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What to do with FD lenses

 
Arte ­ Automobilistica
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Apr 29, 2012 16:18 |  #1

I have been given the following FD lenses 28mm 2.8, 50mm 1.4 and 1.8, 35-70 3.5, 135mm 3.5, 70-210mm 4.0 They are all in mint condition.

I have trawled through many threads and would like to know:

1 How does the IQ compare to the EF 50mm 1.8 II?

2 How well will they work on my 1D2 using a non glass FD-EOS adapter? Will they focus up to 10m (but not to infinity)? I am particularly interested in the 28mm.

3 If the EF mount option is a no-no then what about a micro 4/3? I've been toying with buying a mirroless camera to make my candid eg in church photography "silent".

4 If none of the above then it looks like they will all be appearing on ebay.

I have been looking for a cheap 28mm and have tried a Vivitar, Tamron and Olympus all OM and all a great disappointment.

Thanks


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Apr 29, 2012 16:36 |  #2

1.) Not sure about relative IQ.
2.) They won't work well if at all on your 1d2. They won't focus to infinity, and some won't focus beyond their minimum focus distance, so they won't focus at all. Try this link for more info:
http://www.bobatkins.c​om …faq/manual_focu​s_EOS.html (external link)
3.) Micro 4/3 is a very good option. Read the link above, then read this: The flange to focal plane distance of Micro 4/3 is 19.25mm. So almost anything can be adapted to Micro 4/3. The only exceptions are pretty much all other brands of modern mirrorless cameras that have even shorter flange to focal plane distances, like the Pentax Q and Fuji X mounts.
4.) Looks like they aren't headed for ebay. :)

If you have the money I would seriously consider the new Olympus OM-D E-M5. It is a surprisingly capable camera for the size and price. You will want an Olympus because the in-body Image Stabilization will be invaluable with a big FD lens+adapter attached to the camera, and everything about the OM-D E-M5 is just a massive step up in design, quality, and capability from their prior offerings... Though if you don't care that much even an old EP-1 would actually do the trick.

http://www.dpreview.co​m/previews/olympusem5 (external link)

Nice thing is you can also use your EF lenses as well with an adapter. They even sell adapters with their own apertures so you can at least try to step down the aperture if you need to on lenses that don't have a manual aperture. It isn't perfect, but it mostly works.


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Apr 29, 2012 16:44 |  #3

"The flange to focal plane distance of Micro 4/3 is 19.25 inches."

That's one big camera or am I misunderstanding something...




  
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Apr 29, 2012 16:44 |  #4

John from PA wrote in post #14349314 (external link)
"The flange to focal plane distance of Micro 4/3 is 19.25 inches."

That's one big camera or am I misunderstanding something...

:oops: Sorry, I meant millimeters.

Corrected original post for future readers sake.


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Apr 29, 2012 20:47 |  #5

Sounds like you need to buy a film camera with the FD mount. I was tempted to get an older FD mount body and a lens or two. But decided to get an EF mount EOS 3 so I could use my current lenses interchangeably.


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Apr 29, 2012 21:40 as a reply to  @ tempest68's post |  #6

Heres some shots of a 50mm 1.8 FD on a 350D... What I ended up doing was taking the mount off of a broken ef 70-300 and taping the mount to the fd lens. I dont remeber if I was able to focus to infinity or not. But in terms of image quality I would say it was par with the ef 50mm 1.8 II. The only downside was the lack of af and the colors seemed off.

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I have not seen a non glass fd to eos mount for sale

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Apr 30, 2012 01:35 |  #7

NeverFollow wrote in post #14350613 (external link)
I have not seen a non glass fd to eos mount for sale

I was considering this
http://www.ebay.co.uk …_trksid=p3984.m​1423.l2649 (external link)

I am trying to look at the use of FD lenses without rose tinted glasses as their technology is old. If they aren't good enough I must move on.


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Work: 7D + Sigma 100-300 4
Play: Kiss X4 + 15-85 IS + 10-22 + 50 1.8 II + Vivitar 1 70-210 3.5
EOS-M + 18-55 + FD 50 1.4 + FD 135 2.8 + Tamron 35-80 1A
G9, SX280 HS + CHDK, Casio EX-FH 100, Toshiba L505-144 & iPad 2

  
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Apr 30, 2012 05:27 |  #8

I use a lot of old FD glass on my EOS cameras.
But I performed mount conversion on these lenses:
24/1.4L, 85/1.2L, 100/4 macro, 300/2.8L at the moment.
With FD 28/2.8, 50/1.4 and 50/1.8 I build simple freelensing and tilt lenses for crop cameras (see my webpage):

IMAGE: http://4photos.de/camera-diy/Tilt-Objektivtest1-Strasse.jpg

With a thin (!) glassles FD-EF adapter you probably could use your tele lenses up to some meters distance. But not 10 meters I guess. And with the 28 I suppose less than 1 meter maximum distance.

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