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Showcase Canon fd 55mm F1.2 Chrome nose

Discussion in 'Adapted Lens Sample Image Showcase' started by Mathieu Decodts, Feb 16, 2014.

  1. Mathieu Decodts

    Mathieu Decodts TalkEmount Veteran

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    Hi folks just got this lens after years of looking for a decent one I could afford and chanced upon one on ebay at random for the princely sum of 150 pounds plus P&P. It was badly described and photographed but I took a chance and it turned out great, near mint basically, I was expecting to have to take it apart and clean it but it is in lovely condition. Only thing missing was the front lens cap and the hood is loose as hell (hood problem not lens). Some folks think this is the best standard lens ever made in the manual focus period, I have to say it has made me put a bunch of my 50s up on ebay, it just so far ahead of my Canon fd 50mm f1.4 chrome nose it is scary. and Bokeh is much nicer than anything I have and I have a lovely mint Helios 44m

    It is also beautiful to look at though. Not sure what it is about the chrome noses, I just love them :blush:

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    Finally got a decent test today, all shot at F1.2 straight out of Camera Jpegs to illustrate, from !shock! an A3000. (if it makes you feel better you can pretend its a A7r :p )

    Escalator ride to dinner (shot on a moving escalator with subjects also on a moving escalator!)

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    At dinner, here is our starter shot from about 2 feet away

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    This is my darling wife, focus point her hair, taken to illustrate the awesome power of the bokeh, those blobs on the right are a family having dinner about 4 feet away :D

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    and desert, check the minor fringing on the lettering on the spoon

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    to note I have my camera set to +1 saturation on "normal" jpeg process setting. The colours this produces just pop naturally! Absolute nightmare to focus at f1.2 but I have had a lot of manual focus practice and because it is so sharp the focus peaking can pick out an individual eye or detail quite well. Loving it so far, planning a few model shoots to take advantage of it soon.

    Ill post results somewhere here on the forum
     
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  2. NickCyprus

    NickCyprus Super Moderator

    Oct 11, 2012
    Cyprus
    Nick
    Congrats!!! Seems like a great lens (besides the fact that its on an A3000...., lol joking ofcourse :p )

    Is 150gbp a standard price for this or does it usually goes for more? I'd love to head how it compares with the (more expensive) MD 50 f/1:1.2...
     
  3. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator

    Aug 20, 2011
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    Dave
    Hard to argue with great shots.
     
  4. Jefenator

    Jefenator TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Nov 23, 2012
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    Jeff
    Thanks for sharing! :)

    Something about the chrome-nose era - Canon really used to make 'em serious. (Still do I suppose.)

    I often shoot my older FL 55/1.2 at f/1.4, just to shake off a bit of that wide-open "haze". That fraction of a stop seems to have a surprising amount of impact on the overall rendering. Usually better than a 1.4 lens wide open, so having the exotic faster lens is still fully justified. :cool:
     
  5. Mathieu Decodts

    Mathieu Decodts TalkEmount Veteran

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    Aug 5, 2013
    Its not so much the price its getting one at all, only seen about 5 of them and never on ebay for sub £400, never in near mint condition. And this is the first time I have ever seen the hood (probably because it fits loose and normally gets lost) its a bit like the 85mm f1.2. Apparently its the first L lens canon made to fight nikon on their f1.2 55 noctilux. The elements pull in so much light you can literally hold your finger up in front of the lens and it sees right through it!

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  6. Mathieu Decodts

    Mathieu Decodts TalkEmount Veteran

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    Aug 5, 2013
    Just done some tests to see if I should keep my sigma 60mm f2.8, its lovely and sharp but it isnt as versatile as my canon 55 fd f1.2.

    Both shot with same camera settings, both at f2.8, both OOC

    Have to say not looking good for the sigma, no need for it now (I never use auto focus really anyway!)
     
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  7. addieleman

    addieleman Passionate amateur

    Nov 13, 2012
    Netherlands
    Ad Dieleman
    That's strange. The Sigma 60/2.8 is one of the sharpest lenses I have ever seen on the NEX-6, even wide open. I'm very curious to do some pixel-peeping on your results!
     
  8. Mathieu Decodts

    Mathieu Decodts TalkEmount Veteran

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    sorry posted the shots last night on my tablet but they didnt seem to stick, here they are back to back, both ooc at f2.8

    I was surprised too.

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    both OOC and no sharpening, handheld at 1/200 and some macro rings because I was inspired by taking my kids to the lego movie
     
  9. addieleman

    addieleman Passionate amateur

    Nov 13, 2012
    Netherlands
    Ad Dieleman
    Ah OK, maybe the Sigma 60/2.8 has not been optimized for macro. Its closest focussing distance is quite long.
     
  10. Mathieu Decodts

    Mathieu Decodts TalkEmount Veteran

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    Same with the canon though. I'll do a normal test later today if I can

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  11. Jefenator

    Jefenator TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Jeff
    Based on my own experiments, I'd put my money on a good faster lens stopped down over almost any lens, wide open.

    I wonder how both would compare at f/5.6?
     
  12. Mathieu Decodts

    Mathieu Decodts TalkEmount Veteran

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    Ill do some real world tests tomorrow, didnt get a chance today, macro only at the minute, just been raining buckets! Ill check f2.8, compare wide open bokeh (obvious what will win that!) and compare f5.6 because I think that is the sweet spot on the canon and I know it is on the sigma.
     
  13. Mathieu Decodts

    Mathieu Decodts TalkEmount Veteran

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    All pictures OOC, take one picture and then swap the lens and take the next:

    ok so both at f2.8

    Sigma

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    Canon

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    I recon the canon is sharper

    at 5.6

    Sigma

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    Canon

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    I would say they are both great, but 1 important point the Canon was much nicer to use, the focus peaking works much better on the Canon and manual focus is much nicer (for me)

    Ill went on to do a shoot with the canon, ill process a few and then post some of the pictures here.
     
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  14. Mathieu Decodts

    Mathieu Decodts TalkEmount Veteran

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    My darling wife, window light and reflector iso 400 light processing only

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  15. addieleman

    addieleman Passionate amateur

    Nov 13, 2012
    Netherlands
    Ad Dieleman
    That's in line with my experience with the Sigma 60/2.8, sharp and contrasty already wide-open. It's almost too sharp at middle apertures.
     
  16. Mathieu Decodts

    Mathieu Decodts TalkEmount Veteran

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    ok some test shot on my new a7r, pixel peep away!

    at f1.2

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    at f8 (i think)

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  17. Mathieu Decodts

    Mathieu Decodts TalkEmount Veteran

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    another sharp sample, at f4 this time, this was actually a substantial crop and still piles of detail.

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  18. Mathieu Decodts

    Mathieu Decodts TalkEmount Veteran

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    another sharp example, handheld at f4 or so on a sony a7r (post processed a load as it was a really dull day)

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  19. NickCyprus

    NickCyprus Super Moderator

    Oct 11, 2012
    Cyprus
    Nick
    Man, that 944 rocks!!! One of my favourite '90s classics :thumbup:
     
  20. Mathieu Decodts

    Mathieu Decodts TalkEmount Veteran

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    Its my brothers, he found it in pretty much that condition and then made it almost like new, lovely car and still purrs like a kitten even after 30 years! (1983 one)
     
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