As a keen fan of using a prime lens over a telephoto / zoom lens I made a purchase on eBay this week picking up a manual lens for less than £20.
What I bought was a 135mm F3.5 Tele Prime Lens that has been converted to fit a Canon DSLR. This is the cheapest lens I have ever bought or own so was not expecting much from it.
First things first, the 135mm F3.5 Tele Prime Lens makes life a bit more difficult as you have to focus manually, but for the price, I think it is worth it, if for no other reason than to experiment with.
One of the reasons for making the purchase was to use the lens for video. It is compact and very light. I did not know until I bought it but the focusing ring is very smooth.
I gave the 135mm F3.5 Tele Prime Lens a real baptism of fire when I pulled it out on a job, again shooting a music night in very low-light conditions.
It fitted to my Canon EOS 5D Mark II with no problems at all. I set my exposure and of course did the focusing all manually. Personally, I think I have a lot to learn in terms of focusing manually as most of my shots I was either under or over focused.
On a more positive note, the ones I got right came out perfectly fine, yes you could most likely put the images under a micro scope and find loads of issues though overall it did the job.
It is not a patch on my Canon prime lens, that is clear. However, this is purchase based on price and for the cost, it offers amazing value.
Another thing I noticed about the 135mm F3.5 Tele Prime Lens was that on a full framed camera it worked without any issue or darkened corners.
The challenge with this lens is trying to focus manually without any aids what so ever. If you use a modern lens and focus manually the camera lets you know when you have hit the mark, but not with this lens.
Sample Image Taken With A 135mm F3.5 Tele Prime Lens
- Camera Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
- Shooting Mode Manual Exposure
- Tv( Shutter Speed ) 1/60
- Av( Aperture Value ) 0.0
- ISO Speed 4000
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