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  • f/1.8 - f/22 Aperture Range
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  • 9 Aperture Blades
  • 82mm Filter Diameter
  • RF Mount
Canon RF 135mm F1.8 L IS USM Lens Canon RF 135mm F1.8 L IS USM Lens
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Overview

RF135mm F1.8 L IS USM

The RF135mm F1.8 L IS USM medium telephoto lens really steps up your photography game when shooting portraits or even sports, thanks to high-quality optics, and L-Series features.

Key Features:

  • Powerful and bright L-Series medium telephoto lens featuring 17 optical elements in 12 groups
  • Excellent image quality with three UD Lenses perfectly placed to reduce chromatic aberration, and Air Sphere Coating (ASC) to prevent ghosting
  • Optical image stabilization at up to 5.5 stops of shake correction.  Up to 8 stops of shake correction when paired with EOS R series cameras featuring In-Body Image Stabilizer (IBIS)
  • Nano USM for AF drive that is both fast and smooth, and is also quiet enough to use when shooting movies

The Canon EF135mm lens has been a favorite among photographers for over 25 years, and this RF version builds on that legacy by using a totally new optical design the latest optics and features to truly bring it into the future. The optical quality of this lens is impressive with 17 elements in 12 groups, including three UD glass elements and Air Sphere Coating (ASC) to reduce chromatic aberration and ghosting.

Additional Features:

  • Two programmable lens function buttons (one on the top and one on the side), previously only available on Canon super-telephoto lenses
  • Minimum focus distance of 27.6 inches, and allows shooting at a maximum magnification of 0.26x
  • Circular (9 blades) aperture for beautiful, soft backgrounds

The bright f/1.8 aperture also does wonders for your images. Not only can you achieve beautiful, soft backgrounds, it transforms your ability to shoot telephoto images or video at low light levels. The RF135mm F1.8 L IS USM also comes with built-in Optical Image Stabilization (not previously seen on a Canon 135mm lens) to further enhance your low-light shooting abilities by providing up to 5.5 stops of optical shake correction, and up to 8 stops* with Coordinated IS. Two programmable lens function buttons on the top and side of the lens barrel allow instant access to temporarily lock servo AP, or a multitude of other possible camera features. If you record video or still images of people, you need to consider this outstanding new professional-level lens.

Modern Design

The design of this lens is geared toward getting the job done with fast focusing, two programmable buttons, image stabilization, a programmable control ring, and more!  Canon’s bayonet-mount Lens Hood ET-88 is included with this lens.

Sharp, Soft, and Bright

Three words you rarely hear together, but they fit this lens perfectly as your subject will be sharp and your background can be butter soft (if that is what you want), and the bright f/1.8 maximum aperture allows for great control over depth of field and bokeh, low-light shooting and video recording, with fast and reliable autofocus.  It’s an outstanding “look” for portraits, fashion, video applications, and even some indoor sports.

Excellent Image Quality

Taking advantage of the Canon RF lens mount, the RF135mm F1.8 L IS USM lens offers great optical quality. Its optical design includes three Ultra-low Dispersion (UD) glass elements for high image quality from center to corner, and Canon Super Spectra Coating (“multi-coating”), and specialized Air Sphere Coating to minimize ghosting and flare.

Optical Image Stabilization — Up To 5.5 Stops of Shake Correction

For consistently sharp results, the RF135mm F1.8 L IS USM features built-in optical Image Stabilization, providing enhanced shake reduction for up to 5.5 stops of shake correction. When paired with an EOS R-series camera that has In-Body Image Stabilization (IBIS), the Coordinated IS allows for up to 8 stops of correction.  Steady hand-held video, and incredibly sharp available-light still images, are hallmarks of this new RF telephoto lens.

High-speed, Smooth and Quiet Autofocus with Nano USM

With any Canon EOS R-series camera, expect swift and positive autofocus. The Nano USM focus drive system is especially advantageous to video users, because of its combination of quiet operation and outstanding smoothness of focus changes during actual recording. And, AF during still-imate shooting is quick and equally quiet.

Control Ring and Programmable Buttons for Direct Setting Changes

The RF135mm F1.8 L IS USM lens incorporates a control ring on the lens barrel that can directly adjust numerous settings including exposure settings for ambient or flash control, white balance and more. Located towards the front of the lens and effectively adding a third dial to the EOS R camera's main dial and quick control dial, the control ring has a tactile, easily distinguished surface, with click-stops and features a clicking mechanism that provides tangible feedback for confident use while looking through the viewfinder.

Circular 9-Blade Aperture for Beautiful, Soft Backgrounds

Whether wide-open or with the aperture stopped-down, you'll have no problem when shooting portrait images in getting that creative, fun and pleasantly smooth out-of-focus background blur we all love with the circular 9-blade aperture. Subjects will stand out, and the background provides a beautiful backdrop that's visually appealing in itself.

What's Included

RF 135mm F1.8 L IS USM Lens
Lens Cap E-82 II
ET-88B Lens Hood
LP1319 Lens Case
Lens Dust Cap RF

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Product Specifications

RF 135mm F1.8 L IS USM Lens

Lens

 
Focal Length 135mm
Maximum and Minimum Aperture f/1.8 - F22
Lens Mount Type RF Mount
Compatible Cameras Canon EOS R-series, full-frame and APS-C
Minimum Focusing Distance 0.70m (2.3 ft)
Maximum Magnification 0.26x
Field of View Approx. 5.3 x 3.6” (135mm x 91mm)
Angle of View (Diagonal) Approx. 18° 00’

Optical Design

 
Lens Construction 17 elements in 12 groups
Special Elements (Three) UD Lenses
Lens Coating Canon SSC (Super Spectra Coating)
Filter Size Diameter ø82mm
Aperture Blades 9
Image Stabilization 5.5 stops correction with In-lens Optical Image Stabilization (8.0 stops correction with EOS R3/R5 in-body coordinated Image stabilization)

Focusing

 
Focusing Drive System Canon Nano USM, direct
Full-time Manual Focusing Yes
(Supports both ONE SHOT AF and SERVO AF with compatible EOS R-series cameras)
Dual Pixel CMOS AF Coverage@999br> (Horizontal x Vertical) EOS R/RP — Approx. 100% x 88%
EOS R5/R6 — Approx. 100% x 90%
EOS R5/R6 with Face+Tracking Priority AF: Approx. 100% x 100%
EOS R3 — Approx. 100% x 100%

Exterior Design

 
Control Ring Programmable Control Ring (selected using camera menu) 64 clicks per revolution. Clicking mechanism can be removed by Canon service department, for a fee.
Manual Focus Ring Yes
AF/MF Switch Yes (On lens barrel)
MF/Control Ring Switch None — separate MF and Control Rings on lens
Yes Not provided
Distance Limiter Switch None
Dust / Weather Resistant Construction Supported - Rubber ring on lens mount

Physical Specifications

 
Max. Outer Diameter x Length Approx. ø3.5 in. x 5.3 in. (ø89.2mm x 130.3mm)
Weight Approx. 33 oz. / 2.1 lb. / 935g

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