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Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM (Thread 2)

 
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Aug 07, 2014 09:23 |  #9286

Canon 135mm F2 seems addictive. Struggle to change this lens. Here are my first few field tests. Love this lens.

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Aug 07, 2014 10:55 |  #9287

JoeyBaccala wrote in post #17081078 (external link)
Wow what a moment captured!

Thanks Joey!


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Aug 07, 2014 13:18 |  #9288

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Aug 07, 2014 13:20 |  #9289

Invertalon wrote in post #17080522 (external link)
Received my brand new 135L today... It is about the third or forth time I have owned it, and plan on keeping it this time around...

However...

Completely defective on arrival. At first glance, I notice an inch long scratch on the front element... OK, so not exactly the best first impression... Then I mount the lens on my 5D3 and when it goes to AF, sounds like the AF motor from the 50 1.8... Screechy, screw motor type sound. I have had dozens of Canon lenses with USM, including multiple 135L's... This was NOT normal. I never heard such a noise, actually.

So of course, it is going back... Common trend for me it seems and brand new Canon lenses... Not sure if it is Canon shipping poor quality lenses, or UPS is playing kickball along the shipping route with the package... Not sure. But it really is frustrating. If it is not decentering issues, the USM motor squeaks... Or the IS does not work properly... Or scratches on the front element... (Seriously, I have had three now I believe... This one, a 70-200 II and a 35L I believe it was. All brand new).

Here is hoping the next one is OK... On a side note, first time I have seen a "UC" date code... It also had the brand new box Canon is shipping these lenses in.

That's a bummer! I can understand the decentering or maybe IS getting messed up with rough handling during shipping, but a scratch on the front element? How could that happen??


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Aug 07, 2014 15:58 |  #9290

Very cool.. Nice job


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Aug 07, 2014 16:08 |  #9291

cutwater wrote in post #17082305 (external link)
That's a bummer! I can understand the decentering or maybe IS getting messed up with rough handling during shipping, but a scratch on the front element? How could that happen??

It happened during production during the polishing of the lens I assume.. It was not a straight scratch, but curved. It was also on the back of the front element, so it was nothing nobody could have done outside of the Canon factory! :D

I just hope my replacement is A-OK! I just have the worst luck imaginable with new lenses... I almost plan to send the first one back before I even open it. It is not that I am looking for any issues, it is just my luck and I hate it!

My inspection takes all of a minute with a new lens... Pull it out, inspect the front/rear elements with a light (I don't care about dust, but any other debris or scratches). I will turn the MF and zoom rings to make sure they are smooth and then mount on the camera and make sure the AF works properly and IS if equipped. I take a few test shots quickly and check for decentering. If all that is good, I am all set.

But my "keeper" rate appears to be at around 50% of any new lens I buy, which is terrible. First off, Canon should not even box a lens if they can visually see lens flaws... That should be caught easily in QC. Secondly, AF/IS can be damaged in shipment so I don't really blame them for that, same for decentering...

I am really starting to think UPS is handling these lenses poorly... That and the fact Adorama/B&H/Amazon usually don't package the lenses well from the bottom, only the sides. So any drop shock is not cushioned at all, except by the lens packaging itself which is rigid foam (so not much). I think a simple layer of thick bubble wrap on the bottom of the box would likely help.

So here is hoping copy #2 is good... :confused: I get so sick of returning this lenses... I am not being super critical either, these are just simple standards I have for a brand new product to work correctly and look new without any obvious blemishes... At least for those who buy used lenses from me know I did not settle and carefully checked everything :D


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Aug 07, 2014 19:53 |  #9292

cutwater wrote in post #17082305 (external link)
That's a bummer! I can understand the decentering or maybe IS getting messed up with rough handling during shipping, but a scratch on the front element? How could that happen??

Look at his posts. All his lenses have big time issues when delivered. His UPS/FexEx guy must have something against him. :)


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Aug 07, 2014 20:59 |  #9293
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Also near MFD @ 2.0

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Aug 08, 2014 17:45 |  #9294

first post here, as ive only owned this lens for a few hours.
Its taken me a few years of wanting this lens, to actually getting it.
So far im very impressed. I can see me taking a while to get comfortable with it, its the longest lens ive owned without IS and im not used to the wafer thin DOF yet.

So, a bit of a boring start posting but ill have more soon.

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Aug 08, 2014 22:51 |  #9295

i used to shoot concerts all the time but took a 2 year break from them and this band was a bucket list band for me to shoot and i got to finally. there were no guard rails so i shot from the front of the crowd and this from the back about 2/3 into the set


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Aug 09, 2014 01:20 |  #9296

96whiteknight wrote in post #17083142 (external link)
Also near MFD @ 2.0

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Aug 09, 2014 16:12 as a reply to  @ Josh Young's post |  #9297

Gone for the shallow DOF at f2 :)

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Love this shot!

Thanks. I think the DOF is more shallow than the actual diamond. Should've tried 2.8! :oops:




  
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Aug 10, 2014 01:19 |  #9299

The rendering of green color is too good in 135mm. Here is another family shot.

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Aug 10, 2014 03:16 |  #9300

pankajkumars wrote in post #17086901 (external link)
The rendering of green color is too good in 135mm. Here is another family shot.

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Stop it! This image makes me want the 135L again!


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