FD 28-85/4 vs 35-105/3.5

Discussion in 'Canon FD' started by mark_pierlot, Jun 24, 2014.

  1. I'd like to know from anyone who has experience with both of these fine FD zooms which one delivers better image quality. I have used my 35-105 fairly extensively, and have always been happy with its versatility and resolution, but even though I also have a 28-85, I haven't used it enough to determine how its IQ compares with that of the 35-105. I know that the 28-85 is one of the last FD lenses that was made, and, while it's build quality is inferior to that of the other zoom, it has an stellar optical reputation.
    I would like to sell one of these lenses, keeping the one with better IQ. Obviously, their range is different, so I'm only interested in hearing about their comparative IQ.
  2. awahlster

    awahlster Moderator

    I have both I use the 28-85 more then the 35-105. Image quality at his point is going to be down to your lenses condition.
    Shooting slides with mine I can't tell a difference between them.
  3. Yeah, I'm with Mark. I use the 28-85 a lot more than the 35-105. Those two lenses are so good any differences between them will come down to shooting technique.
  4. I have the 35-105/3.5 and two copies of the later 35-105/3.5-4.5. When I find a 28-85 FD at a good price I may get one. For now I have several 28-90/2.8-3.5 Series 1 and 28-85/2.8-3.8 Vivitars to use. I had read that the older and larger 35-105/3.5 was a better lens but I actually prefer the later model. It's slower but smaller and lighter. It is good for portraits at the 105 end, which the 35-105/3.5 isn't, and it is quite sharp. Where I have to be careful is in flare situations. The later lens is more flare prone.
  5. At F4 I find the 35 - 105 to be better especially at the edges, Hard to tell on film in normal use but on full frame digital (I use Leica) you can see the 35-105 is better. That said neither look that great on digital.
  6. Hi
    I recently bought both to mount on a Sony A7R (36Mp).
    I own a lot of FD lenses, from 20mm to 500mm.

    I've not done many photos with those zooms yet.
    After some quick tests, I'd say I do prefer the 28-85.
    Note that it may be because 35mm is often too long for what I do.

    I have an old test of the 28-85 and the last 35-105 (the 3.5-4.5, with molded aspherical element).
    This is in a 1987 edition of "Chasseur d'images Spécial Objectifs".
    If you read french, you can probably find one second hand and there are a lot of lenses tested.
    (I bought it to get the review of the Canon FD 80-200mm f/4.0L).

    In (very) short, the 35-105 (the last one) is said to be 'very good' in center and 'good' on borders from f/5.6 on.
    The 28-95 reaches an 'Excellent' and 'Very good' rating at same apertures at 28mm, and is similar to 35-105 for longer focal length... with the 85mm requiring to stop down to f/8 for same result.

    I've also done some tests with Imatest with the 28-85mm. Although I'm not yet very confident in the results I get, the first results show a very good sharpness in the center. (Much) Less so in the corners.

    To be honest, I don't think I'll use either of those zooms a lot anyway. They are quite big and,... well, they look optically outdated.
    Well, at least on a modern 36Mp camera (quite demanding!).

    As for zooms, I do prefer a wider zoom - I like the Canon FD 20-35 f/3.5L a lot. Otherwise, I mainly use Canon FD primes, like the 85mm f/1.2, 100mm f/2.0, 35mm f/2.0, 28mm f/2.0, 24mm f/2.0, 50mm f/3.5 Macro,...
    Oh and did I say the Canon FD 80-200mm f/4.0L is wonderful ?

    Have a nice day
  7. [​IMG]I have both the Canon FD 28-85 and the 35-105…both have outstanding IQ as far as I’m concerned. And with my interests being outdoors nature / scenic / wildlife, I find that for any drive I take out into the country side I usually have these 3 lenses with me: FD28-85, FD80-200-L, FD300-L.
    Just last week we had a ‘sunny-16’ day here, atmosphere was cleaned out, textbook blue sky / lots of white clouds so off I went and used the FD28-85 for most everything that day...one example is this green Tobacco field, deep blue sky, beautiful white clouds.

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