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Canon FD pride thread...because this board is too Nikon biased.
Old 05-28-2015   #1
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Canon FD pride thread...because this board is too Nikon biased.

F3 tribute, F2 tribute, F6 tribute...sooner we'll get a Nikon Coolpix tribute.

It's time to bring some balance in the equation so if you have a "FD dead system" camera and pics you're welcome to post your gear and pics here, F-1s old and new, FTBs, A series, T series...whatever.

For instance this is my F-1N number 1, eye level prism:



I usually use a FDn 50mm f1.2 with it. Together they take pics like that with Portra 400:





With Delta 400:





Then I have an A-1 that I don't like very much, at the moment it has a FDn 50 mm f1.8, these are the pics and you'll understand the reason why I am not crazy about the camera:





Then I go another F-1 with AE prism (I just wanted the head but the pentaprism are more expensive than the complete cameras), I usually use a FDn 50 mm f1.4.





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Nikon, Canon, Nikon, meh. Tell me about the Aston. Much more interesting than that old chestnut.
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Canon lenses are beautiful, often outpass similar German lenses. Well balanced depth.
I sold my lenses though except the macro's that I use on my leica.
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Nothing makes my heart beat faster than my Canon F-1 (Old):







I like my Canon A-1 a lot, but it is just too noisy:

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I haven't shot Canon FD in almost 4 years, but it remains one of my favorite systems. I had a pair of A-1's with nFD 24mm f/2.8 (the sharpest wideangle I've ever used I think), 28mm f/2.8 (nothing special), 35mm f/2.8 (extremely lightweight, my second-favorite nFD lens after the 24), 50mm f/1.4 (fine lens but I prefer 35mm to 50mm), 100mm f/2.8 (didn't use this one much), 70-210 f/4 (I hated the push-pull, but good optics) and 300mm f/4 (Hard to use, I never got a sharp photo from it even on a good tripod at high shutter speeds. I hear the "L" version is much better)



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Sold off almost all of my Canon FD gear last year. Served me well for decades.



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All from Canon A-1

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Canon 50mm f/1.4 Kodak Portra 400



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This reminds me that IMO the F-1 Old is one of the most handsome cameras ever built, a rare mix of heavy power and grace. Plus, at least mine is smoother than my Nikons.

I already posted its picture in another thread, here there are some shots I've taken, unfortunately the camera is very heavy with the old FD 55mm f1.2 so I don't use it too much when I go around.







For everyday use I have a FTb that I recently CLAd, it's a 1975 camera with matching FD 50 mm f1.4 lens and came with a leather case, owner's manual with owner's name, purchasing date and serial number, plus a Vivitar 283 and other gear.







The last purchase is a T90 that I still have to learn how to use at its full potential as it is a quite sophisticated camera, it came with a lot of documentation:



I mostly use the FD 35-105 one touch zoom that was developed for the T series and although not as good as the old model is very light and handy.







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I agree. FD is underrated. Not such a bad thing when buying cameras and lenses though.

Very nice stuff from all of you.

Not much to show from my EF, but I have a fridge full of undeveloped rolls. One of few worth showing so far:

Canon EF with 50mm f1.8 S.C. and a no-name C-41 EI400 BW film. Home processed (Tetenal kit)


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I've still got my first "real" camera that I bought new on April 1, 1976. A Canon TX with the 50mm SSC f1.8 lens.
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F3 tribute, F2 tribute, F6 tribute...sooner we'll get a Nikon Coolpix tribute.

It's time to bring some balance in the equation so if you have a "FD dead system" camera and pics you're welcome to post your gear and pics here, F-1s old and new, FTBs, A series, T series...whatever.

For instance this is my F-1N number 1, eye level prism:

I usually use a FDn 50mm f1.2 with it. Together they take pics like that with Portra 400:

Then I have an A-1 that I don't like very much, at the moment it has a FDn 50 mm f1.8, these are the pics and you'll understand the reason why I am not crazy about the camera:

Then I go another F-1 with AE prism (I just wanted the head but the pentaprism are more expensive than the complete cameras), I usually use a FDn 50 mm f1.4.
I disagree with your original assertion.
In my opinion, if anything this site is too Leica-centric.
But as far as Canon manual focus film gear goes, I had the opportunity to use a great deal of a photobud's Canon stuff years ago when I was just starting out. He would lend me bodies and lenses in focal lengths I didn't have, and while I shot Nikon, I always thought the Canon stuff was every bit as good. Really no difference between the two systems in my opinion, and had I bought an AE-1 instead of an FE in the beginning, I don't think my photographic life would be any different today.
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I disagree with your original assertion.
In my opinion, if anything this site is too Leica-centric.
Well naturally it's Leica-centric, it's called RangefinderForum.com after all.

But I think Nikon dominates the SLR area of these forums. And I'm fine with that as I no longer shoot any Canon FD gear. But it is fun to see what others are doing with this beautiful old equipment.
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I commend you for opening this thread! Good ol' FD. I was unhappy with Canon for abandoning FD, but darned if it didn't make some nice stuff affordable.

