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Fisheye FD Lenses The Canon Fisheye Lenses can be separated into two groups of either Circular Fisheyes or Full Frame Fisheye. Main characteristic of the FD Fisheye optic was successfully combining a moderately fast in lens speed while maintaining a reasonably compact size design. These lenses have an extremely wide angle-of-view and non-linear rendition of straight lines which offer creative photographers with plenty of non-conventional approach in visual expressions. Both the 7.5 mm (circular image) and 15mm (full-frame image) have been designed with a built-in filter turrets to facilitate color correction or special effects with filters.

FD 7.5 mm circular Fisheye | FD 15 mm full-frame Fisheye

Super Wide Angle FD Lenses This group of FD lenses ranges from 14 mm through 20 mm. A distinctive characteristic was their extremely wide angle-of-view, with linear rendition of straight lines at the center with minimal distortion They were the true wide-angle lenses and it takes a creative mind to put their optical effect to good use and they were also among the most addictive group of optic - regardless of professional commitment and/or personal photography. The 14mm FD ultrawide, in particular, Canon has created a Classic.

14mm f/2.8 L | FD 17mm f/4.0 | FD 20mm f/2.8

Wide Angle FD Lenses The Wide Angle Canon lenses run from moderate ultrawide range of 24mm through standard wide view of 35mm. They combine good optical characteristic of excellent optical deliveries of minimal distortion, fairly high working lense speed and a moderate wide view field, making them among the most popular group of prime optic during the manual focus days for a wide varieties of photographic applications.

FD 24mm f/1.4 L; FD 24mm f/2.0; FD 24mm f/2.8 
FD 28mm f/2.0; FD 28mm f/2.8
FD 35mm
/f2.0; FD 35mm f/2.8
FD 35-70
AF zoom

Standard FD Lenses The standard lenses usually have the fastest speed, ranging from f/1.8 to f/1.2. The 50mm f/1.4 has always being referred as a true "standards reference lens" for color neutrality in Canon's S.S.C. coating. Lenses in This focal length group were considered the ideal all-around optics by many photographers.

f/1.2 L; 50mm f/1.2; 50mm f1.4; 50mm f/1.8 & recently surfaced 50mm f/2.0 (new)
a little info on
Canon's old classic 50mm f/1.2 AL

FD Telephoto Lenses Canon Telephoto Lenses range from 85mm to 300mm. They have been designed to be relatively compact, but offer very high image quality while ease in handling was simply superb. This group of FD optic has also the widest selection of the professional grade "L" series which packs some of Canon's best in technology and optical design. Other than meant for professional applications. They are also serving the serious amateurs users' group in their respective categories. Perfect for general applications such as scenic, portraiture, travel and sport related photography.

FD 85mm
f/1.2 L; FD 85mm f/1.8 100mm f/2.0; 100mm f/2.8 FD 135mm f/2.0; 135mm f/2.8; 135mm f/3.5 New FD 200mm f/1.8 L; FD 200mm f/2.8; new FD 200mm f/2.8; FD 200mm f/4.0 FD 300mm f/2.8 L; FD 300mm f/4.0 L FD 300mm f/4.0; FD 300mm f/5.6

FD Super Telephoto Lenses This lens group ranges from 400mm to 830mm in focal length. Expensive but serves those in need of high quality telephotography. Some advanced features as rear-group focusing and in some cases, UD (Ultra-low Dispersion) and/or fluorite elements design were used. These long lenses were designed for mounting on heavy-duty tripods, some came with a push-button release mechanism was also provided on models that permits rapid changes from horizontal to vertical format shooting. Favorite optics that used by many professional sports, wildlife and news photographers,

FD 400mm f/4.5 (
original); FD 400mm f/2.8 L; FD 400mm f/4.5
FD 500mm
f/4.5 L;FD 500mm f/8.0 Reflex
600-830mm lenses,
FL 1200mm

FD Zoom Lenses

| Index Page | for a brief introduction on FD zoom lenses...

Basically, these lenses have successful spearheaded the popularity of zoom lenses today. They were designed to be very compact, generally delivers sharp in their respective optical performance and usually have excellent overall mechanical built. Canon FD zoom was also providing the widest selection of choices among any manufacturers. A handful within the series can be regarded as true modern classic - as even by today's standard, they were truly innovative and have some trend setting optic design & daring zoom range.

FD 20-35mm f3.5 L;
24-35mm f/3.5 L; FD 28-50 f/3.5; 28-55mm f3.5-4.5; FD 28-85mm f/4.0;
FD 35-70mm
f/2.8-3.5; FD 35-70mm f/3.5-4.5; FD 35-70mm f/4.0, FD 35-70 AF zoom
FD 35-105mm f/3.5
~4.5 Macro (
Old & New) ; FD 50-135mm f/3.5; FD 50-300mm f/4.5 L
70-150mm f/4.5; FD 70-210mm /f4.0; FD 75-200mm f/4.5;
FD 80-200mm
f/4.0 L; FD 80-200mm f/4.0; 85-300mm f/4.5; FD 100-200mm f/5.6; FD 100-300mm f/5.6 L; FD 100-300mm f/5.6 (Old & New); FD 150-600mm f/5.6

Extenders Extender offers reasonably high optical performance and durable mechanical coupling to offer cheap, fast and highly portable alternative than investing into another prime lense, Canon's Extender FD 2X-A was designed for use with telephoto lenses of 300mm or longer, doubling the focal length capability of the lens. Extender FD 2X-B also doubles the focal length capability of the lens, but was designed to be used with focal lengths of 300 mm or shorter - even can be used with zoom lenses! Lastly, Extender FD 1.4X-A was designed for lenses of 300mm or longer focal lengths - without the real expense of 2-f/stops exposure compensation as it only requires 1 f-stop offset in exposure compensation.

