The Lord of Red Rings : The Canon EF 135mm f/2.0 L USM Lens - often labelled as the "sharpest L lens".
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Yes, I believe, It's not the pana, it's the Indian. But shooting a demanding fields like Weddings & Events, "FAILURE TO DELIVER IS NOT AN OPTION". Having quality equipments gives you an advantage in terms of usage dependability and pleasing end results. There's no guarantee that acquiring expensive gears can make you an "instant" better photographer.
The 135mm lens from Canon has gained a reputation for its insane sharpness and is often labelled as the "sharpest L lens".
Some International Photographers referred to this lens as the "Magic Prime" and widely considered one of Canon's best lenses at any price. The Canon EF 135mm f/2 L was designed for portraiture (on a Full Frame camera) and for low light event shooting (think weddings and receptions) given its maximum aperture of f/2. Combined with a Full Frame camera the 135 is hard to beat.
For Wedding & Events, when the objective is to be further away, the 135 will allow you to capture intimate moments without intruding on the subject. Stellar for photojournalism, Concerts and shooting Events.
BUILD QUALITY: Rock solid and top notch! It actually includes a lens hood! Not to heavy (1.7 lbs), and well balanced with both crop and full frame cameras. The focus ring is smooth and well dampened. The lens barrel is made out of magnesium and it has a metal lens mount. All in all, a very solid, typical L lens build!
FOCUS SPEED AND ACCURACY: Blazingly fast and dead on. Simply outstanding in real world situations. Canon's ring mounted UltraSonic Motor (USM) lives up to its reputation here. You hardly ever miss the shot! A truly remarkable performance!
OPTICAL QUALITY: Rarely does anything with this much hype actually live up to its reputation. There are over 350 reviews of this lens at www.FredMiranda.com, and the average grade for this lens is 9.9 (out of 10) - now that's saying something! Let me concur, the EF 135mm produces images of extraordinary quality. From f/2 all the way to f/13, its simply amazing! The bokeh is smooth and buttery, watch the background melt away and really isolate your subject for maximum impact and pop! The round aperture blades produce gorgeous out of focus circles (background lights) in the images. Just awesome!
CONCLUSION: If you're an event or portrait photographer who uses a full frame camera (Canon 1Ds and 5D series) you won't be taken seriously unless you have a copy of this lens - I'm being cheeky of course - but most of the pros out there who do weddings, 90+% of them have this lens, and for good reason. The image quality is awesome, the focus speed and accuracy are some of the best available from Canon and the build quality is simply the best. The Canon EF 135mm f/2 L lives up to and quite possibly exceeds its sterling pedigree!
BUILD QUALITY: 10/10
FOCUS SPEED AND ACCURACY: 10/10
OPTICAL QUALITY: 10/10
QUALITY OF RESULTS: 10/10
OVERALL: 49/50 - OUTSTANDING!!!
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