Canon FD 135mm f3.5!

For the past few years I've been dabbling in adapter lenses for my Rebels. First I don't have the big budget to purchase large professional lenses, but I can afford cheap lenses that are collecting dust at the pawn shops. Most vintage lenses these days you can get for twenty dollars. Now if you don't know what an adapter lens is, it's basically an old lens connected to an adapter, which adapts to your modern camera. There are dozens of different adapters you can buy at a fair price on eBay. Keep in mind the majority of the adapters are not automated or electronically connect to your camera. Digital cameras may have errors, claiming you do not have a lens attached to your equipment. But don't fear, all digital cameras now have a live viewing feature, where you get to see the hidden glory of vintage glass. To check out other adapters my friend and filmmaker Bart Santello has been working with the fascinating world of adapter lenses on his Samsung NX1, which he shows on his blog here.

Speaking of vintage glass, many older lenses are built like tanks and have incredible elements that were made for professional quality - unfortunately the cameras they came from are now long outdated. But the glass, the build, and the creamy beauty of the lens still stands strong, which allows it's users to get creative with how they capture light through the lens.

Below are some pictures followed by a short video to show what this lens is made of.

My setup using a tape measure to show the proper distances.
I used my birdbath and a mug to do some rack shot tests.

Top view of the lens to show all specs and features.

Lens attached to my Canon 700D. The lens is heavier than the camera.
Video of my lens and what it's capable of:


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