Discussion in 'Canon FD' started by abhishek_rai, Apr 30, 2011.
does anyone have a list of lens mounts thats are compatible with the fd mount via adapators?
You really need to do a little searching on your own, but here's a link to assist with this question: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lens_mount . Basically any lens which has a longer flange mount distance than the FD can theoretically be mounted on it via an adapter and focus to infinity. I routinely use adapters to mount Nikon, Tamron and Leica R and Leica M (Visoflex) lenses on my FD cameras. Of course they must meter stopped down, hich is sometimes a pain. There are lots of adapters on Ebay.
You really need to do a little searching on your own, but here's a link to assist with this question:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lens_mount . Basically any lens which has a longer flange mount distance than the FD can theoretically be mounted on it via an adapter and focus to infinity. I routinely use adapters to mount Nikon, Tamron and Leica R and Leica M (Visoflex) lenses on my FD cameras. Of course they must meter stopped down, hich is sometimes a pain. There are lots of adapters on Ebay.
thanks for the response. another question. what do you mean by meter stopped down and also does use adapters affect the quality of pictures, sharpness, etc
Abhishek Rai - turn to the learning section in the tabs above to get you started. Stopping down a lens to meter means that that you reduce the aperture of the lens to what you want to shoot at for metering, rather than metering with the lens wide open. The reason, in your case, is that there are no linkages between the lens and the camera body (the adapter just holds the lens in place)...so unless you meter stopped down or shoot wide open you will have incorrect exposure. Your 2nd question basically is that adapters don't affect the quality of the picture UNLESS they have additional optics inside them, which are typically inferior to the lenses you are using. An example is the hundreds of advertised adapters to use FD lenses on modern Canon EOS digital bodies. Some claim no additional glass, but because the flange distance for the two mounts is different (too long), the FD lenses won't focus to infinity, or the adapters which will focus to infinity use cheap glass lenses inside to accomplish this feat - reducing the image quality of the FD lens itself.
Abhishek, hi, and welcome to photo.net.
The only lenses you're likely to mount on Canon FD are Pentax screw mount (M42) and Nikon. You can get adapters for both, but they have disadvantages. (There are a few other obscure exceptions.)
Realistic answer: there's not much point in mounting other brands of lens on Canon FD cameras, unless you already have a set of good Nikon lenses or Pentax Takumars. Used Canon FD lenses cost next to nothing, so you might as well equip your camera with the lenses it was made for.
Among the lenses which have changable bases, the YS ( hard to find) lenses are a clunky conversion to FD. I bought one and used it on another brand of camera.
the Vivitar and Soligor T4 lenses have canon FL mounts.
they fit but use stop down metering., The Vivitar TX lenses
DID have a FD adapter. As I understand it there si a fixed prong on FD lenses to tell the camera what the max aperture is.
However if you buy a third party Vivitar,sologor. Liron.sigma. tokina or other
" off brand lens" it may not be as good as a genuine Canon lesns. but you will have that focal length available. Unless you regularly make big enlargements, a Non Canon lens will satisfactory,.
there are some very cheaply made lenses out there, but ask before you buy,. some of the really OFF brand names are often made by reliable manufactures.
Anything you buy may be 25-40 years old,. and a lot of lenses have sat unused in a camera bag.
BY The way all FD mount cameras except one of the T series, were made by Canon. as far as I know,
nobody ever made or sold a camera that had the FD mount and was not labeled CANON.
there were one or two with Nikon or Minolta mounts
many with screw and K mount.
Apparently canon never permitted it's mount to be copied
I recall it was difficult for other manufacturers to even make FD compatible lenses.
Actually part of what you say is true Walter. Only the T-60 was made by an outside manufacturer Cosina.
But there have been Canon FD mount cameras that did not say Canon on them. Up until the FTB in 1971 Bell and Howell had the Canon Distributorship in the USA and many of the Canon FL and early FD mount cameras said B&H on them the FD-35 was a common model under the Bell and Howell brand name. In some cases the cameras had slightly different features then the Actual Canon branded models.
Hey Mark, yep Bell and Howell reached some sort of marketing agreement with Canon in the early 1960s, not unlike what Honeywell had going with Pentax. But all those B&H cameras were still Canons. They were made by Canon and the addition or subtraction of certain features was easy enough for them to do as part of the manufacturing process.
Yes Michael I know they were made by Canon carefully read what I wrote.
if you will take a look at the camera shown in this link you will clearly NOT see CANON on the camera
same with this Dial 35
Same as this Canon EX-EE
For some reason the Bell & Howell marked Rangefinders and Demi's and Movie cameras also said Canon
My apologies, Mark. I must confess to not paying much attention to the B&H Canons, and I've always thought that Canon appeared on them somewhere, similar to the way Pentax was still seen on Honeywell Pentax cameras. Perhaps it was because "Canon" does actually appear on the lenses . . . although I can't comment on the Dial 35, cuz I can't read the lens writing on your above photo. Nevertheless, I stand corrected.
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