Donnerstag, 15. Mai 2014

Once in a blue moon: the Canon 135mm f/3.5 LTM

Fuji X-E1 with Canon 135mm LTM  f/5.6 1/200s, ISO 800
The presented photo lens is not so very rare to find. Canon has, like many other companies in the 60s and 70s produced lenses for their own rangefinder cameras and of course especially for Leica. The lovers of old lenses can buy it for relatively little money, even when it is not often offered. I purchased my copy for less than a hundred Euros. For this small sum of money, it is then very good. This gives a small masterpiece of metal and precision. True engineering.
Here some pics of the lens on my Sony NEX-3N. You see very well that it is compact and relatively lightweight. It is therefore very well suited for system cameras such as Olympus, Panasonic, Samsung or Sony. However, you need a matching M39 (LTM) - adapter.

The Canon 135mm f/3.5 lens was produced in the years 1952-1975. It has a minimum focus of 1.5 meters and has ten blades. The filter size is 48mm, it has a weight of 425 grams, is 54mm wide and 100mm long.
At long distances the Canon 135mm does exhibit mild halation at F3.5, but when stopped down to F5.6, sharpness and contrast are superb. Near focus performance is excellent even at F3.5. If shooting handheld it best to keep shutter speeds at 1/200th or faster. Due to the built lens hood you have'nt any problems with side or back light. There is little chromatic aberrations at full aperture. But that hardly bothers. Only on the optical power wise, it is even better than the legendary 135mm from Olympus. I can really recommend this lens.
All the following photos were taken at maximum aperture.

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