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Canon 135f2.8 Soft Focus ....kind of a review!

 
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Apr 16, 2008 16:35 |  #31

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why's the 135's shots so purple?

My guess would be purple-fringing as both lenses do it only wide-open in these shots.


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Dec 19, 2008 09:32 |  #32

Canon EF 135mm f/2.8 with Softfocus

I did a search in the archive and it did not turn up any archive for this lens. I just came across this and this looks like a a really good VFM prime telephoto. Can we have some pictures from this lens? I might go for a used one.

If the topic already exists, sorry, I searched twice and nothing turned up.

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Jan 30, 2009 05:04 as a reply to  @ powerslave's post |  #33

Wonder why no one has posted anything. I'd kick start it with a couple.

1. Without SF @ f/2.8
2. With SF 1 @ f/2.8


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Jun 20, 2009 16:09 as a reply to  @ actprivate's post |  #34

does anyone have more shots from this lens?


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Jun 21, 2009 01:07 as a reply to  @ powerslave's post |  #35

this lens seems like it would be fun to play with. i guess only one person on the forums has this lens?


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Jun 27, 2009 18:37 |  #36

Great reviews here, it was MagentaJoe's images which finally convinced me to get this lens a while back! Well, time to revive this thread with a few of my images. C&C always welcome.

The first shot is soft focus at full strength (step 2 @ F/2.8) and a yellow flower in front of the subject. It looks outlandish but I like it. Even if you hate this shot, at least it shows the bokeh of things in front of the main subject, something I haven't seen here before (maybe for a reason :o).

The second shot shows the lens with SF step 0 (= off), which makes it a standard 135 mm portrait lens at 1/3 of the cost of the 135L.


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Jun 27, 2009 18:46 |  #37

One thing I noticed is that the more I dial in SF, the further the plane of sharpest focus moves towards the camera. And I mean this even if I let the AF refocus after changing the SF setting this plane is not where I focused on. So when framing a shot I need to take care that there's not too much stuff in front of the main subject or it looks like a glowing OOF shot.

Here are more shots of my daughter using the soft focus effect. Again, C&C welcome. If you compare these shots with the sharp shot in my previous post, you notice the huge improvement in bokeh quality you get with SF.


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Jun 27, 2009 20:18 |  #38

Me, too, bought this lens as a specialist lens. Though, I enjoy using it as a straight 135mm lens from time to time. Here are a couple of casual shots that I took recently. I have not changed anything really. Adjusted sharpness and added a tiny extra contrast in Canon DPP and then converted to jpeg and resized. Both shots are at f/2.8 with 5D. For a AU$500 lens, I cannot be any happier.


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Jun 27, 2009 20:35 |  #39

Here are a couple more taken with 40D. The first is without SF at 2.8. The second is with SF No.1 at f/4 (for a mild SF effect).


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Jan 13, 2010 09:01 |  #40

Canon EF135f2.8SF
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Jan 13, 2010 17:51 |  #41

^^^ those are lovely. Did you do any PP to them? I'd like to see what they look like at 100%..


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Jan 13, 2010 19:07 as a reply to  @ post 3431498 |  #42

Schmoelzel... Thanks for starting this thread. I don't care that its 4 years old, this thread is one of the most refreshing ones I've seen in a long time. I get tired about hearing about the popular lenses... I know how wonderful the 70-200mm lenses are, and the 85 1.8 and the 35mm 1.4... I know, I know. Its great to see posts about a totally forgotten lens like this. Your shots of Julia are super. What a wonderful little model! Other posts have interesting shots as well (soft focus and regular). This lens has better sharpness & bokeh that I would have guessed.

If there isn't a seperate thread for this lens in the lens photo sample archive, there should be!




  
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Jun 01, 2010 13:17 |  #43

just won an auction for this lens on ebay...so i'll probably be adding a couple shots to this image archive...probably will never use the SF function

edit: i think a mod might need to fix this thread...when you click the link in the image archives thread it takes you here...however this thread is still in the EF and EF-S forum...i think it should probably go to the lens sample archive forum


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Aug 12, 2010 21:49 |  #44

so i got the lens as i said above...and i really like it...don't think i've stopped it down yet though...here's a couple shots for the archive

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Aug 13, 2010 01:19 as a reply to  @ DreDaze's post |  #45

I HAVE WONDERED...

I have wondered about the difference between using this lens with the SF dialed in and using the various soft focus filters with which film photographers often shot portraits... I have several of these type filters in 72mm and might try them with my old 28-135mm lens. I haven't used the SF filters since I stopped shooting film.


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