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EF 35~135mm f/3.5~4.5; 35-135mm f/4.0~5.6 USM wide-tele Zoom

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Canon EF 35-135mm f3.5-4.5 AFD Wide-Tele Zoom
Marketed 06.1988; Discontinued: 1990

Part I There were six wide-tele EF zoom introduced during the Canon EOS 650 and EOS 620 era, namely EF 28-70mm f/3.5~4.5, EF 28-80mm f/2.8~4.0L USM, EF 35-70mm f/3.5~4.5, EF 35-70mm f/3.5~4.5A, Canon EF 35-105mm f/3.5~4.5 MACRO and EF 35-135mm f/3.5~4.5, as you can observed, except for the fast speed 28/80 f/2.8~4L which has a USM AF actuator - the remaining ones were only employed with an AFD actuator. Further, these early batch of wide-tele EF zoom lens group were mostly from 35mm instead of 28mm at the wideangle range as well as have a maximum opening aperture of f/3.5 with stepless variable aperture when zooming to their respective longer focal length. The larger aperture also contribute to their overall larger dimension of the respective lenses.

Canon EF 35-135mm f/3.5~4.5 AFD wide-tele zoom lense
The EF 35-135mm f/3.5~4.5, with its nearly 4X zoom ratio, covers most popular focal lengths to serve as a perfect multipurpose lens. If that is not enough, a macro mode enables focusing as close as 37 inches with a magnification power of 0.18X (at its closest focusing distance: Normal: 1.5m/4' 11"; Macro 0.95m/3' 1-1/2").

The optical construction for this lense is quite complex, comprised of a 16 elements in 12 groups optical arrangement. Surprisingly, there is a molded aspherical glass element within which makes such a good performer, giving consistently sharp and contrasty images as well as containing its relatively compact size in relation to its spec sheet. As mentioned earlier, USM is not deployed, instead, an Arc-Form Drive (AFD) motor enables precise, commendable quick autofocus operation. And the Electromagnetic Diaphragm (EMD) eliminates mechanical linkage with all EOS cameras for optimum reliability and performance. This 1988's EF 35-135mm f/3.5~4.5 AFD wide-tele zoom was phased out by Canon and replacing it with a more popularly priced EF 35-135mm f/4.0~5.6 USM in 1990.

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New & Old, 2006 in Shanghai

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Technical Specification for Canon EF 35-135mm f/3.5~4.5 AFD Wide-to-Telephoto-Zoom: -

Type: - Autofocus wide-tele zoom lens type with manual focusing mechanism
Focal Length: Variable zoom range from 35mm- 135mm
Focus Adjustment:-
Autofocus; AFD AF Actuator
Manual Focusing:- possible via AF/M switch; Full time Manual focusing during autofocus
NOT possible
Zoom Adjustment:- One Touch zoom ring control with indicator zoom range 35mm, 50mm, 70mm, 100mm & 135mm
Closest Focusing Distance:-
Normal: 1.5m/4' 11"; Macro 0.95m/3' 1-1/2").
Maximum Magnification:- Max. 0.18X
Diaphragm:
Electromagnetic (EMD)
Lens Coating: Super Spectra
AF Drive (motor) System:- AFD (Arc-Form Drive)
Distance Scales: Provided via window on metres/feet.
Functions; AF, AE operation, Auto Aperture, Full Aperture metering.
Infrared Marks: 50mm, 70mm, 100mm, and 135mm.

Credit: Image courtesy of William Brennan, from USA. whose all round photography can be found via his PORTFOLIO at Pbase. Image copyright © 1996-2005. All rights reserved. Please respect the visual property of the contributing photographer.

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Depth of Field Scale: None Angle of View:- 63° ~18° (35-135mm)
Aperture range:- f/3.5 - f/22 (f/29) Minimum Aperture: - f/22/f/29
Filter rotation: yes Filter Attachment Size:- 58mm front mounting
Lens construction:- 16 Elements in 12 Groups with an Aspherical glass lens element
Extenders:
Not advisable
Others: - Extension Tube Extension Tube EF12(II): no info; Extension Tube EF25 (II) 0.14-X ~ 0.37X;
Diameter:- 94.5mm
Weight
:- 475g (16.4 oz.)
Accessories:- lens hood:-
EW-68B; hard case: LH-1315; Soft case ES-C13; 58mm close-ups Lens 500D; Lens Dust Cap E Rear Cap, Gelatin Filter Holder Adapter usage: NO info.

Status:
Discontinued.

