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Question about manual focus super telephoto lenses

 
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Mar 23, 2013 19:35 |  #1

I am interested in buying a manual focus telephoto lens for canon EF mount body. I like the low cost and light weight of these lenses compare to canon EF lens. But I am not sure about the IQ of these lens. So here I am asking help from you guys. I am generally interested in 400-800mm lens that can be extended to around 800mm. And IQ is my biggest concern. I checked some Canon and Nikon lenses. I don't know if there's other possible brands. Thanks for any help in advance


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Mar 23, 2013 19:50 |  #2

Used to own 300 f2.8 & 400 2.8 nikkors....tack sharp to the edges wide open




  
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Mar 23, 2013 20:06 |  #3

ramair455 wrote in post #15748062 (external link)
Used to own 300 f2.8 & 400 2.8 nikkors....tack sharp to the edges wide open

Thanks.

I checked the specs and I think 500 or 800 lenses are the ones I am interested. Is Nikon or Canon FD better at these focal lengths?


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Mar 23, 2013 20:12 |  #4

I think the ED nikkors had a slight edge over the FD's, but not the EF's.




  
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Mar 23, 2013 20:21 |  #5

I see.
How does the ED 500 compare to EF 500 4.5?


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Mar 24, 2013 07:56 |  #6

You can't use an FD canon on your camera effectively. I know, I have a really nice 50 1.4 FD that I'd love to use but it won't work. Any adaptor made will degrade image quality and removing the optics from the adapter still limits focus to close distances. I believe the Nikkors will work though.


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Mar 24, 2013 10:07 |  #7

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You can't use an FD canon on your camera effectively. I know, I have a really nice 50 1.4 FD that I'd love to use but it won't work. Any adaptor made will degrade image quality and removing the optics from the adapter still limits focus to close distances. I believe the Nikkors will work though.

That's good to know


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Mar 24, 2013 10:44 |  #8

rgs wrote in post #15749171 (external link)
You can't use an FD canon on your camera effectively. I know, I have a really nice 50 1.4 FD that I'd love to use but it won't work. Any adaptor made will degrade image quality and removing the optics from the adapter still limits focus to close distances. I believe the Nikkors will work though.

that's not completely true...especially when it comes to the super telephotos...you can use an ed Mika adapter for those
http://www.ebay.ca …Tubes&hash=item​2a2987e753 (external link)

it'll still be pretty expensive for the lenses, and adapter, and i'm not sure i'd consider it really 'light weight'...but it is an option...the longer FD lenses are getting more expensive now because of his adapter.

he also has a few other adapters for other lenses as well...


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Mar 24, 2013 12:03 |  #9

Good to know the Mika adapter.

Currently I has an offer of Nikon 500mm f4 P IF-ED for $1700. I see that one can use Nikon TC16A to autofocus the lens. I am not sure if you can do something similar with a Canon body. And if you want to connect it to canon bodies, what's the best adapter to try.

Honestly I am still nervous about manual focus and not sure if I should go this route.


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