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Showcase Canon 100mm f/2 FD

Discussion in 'Adapted Lens Sample Image Showcase' started by scott, Dec 22, 2010.

  1. scott

    scott Mu-43 Veteran

    Nov 15, 2010
    I got this lens from an eBay seller who stocks lots of used electronics equipment from laboratories. When it arrived, it had a weird adapter on the back, fiber cross-hairs taped to the rear of the lens, and old green tape holding the focus in place. Here it is during cleanup: :p

    ...and afterwards:

    Some quick initial test pictures:

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  2. hamadiscool

    hamadiscool Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 23, 2011
    Nice pics! Lens looks nice too. This lens was probably attached to some type of video camera. Maybe it is a macro lens?
  3. gscara

    gscara Mu-43 Regular

    Classic Canon FD professional glass

    The 100mm f2 Canon FD lens was focused on the professional photographer in its day. The lens is sharp wide open and when closed down one or two stops provides amazing results.
    The following pics are wide open at ISO 2000 and were taken at the Pacific National Exhibition in Vancouver BC.

    The Saw Whet owl was taken at ISO800 and wide open.

    The following Raptor portraits were taken at F4 and ISO 160

    Attached Files:

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  4. mpg01

    mpg01 Mu-43 Regular

    Oct 21, 2012
    Gives new meaning to 'wide open' :biggrin:
  5. datagov

    datagov Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 2, 2012
    New York
    I got this lens a few weeks ago and it is sharp at f2 and super sharp at f4 to f11. I had a pentax-m 100mm f2.8 which was as sharp as my sigma 30mm f2.8, but the colors and contrast on the canon are far superior, and the canon is sharper. Super smooth bokeh. Great build quality.

    Sent from my Nexus 7 using Mu-43 mobile app
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  6. datagov

    datagov Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 2, 2012
    New York
    I don't use this lens as often as I should, and when I do it reminds me why I should. Shot this @ f2

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  7. ijm5012

    ijm5012 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Oct 2, 2013
    Pittsburgh, PA
    @datagov@datagov, how to you find using the lens? Have you used it on a speed booster (essentially making it a 70mm f/1.4)? I have a speed booster coming (RJ lens turbo, a cheaper Metabones) to use with a 50mm f/1.4, but I'm considering picking this up as well. I have a normal adapter as well to keep it a 100 f/2.

    I see they are going for $250-300 on eBay, so roughly $250 cheaper than an Olympus 75mm f/1.8. I'd be curious to get your thoughts on using the lens.
  8. datagov

    datagov Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 2, 2012
    New York
    The canon fd 100 f2 is an all around wonderful lens. Not too heavy, easy to focus, fantastic bokeh. Sharp at f2. You will get some CA outdoors at f2, but indoors it is fine.
  9. kurtwist

    kurtwist Mu-43 Veteran

    Feb 6, 2011
    Southern Calif.
    The Canon is a lovely lens, but the 75 Oly is autofocus, lighter, sharper at all f stops, gives EXIF data, etc. No comparison.
  10. ijm5012

    ijm5012 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Oct 2, 2013
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Yeah, I sold my FD 100 f/2. When using it with a Lens Turbo, it would become a 72 f/1.4, but the CA was pretty sever wide open and needed to be stopped down to f/2, which at that point why not get the 75mm?

    And that's exactly what I did, and I don't regret it for one second. The 75mm is a fantastic piece of glass.
  11. datagov

    datagov Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 2, 2012
    New York
    Amazing portrait lens. Took this today @f2

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  12. edmsnap

    edmsnap Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 20, 2011
    Edmonton, Alberta


    Olympus E-M5 with Canon FD 100mm f/2.0
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