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Jul 04, 2011 10:20 |  #1

I want to know if there are any older lenses that are worth having, and if so - which ones.

I was given an EF to FD adapter, but I haven't used it because I don't have any FD lenses. I have a friend whose thing is videography and he swears by his collection of FD lenses. I know that I will loose auto-focus.

Does anyone still use FD lenses regularly (on their EOS camera)? Are there any worth getting my hands on?

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Jul 04, 2011 10:29 |  #2

Never mind. I found the answer in a fairly old post (it took looking through Google).

So, unless anyone has an answer other than, No it is not worth it... Thanks anyway.
The post if anyone had the same question... https://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthre​ad.php?t=57023

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Jul 04, 2011 12:39 as a reply to  @ MattPharmD's post |  #3

That thread is very old!

Nowadays there are people around that convert FD lenses into full manual Canon EF lenses.
I think I was the first one that published How To´s on that for the longer Canon FS lenses like the FD 100/4, FD 300/2.8L, FD 400/2.8L and FD 500/4.5L. For these lenses you have to make a own iris crank ore something like that. And for some of them you need a new idea how to fix the iris assembly into the tube - depends on how you do the conversion.
First unpublished conversions of these lenses have no iris couling - the iris can not be used.

I converted the 85/1.2L too, but there my only "new" was that I could do it full reversible - as with the L superteles before.
For some shorter lenses and other longer are some conversion HowTo around, visit my homepage to find some of them in my DIY link directory.

With these conversions the lenses are pretty good!
Second way to use it with theri full quality is as tilt lens, for this I have published a new way - for the 50 and 28 mm lenses. This is in Germany a pretty common modification now.

Or you use some adapter without lens for µ4/3 cameras.


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Jul 14, 2011 04:16 as a reply to  @ ZoneV's post |  #4

Many thanks ZoneV. I have bookmarked your DIY page and will take a good look with the aid of Google translator.:) I was interested to see that you had converted a 100mm 4f FD macro. I too have this lens, which is OK with an adapter for macro, but I would have liked to use it as a portrait lens.

I shall probably start with my 28mm, which I bought used in 1985. If I mess things up, nothing lost.


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Jul 14, 2011 04:30 |  #5

Older lens, as in, just FD lenses or...?

I myself swear by old analog glass. I love it! It's cheap, great build quality, the IQ for the price is amazing, super smooth manual focus ring and it's really easy to come

I love fiddling around with manually exposing and getting everything in focus. I learned a lot from my analog glass.
The IQ tends to be on par with some of the best glass around nowadays.
I'd say the only downside to analog glass is that the apertures don't tend to be as big as glass from today (this is especially for longer lenses).

Personally I haven't got any FD lenses (too much hassle), but am a big fan of easily convertible glass like M42/OM/K/F mount glass. Take a loot at SMC (Super-Multi-Coated) Takumar, Olympus OM Zuiko, Carl Zeiss and Nikon Nikkor glass. Maybe it's an idea to take a look at the thread where people showcase their pictures taken with MF glass. You'll see a lot of lenses used by a great many people.
I'm not saying all analog glass beats glass from today (although it probably does in build quality), but there's a lot of good lenses out there!


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Jul 14, 2011 05:01 |  #6

TijmenDal wrote in post #12755950 (external link)
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I'd say the only downside to analog glass is that the apertures don't tend to be as big as glass from today (this is especially for longer lenses)...

Don´t know all camera and lens systems, but I think the older lenses have most time equal f/stop like the new AF lenses:
FD 800/5.6L
FD 600/4.5 - new lens is a bit faster at f/4.0
FD 500/4.5L - new lens is a bit faster at f/4.0
FD 400/2.8L
Nikkor 300/2.0 - one full stop faster than AF lenses
FD 200/1.8
FD 135/2.0 -and there are some faster manual lenses around
FD 85/1.2L
Minolta 58/1.2 and others
FD 50/1.2L and others
Nikkor 35/1.4
FD 24/1.4L
FD 14/2.8L

And I agrre that the older lenses are at least mechanical same or better than the AF lenses :) Ok, without knowing better AF lenses really that good.


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