Canon EOS R8, RF 135mm F1.8 L IS Lens, a Swamp, a Bridge, and a Subject
The location was the Magnolia Plantation near Charleston, SC., where the Spanish moss and its reflection provide a beautiful, non-distracting foreground and background that emphasize the bridge and model. Even at a relatively long distance, the 135mm focal length and f/1.8 aperture combination on a full-frame camera creates nice background separation, especially making the subject pop.
The R8 brings Canon's outstanding AF system and full-frame image quality to an affordable price.
135mm f/1.8 1/320s ISO 100
Canon EOS R6 Mark II and RF 135mm F1.8 L IS Lens Capture Peak BMX Stunt Action
This day was spent at the Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center, a US Olympic & Paralympic training site, and the BMX stunt bikers were delivering incredible stunt after incredible stunt. While it was tempting to just watch the impressive action, images create a longer memory, and I had a job to do.
The camera position for this image provided a beautiful blue sky background, and the camera angle took full advantage of the circular polarizer filter's effect. Despite the polarizer reducing light, the ultra-wide f/1.8 aperture allowed an action-stopping 1/1250 shutter speed at ISO 100.
With all focus points selected, the R6 II would pick up the stunt rider entering the frame and track them for the extent of the burst. The R6 II's 40 fps continuous shooting rate ensured that the perfect moment of every stunt was on the card.
While it was fun to shoot the stunt riders with wide-angle lenses on the ramp, the mid-telephoto 135mm focal length was ideal for keeping the rider large in the frame at the peak of the stunt, while still showing the ramp for perspective.
Note that a preproduction R6 II camera and RF 135 lens captured this image.
135mm f/1.8 1/1250s ISO 100
The RF 135 F1.8 Blurs the Background Away from a Poppy Flower
Move in close with the Canon RF 135mm F1.8 L IS USM Lens set to f/1.8, and watch the background melt away.
Flower photography does not jump to the front of my mind when thinking of uses for this lens, but this lens rocks the flower photos.
135mm f/1.8 1/1600s ISO 100
Your New Favorite Event, Portrait, and Indoor Sports Lens: Canon RF 135mm F1.8 L
Let me introduce you to your new favorite event, portrait, and indoor sports lens, the Canon RF 135mm F1.8 L IS USM Lens.
There are several reasons for this prediction.
The first is the focal length. The 135mm angle of view is narrow enough to encourage subject distances that create pleasing portrait perspectives, even for full-frame headshots. This angle of view also keeps the lens out of their personal space, staying distant enough for subjects to remain comfortable.
The ultra-wide aperture is another reason for this lens to be a favorite. The F1.8 aperture combined with high-performing image stabilization keeps shutter speeds up and ISO settings down for sharp, low-noise results. F1.8 combined with the medium telephoto focal length can create a strong background blur that makes the subject stand out from an otherwise distracting background.
If those two reasons are not sufficient for you, the image quality delivered by this lens will be. Even the preproduction lens produced outstanding image quality.
This mariachi band member performing at a low light event was a perfect subject for this lens and the Canon EOS R6 Mark II behind it.
135mm f/1.8 1/125s ISO 1250
Getting Creative with the RF 135, Poppy Bud and Blurred Background
The Canon RF 135mm F1.8 L IS USM Lens's background blur capability opens up vast creative opportunities.
135mm f/1.8 1/1000s ISO 100
I Have Another Favorite Photo Subject — Introducing Elliott
Last fall, my oldest and her husband were blessed with a son, Elliott. Right, that makes me a grandfather, and no other word has made me feel older. If you have followed this site from the beginning (celebrating 20 years this fall), it might make you feel old too.
It was time for another round of Elliott pictures. Timing baby pictures, even for babies as adorable as Elliott (I admit bias in that regard), revolves around the short durations between eating, sleeping, and being fussy.
It was nearly noon when I got the "We're ready!" call. Outdoor pics were requested, and the available lighting was from a bright overhead sun. The good location option under this bright spotlighting condition is facing outward from just inside a shade, yielding a large, but directional, soft light. A patio was the choice for this example.
These pics were all about Elliott, and a sense of place was not important. The Canon RF 135mm F1.8 L IS USM Lens was my easy first choice. Especially with the close subject distance required to fill the frame with a baby, this lens easily turned the background into a strong blur.
The shallow depth of field produced by the 135mm and f/1.8 combination at close distances challenges a camera's AF system. With a DSLR, a significant percentage of always-moving baby pics with such a lens would be at least slightly out of focus, and getting a perfectly focused image combined with the perfect baby pose is difficult.
With the latest round of mirrorless cameras, the challenge has become selecting the favorite image to share (and having the fortitude to delete cute baby pictures to avoid overload). The Canon EOS R5 in servo mode with people eye detection AF enabled allowed me to focus on framing and shutter release timing. The camera's results were nearly perfect. Image selection was almost exclusively based on Elliott and I coordinating on the timing and framing.
Post processing primarily involved use of the drool and mulch removal tools. Check out how sharp this eye is:
Most results looked like this. Drool inspiring.
Hopefully you picked up a photo tip and felt the joy of this little boy.
135mm f/1.8 1/800s ISO 100
Poppy Flower Top View
This flower is brilliantly beautiful, and with the RF 135 F1.8 lens mounted, the background distractions are not a concern.
135mm f/1.8 1/4000s ISO 100