Sonntag, 21. Februar 2016

Best Canon FD lenses that you should consider

Rare Canon FD lenses
 

The Canon FD Lenses
Since the advance of mirrorless cameras and especially since the launch of Sony's A7 line of full frame mirrorless cameras, Canon's good old FD lenses are getting more interesting.
Prior to the launch of micro four thirds, these have been really cheap, but still today they are bargains, considering the performance of these vintage lenses.

In this post I want you guide you through the Canon FD System, especially the newer nFD versions. I've had a lot of them and still have. All of my recommendations are based on full frame, they might not count that much for APS-C or even micro four thirds system cameras.









The super budget Prime set
Get a used Sony A7 for about 700€ on the used market and three lenses for about 100 - 200€. A full frame set with 3 lenses below 1000€, not to bad, eh?

Canon FD 28mm 1:2.8 (20 - 60€)
Canon FD 50mm 1:1.8 (30 - 50€)
Canon FD 135mm 1:2.8 (60 - 100€)

Canon Lens FD 28 mm 1:2.8 - this one, together with the FD 50mm 1.8 are the cheapest and most common FD primes. Nevertheless they work great!
I had all of these primes and they are excellent performers considering it's price. You start with a medium wide-angle, to a standard up to a tele, all sufficient fast. They all share the 52 mm filter threads, are light and the 135mm has even an build in hood.
This is a great set to start and you can do a whole lot with it, landscape, street, portrait, low-light. In fact your Dad or grand father might have used mor or less the same focal lenghts for about 30 years.

The cheap and compact Prime set
This set is huge, what means you can pick the focal lenghts that suit your style the most. You definately don't need all of them.

Canon FD 24mm 1:2.8 (60 - 150€)
Canon FD 28mm 1:2.8 (20 - 60€)
Canon FD 35mm 1:2.8 (40 - 70€)
Canon FD 50mm 1:1.4 (35 - 90€)
Canon FD 50mm 1:3.5 Macro (60 - 120€)
Canon FD 100mm 1:2.8 (60 - 120€)
Canon FD 135mm 1:2.8 (60 - 100€)

Pick 3 to 5 of these and you are set for the next years to come. Most of them appear quite regularly on the used market. All of them are good, with the 50 macro and 100 2.8 are even oustanding. They all share the 52 mm filter threads which is also nice.

The fast, compact, 52 mm filter thread set
Now it get's fast, expensive and desireable. This is a perfect set for photography and video. Especially videographers will appreciate the shared filter thread and appereance of all those lenses. So here you go:



Canon FD 24mm 1:2.0 (150 - 350€) hard to find
Canon FD 28mm 1:2.0 (100 - 200€)
Canon FD 35mm 1:2.0 (100 - 200€)
Canon FD 50mm 1:1.2 (200 - 300€)
Canon FD 50mm 1:3.5 Macro (60 - 120€)
Canon FD 85mm 1:1.8 (100 - 200€)
Canon FD 100mm 1:2.0 (200 - 350€) hard to find
Canon FD 135mm 1:2.8 (60 - 100€)

I have to admit, I haven't tested the 24 2.0. All have them are worth the asking price, but to get them all, you have to invest a serious amount of money. You also starting to hit collectors territory which explains why some of them are so expensive.

Canon FD 50mm 1:3.5 Macro & Canon FD 50mm 1:1.2L
Canon FD 50mm 1:3.5 Macro & Canon FD 50mm 1:1.2L, the best 50mm lenses of the system. Shot on Sony A7r with Tokina AT-X 90mm 2.5 Macro - Bokina

My suggestion of a perfect Canon FD Set wich is still affordable:

Canon FD 20mm 1:2.8 (150 - 280€) - better than the 17mm and still affordable
Canon FD 35mm 1:2.0 (100 - 200€) - my favourite walk around prime
Canon FD 50mm 1:1.4 (35 - 90€) - Fast, cheap and not much worse than the 1.2 without L!
Canon FD 50mm 1:3.5 Macro (60 - 120€) - Opically the best and cheapest of the set
Canon FD 100mm 1:2.8 (60 - 120€) wide open sharper than the 85 1.8 at 2.8
Canon FD 135mm 1:2.0 (250 - 350€) Fast, huge and a Bokeh machine

Canon Lens FD 20mm 2.8 - the only FD superwide I would suggest.


For about 800€ this set provides everthing you might need. Pair that with a used A7 and you've spend maybe 1500€ for a really nice set. All of these items offer the best price performance ratio, while serving differnt photographic needs.


Canon FD 135mm 1:2.0  & Canon FD 85mm 1:1.2L
Canon FD 135mm 1:2.0  & Canon FD 85mm 1:1.2L, the best bokeh lenses of the system. Shot on Sony A7r with Tokina AT-X 90mm 2.5 Macro - Bokina



The Canon FD Super Deluxe Set

Canon FD 14mm 1:2.8 L - super hard to find, expect to pay more than 1000€
Canon FD 24mm 1:1.4 L - hard to find, about 700€
Canon FD 35mm 1:2.0 (100 - 200€) - my favourite walk around prime
Canon FD 35mm 1:2.8 TS (400 - 600€) - Tilt Shift (the first ever for 35mm film)
Canon FD 50mm 1:1.2 L (500 - 700€) - What a lens, compact, fast and sharp
Canon FD 50mm 1:3.5 Macro (60 - 120€) - Still in his set
Canon FD 85mm 1:1.2 L (600 - 1000€) - My fovourite FD lens ever
Canon FD 100mm 1:2.0 (200 - 350€) hard to find
Canon FD 135mm 1:2.0 (250 - 350€) Fast, huge and a Bokeh machine
Canon FD 200mm 1:4.0 Macro - Great and rare 1:1 macro lens
Canon FD 200mm 1:1.8 L - good luck finding this legend
Canon FD 300mm 1:2.8 L - from 1000€, quite affordable for a superspeed-telephoto
Canon FD 400mm 1:2.8 L - from 1400€, massive lens

A bunch of rare Canon FD lenses. 24/1.4L, 35/2.8TS, 50/3.5Macro, 50/1.2L, 85/1.2L, 100/2.0, 135/2.0, 200/4.0Macro, 400/4.5, 80-200/4.5L


So here you have it, that's the ultimate set and all together still very expensive. I hope you enjoyed my lists, let me hear what your favourite FD lens is.


Kommentare:

  1. Therefore using high end sony pregius technology always help people capture minute details with the speed of light.

    AntwortenLöschen
  2. Thanks for a very interesting blog. What else may I get that kind of info written in such a perfect approach? I’ve a undertaking that I am simply now operating on, and I have been at the look out for such info.
    Dji Mini Drone

    AntwortenLöschen