Canon fd macro lens.

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by manta63, May 22, 2015.

  1. manta63

    manta63 Mu-43 Rookie

    Jul 26, 2012
    I am looking for a good 1:1 macro lens to fit my G3. Preferably canon with a fd mount , but
    i am open to all suggestions.

    Best regards.
  2. coffeecat

    coffeecat Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Aug 4, 2012
    SW England
    Can't help with direct experience, but someone on here was recently showing good results with a Canon fd 50mm f/3.5. These appear to be very cheap on fleaBuy. I think they are 1:2, but can do 1:1 with an extension tube.
  3. listers_nz

    listers_nz Mu-43 Veteran

    Nov 22, 2013
    Christchurch, New Zealand
    One option is a Vivitar 55mm f/2.8 macro lens. They go to 1:1 and can be found in a number of mounts including FD. A very quick seach shows a couple of FD mount ones on ebay, but I didn't look very hard.
  4. coffeecat

    coffeecat Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Aug 4, 2012
    SW England
    I've have read a few times BTW an old adage that there's no such thing as a poor macro lens - they all tend to be good optically.
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  5. JudyM

    JudyM Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 5, 2010
    Westminster, MD
    I have the Canon FD 50mm f3.5 Macro and the extension tube. I paid $65 for it in like new condition from a local seller. It's very, very sharp, small and lightweight. With the adapter, the lens is about the same size as my Olympus M. Zuiko 60mm f2.8 macro. Add the extension tube, and it's only slightly longer than the Olympus lens. With the right subject, you can get some 3D effect with it. I haven't seen that with my Olympus macro.

    9906288424_f9613a9b67_b.jpg 20120226_152 by j.murphy2, on Flickr

    9906210415_09930bdb2c_b.jpg 20120408_115 by j.murphy2, on Flickr
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  6. tkbslc

    tkbslc Mu-43 Legend

    Do you have a max budget? What kind of subjects?
  7. Turbofrog

    Turbofrog Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 21, 2014
    The Vivitar 55mm f2.8 Macro, as already mentioned, is a great lens. Especially for the price. I got mine for $45 CDN, which is astonishing.

    Very lightweight for a 1:1 lens, decently sharp (though probably not quite as good as my Sigma 90mm/2.8), but also renders very pleasingly as a short tele/portrait lens with nice colours.

    I don't have experience with the alternatives, but I will tell you that not having to deal with a tube attachment or diopter to get to 1:1 is a huge bonus that shouldn't be underestimated.
  8. pellicle

    pellicle Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 10, 2010
    Southport, OzTrailEYa
    Get any lens 50mm or longer and some extension tubes.

    Best way.

    Don't fuss about stop cos you'll be stopping down anyway

    A sample from a 50mm f1.8 with a little extension



    If working from a tripod get a macro rail off eBay


    About $20
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  9. JudyM

    JudyM Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 5, 2010
    Westminster, MD
    I used to use a simple reversing ring with my OM2n. It's amazing what you can get just by turning the lens around.
  10. manta63

    manta63 Mu-43 Rookie

    Jul 26, 2012
    Thank you to everyone . Good info.

    Best regards