Canon FD Resources - Wide-angle lenses
New FD 24mm f/1.4
L, New FD 24mm f/2.0 & New FD 24mm f/2.8

 

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The 24mm only has a 10° smaller angle of view than the 20mm. It provides about twice the image of a 35mm lens and about three times that of the 50mm lens.

This is the widest of the wide-angles and though just a small step away from the super wide-angle lenses, it's a lot easier to use. Second, there's a strong rendition of perspective that can be controlled quite easily. It's also a focal length that is growing in popularity with non-professional as well as professional photographers.

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One of the 'Star Performer's lens within the FD series of optics is this New FD 24mm f/1.4L lens - it is still one of the fastest lenses in wide-angle lens with its only competitor being the autofocus version of the EF lens. It was also Canon's answer to many photojournalists' request on a lack of a high speed and high performance lens, of which the 24mm focal length is usually their favorite for news coverage and photojournalism

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Creating a lens of such high speed may not pose any problem with the FD's wider than normal lens mount, but making it comes with a top rated optical performance is another. An aspherical lens was used as the front element to achieve high sharpness and high resolving power. It is also this aspherical element that sets it apart from other wide-angle lenses. One of the most difficult color situations is an outdoor scene at night lit by unshielded tungsten lamps. With ordinary lenses you can expect a noticeable degree of color fringing, with a consequent loss of sharpness and proper color. The FD 24mm f/1.4L not only has great light gathering power but its aspherical element enables superb color even under the most difficult conditions. Best used under a wide range of light conditions and promises brilliant images regardless of the shooting situation.

Note: Canon has introduced a high speed 24mm lens to complement its existing EF 24mm f/2.8 AFD for the EOS System. The new lens is none other than the EF 24mm f/1.4L USM in middle of 1997. A year later, Canon introduced another high speed wide-angle lens, the EF 35mm f1.4L USM.

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New FD 24mm f/2.0 and New FD f/2.8 Lenses

May be slower than the 24mm f/1.4 L, but are still capable of a great range of available light photography. The choice of lens should be based on what you expect to shoot and how specialized your photography is likely to be.

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For most shooting conditions with color or black-and-white film, the f/2 and f/2.8 models should be able to fulfill your needs splendidly. The choice of which lens is best for you is based on budget and the need for the additional speed. With the 24mm focal length, it is also possible to establish a visual relationship between complementary elements in a photograph - such as people and their environment. Here, depth of field again becomes an important tool in bringing together the components of the image.




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New FD 24mm f/1.4 L Lens

As a result of incorporating an aspherical lens element in the rear lens group, a fast lens speed of f/1.4 was realized. The use of floating elements also help to counter spherical aberration at close shooting distances. For the discerning photographer, this lens is especially suited to low-light shooting conditions.

It is heavy and pricey but as a friend said, "..it is worth every Cent of it...".

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Specifications:

Focal length: 24mm
Aperture ratio: 1:1.4
Lens construction: 8 groups, 10 elements (including one aspherical lens)
Coating: S.S.C. (super spectra coating)
Angles of view: Diagonal 84° Vertical 53° Horizontal 74°
Distance scale: (m) 0.3 (magnification 0.12X) to 3.
OO (ft) 1 to 10.oo

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Focusing: Helicoid
Minimum aperture: f/16.A
Diaphragm: Automatic
Filter Size: 72mm
Hood: BW- 72
Cap
: C-72

Function: Auto Aperture, Full aperture metering (AE operation when used with ALL Canon automatic SLR cameras.
Length x max. diameter: 68mm x 75.5mm
Weight: 430g



New FD 24mm f/2.0 Lens

More compact and less expensive than the 24mm f/1.4L, this lens uses all spherical lens elements and has a fast speed of f/2.

Shortening the overall length of its lens system, using smaller front lens elements and moving the diaphragm forward contribute to its compact and light weight design; its total length is 50.6mm and weight is 285 grams. Use Floating System to improve optical performance at close range. To summarize it up, a good alternative if budget doesn't fit but still assure pleasing optical results in all aspects.