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I used almost exclusively FD cameras and lenses for many years in the 1980's and 90's. Mostly, I used the F1n, F1N, and T90 cameras. I used to use the AE1 and the A1 before I got the F1N. The lenses are excellent overall\.
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I sold all of my FD gear over a year ago. I loved the relative cheapness of the camera and FD lenses, but was frustrated that I couldn't 're-use' them on my EOS cameras .... well, not easily in any case.

Enter the FE, F3 and F4. Surely a digital Nikon would follow? Well, two actually: a D2XS and a D300. Neither (to me) seemed as good as my 1D Mark III.

I still think about going hardcore Canon - FD and EOS - and ditching my Nikon cameras.






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Nikon, Canon, Nikon, meh. Tell me about the Aston. Much more interesting than that old chestnut.
So you want Aston? You'll get Aston:







Enough DB5 for you? I can give this one:



This one:



And this one taken on the fly and counterlight:



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I must admit I've recently bodged my FD lenses onto the Sony a7 more often than used them on my AE-1P. I have a small kit: 50/1.4, 28/2.8, and 100-300/5.6 that I got with the AE-1P, which was given to me in 2012; plus a recent KEH purchase of a 20/2.8. This was all "back to basics" for me, as my first real camera was an AE-1 30 years ago. I still/again dig it.

Here's the 20/2.8 on the a7. This was a few months ago at Atherton Market in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA. I believe this was wide open (first day with a new adapter, not locking it properly), but with that lens you'll get almost everything from your nose to Uranus in focus:

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Public art project/bottle recycling apparatus. AE-1P with 50/1.4 and Delta 400. This was 2+ years ago at the South End food truck rally in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA.

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I've still got my first "real" camera that I bought new on April 1, 1976. A Canon TX with the 50mm SSC f1.8 lens. That sunset pic above was taken with that camera and lens in the summer of 1976 as me and some buddies drove down the Pacific Coast Highway in California.
Canon TX was my first FD camera! Albeit, about 30 years after yours A Denver shop sold it to me for 5$ because it was "broken"- the DOF preview lever was jammed, but everything else worked great! I'll never forget the magnificent sound of the shutter on that camera.
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My oldest brother was the Canon guy, while I usually had Nikons. Then a couple of years ago, I decided to gift him some Canon gear to replace what he lost in a house fire. Having been stuck with the leftovers (you know, sometimes to get a lens you have to take the body it's on, and vice-verse), I started using them. Now I've got several bodies and lenses of my own (Pellix, FT, FT-b, FT-bn, A-1, AE-1 Program, T-50, T-70 bodies with FL, FD, and FDn lenses).

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So you want Aston? You'll get Aston:





Great, thanks! Not being a particular expert on Astons, nevertheless, I think that's a DB4 as opposed to DB5 which has a somewhat more streamlined front. I'm not certain, but the presence of the bonnet scoop on this example may even signify that it's a DB4GT? In which case, a particularly desirable example. Personally, I always thought the DB6 Vantage was the pick of the bunch, but any of the DB series are gorgeous and desirable motors. Great pics.
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I've gotten a few pieces of FD gear after a time spent on EOS digitals and an EOS 3.

I started out with my father's TX + breech lock 50/1.8 and while it now needs servicing, I'm thinking the money might be better spent on an F1 body.

Anyway, I've got the 24/2, FL50/1.4, FD50/1.4 SSC, FD70-210 for lenses and an AE1P, FTQL and A1 right now for bodies.

I also have a bunch of Canon adapters so I can use my Pentax or other M42 lenses on the FT, or the FD/FL lenses on my Canon 7 or M3. It's only really useful with the wides, though...being scale focus and all.
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Great, thanks! Not being a particular expert on Astons, nevertheless, I think that's a DB4 as opposed to DB5 which has a somewhat more streamlined front. I'm not certain, but the presence of the bonnet scoop on this example may even signify that it's a DB4GT? In which case, a particularly desirable example. Personally, I always thought the DB6 Vantage was the pick of the bunch, but any of the DB series are gorgeous and desirable motors. Great pics.
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Another Canon F-1 Old shot of a car:

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Who says you need an EOS camera and EF lens to autofocus?
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Who says you need an EOS camera and EF lens to autofocus?

Who says you need an EOS camera and EF lens to autofocus?





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Congratulations! The T80 is an interesting camera, a pity that it's not repairable anymore, my tech tried to fix it one but he couldn't make it, but inside it looks very sophisticated...regarding the first lens, is the infamous FD autofocus zoom described in certain catalogues? I've never seen it before...does it work properly?

Now I assume it's time for another of my bad pics...taken with my FTb, FD 50 mm f1.4 S.S.C., YG filter and BW40CN:

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regarding the first lens, is the infamous FD autofocus zoom described in certain catalogues? I've never seen it before...does it work properly?
Yes, I'm pretty sure it is that lens:

(please excuse the P&S photo with flash: it was the best I could do under the circumstances)

Yes, it does autofocus. But like the dancing bear, it's not so much that it dances well but more that it dances at all. The 35-70 equivalent for the T80 performs better and is smaller and lighter. (And, yes, even the EOS 650 and first-generation EF 35-70 outperform both.)

