1.4/50 x2 vs. 1.8/85

Discussion in 'Canon FD' started by gerald_scharf|1, Jun 1, 1999.

  1. Can anybody tell me something about the quality of the FD 1:1.4/50 in combination with the Kenko Teleplus Macroconverter MC7? What about this combination vs. the FD 1:1.8/85 (macrofeature, handling, weight, quality, ...)? Thanks for your opinion.

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    Gerald
     
  2. I'm not sure whether you will get decent results with a Canon FD lens
    plus an aftermarket teleconverter. You will have to try...

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    The FD 85 mm f/1.8 is an excellent portrait lens, maybe a bit soft at
    f/1.8, but so much the better for our ladies when they get a bit
    older ;-). Watch the depth of field which is hardly present at such a
    large aperture. No macro feature at all since the minimum focus
    distance is at about 90 cm (3 ft). Great for landscapes, too, helps
    you concentrate on what's important.

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    Hope this helps.
    Cheers, Hans
     
  3. My "normal" lenses with 2x extenders remain sharper than my FD 75-
    200mm and Tamron 80-210mm zooms at 100mm. The old style 50mm f/1.4
    BL FD SSC paired with a Vivitar 2x macro focusing extender is
    sharpest and heaviest (both are mostly metal, not plastic), much
    heavier than a prime lens in the 85-135mm range. My later model 50mm
    f/1.8 (pushbutton type, plastic barrel) paired with a generic 2x
    extender is still quite sharp and much lighter. Either combination
    provides a much brighter viewfinder picture than my zooms. But for
    most portrait or medium telephoto type work, I think the moderately
    priced Canon FD 100mm f/2.8 or 135mm f/2.8 would be better values.
    The 100 is very light and compact and produces great shots.
     

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