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Specifications:

Focal length: 24mm
Aperture ratio: 1:2.0
Lens construction: 9 groups, 11 elements
Coating: SSC (super spectra coating)
Angles of view: Diagonal 84° Vertical 53° Horizontal 74°


Distance scale: (m) 0.3 (magnification 0.11X) to 3.OO (ft) 1 to 10.OO
Focusing: Helicoid
Minimum aperture: f/22-A
Diaphragm: Automatic
Filter size: 52mm
Hood: BW-52CCap: C-52
Function: Auto Aperture, Full aperture metering (AE operation when used with ALL Canon automatic SLR cameras.
Length x max. diameter: 50.6mm x 63mm
Weight: 285g



New FD 24mm f/2.8 Lens

The best seller among Canon's 24mm group of lenses. When compared with its former FD counterpart, this lens is approximately 20 percent shorter in length and 28 percent lighter as a result of incorporating a new lens composition than the earlier versions.

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Like the two other 24mm lenses, it has Canon's Floating System maintaining high performance at close focusing distances. Its moderate wide-angle effect makes it well-suited for interiors and scenery. An good all round and multipurpose wide-angle lens, combining with compactness, light weight, performance and moderately priced to fit most budget.

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Specifications:

Focal length: 24mm
Aperture ratio: 1:2.8
Lens construction: 9 groups, 10 elements
Coating: SSC (super spectra coating)
Angles Of view: Diagonal: 84° Vertical: 53° Horizontal: 74°
Distance scale: (m) 0.3 (magnification 0.11X) to 3.
OO (ft) 1 to 10.OO
Focusing: Helicoid

Minimum aperture: f/22.A Diaphragm: Automatic Filter size: 52mm Hood: BW-52C Cap: C-52
Function: Auto Aperture, Full aperture metering (AE operation when used with ALL Canon automatic SLR cameras.
Length x max. diameter: 43mm x 63mm
Weight: 240g


Older Version: FD 24mm f1.4 S.S.C Aspherical & FD 24mm f2.8 S.S.C

Many would think that the New FD 24mm f1.4 L shown above was Canon's only 24mm high speed lens. Here is the pre-L redlined series FD version together with the FD 24mm f2.8 S.S.C. Click Here to the dedicated pages for these two older version of the FD wideangles.

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Current Autofocus Version: EF 24mm f2.8 and a very low-profile (until recently) EF 24mm f1.4 L

Technical highlight:
Like the 20mm f2.8 USM, It uses rear focusing optical system that moves the rear lens group internally to focus the subject and provide an floating effect for compensation of possible aberrations

Quick data for reference: Focal length and maximum aperture: 24mm f/2.8; Lens construction: 10 elements in 10 groups; Angle of view: 84°; Focus adjustment: Rear focusing system with AFD; Closest focusing distance: 0.25 m; Filter size: 58mm; Length x max. diameter, weight: 48.5mm x 67.5 mm, 270g

Technical highlight: Since the days of the chrome ring breech lock FD mount, the 24mm f1.4 lens was practically unchallenged for its lens speed at this specific focal length. To omit it from the EF lens line is unthinkable but Canon did not capitalize too much even on their latest lens catalogues. But unlike the usual high profile promotional campaign on earlier FD lenses counterpart, Canon has kept it low profile (Probably, most people are interested in high speed zoom lenses now..). Anyway, this is one of the king of speed in prime autofocus lenses that money can buy now.

Quick data for reference: Focal length and maximum aperture: 24mm f/1.4; Lens construction: 11 elements in 9 groups; Angle of view: 84°; Focus adjustment: Rear focusing system with Ring USM; Closest focusing distance: 0.25 m; Filter size: 77mm; Length x max. diameter, weight: 83.5mm x 77.4 mm, 550g

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