A review of Canon EF

Discussion in 'Canon FD' started by jarosławbrzeziński, Aug 21, 2017.

  1. They were indeed. Again I am surprised at how lucky I have been with Canon Fd system cameras - never had one malfunctioning.
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    Jarek
     
  2. Thanks. For me it feels like time stands still. The EF body I bought last year performs as well as the one I had in 1980s/90s.
     
  3. I own three EFs and (touch wood) they all work! I've known for many years that the EF is the bane of camera techs and that most won't even work on them (was told this by a camera repair tech friend back in about 1990!). So I consider it to be all the more extraordinary that I have three that work.

    The EF looks a lot like the original F-1, but that is largely where the similarities end. Even the self-timer/stop-down lever/mirror up module is different. They look almost the same, but the EF has a little button that must be depressed to get things working, whereas the old F-1 and FTb don't have the button.
     
  4. Interesting review, it does sound like a great camera but having been gifted a near mint F-1 I don't think I'll ever need to get one (GAS Permitting).
    Can I just say however that the image of the reed bed that your shared with the review is stunning - I'd be happy with that on my wall.

    Cheers!
     
  5. Heh. I have a minty old F-1 and I still couldn't resist scoring an equally clean EF, just to have it more than to use it.
     
  6. Just the other day I found some pics I shot with one of my EFs a few years ago. We had a tree removal outfit remove three dead pine trees from our backyard. I used my EF and three Tamron lenses to record the process. The Tamrons were the 01B 24mm f/2.5, 30A SP 80-200mm f/2.8 LD, and 60B SP 300mm f/2.8 LDIF. The images were scanned on my Epson 4990 flatbed scanner, set to 3200 ppi. The photos were reduced in size for display here, else nothing has been done to them.

    I set the EF to Shutter Priority and fired away.

    The SP 300mm f/2.8 LDIF
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    The 24mm f/2.5
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    And the 80-200mm f/2.8 LD
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  7. Thanks a lot. All those photos have been taken in recent two years and not far from where I live.
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    Jarek
     
  8. It is a as nice to have as to use one. I have a stock of Fujichrome Velvia and Agfa Scala films and regularly take photos with the EF.
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    Jarek
     
  9. Great captures. I remember dreaming of the Tamron 60B. Of the three lenses you mentioned I had only the 01B in the old days. Those Tramron lenses were truly excellent.
    Great work!
    Best
    Jarek

     
  10. I must agree regarding the quality of the Tamrons. As Adaptall-2 lenses, they are also imminently practical for somebody like me. I have a few systems that do not have more than just a couple or three lenses, but I have Adaptall-2 mounts for them. One system I just bought into has no lenses -- the camera I bought, a Contax 139 Quartz, came with an Adaptall-2 Tamron, so I was all set with that camera because I now have a Yashica/Contax Adaptall-2 mount for it. Of course, one of these days, I'll have to buy a Contax lens for it -- just to see if they really are such legendary optics. I'll probably get a T^ 50/1.7 cuz even those are fairly expensive.

    Now in the above case, what the photos show is not only the quality of the Tamron optics, but just as important, my EF exposed the subjects absolutely correctly in Shutter Priority Auto. Also, one would expect, given the lenses' wide open apertures, that the EF's focusing screen will give a bright easy-to-focus view, and so it did. Gives me confidence with that camera that it will perform as expected.
     
  11. Yes, Adaptall-2 was a neat system that still proves its value even on digital cameras. I have hardly any experience with Contax/Yashica lenses but I still use Contax G1/G1 system and most of the Contax G lenses are excellent performers.
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    Jarek
     
  12. I have a general question on the EF body (stupid question, maybe). I just picked up an EF body on a whim to go along with my collection of A-1, AE-1, F-1 new and FTb. Is the EF strictly an automatic exposure body only, or is there a way to shoot in full manual exposure mode? My FD lenses do allow you to set the aperture lever on the back of the lens which will allow manual adjustment of the aperture without the lens needing to set to the "A" mark, but this gets to be a pain. My FDn lenses don't have this feature. I'd just like to use my external meter and shoot manually if at all possible.
     
  13. Manual - YES
     
  14. Thank you. I just got the correct batteries and getting ready to put if through some tests to check for light leaks, etc. If I set the aperture value on the lens barrel (not using "A"), will the camera stop the lens down when pressing the shutter button?
     
  15. Yes. If the lens is set to F5.6, it will stop down to F5.6 when the shutter button is pressed.
     
  16. Thank you, Jim...that's good to know. Just wanted to confirm before putting in a roll of film. Thanks again for answering.
     
  17. Note that even though PX625 batteries now are 1.5volts, the camera will adjust for that.

    Also, the shutter speeds from 1/2 to 1/1000 do not need a battery to function.

    Lastly, check to see if your slow speeds (like 4 seconds) work. If not, play with the shutter speed dial for a while.
     

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