Vintage Canon FL / FD Mount Lenses Part 2
January 9, 2018
All throughout my years in photography I have collected some vintage fd lenses, some of them from Canon and some from other lens makers. I decided to write a Part 2 of this article so that I can separate my Canon FD Lenses from other lens manufacturers. Part 1 is now a list of my FD Mount Lenses from 3rd Party Makers and Part 2 are all FD Lenses made by Canon.
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 giving it an all black color and also it is made of a combination of metal and mostly plastic making a bit lighter. Canon Lens FD 28mm 1:2.8
Canon FL 35mm F/2.5. The Canon FL lenses was introduced in April 1964 with the Canon FX camera, replacing the previous Canon R lens mount. Accdg to some information from “Mir.Com.My”, this 35mm FL Lens is a “retrofocus type wide-angle lens with a large aperture, passing a large quantity of marginal light because of the two large elements in the front group. This lens has very flexible characteristics in that soft delineation. And it is possible at maximum aperture while very sharp pictures are available when the aperture is closed down. ” I really like this vintage lens. It is made of metal with a smooth focus ring soft wide open at F/2.5 but the image still looks nice and has a warm feel to it.
Canon FL 50mm F/1.4. This is my other FL lens. A fast standard lens with a large aperture of f/1.4. Accdg to Mir.Com.My. “Although a small amount of flare is sometimes recorded when lights are included in pictures of maximum aperture, flare elimination and sharpness increase when the aperture is closed down to f/2.8. Corrections of culvature of field, astigmatism and color aberration are excellent. This lens, which meets- all photographic requirements, is the ultimate in standard lenses. Performs similarly with the FL 35mm, soft wide open at 1.4
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, made from all 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 for having 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.