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Canon EF 35-135mm f/4.0-f/5.6 USM Wide-Tele Zoom lens
Marketed 03.1990; Discontinued: unknown

From its exterior physical appearance to internal construction, this Canon EF zoom has an entirely different feel and look from its predecessor. This 4X zoom ratio EF zoom lense covers one of the most popular wide-angle to medium-telephoto range. The Canon EF 35-135mm 1:4-5.6 USM is also the first Canon zoom lens that uses a rear focusing system where many subsequent multi-lens-group EF zooms also began to adopt this innovative optical system proven its functionality in this EF zoom.

The new optical design in its 14 elements in 12 groups and a drop in opening maximum aperture from f/4.0~f/5.6 has enabled this EF zoom both affordable to many consumers as well as keeping its size and weight down to a lighter weight at 425g (475g) and 86.4mm length from 94.5mm of the previous f/3.5~f/4.0 version. Similarly, a molded glass (GMo) aspherical lens element (@12th element) is used in its optical construction to correct astigmatism to achieve sharp definition and to make the lens compact. However, one big improvement made to this newer update was with its AF system, as it is driven by a ring-type USM (Ultrasonic Motor), which enabling full-time manual focusing even during autofocusing as well. Other than this 35-135mm zoom, Canon actually provides a few wide-tele alternatives; one of the more popular EF zoom lens was the Canon EF 35-105mm f/3.5~4.5 MACRO which also went through a round of update as an USM-spec wide-tele zoom. As Canon second phase of lens updating program during the first quarter to end of '90 had extended the consumer grade wideangle-tele zoom lenses to 28mm settings, many of the first phase of EF zoom with 35mm have been replaced with newer range of zoom lenses which has a wider picture angle from 28mm (such as the immensely popular Canon EF 28-105mm f/3.5~4.5 USM) and newer upgrade such as EF 28-135mm f/3.5~5.6 USM IS Wide-Tele Zoom etc.).

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EF 35-135mm F/4.5~5.6 USM Zoom lens
The maximum aperture of f/4.0 is its main weakness where it requires good ambient light condition to bring out is best. Overall, the weight and size factor is just right and lens handling is simply wonderful. The manual focusing ring could have been improved wider; for other comments, refer to a review by Gene Walls.

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Part II A user opinion of the Canon EF 35-135mm 1:4-5.6 USM Zoom lens
by Mr.
Gene Walls <contact him via: ProfAudio1@EBAY>

" ... This very compact telephoto zoom lens is relatively light and incredibly versatile. It was designed by canon to be the Ultimate "TRAVEL" lens for all EOS SLR cameras. It is light and compact but does not sacrifice optical or mechanical performance. It is an excellent performer, capable of capturing crisp images with fantastic color saturation and striking contrast. If you can find one of these highly respected gems in good condition it could become your favorite Canon EF lens.

Gene Walls's 35-135mm f/4.5~5.6 USM compact zoom lens
This is a RARE, highly sought-after model with “FTM” Full Time Manual focusing, superior “Ring” type USM motor, a real distance scale window and infrared compensation indication. It is threaded for common (affordable) 58mm filters and accessories. It has the heavy duty STAINLESS STEEL METAL LENS MOUNT, which are getting harder to find these days. This lens was discontinued in 1997, but may be found on eBay if you watch carefully. “Full-Time Manual” focus allows you to make fine focus adjustments WHILE THE AUTO FOCUS SYSTEM IS ENGAGED! This is especially useful for setting the exact focus point in a close shot. It will allow you to emphasize a particular picture element while other parts of the image are intentionally blurred by a narrow depth-of-field. This lens has the Top-of-the-Line “Ring” type USM Ultrasonic AF design. There are 14 lens elements in 12 groups. Focusing is performed internally, the front lens does not rotate, making it much easier to use polarizing and special effects filters. These features insure that focusing will be lightning fast, impeccably precise and dead silent!

The large zoom ring is very comfortable to use and quickly goes from 35mm all the way out to 135mm in about a quarter turn. The barrel extends for zooming, but the front lens element does not rotate at all. The position of the zoom ring relative to the focus ring makes this lens almost as easy to use as a "One Touch" lens design in manual focus mode. In Auto Focus mode, it is just a pleasure to handle.


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Image quality dramatically outperforms all of the popular “standard kit” zooms, and is at least equal to the much more expensive EF 28-135 f/3.5-5.6 USM !!! Sharpness and contrast are quite impressive throughout the entire zoom range. While very good wide-open, the image sharpness gets really crisp at around f/8 or so. In spite of the impressively wide zoom ratio, only slight distortions are visible, and then, only at the wide-end of the focal range. Flare is well controlled. Pictures produced through this lens are quite sharp, “contrasty” and rich in color saturation. If you are still using the cheap “kit” lens that came with your EOS camera, YOU REALLY NEED TO UPGRADE TO THIS LENS.

