Lens Review: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM

_mg_2108Welcome back, everyone! Summer is over (bummer, I know). But, that means that us CreComms are back blogging for your dose of fall/winter reading.

Over the summer, I did a LOT of shooting, and one of my favourite lenses to use was the Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM.

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Photo courtesy of blog do zach

Why it’s so awesome:

Well, it’s like butter. Everything about it – smooth like butter! The focus system in the lens is brilliantly smooth. When you turn the focus ring in manual, it has the perfect amount of tension, so you can get the shot as clear as possible. In auto, you can barely hear the focus change, which is really great for video.

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Also buttery – the photos! All the photos in this post were taken with this lens.

Because of the really wide aperture (f2) and the long focal length (135mm), it’s possible to get really shallow depths of field, making the bokeh look, well… buttery and delicious.

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Why it’s not so awesome:

Alright, so imagine you’re photographing a protest. You’re standing ahead of everyone else, taking photos from the front. As they walk towards you, you have to be constantly walking backwards because the 135mm is a prime lens, and won’t let you zoom out.

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You run into a curb, maybe trip over a nice couple laying in the grass, or straight up fall because you have to be in constant motion while looking through your viewfinder.

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So…

This lens is awesome. The pictures turn out crisp and beautiful, so I highly recommend it, if you’re okay with a little bumping into things that is.

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CreComm tip: This lens is available in the Equipment Room. Take it out, go shoot, and let me know what you think!

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Author: Laurie Brand

Henri Cartier-Bresson once said that "your first 10,000 pictures are your worst." I have yet for my shutter count to reach 10,000 and this blog is about my journey to reach that 10,000 mark. I am Laurie Brand, a Creative Communications student at Red River College in Winnipeg, MB. Most of the time you will find me with a camera lassoed around my neck, sneaking around, clicking away. Photography has become a sort of mindfulness practice for me in the sense that as a photographer, there is a need for constant awareness. Looking for a good picture makes you scan at your surroundings in a much deeper way. The way that the shadows fall on the pavement to make different shapes, how a reflection in a window fuses inside and out and out or the stream of light that falls so perfectly on a face are things that are more evident when looking through a lens. My life is reflected through the pictures that I take. Those are the moments that mean the most to me and I hope you enjoy them.

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