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NetizenSmith

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100% crop, JPEG straight out camera (B&W conversion). Panasonic G2, FD Adapter, wide open at f/1.8. Lit using Canon 300TL Flash bounced off wall/ceiling.
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Canon new FD 50mm f1.8 bayonet mount on Olympus Pen E-P1


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The following two images were taken using a 12mm extension tube. It doesn't show in the b&w photos below but using an extension tube really exaggerates the worst of this lens' sins, namely significant red/cyan CA at large apertures.


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Lens and camera combination used to take the pictures above for your reference

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A few more shots from the same model lens as above. The minimum focussing distance is just under 0.6m so it not great for close-ups. They can be had quite cheaply and are a good MF legacy lens to start out with. I wouldn't rate this lens as highly as the Olympus OM 50mm f1.8 for a variety of reasons, which is reflected in their second-hand values.

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At f/1.8 and f/2, this lens is somewhat soft. It becomes reasonably sharp at f/2.8.
 

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A great review of the Canon FD 50mm 1.8, albeit on a non m43 camera. It is a review of both still and video. The 50mm really excels!

[ame=http://vimeo.com/17805517]DSLR Episode #11: Using FD Lenses With HDSLRs on Vimeo[/ame]

The lens reviewed is also S.C (not the S.S.C). I had to zoom in on a paused image to check. This is a relief for me as I had an inferiority complex with my 50mm 1.8 S.C..... and don't even get me started about my inferiority complex with the Canon FD 50mm 1.4!
 

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This lens is my favorite of my current lenses. Its pretty tough too as mine looks like it was run over by a truck. I bought it with a film camera and threw it to the side thinking it wasn't worth anything but after messing with it a bit I really like it on my G1. The focus ring is screwed, it shows 1.5 at infinity and closest focus is at 0.6. The front of the lens is all scratched up and its beat, but the pics come out good. Its my go-to lens.

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I just got a mint copy of this lens (the nFD version) for $20, and if there's copy variation, this is a good one. It is VERY sharp wide open, and extremely sharp from f/2.8 and smaller. I would say it appears to be the sharpest wide open of all my 50mm-ish lenses, save the OM 50/3.5 Macro and Panny 45/2.8, but those are slower and are macro lenses, so they should be razor sharp. (for reference, I use the Hexanon 40/1.8, 50/1.7 and 57/1.2, the Voigtlander 40/1.4 and the Rokkor 50/1.4 on m4/3)

It is at least as sharp, if not slightly sharper than my Hexanon 57mm f/1.2 @ f/1.8 (though, of course, the Hex can do f/1.2 and f/1.4, and this can't...plus it has nicer bokeh than the Canon).

Bokeh is a little busy, but not too bad. Contrast is pretty good. Haven't shot enough to get a good feel of the color.

Here's a quick shot of my daughter at f/1.8:
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That's a great pic Jordan!

I am starting to think that this lens is quite underrated, mainly due its price and the perception that the 1.4 is vastly superior.

I'll post pics from mine soon... I have to say I love the 1.8. It feels right in my hand, but that is also for sentimental reasons. I have travelled all over the world with this lens when it was on my AE-1. I find it mind-blowing that I am again using it on a digital camera!
 

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Here are a few from yesterday. Really liking this lens a lot, and as I said earlier, I own/have owned a LOT of 50s.

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First time out with my newly acquired Canon FD 1.8 on my Olympus EP1 all at f1.8

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Canon FD 50mm 1.8 on an EP1

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Dad's old lens

Dad gave me an old Canon AE-1 with several lenses. I'm trying this one out to see if I like it better than the Fujinon 55 1.8 and I'm having a hard time deciding. I took these with the lens on the GF1 and I think they were all taken at around f2.5-ish. What do you think? I'm inclined towards the Fujinon. The Canon lens seems to deliver an image that feels heavier, somehow, than the Fujinon which seems to dance by comparison. I realize "heavy" and "dance" are not exactly technical terms but I wonder if you know what I'm trying to get at?
 

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Some photos taken with the 50mm in the last few days, some HDR so look away now if you don't like!

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A couple of photos taken with FDn 50mm f/1.8 @ f/4. By the way these photos are color and not converted to B&W. This roll was found with a Bronica ETRS I purchased and expired July 1984.

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GH2 + FD 50mm F1.8

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