Front section of Canon EF 35-135mm f/4.5~5.6 USM zoom Rear section of Canon EF 35-135mm f/4.5~5.6 USM zoom
Credit: Images courtesy of Mr. Gene Walls® you can contact Gene via:<ProfAudio1@EBAY> Image(s) copyright © 2006. All rights reserved. Please respect the visual property of the contributing photographer.

Note that when it is used on a Canon Digital SLR, like the Rebel XT, 20D or 10D, this is equivalent to a 55-215mm zoom lens. That's due to the 1.6 X "crop factor" magnification. This is a great focal range for portraits, nature landscapes and sports photography. This is the perfect mate to use with a Canon EF 20-35mm wide angle zoom, especially on any EOS Digital SLR with a less-than "full frame" image sensor.

This model is very compact in size, about 3.75” at 35mm to 5.5” at full zoom. It is reasonably lightweight at only 15 oz. It has a very solid "feel" with smooth operation. The wide angle to medium telephoto range make this an ideal “travel” lens. You will find that it will stay on your camera almost all of the time. It's great for everything from portraits to architecture, landscapes, sports and nature photography. It covers about 80 to 90% of all normal photographic applications....".

- Gene Walls -
ProfAudio@EBAY>

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Peace Hotel, Shanghai.

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Technical Specification for Canon EF 35-135mm f/4.0~5.6 USM Wide-to-Telephoto-Zoom: -

Type: - Autofocus wide-tele zoom lens type
Focal Length: Variable zoom range from 35mm- 135mm
Focus Adjustment:-
Autofocus; with manual focusing mechanism
Manual Focusing:- possible via AF/M switch; Full time Manual focusing during autofocus
is not possible via thsi micro USM lesn type
Zoom Adjustment:- Ring controlled zoom action via zoom ring control with indicator zoom range 35mm, 50mm, 70mm, 100mm & 135mm
Closest Focusing Distance:-
0.75m(2.5')
Maximum Magnification:- Max. 0.15X @135mm setting

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AF Drive (motor) System:- USM (ultrasonic Motor)
Distance Scales: Provided via window on metres/feet.
Functions; AF, AE operation, Auto Aperture, Full Aperture metering.
Infrared Marks: 35mm, 100mm only
Depth of Field Scale: None
Angle of View:- 54°~15° /
38°~10° / 63°~18°
Aperture range:- f/4.0- f/22

Optical Construction for EF 35-135mm f/4.5~5.6 USM MTF graph for Canon EF 35-135mm f/4.5~5.6 USM
Credit: Images courtesy of Mr. Gene Walls® you can contact Gene via:<ProfAudio@EBAY> Image(s) copyright © 2006. All rights reserved. Please respect the visual property of the contributing photographer.

Depth of Field Chart for Canon EF 35-135mm f/4.0~5.6 USM Zoom
Lens construction:- 14 Elements in 12 Groups with an Aspherical glass lens element; inner and rear focus design
Minimum Aperture: - f/22/f/32
Filter rotation: NO
Filter Attachment Size:- 58mm front mounting
Diaphragm: 5 blades
Extenders:
Not advisable
Others: - Extension Tube EF25 (II) 0.21-X ~ 0.86X;
Diameter:- 86.4mm x 72mm (3-3/8" x 2-3/4")
Weight
:-425g (14.9 oz.)
Accessories:- lens hood:-
EW-62; Lens Cap: E58U; hard case: LH-C13; Soft case ES-C13; 58mm close-ups Lens 500D; Lens Dust Cap E Rear Cap, Gelatin Filter Holder Adapter usage: NO info.

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Status: Discontinued.

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Variant: Recently, I came across a unit of a rare Canon EOS 10s SE (Special Edition model) with a matching Canon EF 35-135mm f/4.0-5.6 USM Special Edition lens - both came with a Titanium colored finishing.

Canon EOS 10S QD with matching Titanium finished EF 35-135mm f/4.0-5.6 USM zoom Canon EOS 10S QD Special Edition with matching Titanium finished EF 35-135mm f/4.0-5.6 USM zoom
Credit: Nicolas gauthier.nicolas@free.fr for volunteerily sending this image to replace the ealier pictures which have not being granted permission. THANKS !

Nicolas Photo Site

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