I am not so big on gear reviews, but we decided to share some of the gear that we use & the experiences that we have had using this gear. So, this will most likely be a geeky post for my clicking friends who are as crazy about cameras as Gathoni & I are. I started off shooting with Nikon gear but somewhere along the journey, I realised to my dismay that all the guys I was looking up to, were using Canon gear. So, we did only what came naturally, we sold off all our Nikon gear online then we purchased Canon gear. Thus began our love affair with Canon and as the fairy tale goes, we lived happily ever after 🙂
Our very 1st gear review is my all time fav lens, the Canon 135mm f/2L lens. It is now retailing at $ 1,089 at B & H. We purchased this lens early December last year. Gathoni & I made the decision to shoot all Canon L (luxury) lenses, these lenses ensure that you get superior image quality, amazing colour, sharpness & yes the all time photographers’ favourite DOF (Depth Of Field). So, we saved up all the cash we had, skipped a few pizza dates 🙂 & purchased this amazing lens. Gathoni, at this time had the 70-200 f/2.8L lens (Which we will review later), so I took this awesome lens to myself. (Evil laugh)
So, for starters, this lens is my all time favourite lens…am totally in love with it & its only short fall is that you cannot use it in tight spaces, all in all I love it much!!!!!
Goodness gracious isn’t this lens sharp!!!! The only thing is that you have to be careful that your focus is spot on! Its pretty sharp at f/2 but its sweet spot is at f/2.8…where you get razor sharpness. I barely tweak the images in post as the images are tack sharp straight out of the camera. Many online reviews claim that this is one of Canon’s sharpest lens to date, so def it is worth your buy if you are a sucker for images that are razor sharp
Because of its wide aperture (f2) & long focal length (135mm) you are guaranteed some of the most creamy depth of field ever known to lenses 🙂 This lens has the remarkable ability of separating your subject from the background making your subject isolated well & the background turned to butter 🙂 This for me is one of the most impressive features of this lens. Like in the image above, I requested Josea & Emmy to stand in between some beautiful purple flowers. The background behind them was a distant away, while there were some flowers in the foreground too…I used the 135mm on my beloved 5DII and the result was this!!!! The bokeh on this image did it for me, Oh my don’t I love this lens!
This is an image of FM & her hubby Skubi, they were the best couple at a recent wedding. We took the image at Blue Post hotel and one thing that I absolutely loved about this image is the colour! One of the things we realised about Canon L lenses is the vibrance in colour. One of the downsides when we moved from Canon to Nikon is that Canon’s colours are a bit washed out as compared to Nikon’s 🙁 Though once we moved to the L lenses, the colour vibrancy that we so much loved was back. And as you can see…these colours are totally to live for 🙂
Well the above image of Bob & Fiona has nothing to do with the weight of this lens, all in all its a lovely image taken by this lovely lens. This lens weighs an incredible 75o gms as compared to the 85/1.2L‘s 1.2 Kgs & the 70-200‘s 1.4 Kgs which have got an almost similar DOF to the 135mm. This lens is incredible light and for us wedding photographers who shoot almost 17hours weddings, having a light lens is a big positive, one other reason that this lens is so awesome.
Here are some more remarkable photos taken by this lovely lens
Hope you loved this review, with God’s help we will be doing more reviews of some of the gear that we use & how these pieces of equipment have transformed our photography.
Kindly take the time to go through the review of the Canon 135mm by Mathew & Ariel Irving based in Denver. The link is here.
We wish y’all God blessings,