Canon EF 135mm f/2.8 Softfocus lens: a telephoto lens that blurs realityWednesday December 26 2012 Lens Review
The Canon EF 135mm f/2.8 Softfocus lens is the first softfocus lens to be tested at DxOMark. Because it is not possible for DxOMark to compare this unique feature, we contrasted the EF 135mm f/2.8 Softfocus lens against lenses with similar focal-lengths including the Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM and the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM.
Canon EF 135mm f/2.8 Softfocus Lens Advantages:
• Vignetting is most controlled in the 135mm f/2.8 Softfocus lens, at least compared to its Canon relatives.
• With a quick twist of the lens, photographers can utilize the lens’ softfocus feature, which is not available on the 135mm f/2L or 100mm f/2.8 Macro.
• The 135mm f/2.8 Softfocus lens is most affordable of the three lenses. It can be found on photography retail websites for about $500.00 (USD).
Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM Advantages:
• The EF 135mm f/2L USM has the highest sharpness of the group, measuring 14P-Mpix
• It best limits distortion, standing out in the group with a distortion rating of 0.1%.
• The lens has the widest aperture at f/2 and a transmission rating of 2.3 T-stop.
• Tied with the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM for best limiting chromatic aberration.
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM Advantages:
• The lens has good sharpness at 15P-Mpix
• Distortion is well controlled at 0.2%, just behind the EF 135mm f/2L USM
• Performs well at correcting chromatic aberration. Tied with the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM – both registered chromatic aberration scores of 4 µm.
• Its macrophotography capabilities are great for photographers who love to snap detail pictures.