35mm legacy lenses: sizes and specs

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Every time I was out shopping for a legacy (or just plain old) lens I had to dig through piles of old magazines and bookmarks to find the info I wanted. Especially dimensions and optical scheme of an old lens are often two difficult data to track down.

So I started collecting all these specs into this handy table, that I’m now sharing with you. Continue reading “35mm legacy lenses: sizes and specs”

Review: Canon EF 135mm f/2 L Usm

Canon EF 135mm f/2 L Usm

Ok, I don’t really quite like superlatives, but this lens deserves them all.

Because it’s almost unbelievable and absolutely WONDERFUL!

The only flaw that I can think of it is that it’s not a Zeiss (and I love Zeiss colors more that the yellowish Canon ones).

Bokeh, sharpness, flare resistance, autofocus accuracy and speed they are all over the top.

The price is over the top too, at 1.200€ street.

But this is a lens that you will use forever…

Rating: ★★★★★

Review: Canon 24-85mm f/3,5-4,5 Usm

Great value for the money.

This compact lens is a very good travel companion, light and reasonably sharp at all zoom settings and apertures.

At least in my own sample sports the best results at the wide angle end, while at 85mm is softer.

First row 24mm, left center, right borders;  second row 85mm, left center, right borders (on Canon 5D Mark II):

Like other zoom lenses if you try to correct focus in camera you have to choose a specific focal, because the amount of correction needed is vastly different from wide angle to tele.
canon 24-85

Not a great lens by any mean, but a great value for the price. And it will be light on your neck.
Rating: ★★★☆☆