Idiot Macro Photographer Tries To Photograph Birds With An Old MF Carl Zeiss Lens..

Blue Tit Feeding It's Young - Carl Zeiss Jena Sonnar Electric 135mm f/3.5

I don’t do bird photography. I’d like to as I love birds and animals but presently I’m 95% macro and my lenses are appropriate to that. I own one AF lens and that’s the Fuji 18-55mm for general photography. So, when I decided to record the Blue Tits in our old bird box, I had one lens that “might” work: an ancient Carl Zeiss Jena Sonnar Electric 135mm f/3.5 which I bought to use as a tube lens for a microscope objective together with my Fuji X-T1. This was never going to end well, was it?

Blue Tit Feeding It's Young - Carl Zeiss Jena Sonnar Electric 135mm f/3.5

Probably not, no but photography doesn’t always have to be about exotic, beautifully framed images. Sometimes you just want a decent record to show your little son or wife.

Blue Tit Feeding It's Young - Carl Zeiss Jena Sonnar Electric 135mm f/3.5

And if that’s your goal, even an old MF lens from the 80s will capture some enjoyable shots! Well, my 7 y/o thinks so, anyways.