X. Canon FD

Welcome to the world of Canon FD lenses. This content has grown over two pages. The information can be found between this first series FD and updated nFD series.

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These lenses have been my go to for over a decade. If you were to start photography the following lenses I would recommend as a dream photographers kit. FD 24mm F2.8, FD 28mm F2.8, FD 35mm F2.8, FD 50mm 1.4, FD 135mm F3.5

Note: Make sure you do your research and purchase from a recommended seller.

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My preferred kit bag contains – FD 24mm F2.8, FD 28mm F2, FD 35mm F2 Concave, FD 55mm 1.2, FD 135mm F2.5

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[•] Sony A7II with Canon FD Kit

Please note that these FD lenses are now predominately used on mirrorless camera’s and on rare occasions original Canon film camera’s. Canon has not yet produced a full frame equivalent. The Sony A7II, Fuji XH-1 and GFX50s mirrorless camera’s have been the options to test each lens, review and write about. Unfortunately I will not be using samples from a Canon maybe later in the future if they will change my mind.

👓 Canon FD 20mm F2.8 S.S.C

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[•] Canon FD 20mm F2.8 S.S.C
MarketedMarch 1973
Original Price47,200 yen
Lens Construction (group)9
Lens Construction (element)10
No. of Diaphragm Blades6
Minimum Aperture22
Closest Focusing Distance (m)0.25
Maximum Magnification (x)0.126
Filter Diameter (mm)72
Maximum Diameter x Length (mm)75 x 58
Weight (g)345
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[•] Canon FD 20mm F2.8 S.S.C

Released March 1973 This is a lens that has taken operability and performance to the next level in response to strong demands from users, such as a mechanism for locking the position of the mount tightening ring, a mechanism for locking the position of the diaphragm ring, reduced weight and active adoption of multi layer coating.

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Sony A7II with Canon FD 20mm lens. Aperture: f4 Shutter 800, ISO 1600

Despite an ultra-wide angle of 20mm, this lens was the brightest in the world in the 1970’s at F2.8, and is a retrofocus type that offers sharp image from short to long distances through the use of a floating mechanism.

👓 Canon FD 24mm F2.8 S.S.C

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[•] Canon FD 24mm F2.8 S.S.C
MarketedJune 1979
Original Price40,000 yen
Lens Construction (group)9
Lens Construction (element)10
No. of Diaphragm Blades6
Minimum Aperture22
Closest Focusing Distance (m)0.3
Maximum Magnification (x)0.11
Filter Diameter (mm)52
Maximum Diameter x Length (mm)63 x 43
Weight (g)240
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[•] Canon FD 24mm F2.8 S.S.C

This is an extraordinary well balanced and sized lens that can be purchased for about $100 starting price on eBay. With the popularity of Micro 4/3 this lens is a hot little item for any photographers or videographers kit. The 24mm easily out performs most zoom Lens’s. Having a fixed lens like this one is great for panoramics or shooting video for a nice clean cinema feel and look to your video.
You can’t go wrong for value for money when it comes to performance for this 24mm FD.

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[•] Ford Shelby Cobra Panoramic, Kurnell, NSW, Australia.

👓 Canon FD 28mm F2 S.S.C

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[•] Canon FD 28mm F2 S.S.C
MarketedNovember 1975
Original Price62,000 yen
Lens Construction (group)8
Lens Construction (element)9
No. of Diaphragm Blades8
Minimum Aperture22
Closest Focusing Distance (m)0.3
Maximum Magnification (x)0.135
Filter Diameter (mm)55
Maximum Diameter x Length (mm)66 x 61
Weight (g)343
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[•] Canon FD 28mm F2 S.S.C

Marketed in 1975 This 28mm F2 is considered a rare lens. Not many are available and do command a higher price than the F2.8 version. Known as a superb lens which produces bright, contrast and vibrant images. Very sharp at wide open aperture and rivals Leica’s 28mm where toe to toe would both fight it out for 15 rounds like Rocky Balboa. Not much is written about this F2 version because its the type of lens that is an enigma in the photography world.

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As the compensation of aberrations occurring in large aperture and wide angle conflict, larger apertures were considered to be difficult at wide angles. However, the spread of system cameras has led to wide-angle lenses being used as standard lenses, which increased demand for the development of a bright wide-angle lens with high performance.


[•] Canon FD 28mm F2 S.S.C

Canon was already providing the market with a 24mm f/1.4 ultra-wide angle lens by adopting an aspherical lens optical system, but this FD28mm f/2 S.S.C resolves the issue of conflicting aberration compensation by actively adopting new types of glass and appropriate power distribution achieved through new optical design technology. This results in sharp definition at high contrast from an aperture of f/2.

By incorporating a compensation mechanism (floating system) for preventing deterioration of images in close shooting, this high-performance large aperture wide-angle lens offers uniform definition throughout the entire frame from infinity to the close distance of 0.3m.

