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The one and the only Canon EF 135 2.0L USM.
This is actually my must-have and favorite autofocus lens for 35mm DSLR camera. Without it I would not create even a half of the pictures from the "color tales" series.
I normally use it for 2 types of shooting.
1. Detailed close-up portrait. The fact it is a tele-lens allows you to take close-up portraits with almost all the face in sharpness. You do not need to close diaphragm or may be just a little bit.
But I have to add that In my opinion, this lens is not for any kind of face type. I do not use it for round faces and for those ones who have small facial features. Actually i do not agree with the fact that one should use only tele-lenses for taking portraits. The focal distance usage is really depend on a person you're picturing and could be even 35mm or 24mm.
2. A small "popping-out" figure in the middle of a beautiful environment. From one hand it gives you an incredible possibility to separate the model from the background and from another hand you do not loose important details because the unfocused background is beautifully blurred but in the same time it is readable, thick and dense. It is all about the bokeh.
It is just gorgeous, It's not boring, it's very spacious and fluffy, has many dimensions and gives you this vintage feeling. Colors are so beautiful and natural and contrast is just right there, not too strong, not to loose.. Most of all I love how the unfocused areas look in such conditions like streets and hilly landscapes.
Well... seems like there are no bad things about this lens except the price. ))
But do not worry if you can't afford it's price. A very similar effect you can achieve with many of less expensive lenses of the same focal distance. There are a lot of manual focus old lenses you can find on e-bay or second-hand shops for more friendly prices. The only thing is that you have to focus manually. Which is actually not bad when you make slow photography i'm talking about.
Please note: All the examples given below are taken with open aperture and have color editing.
PS: All written above is just a result of my humble experience in the area of fine art and portrait photography and not pretending to be truth for other photographers and shooting conditions.
Stay tuned :)
In the next review - Canon 35 1.4L