Vintage Canon FD Lenses
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 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.
Canon FD 28mm f/2.8 S.S.C. This lens is old, base on the information I gathered, this was marketed in 1975, but mine was still in great condition when I got it. It has a chrome mount right, which was the trademark of Canon FD during those years. This lens is all metal making it a heavy lens. I find it soft at F/2.8 just like the vivitar and sharp starting at F/3.5. I also notice a warmer tone using this lens. The newer version does not have the chrome mount ring making it an all black lens and also not made of all metal making a bit lighter. Canon Lens FD 28mm 1:2.8
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.
Canon FD 50mm F/1.8 Lens . Accdg to the Canon FD Resources, “This lens is the lightest (and also the cheapest) of all Canon FD interchangeable lenses. It weighs a mere 170 grams, even less than its predecessor. This reduced weight improves handling and portability. It has a solid reputation for stable picture quality and sharp, crisp picture performance. It was also the only lens in the FDn series that was given the S.C. (Spectra Coating) treatment as opposed to S.S.C.”. Read my full review here. Canon FD Resources 50mm F/1.8
Canon FD 50mm F/3.5 Macro Lens. I bought my Canon FD 50mm F/3.5 Macro lens from eBay after reading good reviews about it. Based on the test shots I did, the lens is an excellent performer, it is sharp at f/3.5 and improves a lot when you stop down. Like my Canon FD 50mm F/1.8, this lens is in great condition for a lens this old. Read my full review here.
Canon FD 135mm F/3.5 S.C Chrome Nose. This is my second heaviest prime lens, mostly made of metal construction. This is the older version that have the chrome mount ring and has the S.C. designation, it also has a shiny chrome nose. According to The Canon FD Resources, this is a very popular telephoto lens with distinguished telephoto effects. Despite having a focal length of 135mm, its overall length is only 83mm (the FDn version is even shorter at 78mm!). It is, therefore, a relatively compact lens and very convenient to operate. However, despite the slower speed, it has a reputation of high resolving power. Read my full review here. The Canon FD Resource – 135mm F/3.5
Canon FD 200mm F/4 S.S.C. Made of metal construction making it my heaviest vintage prime lens. In spite of its 200mm focal length, its telephoto ratio of 1:0.86 is the shortest of any lens in its class with an f/4 lens speed. Because of its exceptional balance and light weight, it can be hand held with great ease. This also comes with a built-in lens hood that slides out towards the front. The Canon FD Resource – 200mm F/4
Canon FD 35-70mm F/3.5-4.5 MACRO Zoom Lens . This lens incorporates the world’s first three group zooming system, making size and weight reductions possible while maintaining high optical quality. It’s most notable features are portability because of it’s compactness and lightweight, it has the feel and size of a 50mm lens. This is my lightest vintage FD Lens. This is a nice walk around lens because it’s light and has macro functionality that will let you get close to your subject. The Canon FD Resourse – 35-70mm.
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.