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Canon FD SSC 50/1.4 with NEX 6

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by dixeyk, Nov 7, 2015.

  1. dixeyk

    dixeyk TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jun 18, 2012
    Bellingham . WA
    Kevin
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    I don't have much experience with Canon FD lenses but since I have an FD adapter laying around (generously given to me by a board member) I wanted to give the 50/1.4 a try. I found a wonderfully clean SSC version at the local camera store and decided to take it out for a test run.
     

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  2. dixeyk

    dixeyk TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jun 18, 2012
    Bellingham . WA
    Kevin
    So far my initial impressions of the SSC version of the 50/1.4 are that it seems decently sharp, is a bit more contrasty than my Minolta MC 50/1.4 and has reasonably attractive OOF areas (although I don't often shoot wide open). The color seems a bit on the cool side but that's likely just relative to my Rokkors. I have read that some folks prefer using the older SSC lenses for BW. I might try shooting in BW (rather than converting in post) to see what I think.

    After fiddling with FD adapter for a bit I now remember why I haven't done much with these old Canon lenses...what a pain! I think if I ever decide to buy another FD lens I'll buy a second adapter rather than deal with taking it on and off.
     
  3. NickCyprus

    NickCyprus Super Moderator

    Oct 11, 2012
    Cyprus
    Nick
    And that's a beautiful shot Kevin! ;)
     
  4. dixeyk

    dixeyk TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jun 18, 2012
    Bellingham . WA
    Kevin
    You're very kind...not sure I would characterize that as "beautiful" :biggrin:
     
  5. dixeyk

    dixeyk TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jun 18, 2012
    Bellingham . WA
    Kevin
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  6. dixeyk

    dixeyk TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jun 18, 2012
    Bellingham . WA
    Kevin
    Just a few thoughts about the lens...

    - it is a VERY heavy lens (heavier than I ever remember the nFD 50 being)
    - I still hate that mount
    - it is very sharp at f4 and f5.6
    - seems to have nice smooth OOF areas

    I have had a number of fast 50 lenses and this one is A little different. I like the way the images come out when I shoot in BW (as opposed to shooting in RAW and converting). The images are sharp and contrasty and remind me a lot of those from the Konica 40.
     
  7. AlwaysOnAuto

    AlwaysOnAuto TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Feb 17, 2015
    Any chance you could post a picture of the lens Kevin?
     
  8. dixeyk

    dixeyk TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jun 18, 2012
    Bellingham . WA
    Kevin
    Sure, I'll try and get that up shortly
     
  9. dixeyk

    dixeyk TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jun 18, 2012
    Bellingham . WA
    Kevin
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  10. dixeyk

    dixeyk TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jun 18, 2012
    Bellingham . WA
    Kevin
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    Still experimenting with this lens. So far I am really impressed at the buttery smooth backgrounds but I am also finding it sharper than I remembered from previous versions I've had (although I never have had the SSC).
     
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  11. dixeyk

    dixeyk TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jun 18, 2012
    Bellingham . WA
    Kevin
    I have heard how this lens is particularly good in BW but that would mean shooting in BW creative mode and JPEG.