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Showcase Canon 400mm f/4.5 FD

Discussion in 'Adapted Lens Sample Image Showcase' started by Rasmus, Nov 16, 2013.

  1. Rasmus

    Rasmus Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Nov 16, 2013
    Stockholm, Sweden.
    Out of my frustration with the Panasonic 100-300 I decided to try some old manual lens to get some extra speed. I bought a cheap one, the Canon FD 400/4.5, to see if I could handle it. It's an old one, according to the serial number it's made in 1975.

    Pros and cons:
    + Fairly light
    + Cheap
    + Very handy slide-out lens hood
    + f/4.5 is faster than f/5.6
    - Just like the 100-300 it has to be stopped down to f/8 to get really sharp.
    - LOTS of CA. Especially lots of longitudinal CA, and especially wide open.

    They call Oostvaardersplassen the Serengeti of Europe, but the largest predator I see is a fox. Where are the lions? :)
    P7050102.

    P7050108.

    P8040060.

    P7040090.
     
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  2. uci2ci

    uci2ci Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 22, 2012
    Los Angeles, CA
    Sam
    Fantastic shots!

    Im a proud owner of this lens as well. Im very happy with its performance considering its price :)
     
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  3. Phocal

    Phocal Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 3, 2014
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    Phocal Mu-43 Hall of Famer

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  5. zapatista

    zapatista Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Mar 19, 2012
    Denver, Colorado, USA
    Mike
    I have this lens also....very good build quality (except for easily correctible CA's) and pretty nice IQ too. Easy improvement over the 75-300mm or 100-300mm at the long end.
     
  6. Phocal

    Phocal Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 3, 2014
    The CA can be bad but easy to fix. When you nail focus the IQ is really good, just have to stop down a little.
     
  7. Rasmus

    Rasmus Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Nov 16, 2013
    Stockholm, Sweden.
    I find the longitudinal CA rather hard to fix. How do you do that?
     
  8. Phocal

    Phocal Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 3, 2014
    I normally just use a hue/saturation layer if CS5 and reduce saturation for the color I select with the eyedropper. If that does not work I either just live with it or delete the photo.
     
  9. Phocal

    Phocal Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 3, 2014
    This morning with my EM5. Was surprised that 1/800 did not freeze his moving head.

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    Breakfast by Bohicat, on Flickr
     
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  10. Phocal

    Phocal Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 3, 2014
    A few from this evening, EM5 and Canon FD 400mm ƒ4.5. Took these from my kayak, was using a tripod which is unusual for me. To hard to shoot manual focus from a kayak without using a tripod.


    The Catch by Bohicat, on Flickr


    Sushi by Bohicat, on Flickr


    Full Spread by Bohicat, on Flickr
     
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  11. tornado

    tornado Mu-43 Veteran

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    Nov 6, 2012
    What does a decent copy of this lens typically sell for?

    Thx.
     
  12. Rasmus

    Rasmus Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Nov 16, 2013
    Stockholm, Sweden.
    I'd say the most common price seems to be around $400-$600, but occasionally they seem to sell for less than that.
     
  13. Zee

    Zee Mu-43 Top Veteran

    If you need to stop down to F8 anyway...

    Wouldn't an EF400L (F5.6) be a better buy? They can't be much for than $700 2nd hand... I remember seeing them for about $1k brand new at one stage. could be wrong of course...

    Regardless, some really nice shots in here!

    Z...
     
  14. Rasmus

    Rasmus Mu-43 Top Veteran

    660
    Nov 16, 2013
    Stockholm, Sweden.
    Maybe, but it's nice to be able to use the aperture ring and not rely on some aperture that's built into the adapter. But yes, I mainly bought it because it was the one of the cheapest long fast lenses I could find. I didn't want to pay a ton of money for a huge fast manual lens until I had convinced myself that I could actually do manual focus with a long lens. I now mostly use my Nikon 500 f/4, it's in a whole different league and it also costs a lot more than the FD 400/4.5.
     
  15. Zee

    Zee Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Ah yes... Manual aperture... Keep forgetting that one.

    Z...
     
  16. thegimprider

    thegimprider Mu-43 Regular

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    Jun 12, 2016
    Douglas Coulter
     
  17. thegimprider

    thegimprider Mu-43 Regular

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    Jun 12, 2016
    Douglas Coulter
    I'm looking into a Nikkor Ai 600mm f4 lens to adapt onto Oly PL-7. I will be using a gimbal to learn following skills so big glass is required. I find these lenses often in the 1K range but that is a lot of money to experiment with.
    I will buy another Nikon FM film camera for hobby work but the failed shots with this big of a lens would make it a poor choice to learn that skill.
    I'm a USMC vet and trained on TOW missils so I do have good optical follow foundation. 0351-0352