9 out of 10 points and recommendedSharp, Fast AF, Sexy white lens, Great price for an LToo prominent white lens barrel, F4 is not the fastest, would prefer longer reach
Initially I wasn't sure what's with the hype of this lens. Lots of photogs love it. I used it a few times and didn't see the hoopla. Then one day BH had a sale simultaneously with Canon's rebates, so I picked one up thinking if I didn't like it I can always sell it. L lens keep their value.reviewed September 2nd, 2007 (purchased for $549)
After shooting it here and there I was blown away at how sharp the images turned out in RAW. My 30d was set to 0 on all settings. Colours and contrast were spot on. I do enjoy using this lens more and more. I do wish sometimes it had a longer reach. Great lens and sure to become a legend in the Canon lens history.
9 out of 10 points and recommendedTypical L construction. Large focus ring. Has a good weight to it. Not heavy like the white tele-zooms. Crazy fast AF!AF ring feels loose compared to my other L lenses. Large hood.
I got this lens because of portraiture. It is fantastic on my old 5d. Creamy smooth bokeh. Tack sharp even at wide open aperture.reviewed March 17th, 2011 (purchased for $800)
One thing I am most stun is its AF performance. I've owned a few L lenses and while their USM motors have always been quick to snap in focus, this 135mm is on a different level. From far to near, the AF is instantaneous.
Colour and contrast is great. Really like the large focusing ring.
On a crop camera like my 7D, this lens make for a wonderful indoor lens for sports, concert, etc...
I'm not a fan of the large hood. But will live with it as it provides good protection of the front element.