length for cat show photos
  • generally 135 mm focal length has been out of fashion