Of course the new Canon RF 135/1.8 L IS is the better lens compared to the older EF 135/2 L version - no doubt about that. The new one plays in the same league like the RF 50L and the RF 85L - which are just amazing lenses, truly ! Albeit I only have the RF 50 L lens - but boy, it is just absolutely stellar - and unparalleled to any other 50 mm lens I ever have come across.

The RF 135/1.8 L IS also has no hints purple fringing, what so ever. (Unless dPreview's test images with the preproduction lens, had the elimination of purple fringing enabled - which I don't know if they did or not). But it look excellent, nevertheless. Playing clearly in a higher league.

Now that being said...

 

The original price of 2100 $ (without tax)

- turns out really bad for Europe, due to the excessive strong US Dollar. I mean that thing has risen like a rocket. ("Twice the price, double the fall" - something to keep in mind) But for now, it is really bad. If the RF 135/1.8 L IS would have the same price tag, but the dollar not as strong - the price wouldn't be so extreme.

 

The Swedish Price adds extra 440 € on top of everything else

But there is one thing I do not understand... The Swedish price of 32.300 SEK is much higher, compared to when you add 25% Swedish tax onto the 2100 $ and then add the current currency exchange on it. Then it would be something like 27.300 SEK. Instead, it is priced a whopping 5000 SEK higher (440 €)

That's really bad cocksucker business. For common people it is.

It explains why the lens is so extreme expensive here in Sweden - and perhaps not really worth that price - even if it seems to be a stellar corrected lens. It still is only a frikkin 135 mm focal length type of lens. No more. No less. And also something to remember... to make a perfect 85mm and 135 mm lenses, is among actually easier than other designs.

It shouldn't cost so extreme much as it does now.

 

The above two portraits

were taken back in 2008, with a 8 Megapixel Canon EOS 1D Mark II camera and the older EF 135/2 L lens woide open at ƒ2.0 aperture. I used of course a slight touch of Topaz Sharpen AI, in order to crispen up the finest details. And when i look at the results... do I need or want a new RF 135/1.8 L IS lens ?

Nope. Nix.

I also noted that my images with the same lens, but mounted on the 20 Megapixel Canon EOS R6 actually seem to make slightly better images. And of course - the focus is most often spot on - which wasn't always the case back in 2006-2013, except in very good light like in Sicily and Portugal.


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