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Canon 135mm 2.8 SF Digital SLR Lens £287.06 @ Argos
Canon 135mm 2.8 SF Digital SLR Lens £287.06 @ Argos

Canon 135mm 2.8 SF Digital SLR Lens £287.06 @ Argos

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£45 cheaper than anywhere else so a good deal at the moment.

135 mm Telephoto lens with a softfocus feature. It can give razor-sharp snapshots as well as softfocus shots that do not look blurry. You have a choice of two softfocus settings.

This is a very sharp lens if you leave the soft focus switch alone. It's one of those lenes that you just don't hear too much about. It's not a pro L lens as far as the build is concerned. F2.8 will give you good subject isolation.


Plenty of stock at Argos where I live (South West)

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£269.99 @ Digital Rev (click here) so you could save another few pounds

fantastic lens though and still a hot deal

no IS on 135mm = tripod only or very very steady hands
135mm prime it's just weird choice not versatile glass

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qfel

no IS on 135mm = tripod only or very very steady hands 135mm prime it's … no IS on 135mm = tripod only or very very steady hands 135mm prime it's just weird choice not versatile glass



Oh dear, sorry to disagree. This lens is easily hand holdable with a shutter speed at or over 1/200 sec and this is generally more achievable becuase it's f2.8.

As for versatility - well you get this lens for head and shoulder portraits it's not as useful as a kit zoom, but its a quality Canon 2.8 prime which will give you considerably better head and shoulder portaits than a kit zoom.

quality portrait lens for little cash,

heat added.

I disagree with the above comments. This lens (135mm on 35mm) equals 210mm on an APS sensor. A typical portrait lens on a full frame 35mm camera would be 90mm to 120mm, which makes it around 70mm on an APS sensor. The Canon 85mm f:1.8 would be the ideal portait lens for all DSLR's, except full frame.
Edited by: "pet2000" 15th Jun 2011

Effectively it'll be 216mm on the anything other the 1D & 5D digital SLR's, so portraiture, not sure I'd agree, everyone is different? SF (Soft focus) can be achieved easily in photoshop, other products are available, not forgetting DOF of course. A lot of money for an old lens either way you look at it, then again add another £500 for the L

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CANONSLR

Effectively it'll be 216mm on the anything other the 1D & 5D digital … Effectively it'll be 216mm on the anything other the 1D & 5D digital SLR's, so portraiture, not sure I'd agree, everyone is different? SF (Soft focus) can be achieved easily in photoshop, other products are available, not forgetting DOF of course. A lot of money for an old lens either way you look at it, then again add another £500 for the L



I use a 135L on a crop and a 5D, it's better on the 5D but is quite useable on a crop if you stick to head portraits. Understand your point though. I also wouldn't use the soft focus, but I borrowed one of these lenses a few years back and its remarkably crisp if left on normal.

I use the Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM which I believe is around the same price point. Picture quality probably not as good as prime but extra versatility is worth the compromise to my mind.

sly

I use the Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM which I believe is around … I use the Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM which I believe is around the same price point. Picture quality probably not as good as prime but extra versatility is worth the compromise to my mind.


Picture quality is king, IMHO, and for that reason, I would always opt for a fast prime rather than a slow zoom. At similar prices a prime should always produce better quality.

Also, a prime forces you to change perspective more often than a zoom, and therefore forces you to be more creative without even realising it.

monkeyboy1982

Picture quality is king, IMHO, and for that reason, I would always opt … Picture quality is king, IMHO, and for that reason, I would always opt for a fast prime rather than a slow zoom. At similar prices a prime should always produce better quality.Also, a prime forces you to change perspective more often than a zoom, and therefore forces you to be more creative without even realising it.



Respect your opinion but was suggesting the zoom as a viable alternative particularly if you have an APS sensor as a 210mm lens can be quite restrictive.
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