An Addendum To The Previous Post…

Used the Carl Zeiss Jena DDR 135mm 1:3.5 MC S a few more times today, and now it is one of my favourite lenses ever. I’ll let the pics speak for themselves I think.

Took our little beardie outside to be a subject for practicing with my new M42-EOS adapter with my various M42 lenses. This was on the Carl Zeiss Jena DDR 135mm 1:3.5 MC S, my new favourite lens of all time.

Took our little beardie outside to be a subject for practising with my new M42-EOS adapter with my various M42 lenses. This was on the Carl Zeiss Jena DDR 135mm 1:3.5 MC S, my new favourite lens of all time.

100% crop from the image above.

100% crop from the image above.

She got scared by a bird flying over head and took a leap to another branch. Refocussed and shot this.

She got startled by a bird flying over head and took a leap to another branch.

And yeah, this image is one of the best photos of her I've ever taken. All of these have minimal editing, save for a white balance adjustment. The rest is pretty much straight from the camera.

And yeah, this image is one of the best photos of her I’ve ever taken. All of these have minimal editing, save for a white balance adjustment. The rest is pretty much straight from the camera.

100% crop from above.

100% crop from above.

Random bustard I saw whilst on a road inspection. This image has been pretty heavily cropped, because 135mm isn't really that long. But it's still a perfectly usable image. And hooray for successful manual focus on a moving target!

Random bustard I saw whilst on a road inspection. This image has been pretty heavily cropped, because 135mm isn’t really that long. But it’s still a perfectly usable image. And hooray for successful manual focus on a moving target!

And a 100% crop from the image above.

And a 100% crop from the image above.

It really is amazing to me that such an old lens has provided such wonderful results. I think I’ll be using this one quite a bit from now on.

Shannon Walters

An amateur photographer who also spends time making chainmaille and doing too many other things to mention.