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My small FD collection. The A-1 on the MA drive has been with me since 1981 and the FTb from not long after that.

Missing from the photos is the 28mm f/2.8, another 50mm f/1.8 and 35-105mm f/3.5.

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Boot Hill Saloon - Daytona Beach Bike Week 1973

High probability shot with the original mechanical F-1 and a Canon 35mm f2 lens as that was my standard gear back in '73

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I'm a piker compared to some of the dedicated FD enthusiasts here.

But my collection includes several of my favorite pieces of equipment:

FD Cameras - (2) T90 and (4) EF (Probably my main astrophotography 35mm camera - with Cinestill 800T film)
FD Lenses --- 24/1.4, 35/2 Radioactive, 50/1.2, and 400/4.5 ( + Vivitar 90/2.5 Bokina and 90-180/4.5 FF Macro)

+ Lots of digital and m43 adapters

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Yes, I'm pretty sure it is that lens:

(please excuse the P&S photo with flash: it was the best I could do under the circumstances)

Yes, it does autofocus. But like the dancing bear, it's not so much that it dances well but more that it dances at all. The 35-70 equivalent for the T80 performs better and is smaller and lighter. (And, yes, even the EOS 650 and first-generation EF 35-70 outperform both.)

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Interesting...but from that era I've seen worst:



Of course all these designs that aimed to obtained a "self contained" focus in the lenses in order not to change mounting (Pentax ME-F, Nikon F3AS, T80, Chinon, Ricoh...) were all destined to fail, Minolta got it right.
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High probability shot with the original mechanical F-1 and a Canon 35mm f2 lens as that was my standard gear back in '73

One of the best shots I've seen here!



My humble contribution for today: F-1AE, FD50mm f1.4, Portra 160.
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FL, FD, FDn.
The FX was a good score with one of the fastest SLR lens around at the time. A 35mm f2.5 is a bit better for landscapes.
Still trying to get an EF that works properly or make 1 good 1 from the 2 I have.
I'm up to about 6 T70s now, cheap & cheerful until the winder dies. Then just buy another on the bay. A 35-105 f3.5-4.5 is a useful allrounder for travels by bike, though my EF-M is much lighter. I think the FD lens is easier to focus though.
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F3 tribute, F2 tribute, F6 tribute...sooner we'll get a Nikon Coolpix tribute.

It's time to bring some balance in the equation so if you have a "FD dead system" camera and pics you're welcome to post your gear and pics here, F-1s old and new, FTBs, A series, T series...whatever.
. . .funny. When I was a kid, the two cameras I lusted after were a Nikon F3HP and a Leica M6. Just never had any love for Canon, until the EOS cameras came out. And what an uproar did that cause . . . no backwards lens compatibility? Ugh. But, man was the design of those things slick. I briefly owned a Digi-Rebel and then a Canon 5D as a platform for my Nikon lenses, but then gleefully abandoned them when Nikon came out with a camera that performed well with legacy lenses and produced decent images over ISO 800. So, yeah. I've got the bias, and I have got it bad.

Canon FD users: what are the star lenses of that line? Now that we can slap any old lenses that we want on our mirrorless wonders, I have been playing with (and loving) Konica's lens line. Man, what underrated glass! But I would love to pick the brains of the Canon-scenti. If you could buy one world-beating Canon FD lens, what would it be?
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Canon FD users: what are the star lenses of that line? Now that we can slap any old lenses that we want on our mirrorless wonders, I have been playing with (and loving) Konica's lens line. Man, what underrated glass! But I would love to pick the brains of the Canon-scenti. If you could buy one world-beating Canon FD lens, what would it be?
Actually I opened this thread and I wanted to call it "F1 tribute" but then I thought that perhaps a lot of people had other FD cameras like FTbs, A-1s, AE-1s, T series cameras etc...so a general FD thread would have been more welcome. It should be a thread about the cameras, not necessary the lenses, and BTW I assume the glass of most EFs is the same as FDns but they were just reworked for the system.

Personally on lenses I'm more a Pentax guy to be honest, but if I had to choose an emblematic FD lenses that would be the 85 mm f1.2 L, I think it's still the best of its class. The 50 mm f1.2L would also be a good choice but at the moment I have the standard lens that performs decently.

Among the ones I have I like very much the 58 mm f1.2 even if it's very heavy...at f2.8 the sharpness is this one:



Open wide it's something like this:



At f8.0 it's something like this:



In terms of cameras I seriously think the F-1N is the best SLR ever, and I also have a LX (second) and F-2 to compare (3rd place).
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Great topic! Before switching to medium format film about 6 years ago, my Canon FD gear served me quite well. In fact FD has always had a special place in my heart, having received an A-1 and two lenses as my first "real" camera kit as a present when I was a young teenager. Although I have since sold off my FD bodies (the original A-1 and two T90's), I continue to enjoy and use many great FD lenses, thanks to adapters which allow using them with today's mirrorless digital cameras. Among my favorite images made fully with FD gear is this one:

Crystal Mill near Marble Colorado, from 2009 (Canon T90, 24mm f/2.0, Velvia 50)



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