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CANON LENS FL 135mm 1:2.5 is a classic old manual fast short telephoto lens for film cameras with a frame of 36 X 24. There is a whole family of such lenses.
Nowadays, CANON LENS FL 135mm 1:2.5 is interesting in terms of focal length and aperture ratio. First of all, CANON LENS FL 135mm 1:2.5 are great for portrait photography.
CANON LENS FL 135mm 1:2.5 belongs to the line of Canon FL series lenses with FL mount. FL and FD/FDn series lenses are easiest to use on mirrorless cameras APS-C CANON EF-M, APS-C CANON RF-S, Full Frame CANON RF). On SLR cameras of the system Canon EOS EF this lens is difficult to use - in order to be able to focus on infinity, it is necessary to use an adapter with a corrective lens. Mirrorless digital cameras have given a second life to these old lenses.
The F/2.5 aperture is only a quarter stop brighter than the more common F/2.8, yet 135/2.5 lenses are generally valued far more than their peers in the 135/2.8 class. The optical design of CANON LENS FL 135mm 1:2.5 is quite simple and has been further improved. The lens noticeably suffers from chromatic aberrations, especially in the blur zone.
Below is a list of Canon 135/2.5 class lenses:
- CANON LENS M 135mm 1:2.5 Canon Camera Co., Inc., from July 1958, scheme 6/4
- SUPER-CANOMATIC LENS R 135mm 1:2.5 Canon Camera Co., Inc., February 1960, 6/4 scheme
- CANON LENS FL 135mm 1:2.5, from May 1965, scheme 6/4, shown in this review
- CANON LENS FD 135mm 1:2.5, from March 1971, scheme 6/5
- CANON LENS FD 135mm 1:2.5 SC, from March 1973, scheme 6/5
In the future, only lenses of the Canon nFD 135 / 2.8 and nFD 135/2 class remained.
Main technical characteristics of CANON LENS FL 135mm 1:2.5:
Canon FL series lenses have an additional locking ring that is responsible for attaching the lens to the camera. As a result, CANON LENS FL 135mm 1: 2.5 uses as many as 4 control rings: bayonet fixation (rearmost silver ring), focusing (wide, metal, ribbed), aperture setting (front silver), aperture preset (thin black ring in front lens).
CANON LENS FL 135mm 1:2.5 is well built.
The focusing ring is metal, with ribs and notches, rotates approximately 180 degrees (1/2 of a full turn). Ring travel is smooth. During focusing, the front retractable part of the body frame does not rotate. Focusing occurs by moving the entire lens block. During focusing towards the MDF, the focus ring moves forward.
MDF is quite large, and is 1.5 meters (for example, a budget JUPITER-11 135/4 has an MDF equal to only 1 meter).
Sample photos (APS-C)
All photos in the review are shown without processing. Photos on a cropped camera were prepared by a photographer Natalia (Instagram). Camera used Sony NEX-6 (16 MP Sony Exmor APS-C HD CMOS sensor) and adapter FOTGA Canon FD/FDn/FL -> SONY E/FE/NEX. All photos are JPEG taken in camera. Original JPEG images can be view / download from this link (50+ files).
How to use FL/FD/FDn mount lenses
To use a Canon FL, Canon FD, or Canon FDn mount lens on modern mirrorless cameras, you should use the appropriate adapter:
- Canon RF/RF-S: adapter FD/FDn/FL -> RF/EOS R
- Canon EF-M: adapter FD/FDn/FL -> EF-M/EOS M
- Sony NEX/ILCE/IMCE/FE/E: adapter FD/FDn/FL -> NEX/ILCE/FE/E
- Nikon Z: adapter FD/FDn/FL -> Z
- Panasonic L / Sigma L / Leica L/T/TL: adapter FD/FDn/FL -> L
- fujifilm x: adapter FD/FDn/FL -> X/FX
- Samsung NX: adapter FD/FDn/FL -> NX
- Micro 4/3 (Panasonic/Olympus): adapter FD/FDn/FL -> M4/3
- Nikon 1 : adapter FD/FDn/FL -> N1
The adapters are suitable for FL, FD and FDn mount lenses, these mounts are backwards compatible. But using lenses with a Canon FL / Canon FD / Canon FDn mount on SLR cameras is difficult due to the long working distance. In such cases, a corrective lens adapter must be used, which will degrade the image quality.
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His scheme is a “planar”, oddly enough. With thick front adhesive. It is not surprising that the lens suffers from HA so noticeably - in double gauss with chromatism correction, not everything is smooth.
Oh, a long time ago there were no good old 135-currents.
So this one seems to be old and not good.
In essence, the ancestor of portrait light 135s from Canon - I'm talking about the Super-Canomatic R 135mm f / 2.5 ... 60th year, the first line of SLR objects.
What can be said? Nikon's answer worthy at that time. Excellent design, good mechanics, decent optical qualities.
It would probably be silly to compare it with modern portrait L-cams. Any. From new series, old ones, with autofocus, I mean.
He, mine, is already over 60. And he has a place on the shelf. He is history. And the first light mirror
a portrait lens from Canon that could.