Canon FD lenses...not much love here, and I just...can't

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Took this pic of Izzy inside this morning with Canon FD 35mm 1:2 S.S.C. on my G-7

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Here's some found footage I made in to a video today. From when I used to volunteer in a dog rescue full time in 2014.
Used a Canon 50mm F1.8 FD lens and an Olympus EPL2

 
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Dear Board,

Here is a picture from one year ago today of my recently departed best friend. Taken with an EPL-2 and Canon 50mm f1.8 FD. I wish I had shot it at f4 instead of f1.8, but it turned out pretty well. I'll never forget you Bearman!

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Tim Murphy

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Lovely, soulful portrait. I think that f/1.8 really helps to draw the viewer into the volumes being spoken silently through his eyes, particularly his left. F/4 might have got his nose more in focus, but likely at the expense of that tremendous sense of connection you captured. Very sorry for your loss.
 

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Okay, since I’ve found some FD fans, who’d like to opine on the FD 28/2.8 S.C. Vs the NFD 28/2.8?
The 28s were not the stars in the FD world. I own almost all of the FD lenses and multiples of many. I recommend the FDn over the FD generally speaking. People malign the polycarbonate bodies, but I can say with confidence that they last very well and fail less. Their lightness also matches m43 better.

I'd skip the 28s altogether and go for a 24. Way better lenses. The 24/2.0 is my favourite lens to put on m43 hands down, adapted or otherwise.

Whenever I use the 20/2.8 I'm always impressed. It's a lens that can't take a bad picture it seems. I'd also throw it on the recommendation pile.
 

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The 28s were not the stars in the FD world. I own almost all of the FD lenses and multiples of many. I recommend the FDn over the FD generally speaking. People malign the polycarbonate bodies, but I can say with confidence that they last very well and fail less. Their lightness also matches m43 better.
That matches with what I've read, 28 vs 24. I also read some pretty solid opinions on the FDn, especially vs the pre-S.S.C. FDs.

I'd skip the 28s altogether and go for a 24. Way better lenses. The 24/2.0 is my favourite lens to put on m43 hands down, adapted or otherwise.

Whenever I use the 20/2.8 I'm always impressed. It's a lens that can't take a bad picture it seems. I'd also throw it on the recommendation pile.
Thx!
 
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I hung on to my most FD glass as I still push about a dozen or so rolls a year through my F1's & T90's. The plunge into mirrorless has given this glassware
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a new lease on life; these are on the long end for certain. The IBIS really helps up to hand-holding a 400mm; after that it's monopod or gimbal head time...

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Edd
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I had a Canon nFD 80-200 f4 L that I loved until I got the Olympus 50-200 SWD. I also had a Canon nFD 50mm f1.4 that I wish I hadn't sold. It was so sharp and had the most fantastic bokeh. Here are some samples from that lens.
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