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Canon FD lens recomendation

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by Anthon, May 1, 2013.

  1. Anthon

    Anthon Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 8, 2012
    I have a FD to m4/3 adapter and it's being unused

    I want to buy one lens to use the adapter but I'm totally lost in FD lenses

    I already have a Minolta MD 50mm so it has to be a different focal length

    Could you recommend me one lens?

    It can't be expensive :D

    Thanks in advantage

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  2. Just Jim

    Just Jim Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Oct 20, 2011
    80-200 f4 it's a good one, I just sold mine off a few weeks back, but they can be had for $100usd in great shape. That was favorite telephoto on this system. It just needed a touch of contrast in post.
  3. fin azvandi

    fin azvandi Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 12, 2011
    South Bend, IN
    Given the list of lenses in your signature, you probably don't need anything in the wide-normal range either. If you are interested in macro photography, there are lots of older macro lenses that were made for the FD mount. I use a Kiron 105mm f/2.8 and it's a dream to use, they made it in several mounts including FD.

    Or a long prime, something in the 135-200mm range would not be too hard to focus, especially with the OM-D stabilization.
  4. Anthon

    Anthon Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 8, 2012
    The 80-200 is too big for me, I prefer something smaller for carrying everywhere, the 105 f2.8 macro looks great but it's too expensive

    What do you think about the 85mm f1.8 or 135mm f2.5?
  5. Vnnie

    Vnnie Mu-43 Rookie

    Nov 29, 2012
    Chicago, IL
    I have been pleased with the Canon 50mm Macro f3.5 for macro work. The Canon 28mm f2.8 is good and dirt cheap. As for zooms, the Canon 35-105mm f3.5-4.5 and Tokina 70-210mm f4-5.6 are pretty good too.
  6. MAubrey

    MAubrey Photographer

    Jul 9, 2012
    Bellingham, WA
    Mike Aubrey
    If you're comfortable with paying $300 or so, the Canon FD 135mm f/2 is an absolutely excellent lens and would provide a nice (near) 300mm equivalent on μ43.
  7. Anthon

    Anthon Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 8, 2012
    I've been thinking about it and I realised that I would enjoy a small and fast lens. But It can't be the 50mm, maybe a 24mm f2.8? I like the 85mm f1.8 but it's a bit expensive for a legacy lens that I'll hardly use
  8. marcsitkin

    marcsitkin Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 24, 2013
    Harwich, MA USA
    Marc Sitkin
    I'd reconsider a 50mm f 1.4. You don't have anything fast in your kit now.
  9. DeeJayK

    DeeJayK Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 8, 2011
    Pacific Northwest, USA
    The 85mm f/1.8 would make a fantastic portrait lens.

    You might also look at something in the 28mm range, which is a nice FOV for a "walkaround" lens. There are 28mm f/2.8s from Canon as well as from any number of second party lens builders (Vivitar, Kiron, etc.) which can be found pretty cheap. I'd look for a 28mm f/2 -- I have a Vivitar (by Komine) that is decent, but the Kirons seem to have a better reputation. With a little digging and some luck you might turn something up in the US$30-50 range.
  10. Anthon

    Anthon Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 8, 2012
    I have a Minolta 50mm f1.7, I know the canon f1.4 it's faster and better, but I would like to buy a different focal lenght
  11. RedNumber5

    RedNumber5 Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 13, 2010
    Antioch, CA
    I have the 85mm f/1.8 and it makes a very nice pictures on a m43 camera. The 24 f/2.8 would be something to look into as it'll be an almost normal lens. Anytime I want to check out a particular Canon FD lens, I'll refer to the post below from apug.org.

    Post #1135143

    The post came from this thread which ran 8 pages long which is a nice read on particular lenses.
    Trying to decide on FD Lenses
  12. HarryS

    HarryS Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jun 23, 2012
    Midwest, USA
    I own them both. I paid $110 for the 85mm, and I call that expensive. Nice lens if you need the speed and focal length, but is a specialty lens. I could never justify the 75mm.

    And f2.5 is faster than f2.8, but it's questionable what premium that rates when comparing to a 135mm f2.8. These 135's are quite common.

    I don't like any of the older 28mm and 35mm lenses. A better choice would be the 19mm and 28mm Sigmas. Just as fast or faster, modern coatings and sharp.
  13. Anthon

    Anthon Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 8, 2012
    I've just bought a 135mm f2.8 for less than 40€ :eek: :biggrin:
  14. iamajai

    iamajai Mu-43 Regular

    Sound like a good deal if it is in good shape. I started off with a 50/1.8 and moved on to a 55mm macro lens which I've come to love. Latest FD lens has been a 24mm/f2.8 which is a nice sharp walkabout lens. Looking back, the macro lens makes the most financial sense as a native macro is many times more expensive. You already bought the 135mm, but a 100mm macro would also be a nice choice.

    The one thing I've found is the FD lenses are all significantly heavier than my native lenses and makes it a bit of a chore to carry them both around.
  15. edmsnap

    edmsnap Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 20, 2011
    Edmonton, Alberta
    Either the 24mm or the 35mm would be good FD lenses. They are both available in f/2.0 and f/2.8 versions with the former being faster and optically superior while the latter are dirt cheap and still good.

    I'd also encourage you to think of a 50mm f/1.4; just because you already have a 50mm lens doesn't mean that you've experienced everything there is to experience about that focal length. I have a crapload of 50mm lenses and they all render very different types of photos. The FD 50mm f/1.4 is a very special lens.
  16. Anthon

    Anthon Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 8, 2012
    Thanks for your recomendations

    As I said, I only want to buy a FD lens because I have an adapter to use it, but I won't use it too much, only for testing or fun. I'm really happy with my Minolta 50mm f17 even knowing it's not a very sharp lens.

    I don't have any lens longer than 50mm so the 135mm sounds like a good deal for me, and it's very cheap for less than $50, (I prefer to buy something regular at a bargain price instead of something better but more expensive)

    I'll post some photos when I receive it. The seller description says that is in good condition
  17. Johnny_Alucard

    Johnny_Alucard Mu-43 Veteran

    Apr 28, 2013
    I picked up an FD 70-210mm for next to nothing in great condition. Initially I didn't think I'd keep it, but I'm starting to feel it has a look that I really like...

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  18. sammykhalifa

    sammykhalifa Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jun 22, 2012
    Pittsburgh PA
    Am I the only one having a heck of a time getting the Canon adapters to fit properly? :(
  19. DeeJayK

    DeeJayK Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 8, 2011
    Pacific Northwest, USA
    No, you're not. I had the hardest time getting the aperture on my breech-lock FD lenses to work with my adapter, and I'm not sure I understand how it's meant to work even once I bumbled into getting it attached correctly.
  20. Just Jim

    Just Jim Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Oct 20, 2011
    On the Lock <--> Open dial, One side will lock the aperture ring from moving on the lens but you can adjust the aperture from the ring on the adapter. The opposite setting retains normal usage of the lens. The lens has to be put on the adapter in the Open postition or things get weird with the aperture control, or the apadpater may not sit exactly right on the lens which may let light in. I'm assuming you guys have the Fotodiox adapters that I have, where it can be tricky.