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Showcase Canon FL 55mm 1:1.2

Discussion in 'Adapted Lens Sample Image Showcase' started by Jefenator, Jan 21, 2014.

  1. Jefenator

    Jefenator TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Nov 23, 2012
    Oregon, USA
    Jeff
    After a month with the A7, I'm still juggling 50-55mm lenses, trying to decide which one I want whenever I head out the door. When I'm headed out to a dimly lit bar to catch some shots of my fellow musicians, the choice is increasingly obvious: the Canon FL 55/1.2.

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    Robbie DaCosta by Jeff Addicott, on Flickr

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    Full Frame Selfie by Jeff Addicott, on Flickr

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    This lens features a click stop at f/1.4, which I use quite often. You might ask: if I want f/1.4 why not just use a cheaper, smaller, more common 1.4 lens? As I try out various fast lenses, I am finding that a faster lens stopped down, even by half a stop, performs better than a slower lens at the same setting, wide open. (My old Leitz Summicron-R lenses tend to degrade the least out of all my fast lenses when wide open, but they still get easily beaten by a faster lens set to f/2.)

    I'm sure with a mediocre faster lens one could produce an exception, but this old Canon is definitely not mediocre. :)

    Last I checked, these are all over eBay in the $200 neighborhood.
     
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  2. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator

    Aug 20, 2011
    Fountain Hills, AZ
    Dave
    For sure looks capable of getting good shots.
     
  3. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks Super Moderator

    Dec 12, 2012
    Ashland, OR, USA
    David
    I know you have nothing better to do, Jeff. But how about some sample images comparing f/1.2 and f/1.4? The only 55mm lens I have right now is my Industar, which is, um, well... Hey, I like the the zebra stripes on its exterior, OK? ;)
     
  4. Jefenator

    Jefenator TalkEmount Top Veteran

    876
    Nov 23, 2012
    Oregon, USA
    Jeff
    Zebra stripes, you say? :cool:

    A more comprehensive, presentable fast lens comparison is on my wish list, but I've been placing a bit more emphasis recently on shooting and life in general at the expense of testing & comparing optics. :rolleyes:

    My general impression has been that the Leica Summicron-R 50mm is usable wide open at f/2, the Minolta MC 50/1.4 is definitely better at f/2 but not so usable wide open, and the Canon FL 55/1.2 kills all my other nifty fifties for isolation and sharp results in low light. I'm afraid folks will have to just take my word for it for the moment (or painstakingly comb through my Flickr photostream…) and I'll try to work up a decent presentation soon.

    In the meantime, you should hopefully be able to see for yourself: a half stop or a stop can make a fast 50 turn in to a whole different lens. (I often prefer the BOKEH there as well…)
     
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  5. Deadbear77

    Deadbear77 TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Sep 14, 2012
    Northeast Ohio
    Kevin
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  6. Jefenator

    Jefenator TalkEmount Top Veteran

    876
    Nov 23, 2012
    Oregon, USA
    Jeff
    Well this is supposed to be a sample archive thread, so, the more the merrier! :cool:
     
  7. Mathieu Decodts

    Mathieu Decodts TalkEmount Veteran

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    Aug 5, 2013
    I finally found one in good condition at a decent price, £150. I'll do lots of test when it comes because I frequently use my canon fd 50mm at f1.4. I also have a special bokeh shoot panned next Saturday to test it out. I'll share results here.

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  8. Mathieu Decodts

    Mathieu Decodts TalkEmount Veteran

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    Aug 5, 2013
    Bah model cancelled tomrrows shoot. Got the lens though and it is beautiful! I'll try and get some examples up over the weekend.

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  9. addieleman

    addieleman Passionate amateur

    Nov 13, 2012
    Netherlands
    Ad Dieleman
  10. Deadbear77

    Deadbear77 TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Sep 14, 2012
    Northeast Ohio
    Kevin
    They are great. Local band from Cleveland Ohio.
     
  11. Mathieu Decodts

    Mathieu Decodts TalkEmount Veteran

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    Aug 5, 2013
    Well no chance for a bokeh shoot yet, but here is the lens itself, a real beauty :D

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  12. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks Super Moderator

    Dec 12, 2012
    Ashland, OR, USA
    David
    A thing of beauty! It almost looks alive.
     
  13. Deadbear77

    Deadbear77 TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Sep 14, 2012
    Northeast Ohio
    Kevin
    That's the fd version I believe not FL

    Good looking !!
     
  14. Mathieu Decodts

    Mathieu Decodts TalkEmount Veteran

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    Aug 5, 2013
    yea the FD chrome nose is rare as hens teeth. Been looking for one for ages, some consider it the best manual focus standard lens ever made. Its beauty is only rivalled by the pictures! just stunning! its basically never leaving my a3000! Only issue is its so big and heavy I cant really use it on my 5n :D

    this is a snap with it at f4 ooc, nothing done at all.

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    there is a little fringing at f1.2 but still very very sharp, at f2 fringing gone and at f4 its just crazy sharp!
     
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  15. Mathieu Decodts

    Mathieu Decodts TalkEmount Veteran

    282
    Aug 5, 2013
    I put the fd in here because I though they had the exact same optical design
    but after a read around I see it is optically different than the fl oops. I'll start another thread

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