Extender FD
2X-A; Extender FD 2X-B; Extender FD 1.4X-A

Special Application Canon FD Lenses

50mm f/3.5 Macro; 100mm f/4.0 Macro; 200mm f/4.0 macro (updated)
20mm f/3.5 Photomicro; 35mm f/2.8 Photomicro
100mm Bellow Lens | FD-EOS \ FD-EOS Macro Adaptor; 65mmicro
500mm f/8.0
Reflex; 35mm TS f/3.5 lens

CanonT80 with an dedicated AC lens.jpg
The FD-mount autofocus Canon T80 can select to shot either in One Shot AF, Servo or reverting back to use manual focus (on each of the AC lens, there is a setting for you to alter any of this shooting preference. A mini Photo Showcase on Canon T80 and the Three Autofocus AC lenses. Shown is the longest focal length among the three AC lenses, Canon AC 75-200mm f/4.5 zoom lense.

EARLY CANON Autofocus (AF) FD-mount lenses (Canon T80
& brief info on stand alone AF-FD 35~70mm Zoom

Other information
related Issues (5 Parts)

Information library
on technical illustration on Various
Older Versions of FD lenses

FD Fisheye 7.5mm f/5.6 S.S.C. | FD Fisheye 15mm f/2.8 S.S.C. | FD 17mm f/4.0 S.S.C. | FD 20mm f/2.8 S.S.C. | FD f/1.2 Aspherical / FD 24mm f/1.4 S.S.C. ASPHERICAL | FD 24mm f/2.8 S.S.C. | FD 28mm f/2.0 S.S.C. | FD 28mm f/2.8 S.C. | FD 35mm f/2.0 S.S.C. | FD 35mm f/3.5 S.C. | FD TS 35mm f/2.8 S.S.C. | FD 50mm f/1.2 S.S.C. ASPHERICAL | FD 50mm f/1.2 S.S.C. | FD 50mm f/1.4 S.S.C. | FD 50mm f/1.8 S.C. | FD Macro 50mm f/3.5 S.S.C. | FD 85mm f/1.2 S.S.C. ASPHERICAL | FD 85mm f/1.8 S.S.C. | FD 100mm f/2.8 S.S.C. | FD Macro 100mm f/4.0 S.C. | FD 135mm f/2.5 S.C. | FD 135mm f/3.5 S.C. | FD 200mm f/4.0 S.S.C. | FD 200mm f/2.8 S.S.C.. | FD 300mm f/2.8 S.S.C. FLUORITE | FD 300mm f/5.6 S.C. | FL 300mm f/5.6 S.S.C. FLUORITE | FD 400mm f/4.5 S.S.C. | FL 400mm f/5.6 | FD 500mm f/5.6 S.S.C. FLUORITE | FD 600mm f/4.0L S.S.C. FD 600mm f/4.5 S.S.C. | FL 600mm f/5.6 | FD 830mm f/5.6 S.S.C. | FL 830mm f/8.0 | FL 1200mm f/11 S.S.C.| FD Zoom 35-70mm f/2.8-3.5 S.S.C. | FD Zoom 100-200mm f/5.6 S.C. | FD Zoom 85-300mm f/4.5 S.S.C.

Older Canon FL-mount Lenses
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A pair of gigantically CAT Canon lenses:-
Canon 830mm f/3.8 (15kg) & Canon 2000mm f/11 (11kg) Reflex Lens
Information contributed by: Dr.
Heinrich Tauscher

There were MORE updates from Ernst Thiel, Holland relating to these info, including another gigantic Canon 5200mm f/14 lense ! Update:- The FD-EOS Adaptor permits use of certain of thyese MANUAL FOCUS FD(n) lenses to be used with the AUTOFOCUS Canon EOS cameras (with limitation).

Canon EF lens Resources LINK
* If you owned any older series of FD lens that was not found or mentioned in This site, feel free to mail-in some images to enable this FD Project more complete in resources, if image was being chosen and published, appropriate credit will be given The Autofocus CANON EF lens Resources will have a new section on its own. Simialrly, the | Canon EOS-1N Series | site has been uploaded in March 2006. Enjoy.

Some useful resources/manual prepared by Christian Rollinger:

Canon FD lens catalogue
Canon FDn Zoom lens catalogue (1982)
Canon FD 50mm f/3.5 MACRO
Canon FD 100mm MACRO (1979)
Canon FDn lenses catalogue (1981/2)
Canon FD 1,4X Extender (1982)
Canon FD 2A/2B Extender (1980)
Canon Macrophoto Adaptor Manual (1980)
Canon FD Extension Tube M Manual
Canon Auto Bellow Unit Manual
Canon Lens Works (1986)
Canon T90 Sales Catalogue
Canon FDn lens catalogue (1971)
Canon Macro Photography Guide
Canon Slide Duplicator Manual (1983)
Canon Angle Finder User's Manual

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