Choices from these Canon FD lenses..

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by redcannon5, Nov 15, 2012.

  1. redcannon5

    redcannon5 Mu-43 Rookie

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    Aug 4, 2011
    Edmonton, Canada
    Mark
    My uncle has graciously offered the lot of his Canon FD system (which I'm not at all familiar with)... but I would like to choose just 2 or 3 lenses that I could make use of on my EP-1. I have most of the legacy range covered with my inherited OM's including the macro, though my longest OM tele is the 200 f5.

    From the following list he sent, all in like new condition, any standouts/preferences?

    - 50 f1.4
    - couple of 50 f1.8's
    - 50 f3.5 macro with FD-25H ext tube
    - 135 f2.8
    - 35-70 f3.5-4.5
    - 70-210 f4
    - 75-200 f4.5
    - 300 f5.6 SSC with 2X-A teleconverter
    - Carl Zeiss Jena 70-210

    and in EF mount:

    - 35-105 f3.5-5.6
    - 70-210 f4

    I'm considering the 50 1.4, 135 2.8 and of course the macro...

    Thanks,
     
  2. uci2ci

    uci2ci Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 22, 2012
    Los Angeles, CA
    Sam
    I would go with your choices. Although im tempted by the EF constant zoom too. Its a pretty good lens i believe and usable on m43 since its constant aperature.
     
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  3. Just Jim

    Just Jim Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Oct 20, 2011
    the 50 macro is a nice lens albeit slow, compared to the 1.4. The 1.4 can be flat looking and always needs some punching up. Take a 1.8 they're always useful, and tiny. There was a 70-200 fd? I know there was an 80-200, and if it's that lens pick it up, its great.
     
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  4. fvsfca

    fvsfca New to Mu-43

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    Oct 14, 2012
    SF,CA
    Francisco Villaflor
    I'm considering the 50 1.4, 135 2.8 and of course the macro...
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    I still use Canon fd lenses. I agree with your choices but the 300 5.6 + extender is a solid (but obviously slow) lens & worth considering. I personally have a 70-210 f4 Canon
    lens that is also a solid lens but not in the same league as the 80-200 f4L.
     
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  5. redcannon5

    redcannon5 Mu-43 Rookie

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    Aug 4, 2011
    Edmonton, Canada
    Mark
    Thanks Guys,

    I think I'll avoid the zooms.. the lightweight native 40-150 works for me. I will try the 300mm and teleconverter though.

    So, I'm curious, other than the moon.. what would one shoot with a 1200mm equivalent FL? :confused:
     
  6. uci2ci

    uci2ci Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 22, 2012
    Los Angeles, CA
    Sam
    Wildlife, although ull need a tripod/monopod for sure
     
  7. drcolby

    drcolby Mu-43 Regular

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    Jul 4, 2012
    I am curious. I have been following this thread and current have 4 FD lenses. I am wondering what brand adaptor other people are using. I have been working with a Rainbow Imaging.I seem to have a wrestling match every time with the camera and the adaptor and end up with slighly less than satisfactory results.

    Dave
     
  8. uci2ci

    uci2ci Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 22, 2012
    Los Angeles, CA
    Sam
    I have a ciecio7 ( ebay seller from poland) adapter for my fd lenses. Its got a good fit. Some people swear by this adapter, claiming its the best. There is also a german made novoflex fd adapter. Although im not sure if these expensive ones are that much better than cheaper brands. I had a 15 dollar fotasy konica adapter that was nice and snug. I have fotga OM mount thats also nice and snug. Whats wrong with your adapter exactly?
     
  9. edmsnap

    edmsnap Mu-43 Veteran

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    Dec 20, 2011
    Edmonton, Alberta
    I swear by this one.
     
  10. Just Jim

    Just Jim Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Oct 20, 2011
    I use the fotodiox ones, I have a few of them. All seem reliable.

    Also of note, the 2XA may not work with the 300 as well as the 2XB. Those are really meant for up to, not to exceed 300mm, the 2XB is for 300mm and above. LOL Canon...
     
  11. drcolby

    drcolby Mu-43 Regular

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    Jul 4, 2012
    Ordered one today from Poland. Should be here by Christmas.
    We have 2 Polish brothers here in town that run a garage. They are the best repairmen in town on foreign makes.

    Dave
     
  12. MarkBennett

    MarkBennett Mu-43 Rookie

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    Feb 6, 2012
    Hi I got a 50mm 1.8 and 15 extension tube yesterday. Adapted for my G2. Really happy with them. I also got the 200mm but haven't tried that out properly. Here are some images from around my house, the weather is crap outside.
     

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  13. tardegardo

    tardegardo Mu-43 Veteran

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    Apr 3, 2012
    Rome, Italy
    Canon fd 50mm f1.4

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  14. tardegardo

    tardegardo Mu-43 Veteran

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    Apr 3, 2012
    Rome, Italy
    both at f1.4 I believe..

     
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  15. uci2ci

    uci2ci Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 22, 2012
    Los Angeles, CA
    Sam
    awesome! its a good adapter even though its pricey. ciecio7 has an fd adapter with a tripod mount attached. It would go great with some longer fd lenses that dont have a tripod mount already
     
  16. Vincen77o

    Vincen77o Mu-43 Regular

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    Nov 3, 2012
    St. Albans, Herts
    Re: the initial post, I like my new FD 50 1.4, the 135mm sounds good and if the EF 70-200 is an L lens, it'll knock spots of your 40-150. Worth checking if any of these are L lenses.

    Re: focus on the 300 (1200), your tripod would need to cost more than the rest of the equipment. Jah Wobble springs to mind.

    Re: the discussion on adapters, I bought a cheapo which fits like a glove, but the aperture lock switch has now locked up in the locked position, still usable if I'm careful. If I get another FD lens I may upgrade to the Polish model.
     
  17. MarkBennett

    MarkBennett Mu-43 Rookie

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    Feb 6, 2012
    I also too these photos last night with my "new" 200mm 4.5.
     

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  18. redcannon5

    redcannon5 Mu-43 Rookie

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    Aug 4, 2011
    Edmonton, Canada
    Mark
    Well I made the road trip yesterday and came away with the 50 1.4, 135 2.8, 300 5.6 ssc with 2X-A extender along with a few accessories.. all in exchange for a bottle of Grey Goose. Great deal!

    The 50 and 135 are FDn, the 300 breech lock. All are immaculate. The 50 was mounted on an A-1 that had supposedly only shot 8-10 rolls of film.

    I will be ordering the adapter suggested earlier by uci2ci, it looks like a very nicely designed and machined piece.

    canonfd1.