Should I buy this lens??


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Sep 11, 2015
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Ok, so I am relatively new to shooting in manual mode. I have a canon eos rebel t3i and I really want to get super shallow depth of field. I have just been using the kit lens (18-55mm) and the DOF is really disappointing. I have been thinking of getting the Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM but I wanted to see if anyone on here had any experience with it before I take the plunge. I also must mention that I shoot a lot of outdoor portraits so that is what it would mainly be used for.
I've owned one for about nine years now I guess. It is a fine lens. I shot it mostly on the 5D classic. 135mm is a lens length originally designed for 24x36mm film, aka "full frame". So, how far back will you need to stand to do say, a full-length portrait with the 135/2 on your Canon? The answer might surprise you....48.8 feet. What this does in most situations is it causes less of a shallow DOF "look" because the subject is far away, and objects behind the subject tend to be relatively NOT far behind the subjects, in many modern-world environments. Not all, but many.

I think you'll find that the 85mm f/1.8 is actually more convenient and easier to deploy for actual portrait work on a 1.6x camera.

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Awesome! Thanks so much for the advice! I just looked it up and it is pretty inexpensive, I think I will probably be purchasing it :)
I was going to suggest the 85 f/1.8 as well. It's high on my wish list for portraits.. Even the newer 50mm STM f/1.8 for $125 ish is a great lens.
I will second the 50mm STM version, I have been snapping away with it for a week now and I'm very impressed!
hmmm 135mm on a crop sensor... I'm sure someone mentioned it but just in case they didn't... your 135 on a t3i will actually be the equivalent of!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! >216mm :)

you should try the 50mm 1.8 STM or 60mm macro 2.8 lens
Yeah, co-signed to what the above guys said. That's a long lens to shoot portraits. And it is super long if you're on a crop sensor (like you said you were). The 50mm 1.8 (or 1.4 if you want to spend a little more or 1.2 if you want to spend a lot) will get you, what many feel is, the best focal length (85mm equivalent) on your camera and have good to amazing depth of field. If you wanted to go a little longer or think you might switch to full frame soonish, then grab the 85mm 1.8. That takes flattering portraits and has great DOF. It's one of the top 2 or 3 best rated lenses on Amazon (for Canon).
50mm favorite lens :)
50mm favorite lens :)
Creamy bokeh goodness from what I have seen. I use the 35mm 1.8 for my Nikon and like it a tad more than the nifty 50.

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I use Canon 50 mm / 1.4 USM and Tamron 90 mm / 2.8 both for my portrait shots on my T3i. I think you'd like 50 mm more. Good luck.

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