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IMG_0096On my last post I was dismayed that my new Canon 11-22 EOS-M lens had not yet arrived from Japan. Well, that’s all so last week because it has arrived. I now have an ultra wide-angle lens for my little EOS-M mirrorless body. The lens was spendy, but using the Tokina ATX 11-16mm f2.8 with the adapter on that mirrorless body was just too cumbersome. It completely defeated the purpose of the small body having this enormous lens mounted to it. Mind you, it did work, but it was HUGE!. Now I have a lens just a tick larger than the 18-55mm EOS-M lens that gives me all the ultra wide-angle pleasure I can ask for.

The lens performs well. Unlike my ATX 11-16mm which features a bright, constant f2.8 maximum aperture, this little lens has a variable maximum aperture that is f4.0 at the wide setting and f5.6 at the long setting. Since I will not shoot many photos beyond about 15mm with this lens I have effectively given up a full stop of speed in favor of a package that weighs about a quarter as much. Fair trade, I’ll say.

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The Canon lens has another big advantage over the ATX Tokina as well. This lens is not nearly as prone to lens flare as the big and bright ATX. Lens flare can be tricky to fix in post processing and in fact it is often nigh unrepairable. This little combo is my new best friend when taking hikes in the woods or shooting cityscapes. It is small and lightweight with big wide-angle performance in a non-imposing piece of equipment. The Canon 11-22mm EOS-M is a sharp lens but not amazingly so. The color and contrast however are spot on with a rich palette and snappy contrast.

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Why on Earth is this lens NOT sold in the US? Canon, what is up with that? Wide angle lenses are fun. You can walk around and find interesting subject matter in the most common of details. I shot a picture into a side view mirror on my car. The polished chrome complete with water spots and dirt provide an interesting abstract view. The lens was just a couple of inches away from the mirror.

I have always enjoyed using wide-angle and fish eye lenses to create unusual views of the ordinary. This small Canon EOS-M and the 11-22mm make a compact and fun package to tote around seeking opportunity for an abstract take on daily life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Canon FD 50mm f3.5 Macro

50macroI love using old lenses on new cameras. Today I am writing about the Canon FD 50mm f3.5 Macro lens. This lens is an 80s vintage that is in very good shape. These macro lenses are now available for very reasonable prices. I bought this one for around $70 on Ebay and it is near perfect. I like the FD series lenses that were the second generation because they are a bit smaller and more compact. Canon purists often prefer the older, original “breech lock” mount with the chrome ring. That was technically one of the best lens mounts ever made, but those lenses were big and heavy. The EOS-M is a tiny camera.

Macro lenses are generally very sharp. They offer a flat field across the entire image, corner to corner. They are designed to keep that flat field while focusing very close. Although they are typically only mediocre at infinity focus this particular lens tends to be a solid all round performer.

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I am able to shoot this lens on my Canon EOS-M mirrorless body with an adapter for old FD lenses. Unfortunately the FD lenses cannot be used on EOS DSLR bodies without an optical correction lens or they will be unable to achieve infinity focus. I surely do not wish to place any extra optics between my classic lens and the camera. The EOS-M has a more shallow lens to image plane so FD lenses work fine with them.

The APS-C sensor gives this lens an 80mm effective focal length. I bought it because my Tamron SP 90mm f2.8 is sometimes just to long. I use this lens to take pictures of products I list on Ebay so I don’t have to stand halfway across the room to get the shot. That is the practical use for this lens. The fun use is outside.

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Today we saw a warm day in the mid eighties and what better opportunity to soak up some rays and make some images with an old 1980s lens. My first target was my car. There it was sitting in the driveway, glistening under the warm rays of sunny goodness beaming down from the heavens.

Macro lenses are really good at showing off all the flaws in things you don’t otherwise notice. That Chrysler logo looks beat to hell, but in reality to look at it you won’t know it. So I decided to use a little soften effect in Adobe Lightroom to take the edge off all those defects. Chrome trim on cars can be a lot of fun to play with. I will have to do a piece on crazy chrome here soon.

OK, enough of that. Macro lenses are often used to take pictures of plants and flowers. I 50macrotest-3can’t help but notice that my blueberry bush is looking good this year. Hundreds of little white flowers means hundreds of delicious blueberries this summer. I love delicious blueberries 😀  I will admit I gave the bush a little spray of water to add to that lush look. This little Canon macro lens is quite sharp and delivers fabulous color and contrast.

Back in the day I was a die-hard Canon shooter with all the great glass. I love these old lenses! I really wish I had kept a few of those old “L” lenses 😦

I took a shot across the street to check out the landscape distance abilities of the old macro and it delivered a crisp image off into the distance. These old lenses do require that the lens stop down to shoot and that can make for a dark image on the screen. But the LCD screen compensates and that is cool!

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The Canon FD 50mm f3.5 Macro is a great lens and can serve a variety of purposes for a shooter using APS-C or micro 4/3s mirrorless bodies. Obviously you can take great close-ups. But it can also serve as a good portrait lens. This particular lens is only an F3.5 and if portraits is a big thing for you, a faster F2.8 model might serve better. Nikon made a great 55mm f2.8 Micro-Nikkor that could be a great alternative. You might find that those are not readily available in that under $100 range like the Canon.

So get outside and hit those yard sales. Maybe you will find an old lens you can use on your new camera body!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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