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Fast Focus with Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM

The Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM is acclaimed to be the fastest in its class of telephoto lenses, making it perfect for sporting events and for portrait photos that have movement in the background. Without this lens in your bag, you are missing out on a lot of opportunities to get professional results even when the event is amature.

The good things about the Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM are the great color qualities it affords. If is brilliantly engineered for usability and will quickly be comfortable to your feel. The quality of the lens is superior (of course, it's Cannon!) and it is fairly priced. The blur backgrounds you can create with it match those taken by professionals. Other notable qualities are its light weight and small footprint. Focusing the lens is easy, making sharp outdoor shots routine. The wide aperture (f/2.0) makes this lens ideal for indoor sporting events. Focusing is internal (the lens does not protrude beyond 72 mm when focusing. It also has a limit switch for focus.

The few disappointing things about the Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM center around cropping close up. The photo it takes in this mode seem to be squished, although it handles indoor light just fine. The lens is therefore best used outdoors because you will want to avoid this problem with indoor imaging, especially in small areas.The weak spot of the lens specs seems to be found at the distance of two hundred meters, where other lenses will do just as good or better. Another downside about this lens is that it makes such high quality photographs; it will make your other lenses look poor in comparison. Another important thing to mention is that this lens features a ring ultrasonic monitor that locks in focus and allows for the use of full time manual focusing. Color consistency is enhanced by the use of two lens elements with UD.

Overall, the Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM lens is an awesome (and essential) part of your photographic equipment repertoire. Whether you take this to the football game or take quality stills with blurred background, this is the lens for you. Even to use as a lens for “walking around,” you will be hard pressed to find something better. Known for its sharpness and speed, you won't want to leave home without Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM lens. Oh yes: the Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM comes with a one year warranty.

Bill Preston
Mon, 07 Dec 2009 17:20:25 +0000

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