👓 Canon FD 28mm F2.8 S.S.C

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[•] Canon FD 28mm F2.8 S.S.C
MarketedMarch 1975April 1977
Original Price35,000 yen35,000 yen
Lens Construction (group)77
Lens Construction (element)77
No. of Diaphragm Blades55
Minimum Aperture2222
Closest Focusing Distance (m)0.30.3
Maximum Magnification (x)0.1340.134
Filter Diameter (mm)5555
Maximum Diameter x Length (mm)64.6 x 4965 x 47.2
Weight (g)280230

Release March 1975. The 28mm is a wide-angle FD lens developed with emphasis on high performance and ease of use such as resolution, contrast and color balance.

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[•] Canon FD 28mm F2.8 S.S.C

Increasing the performance of a wide angle lens generally leads to an increase in overall length, but the FD 28mm f/2.8 S.S.C. resolves this issue through appropriate power positioning of the optical system. This offers high performance satisfying requirements for enlargement of highly magnified images and detailed definition, while also succeeding in reducing size.

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[•] Bombo Quarry, NSW, Australia.

(I) and (II) are different in their locking mechanisms of their aperture levers. In (I), the aperture lever is fixed in position after it is rotated counterclockwise to its maximum. On the other hand, in (II), the aperture lever is fixed after it is rotated counterclockwise to its maximum and further the clamp is set at the “L” sign.

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[•] Sea Cliff Bridge, Clifton, NSW, Australia

👓 Canon FD 35mm F2.8 Concave S.S.C

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[•] Canon FD 35mm F2 S.S.C
MarketedMarch 1971
Original Price32,000 yen
Lens Construction (group)8
Lens Construction (element)9
No. of Diaphragm Blades8
Minimum Aperture16
Closest Focusing Distance (m)0.3
Maximum Magnification (x)0.194
Filter Diameter (mm)55
Maximum Diameter x Length (mm)64 x 60
Weight (g)420
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[•] Canon FD 35mm F2 S.S.C

Released April 1976 the 35mm concave known for its front glass element. Just by holding the lens up to the light and looking at the light reflection the design is so well crafted that for a moment as light shimmers off the glass surface similar to the surface of a diamond.

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[•] Yamaha MT-09A

Super sharp glass when focused on target and shoots the most beautiful bubble and a mix of swirl bokeh at open apertures. Signature FD colours are produced from this lens. I find taking many close up photographs will give you some great insight into lens performance. The 35mm F2 is a quality lens and a must have in a photographers kit bag.

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👓 Canon FD 35mm Tilt Shift S.S.C

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[•] Canon FD 35mm F2.8 S.S.C Tilt Shift
MarketedMarch 1973
Original Price147,000 yen
(w/case, hood, and tripod adapter)
Lens Construction (group)8
Lens Construction (element)9
No. of Diaphragm Blades8
Minimum Aperture22
Closest Focusing Distance (m)0.3
Maximum Magnification (x)0.192
Filter Diameter (mm)58
Maximum Diameter x Length (mm)67 x 74.5
Weight (g)550
35mm Tilt Shift

Was the world first “tilt and shift” wide angle lens for 35mm SLR cameras. Truly a remarkable lens from Canon. The “tilt and shift” mechanism changes relation between the lens optical axis and the film plane to obtain special effects. “Tilting” is used to swing the plane of focus so that it is not parallel with the film plane. You can adjust focus using the tilt mechanism to a very shallow or a very deep zone without change of aperture. “Shifting” is used to correct or enhance perspective distortion, shifting the optical axis from the centre of the film plane. The tapering off of the building in the picture can corrected by “shifting” the TS lens easily. The “TS” stands for “tilt and shift”.

👓 Canon FD 50mm F3.5 Macro

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[•] Canon FD 50mm F3.5 S.S.C Macro
MarketedMarch 1973
Original Price40,000 yen
Lens Construction (group)4
Lens Construction (element)6
No. of Diaphragm Blades6
Minimum Aperture22
Closest Focusing Distance (m)0.232
Maximum Magnification (x)0.5
Filter Diameter (mm)55
Maximum Diameter x Length (mm)65.8 x 59.5
Weight (g)310

Released June 1979 this is a full-fledged macro lens enabling shooting from infinity to half life-size of the photographed object (life-sized when using a life-size adapter) without accessories.

The newly designed optical system completely compensates for faults such as aberrations and reductions in marginal illumination that tend to occur in close-up shooting, enabling sharp and high-contrast expression throughout the entire frame from life-size to infinity.

This lens also provides excellent operability by incorporating an information mechanism for full-aperture metering and stop-down metering in addition to a fully automatic diaphragm control mechanism.

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I love the macro lens. Where else would you get a lens for $100 that produces quality close ups like these. Has to be one of my favourite lenses in the FD lineup.

