|Closest Focusing||1.3 m|
|Max. Magnifcation||1:7.7 (0.13x)|
|Filter Size||72 mm|
|Diameter x Length||78 x 90.4 mm|
|Weight||660 gr (1.46 lb)|
As others have stated, this is another fabulous lens in Canon's old stable. Even for today, this lens delivers sharp and contrasty shots wide-open. It also has fantastic colors and bokeh that is really creamy. The lens is a bit long, particularly with its build-in lens hood (which is actually well constructed), but considering this is a 2/135, its actually not nearly as big as its current EF counterpart nor the Zeiss offerings. This makes a great portrait lens on the Sony A7 cameras and is about half the price one would pay for an nFD 85mm f/1.2L - both are beautiful lenses and would serve you well. I have a Flickr album dedicated to this lens as well as other classic Canon lenses, please enjoy!
This is one of Canon's best nFD lenses.
It's tack sharp at almost all aperture levels, but suffers a bit of diffraction around F22 and F32. It has very similar performance to the 100 F2, just a bit longer and much heavier and wider. It's also quite affordable, usually between 290-350 dollars. This makes it a bit cheaper than the 100 F2. It is also easier to find than the 100 F2.
However, it is bigger and heavier than the 100 F2. This dramatic size and weight difference for just 35mm extra focal length may not be worth it for some.
If you find this cheap, grab it right away. If you lift weights often, this lens won't be a problem.
I use this on both the Sony A7s and a6000 and it performs great, but better on the A7s. The ability to isolate your subject and flatten the field of view is impressive and bokeh is some of the smoothest I've seen. Good value - I don't think there's a cheaper lens out there that offers comparable dof control.
Here's a video shot entirely with this lens:
Also, check out my review for lots of image samples:
Sample pictures using SONY NEX 5N, hand held:
DAS ist das BESTE Objektiv, das ich je besessen habe . . .
Das 1,2/85 ist scharf, aber die Unschärfekreise sind bereits leicht abgeblendet dahin . . .
Das 2/135 kann man bis Blende 4 suuuper nutzen und die Unschärfekreise sind auch da noch rund . . . !!!
Suuuper Schärfe bei Blende 2, Referenz ab Blemde 2,8 . . . . !!!!!
Ich hatte bisher kein hochauflösenderes Objektiv . . . . auch nicht das EF 70-200 IS 2,8 II . . .
It's a big heavy lens with a huge front element, but optically very good. One of the few FD lenses I have that can live with my modern EF 'L' glass. I took some of my all time favourite FD shots with this lump of glass.
It also works beautifully as part of my core travel set with the 20-35 f/3.5L, 28-85 f/4 and 2x converter 'B' which gives a handy 270mm f/4 for thos occasional telephoto shots.
I echo the other comments on this lens, lovely at full aperture, sharp as a tack closed down...but why would you want to!
If you can't afford the 85mm 1.2L, go for this lens, it will give similar bokeh effect for less money.
What a Lens!
I bought it for 230 € in Germany in very good used condition.
If I´m on Tour, this lens is in my bag.
In my opinion, this lens gives you the highest picture quality when you need a 135mm lens attached on a 35mm SLR camera.
Thank you Canon for making this outstanding optical jewel.
I bought this lens for € 200 in Germany off Ebay.
When it came, is was in absolute mint condition.
It's a big lens, with 72 mm filter. Not lightweight. If you look down into it, you see the greenish reflections of a good multilayer coating.
This is an awesome lens. In fact, I think it deserves the 'L' predicate.
Very sharp, very good bokeh. The build is superb.
It comes really complete with a built - in sun shade.
If you don't have the money to buy the 85mm F1.2, go for this lens.