Canon FD 35mm F2.8 TS How good is it?
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timballic
Registered: May 21, 2011
Total Posts: 699
Country: United Kingdom

I've been wondering about this lens on and off, but apart from conversion tutorials there seems to very little about its IQ (for landscape use on Canon 5DII with Ed Mika conversion.)

Can you point me to some reviews or comparisons including it? Perhaps there's something in the archives here?

EDIT: So far every image I've seen from it appears rather flat and low contrast, but then they all seem to have been taken in dull, flat conditions.



gasrocks
Registered: May 23, 2005
Total Posts: 1676
Country: United States

I had one and sold it. Great lens, no doubt. I read in a German photography magazine that they declared it the bestT/S 35mm lens ever made.



quicksilver33
Registered: Jul 14, 2010
Total Posts: 206
Country: Japan

I recently acquired one for use on my NEX 5N. So far I'm pretty happy with it but I haven't compared it to anything else really. I was thinking of doing the Ed Mika conversion but I'm traveling at the moment so it'll have to wait. Could post up some samples from the NEX if that'd help.



timballic
Registered: May 21, 2011
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Thanks quicksilver, yes please, all grist to the mill.



roboticspro
Registered: Aug 12, 2010
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Country: United States

Hi,

I have owned these lenses since 1973, and had written up a thread about the FD to EOS conversion here a couple of years ago (prior to the EdMika conversion). My experiance with this lens on film and digital is that it was (is) a very high quality optic. I still have one copy that I kept (sold three others - all converted to EOS), and will not be moving it out of my inventory, as I feel it is that good. If you are interested, I can send you some large RAW files taken with it over the past few years...just let me know.

Edd



timballic
Registered: May 21, 2011
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Thanks Edd, I think 1600 size on here would be suitable, so anyone can see. I'm most interested in increased zone of focus rather than restricted.



sorpa
Registered: Oct 13, 2009
Total Posts: 301
Country: Canada

I have on a different forum and on my flickr page a few pictures taken with that lens.
No complaints here. High quality optics.



roboticspro
Registered: Aug 12, 2010
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Country: United States

Hi,

Here are a few that should give you a better idea about this lens, from my original (pre-EdMika) conversion.

Edd



roboticspro
Registered: Aug 12, 2010
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Some more...



LightShow
Registered: Aug 03, 2009
Total Posts: 4795
Country: Canada

I recently picked one up, and I can say it's very sharp with excellent color on my NEX-7, it can pull out macro details in your subject.






To really see what I'm talking about, you need to see a 100% crop.
The full APS-C frame test shot with tilt:






100% crop:






Sadly, I don't have any at infinity yet.
This was a flare test:






timballic
Registered: May 21, 2011
Total Posts: 699
Country: United Kingdom

Thanks Edd and Lightshow, those are great, look good and contrasty too. I love that shot of the dahlia, wonderful smooth bokeh, I hadn't expected that.

I'm starting saving!



lenticular11
Registered: Jul 16, 2011
Total Posts: 635
Country: Australia

I bought one from Eastern Europe on eBay at a relatively good price. It was and is in mint condition. The EdMika brass adapter is not cheap but makes conversion very straightforward for those of us with less mechanical skills (he supplies a 2nd ball bearing for good reason - don't ask me how I know).
CameraServiceOne.com in the UK also convert this lens to EOS

I love the lens and haven't used it enough but will do so more in the future (too many lenses, too little time).

I used this site to help convince me of the IQ of this lens - http://forum.mflenses.com/infinity-test-and-others---canon-fd-35-ts-f28-t44513.html

Not in any way the same class as the photos in the link above, however I've posted some of my own shots here: http://tinyurl.com/c4alvad That album also contains two pics of my actual lens.

PM me if you want samples of RAW files, or 100% crops.

Two samples below. Picture Style was probably Landscape. Colours etc exactly as produced by camera ('film standard' curve and 5D Mk III-Generic ICC Profile in Capture One Pro)

Despite the CA showing in the 100% crop, I think this is a stellar lens!



roboticspro
Registered: Aug 12, 2010
Total Posts: 1772
Country: United States

Good Morning,

timballic wrote:
Thanks Edd and Lightshow, those are great, look good and contrasty too. I love that shot of the dahlia, wonderful smooth bokeh, I hadn't expected that.

I'm starting saving!


You're most welcome, and good luck with the lens hunting! As has been said, it really is a stellar lens...



timballic
Registered: May 21, 2011
Total Posts: 699
Country: United Kingdom

Thanks. There are two on ebay UK now in lovely condition and reasonable-ish price, but I haven't the money spare until I sell a few things and save!



LightShow
Registered: Aug 03, 2009
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Country: Canada

Happy hunting.



timballic
Registered: May 21, 2011
Total Posts: 699
Country: United Kingdom

LightShow wrote:
I recently picked one up, and I can say it's very sharp with excellent color on my NEX-7, it can pull out macro details in your subject.









Such a gorgeous shot LightShow, Has this any tilt or shift applied? What aperture?


Annapurna
Registered: Dec 29, 2004
Total Posts: 66
Country: Denmark

roboticspro wrote:
Hi,

I have owned these lenses since 1973, and had written up a thread about the FD to EOS conversion here a couple of years ago (prior to the EdMika conversion). My experiance with this lens on film and digital is that it was (is) a very high quality optic. I still have one copy that I kept (sold three others - all converted to EOS), and will not be moving it out of my inventory, as I feel it is that good. If you are interested, I can send you some large RAW files taken with it over the past few years...just let me know.

Edd


Hi, do you have any links on your conversion?
Regards, Mikkelsen, Denmark



roboticspro
Registered: Aug 12, 2010
Total Posts: 1772
Country: United States

Good Morning,

Annapurna wrote:
Hi, do you have any links on your conversion?
Regards, Mikkelsen, Denmark


Jorgen: It looks like the archive links are gone now, sorry. The process required access and skills with a lathe & milling machine, and about 6.5 hours of time. The EdMika adapter is money well-spent in comparison to what my time is really worth. He runs a very good operation and the products are made to a very high standard. Just my 2 cents as an owner-operator-user

Regards,

Edd



LightShow
Registered: Aug 03, 2009
Total Posts: 4795
Country: Canada

Such a gorgeous shot LightShow, Has this any tilt or shift applied? What aperture?
No tilt or shift in this one, 3.5 I think, and thanks.



timballic
Registered: May 21, 2011
Total Posts: 699
Country: United Kingdom

Edd, as you've had several of these, did you notice any difference in IQ between the earlier orange numbered optics and the later green numbered ones? I notice the later ones are slightly more expensive and wondered if the extra was worth paying?



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