We’ve written in the past about the brilliance of the EF135mm f/2L USM lens and how many people overlook it in favour of more ‘techy’ lenses. But to do so is a travesty. Pretty much everytime I use this lens I’m blown away by how good it is.It just seems to create images that otherwise wouldn’t be there.
I’m especially a fan of putting it on an EOS-1D Mark IV or EOS-1D Mark III – the 1.3x crop gives it a little more apparent length and the Field of View is just beautiful. You can even shoot full length portraits with it!
Shooting with a prime lens is also a good way to get you moving your feet to find images. Without the versatility of a zoom, you’re forced to move around more and find different angles. It also makes you more aware of your surroundings. This isn’t just true of the 135mm lens, but of any prime lens. If you’ve never tried shooting with a prime, you really should.
Here’s a couple of images from a recent wedding I was a guest at, and also from a World Press Photo event I photographed a while ago. All of these were taken with the EF135mm f/2L USM lens, and all on a 1.3x crop camera.