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Canon’s New Portrait Lens: The RF 135mm F1.8L IS USM   

- 2 years ago

Canon has unveiled its new lens offering targeted towards portrait photographers out there. With a 135mm focal length, image stabilisation, and max aperture of f/1.8 it promises to be ideal for low-light photography. Read on below to get the details!


Canon has really designed this lens with bokeh [background blur] in mind. The 135mm focal length coupled with a 1.8 aperture should already provide ample separation and background blur, and the addition of a 9-bladed aperture should in theory produce smooth out-of-focus areas. The built-in image stabilisation claims to provide up to 5.5 stops of compensation, and Canon’s added ASC and Super Spectra Coating lens coatings are advertised as providing even more accurate colour rendition and aberration reduction. A further fluorine-based coating according to Canon helps to keep the lens free of dirt. Thought has been put into the durability with the provision of dust and water-resistant seals around the mount itself.

  • 135mm focal length
  • Max f/1.8 aperture
  • 9 bladed aperture
  • 5.5 stops image stabilisation
  • 0.7 meters minimum focus
  • Improved lens coatings for image quality and dirt reduction
  • Dust and water-resistant seals built-in

Price and Availability

The RF 135mm F1.8L IS USM is available now for a price of £2549.99.

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Peter Carey

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Peter is a photographer and writer based in Hastings on the South Coast of the UK. Having originally studied biology, his passion and now, profession, see him working with both film and digital cameras. Alongside news and feature-writing for PhotoBite.UK, Peter's spare time is dedicated to language learning and occasionally servicing his latest camera purchase – at the time of writing, an Argus C3.