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Showcase Canon LTM 100mm/3.5 (Chrome/Black version)

Discussion in 'Adapted Lens Sample Image Showcase' started by dbmiller, Aug 7, 2016.

  1. dbmiller

    dbmiller TalkEmount Top Veteran

    777
    Mar 2, 2012
    New England
    There are several versions of this small wonder. Mine is chrome/black with distance markings in feet only. Here's a picture from long ago of it mounted on my 5n.


    So today I went to York and Ogunquit, Maine with my wife, her mother, and her aunt. For some reason, instead of packing the SEL24F18Z, I decided to put this guy in the camera bag. Only took it out for two photos, but I like it. Can't post one, as it's a photo of my wife and my mother-in-law, and my wife doesn't like me posting pics of her. So you only get the one of the Nubble Lighthouse, taken from Sohier Park in York, Maine.

    A6000, 100mm, 1/2000th @ f/8, ISO-100
    2016-08-07 York and Ogonquit Maine 045.
     
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  2. WNG

    WNG TalkEmount All-Pro

    Aug 12, 2014
    Arrid Zone-A, USA
    Will
    The shot brings back memories (vacation in Maine).
    The little Canon performs admirably.
    Nice to know, since I have a copy as well, same feet only graduations. Mine's suffering a bad case of lube haze over inner elements. It's awaiting service. Maybe it's time to bump it up the queue.
     
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  3. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks Super Moderator

    Dec 12, 2012
    Ashland, OR, USA
    David
    Both the shot and the lens are things of beauty! What's not to like? :)
     
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  4. addieleman

    addieleman Passionate amateur

    Nov 13, 2012
    Netherlands
    Ad Dieleman
    Wow, that lens makes the camera look big! Nice pic too.
     
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  5. dbmiller

    dbmiller TalkEmount Top Veteran

    777
    Mar 2, 2012
    New England
    The only thing to not like is that the aperture ring is very loose - unlike all the other Canon LTM lenses of the era. It's very easy to bump the aperture by accident, especially while focusing.
     
  6. WNG

    WNG TalkEmount All-Pro

    Aug 12, 2014
    Arrid Zone-A, USA
    Will
    Mine as well. Since I must take it apart to clean, I'll post any findings on how to firm up the aperture ring.
     
  7. dbmiller

    dbmiller TalkEmount Top Veteran

    777
    Mar 2, 2012
    New England
    Everything I've read says it isn't adjustable. The lens is so small, there wasn't room for the mechanics. The lens just uses some small pistons to open and close the aperture.
     
  8. AlwaysOnAuto

    AlwaysOnAuto TalkEmount Top Veteran

    712
    Feb 17, 2015
    If that lens is anything like my 35mm it must weigh a decent amount.
     
  9. dbmiller

    dbmiller TalkEmount Top Veteran

    777
    Mar 2, 2012
    New England
    According to the Canon Museum, the 100/3.5 weighs 184g. The orignial all-chrome Serenar f/4 was 355g!

    Depending on which 35mm, weight seems to vary from 125g (Black/Chrome 2.8) to 185g (Serenar, all chrome, 3.5).

    The black and chromes were a definite weight saver, shifting composition from all metal to metal/plastic.
     
  10. AlwaysOnAuto

    AlwaysOnAuto TalkEmount Top Veteran

    712
    Feb 17, 2015
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    Is this what you consider black and chrome?
    I don't know as I'm relatively new to this old stuff. I do know I really like the way this little lens performs.

    You'll have to pardon the dust on it, it just got back from the beach. =:>)
     
  11. dbmiller

    dbmiller TalkEmount Top Veteran

    777
    Mar 2, 2012
    New England

    Nope. That is the all chrome version. The black and chrome looks like...

    s42_b.
     
  12. AlwaysOnAuto

    AlwaysOnAuto TalkEmount Top Veteran

    712
    Feb 17, 2015
    Not sure we're still talking about the same lens db.
    Mine isn't a Serenar and is f2.8 in LTM.
     
  13. dbmiller

    dbmiller TalkEmount Top Veteran

    777
    Mar 2, 2012
    New England
    Serenar is the original name Canon used for the lenses. At one point they rebranded them to Canon, but were identical in all respects. Some of the lenses have gone through several iterations with minor changes but the Canon museum doesn't list them as separate items.

    I have the same 35/2.8 in chrome as you. Mine is also branded Canon, but the earliest versions were branded Serenar.

    So you could have four or more different versions for some of the lenses.
    1. Serenar lens (Pre 1955) - First version - All chrome except for maybe one or two of the later lenses
    2. Canon lens - Same as Serenar - All chrome
    3. Canon lens - Chrome and black
    4. Canon lens - All black - These tend to have the best coatings and optics
    Check the "S" lens page at the Canon Museum - Covers most of what is out there, but doesn't list every minor variation.
     
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  14. AlwaysOnAuto

    AlwaysOnAuto TalkEmount Top Veteran

    712
    Feb 17, 2015
    Ah, thanks for the info, I didn't know they'd renamed the Serenar's at some point. Good to know.
     
  15. dbmiller

    dbmiller TalkEmount Top Veteran

    777
    Mar 2, 2012
    New England
    Size comparison:

    Back row (L to R):
    • 12 oz can of soda :biggrin:
    • 135mm f/3.5
    • 85mm f/1.9
    • 100mm f/3.5
    Front row (L to R)
    • 50mm f/1.8
    • 35mm f/2.8
    • 28mm f/3.5
    2016-08-12 LTM Lens Tests 001.
     
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