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👓 Canon FD 50mm F1.4 S.S.C

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[•] Canon FD 50mm F1.4 S.S.C
MarketedMarch 1973
Original Price25,500 yen
Lens Construction (group)6
Lens Construction (element)7
No. of Diaphragm Blades8
Minimum Aperture16
Closest Focusing Distance (m)0.45
Maximum Magnification (x)0.145
Filter Diameter (mm)55
Maximum Diameter x Length (mm)67 x 49
Weight (g)350

👓 Canon FD 55mm F1.2 S.S.C

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[•] Canon FD 55mm F1.2 S.S.C
MarketedMarch 1973
Original Price50,000 yen
Lens Construction (group)5
Lens Construction (element)7
No. of Diaphragm Blades8
Minimum Aperture16
Closest Focusing Distance (m)0.6
Maximum Magnification (x)0.109
Filter Diameter (mm)58
Maximum Diameter x Length (mm)75.8 x 52.5
Weight (g)565

There are three versions in the 55mm were produced Aspherical, AL, S.S.C considered as the regular 55mm out of the three.

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[•] Canon FD 55mm 1.2 S.S.C
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[•] Chevrolet
Canon FD 55mm F1

👓 Canon FD 100mm F2.8

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[•] Canon FD 100mm F2.8 S.S.C
MarketedMarch 1971
Original Price27,000 yen
Lens Construction (group)5
Lens Construction (element)5
No. of Diaphragm Blades8
Minimum Aperture22
Closest Focusing Distance (m)1
Maximum Magnification (x)0.13
Filter Diameter (mm)55
Maximum Diameter x Length (mm)67 x 57
Weight (g)430

A promising lens not just for portraits where the 85mm is king of portrait photography but if you wanted an in between lens the 100mm could close the gap  especially if you don’t have the 135mm and just keep the 100mm. Allows for a little bit of reach to give yourself some distance away from a subject and helps you get closer without intruding ones space. Surprisingly it is a small lens. Aperture at F2.8 is another bonus and well made, sturdy and compact.  Worth a look if you don’t want the 85mm and 135mm to stream line your camera bag with less weight.

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👓 Canon FD 135mm F2.5 S.C

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[•] Canon FD 135mm F2.5 S.C
MarketedMarch 1973
Original Price30,500 yen
Lens Construction (group)5
Lens Construction (element)6
No. of Diaphragm Blades8
Minimum Aperture22
Closest Focusing Distance (m)1.5
Maximum Magnification (x)0.14
Filter Diameter (mm)58
Maximum Diameter x Length (mm)69 x 91
Weight (g)630

There are a few versions of the 135mm. If you want the f2 version it will cost you an arm leg and kidney. This one I consider the second best but also on par with the nFD 135mm f2.8.

Such a great lens focal length 135mm I love it.

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[•] Canon FD 135mm F2.5 S.C

👓 Canon FD 80-200mm F4 S.S.C

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[•] Canon FD 180-200mm F4 S.C.C
MarketedOctober 1976
Original Price100,000 yen
Lens Construction (group)11
Lens Construction (element)15
No. of Diaphragm Blades8
Minimum Aperture32
Closest Focusing Distance (m)1
Maximum Magnification (x)0.29
Filter Diameter (mm)55
Maximum Diameter x Length (mm)68 x 161
Weight (g)750
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[•] Wave between the trees.

Sample photograph out of the Canon FD 80-200mm F4 S.S.C taken at f8

This is a telephoto zoom lens with a shooting range from portraits to telephoto shots, and boasts a lightweight and compact design, together with excellent operability despite being the brightest lens in its class with an aperture of f/4.0. I find that Canon have amusing descriptions on the history museum page and want to add that the F4 on this lens renders on par with F2.8 in a modern lens. Simply beautiful glass when shot at this aperture.

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[•] Trees with a sea breeze.

Aberrations are compensated for through the active use of new types of glass and the appropriate power distribution of the lens, resulting in excellent image quality on par with a single lens at all focal lengths. I kid you not Canon have out done themselves with this lens design quality is up there as my best zoom lens.

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[•] Bird of Paradise

A special shape in the front lens group, spherical aberration is compensated for to the maximum extent possible, making this telephoto zoom lens capable of focusing from 1m distance with little variation. Offering high resolution and high contrast definition at all focal lengths the samples speak for themselves.

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[•] No Winter Leaves

I have changed the colour a little in Photoshop not much difference from original. The lens is razor sharp and has a beautiful lens fall off . 10 out of 10 for me and a joy to use.

Definitions:

FD = Fully automatic Diaphragm.

L = “Luxury” in combination with the Red Line/Ring on certain lenses that were created for the professional photographer seeking perfection. They provide superior optical performance and have carried this signature look through to their lenses today.

S.S.C. which means “Super Spectra Coating” (multi-coated) Canon introduced new lens coatings which reduce flair and more.

Fluorite – is a naturally occurring crystal that has three special properties that make it eminently suitable for use in lenses − it transmits infrared and ultraviolet light well, has a very low refractive index and low dispersion.

Aspherical – lens elements designed to compensate for distortion in wide-angle lenses, and compensate or eliminate spherical aberrations with a large maximum aperture. This allows Canon to produce more compact lenses than was previously possible using only spherical lens elements.

Ultra low-dispersion (UD) glass –

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