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FD 55 1.2 Is One Big Chunk of Glass

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by dayou14, Aug 31, 2011.

  1. dayou14

    dayou14 Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 6, 2011
    Just got my FD 55 1.2 today. Based on my 20+ shots with it at various apertures, I can't say it's a sharp-as-hell lens, but it sure is one handsome looking kit with the GH2. Only thing is, it's a chunk of glass, and completely negates the size advantage of M4/3 cameras.


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  2. UkrainianOne

    UkrainianOne Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 29, 2011
    Long Island, New York
    LOL! you should try using the soli 90-230mm w/o a tripod :rofl:
  3. uscrx

    uscrx Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 26, 2011
    Shasta Cascade
    That's an awesome piece of glass.

    How's it at aperture 2 and above? I would think it should be quite sharp.
  4. A monster, all right. Try mounting one on a Pen, lol. It sits a bit like a chopper: bum down, nose up. This one is sharp though, once you get to f/2 and smaller.

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  5. addieleman

    addieleman Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 5, 2010
    The Netherlands
    Had the same experience with the Nikkor 50/1.2. Big chunk of glass that needed to be stopped down to f/2 to get sharp; in practice a good 50/1.4 will do the same job for less money, less weight and less bulk. I sold my 50/1.2 in favour of a 50/1.4 for those reasons, it freed up 300+ euros :smile:.
  6. BruPri

    BruPri Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 13, 2010
    Chunkier even still...

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  7. phigmov

    phigmov Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Apr 4, 2010
    The Nikkor on a Pen always reminds me of the Gee Bee -

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  8. BruPri

    BruPri Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 13, 2010
    Yes, it's a fairly "plane" lens, one has to "prop" it up. I'm just winging it here folks.
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  9. Art

    Art Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 13, 2011
    San Francisco, CA
    Sharper than Rokinon 85mm f1.4 wide open?
  10. Yeah, I usually favour my 50/1.4 Canon or Zuiko lenses over this one due to the size. The 55/1.2 is a wonderful lens, and at f/4, f/5.6 it is super sharp, but the two 50s are very good as well at probably half the weight. I was lucky to pick my 55/1.2 up from a bric-a-brac seller on eBay for $70 so it doesn't owe me a lot, and it's a beautiful, collectable lens that I still might occasionally use from time to time.
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