Vintage Canon FD Mount Lenses Part 1
June 15, 2017
My vintage FD Lens collection from wide to telephoto:
Vivitar 28mm f2.8 Wide Angle MC Lens. Mostly made of hard plastic making it a light and great walk around lens. It gives me around 40mm field of view when using it on my Fujifilm bodies and around 56mm on my Micro Four Thirds bodies. I find it soft wide open, and sharper at around F/4.
Soligor DualFocal 28mm f/3.5 +35mm f/3.8 For Canon FD. This is a fascinating lens. I bought this one out of plain curiosity because it is a dual focal lens. I didn’t know that such a lens exists. This is a 28mm F/3.5 and a 35mm F/3.8. The way it works is, it has something like a focus clutch mechanism like what you find on Tokina Lenses, but with this lens, it’s use to change focal length instead of AF to Manual Focus. You push to make it a 35mm F/3.8 and pull back to put it back to 28mm F/3.5. Great design. Overall it’s a great lens, I find it soft wide open at F/3.5, I treat it as an F/4 lens and everything is fine. Luckily I bought it, because there isn’tt a lot of this out there for sale, if you find one, get it.
Vivitar FD 70-150mm F/3.8 Close Focus Lens. This lens has become my second favorite vintage lens the other one being the Soligor Dual Focal 28 & 35mm lens. It is a beautiful lens in it’s entirety. It’s made of very solid construction, mostly metal but not as heavy as my other vintage lenses. Very well balance on my OM-D E-M5 and Fujifilm X-E2. Best of all it sharp and produces a very nice color rendition, it’s close focus features is a plus. I comes with a built-in lens hood that slides out towards the front. I will sure write a review of this lens, watch out for it. If you find one, get it, you won’t regret it.
Asanuma FD 80-250mm F/4.5. I don’t have much information about this lens and I have not use it on a regular simply because it is a heavy lens and it’s big. Base on the few shots I did, it is soft wide open at F/4.5, but I can’t be sure, I did it hand held and even with IS on the EM-5 body, it’s hard with a lens this heavy. I have to use a tripod to test this lens properly. The zoom ring and focus is very nice to use, it’s very smooth, the aperture ring works as normal, it clicks when switching aperture. It also comes with a built-in lens hood that slides out towards the front which is nice, and also have a built-in tripod ring.
Tokina FD SZ-X 630 60-300mm F/4-5.6 Push Pull lens. This is my longest vintage telephoto lens that goes to 300mm F/5.6 . I would say this lens is light weight compare to my Canon FD 200mm F/4 and bit heavier compare to my Vivitar 70-150mm . It’s easy to use and everything works smooth, the push and pull functionality, the zoom ring works great. Base on few shots I did with , it is a bit soft at 300mm. I will post a review of this lens soon.