Photographer's Agency: Aspects of Manual Lenses for Canon Cameras

Manual lenses can come in handy when a photographer is shooting a close-up with a telephoto lens, trying to capture the image of a subject in motion, or focusing on a subject in low light. These lenses for Canon EOS and other cameras are available in a variety of different focus types and lengths. They are also suited to work with a range of different mounts.

What types of focal lengths and types are available?

Manual lenses for Canon cameras come in a variety of different focal lengths and types. Both zoom and fixed lenses are available. Zoom lenses allow for enlarging an image in the camera's viewfinder, while fixed lenses stay at a true distance. Manual adjustment allows the photographer to make any and all changes to the image focus. Focal lengths come in a variety of different measurements, including 24, 24-70, 28, 35, 50, 58, 85, and 300 millimeters.

What kinds of mounts are compatible?

A range of different kinds of mounts are compatible with manual lenses for Canon cameras, including:

  • Canon EF
  • Canon EF-S
  • Canon EOS
  • Canon FD
  • M42
  • Nikon AF
  • Nikon F
  • Sony E-mounts

Mounts stabilize the camera body and lens so movement does not disrupt a shot. Photographers can choose the mounts they prefer.

What types of cameras are compatible?
  • DSLR: DSLR cameras use digital imaging sensors rather than actual photo film.
  • Large-format: Large-format cameras utilize larger film than usual, most commonly 4 inches by 5 inches or 8 inches by 10 inches.
  • Medium-format: Medium-format cameras use medium-size film, which is slightly smaller than film used with a large-format device.
  • Mirrorless: Mirrorless cameras use a single lens and a display system rather than a viewfinder.
  • Rangefinder: Rangefinder models measure the distance between the camera and the desired subject with the goal of taking sharp, detailed shots.
  • SLR: SLR cameras use mirrors and prisms so the photographer can see the precise image to be captured before the photo is taken.
What materials are utilized in construction?

Glass and plastic of various types are typically used in manual lens construction. Glass makes up the actual lens, while plastic coats the outside and lends itself to building dials and adjustments. Different models of Canon manual lenses may have controls located in slightly different places.

How do you care for a manual Canon lens?

To care for a Canon manual zoom lens, first wipe down the outside with a cloth to remove dust or dirt. Use a soft brush or compressed air to rid the lens of debris. Then, apply lens cleaner to a soft cloth. Start at the center of the lens and use circular strokes to move outward and clean the entire surface, being careful not to scratch it. Clean the lens regularly to prevent smudges from interfering with shots.

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