Showcase Canon 100mm f/2 FD

scott

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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

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...and afterwards:

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Some quick initial test pictures:

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hamadiscool

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

gscara

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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.
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The Saw Whet owl was taken at ISO800 and wide open.
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The following Raptor portraits were taken at F4 and ISO 160
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mpg01

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The Saw Whet owl was taken at ISO800 and wide open.
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Gives new meaning to 'wide open' :biggrin:
 

ijm5012

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@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.
 

ijm5012

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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.
 

edmsnap

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