Canon FD 50mm F/1.8 Lens Review
June 21, 2012
After I saw the photo taken with the Canon FD 50mm F/1.8, I was surprised. It’s actually great for a lens this old, and for $25.00 this is a great buy. I got mine used of course from Adorama. The FD 50mm F/1.8 was the kit lens of the highly regarded Canon AE-1 Program camera. It’s made mostly of plastic and some metal. I bought the lens for my Olympus PEN E-PL1 and I’m glad I did, it feels really good and well balance on the E-PL1.
Accdg to the Website MIR.COM.MY “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.”
- Focal Length: 50mm
- Aperture: 1:1.8
- Lens construction: 4 groups, 6 elements
- Angle of view: Diagonal: 46° Vertical: 27° Horizontal: 40°
- Distance Scale: (m) 0.6 (magnification 0.10X) to 10.OO (ft) 2 to 30 OO
- Focusing: Helicoid
- Minimum aperture: f/22 .A
- Diaphragm: Automatic
- Filter Size. 52mm
- Hood: BS-52
- Cap: C-52
- Function: Auto Aperture, Full aperture metering (AE operation when used with ALL Canon automatic SLR cameras.
- Length x max. diameter: 35mm x 63mm Weight: 170g
All I can say is, I agree with everybody else, this lens is a solid performer, it’s consitent and it’s just easy to use. It is capable of producing razor sharp images on my Olympus PEN E-PL1. The fact that it’s really cheap is an advantage. The focus ring on my fd 50mm F/1.8 is just so smooth and a joy to use, the aperture ring are surprisingly easy to turn, especially for a lens this old. This just means that this lens was made with quality in mind, it’s proven durable and can withstand the beating of time. One weakness I notice is this lens is not resistant to flares.
I can highly recommend this FD 50mm F/1.8 to those looking for a cheap but realible FD Manual lens.
If you are planning to use it on a PEN Camera or any Micro Four Thirds System, you will need to buy an adapter, the one I’m using is the RainbowImaging Canon FD Lens to Micro 4/3 Four Thirds System Camera Mount Adapter. That adapter will work on all Olympus PEN Series cameras and Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1, GH1, G1.
If you are planning to use it on your current Canon DSLRs you will need to get the Fotodiox PRO Lens Mount Adapter – Canon FD, New FD, FL Lens to Canon EOS Camera. This works on all current Canon DSLR Lineup.
I just need to mention, that this is a manual lens, on my Olympus PEN E-PL1 and Canon DSLR’s, the aperture is not recognized by the camera, only the ISO and Shutter Speed will register. But that is not a problem, you can control your aperture on the lens itself. Using it’s aperture ring, you can set your desired apreture, and also you should shoot in Manual mode, setting your desired Shutter Speed on Camera and aperture on the lens.
Photos of the FD 50mm mounted on the Olympus PEN E-PL1
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Here are few sample photos shot with the FD 50mm F/1.8 and PEN E-PL1:
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