A First Look at the New Canon RF 135mm f/1.8 L IS USM Lens

Alongside the new EOS R6 Mark II mirrorless camera, Canon recently announced the RF 135mm f/1.8 L IS USM lens, an update to one of its most respected and loved lenses, the EF 135mm f/2L. The company's RF portrait lenses have set high standards — very high, in fact. Can the 135mm f/1.8 L keep up? This great first look video examines the lens and the sort of images it can produce. 

Coming to you from Park Cameras, this excellent first look video checks out the new Canon RF 135mm f/1.8 L IS USM lens. To cut right to the chase, this lens looks mightily impressive. I have always been quite fond of its EF predecessor, which was my first professional lens and has stayed in my possession throughout a lot of evolution of my gear collection. I was particularly struck by the bokeh in this version. Even in a busy background, it looks especially smooth and pleasing, and when paired with the flattering compression of the longer focal length, the impressive colors, and the contrasty rendition, it looks like this is going to be quite the popular lens. Check out the video above for the full rundown. 

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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As I mentioned in another post further down, I have an R6... I will not be changing, and my tired old and ageing EF135mm f2 on the R6 with the adapter is simply a dream. One of the most amazing lenses in the Canon line up and for the price Canon wants for the RF... no way.... I'll stay in heaven with my dream machine.

I'm with ya on that one! I'd absolutely love to have the RF version of this lens, but the EF version is still magical and no complaints from any clients with that lens.