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Canon FDn 50-135/3.5

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by roundball, Sep 3, 2014.

  1. roundball

    roundball TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Oct 8, 2013
    USA
    Canon FDn 50-135/3.5 Macro

    Anyone have any experiences they can share about this lens?


     
  2. roundball

    roundball TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Oct 8, 2013
    USA
    Well, got some experience of my own today...ran about 100 shots through the FDn 50-135/3.5...decent lens, Macro is surprisingly sharp not to be an actual Macro lens. Really not much more compact than the 80-200/4.0-L at only about an inch shorter, and both are the same diameter at 58mm.

    The problem is, given choices of primes & zooms I have, particularly the outstanding 70-150/4.5 and 80-200/4.0-L lenses that I now have, to be honest I can't imagine a situation where I'd leave the others home and take the 50-135 instead…suspect this will go the way of the FDn 200/2.8 that I rarely ever used.
     
  3. shaolin95

    shaolin95 TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Jul 3, 2013
    Thanks for the information. I was not very familiar with that lens other than most people preferring the 35-105mm over it. I got curious about your 70-150 4.5 and how it will compare to the 70-210 F4 though now.
    And course, that GEM 80-200mm F4 which I will eventually own :D
     
  4. roundball

    roundball TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Oct 8, 2013
    USA
    Well, the main difference between the 35-105 and 50-135 is more reach of course...then the 35-105 has that big 72mm front end.

    There's apparently something unique about the FDn 70-150/4.5...it has simply outstanding IQ / color rendition.
    I've spent whole trips with it at the Arboretum shooting colorful flowers on bright sunny days as I'm stopped down to the 4.5/5.6/8.0 range anyway. You'll see others who have it make similar comments, ie: a recent one on that other forum we check in on occasionally. Don't know what it is but something abut the lens elements used / build quality back during that era or something...I've also had a couple of 70-210's, sold them both...but the 70-150 isn't going anywhere, LOL.
     
  5. shaolin95

    shaolin95 TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Jul 3, 2013
    Oh yeah, I actually used the 70-210 during the Rodeo and was surprised of the IQ I got and since the Turbo gives it an extra stop, is one damn nice lens at 70-210 F2.8! :D
    70-150 is a much better ratio of zoom thus so I am assuming the quality will be better for sure...but my savings are going for the 80-200mm next !