Showcase Canon 300mm f/4 L FD

Discussion in 'Adapted Lens Sample Image Showcase' started by heli-mech, Dec 31, 2012.

  1. heli-mech

    heli-mech Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Andrew
    Great match on the E-M5 especially when battery grip is mounted. Sharp even wide open with relatively little amount of CA. I shoot it handheld 95% of the time with no issues.

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  2. Crdome

    Crdome Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Sep 11, 2011
    West Central Indiana
    Chrome
    Thank for this posting. It reminds me I need to take some risk shooting hand held and long.

    -Chrome

     
  3. kevwilfoto

    kevwilfoto Mu-43 Veteran

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    Sep 23, 2011
    Colorado
    I've been wanting to get a 300mm f/4 but I can't decide between this lens and the Nikon version. I have an FD adapter that I have no lenses for, but I also have a Nikon adapter and a few old lenses I use with it. I even still have an old F100 film body. But these images look really good ... hmmm.
     
  4. heli-mech

    heli-mech Mu-43 Top Veteran

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  5. juangrande

    juangrande Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    All of the ones on ebay keep getting bid up to over $400. Must be patient...
     
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  6. Roger.Cavanagh

    Roger.Cavanagh Mu-43 Rookie

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    Jan 31, 2013
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    Roger Cavanagh
    First time out in my local park with this lens. I was using a monopod.

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  7. heli-mech

    heli-mech Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Andrew
    Looks like your patience paid off :wink:
    In a moment of insanity, as well as getting a Olympus 50-200 for a phenomenal price, I sold my 300 to juangrande, I am sure you will see him post here soon.

    Last few shots:

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  8. chonbhoy

    chonbhoy Mu-43 Veteran

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    Your photos look great! Why did you choose to shoot with this lens instead of a 150 M43 equivalent lens?
     
  9. heli-mech

    heli-mech Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Andrew
    I'm not fully sure I understand your question but if you are referring to using this lenses over one of the native long zooms then its IQ and speed. Both native long zooms are at there weakest on the long end, and need to be stopped down a little to hit there peak. From what I have seen this lens wide open is better than the native ones stopped down and gets really outstanding once stoppwd down. Obviously what you gain in IQ you give up in size but personally I find the extra weight actually makes steady handholding easier.
     
  10. juangrande

    juangrande Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    A 300mm legacy lens is the same as a 300mm native on any camera that will accept it. The FOV of a 300 on an m4/3 body is approximately 600mm (35mm equivalent). Lot's of discussion about what that really means, but a 150mm lens, native or not, that can be used on 4/3 bodies gives 300mm equivalent.
     
  11. chonbhoy

    chonbhoy Mu-43 Veteran

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    Both excellent replies, just what i needed to know because the prices are high for the performance on the 600mm FF equivalent m43 lenses in my opinion (from photos ive looked at) and if there was a telephoto prime at those lengths i know the price would be out of my league unless they ditched AF maybe just maybe they would be affordable.
    Olympus and Panasonic might say, "why would you want a monster lens on a M43 light and portable body but I dont plan on buying several systems. (sorry off topic)
     
  12. heli-mech

    heli-mech Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Andrew
    I think panasonic and olympus should realize its not just the small size of m4/3 that is attractive, for me its the flexibility/versatility of the system. I can take my om-d with no grip mount a 14 or 20mm pancake and have a very compact setup, but then I can also put the grip on the om-d and mount a lens like this and have a completely handholdable 600mm equivalent rig. I wish oly especially would release m4/3 versions of their HG ans SHG 4/3 lenses, regardless of size. Smaller is nice but it certainly isn't always better.
     
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  13. chonbhoy

    chonbhoy Mu-43 Veteran

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  14. PhilS

    PhilS Mu-43 Veteran

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    Brisbane, Australia
    Phil Savory
    my first bird photos with the 300mm F4 L

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    Its a great lens when you nail the focus. These where shot on a mono
     

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  15. TucsonLawrence

    TucsonLawrence Mu-43 Regular

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    Jul 24, 2013
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    Lawrence Richards
    I just ordered one of these from B&H and it will arrive this week-- ( Canon FD 300mm F4 - I think I got a pretty good deal at $140 including shipping)

    At any rate, I look forward to using it- but do have a question-- would a speedbooster adapter be appropriate/useful on this lens?

    Thanks in advance,
    Lawrence
     
  16. verbatimium

    verbatimium Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jul 17, 2013
    Toronto, Ontario
    Martin
    Most likely you did not get the L version for that cheap (if you did then it was a hell of a deal). Still should be a good lens though. As for speedboosters, people generally use teleconverters instead with these long lenses to even get more reach. A 2X teleconverter will convert the 300mm into a 600mm (1200mm equiv on 35mm). If you get a good teleconverter, there is not a lot of image quality loss. No point to get speedbooster as you can get pretty cheap 200mm F3.5s that are generally much smaller.
     
  17. datagov

    datagov Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 2, 2012
    New York
    Just snagged a mint version of this classic off Fleabay and am impressed. Colors are not as warm as the Sigma APO 300mm f4 Tele Macro, and there is more CA shooting into the sun, but the lens is lighter and sharper at all apertures.

    Here is an example.

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