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Older FD Telephoto lenses at 400mm and above

 

Early Super Telephoto Lenses produced by Canon

The ultimate objective of using a super telephoto lens is to capture subjects at great distances close-up with sharp definition throughout the entire image area.
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Super telephoto lenses are indispensable for shooting sports and news events, and even for recording wild life, difficult-to-approach subjects. Generally, lenses with focal lengths of 400mm or more, have long overall length, making operation and portability inconvenient. In order to eliminate this disadvantage, Canon developed four super telephoto lenses, FL 400mm f/5.6, FL 600mm f/5.6, FL 880mm f/8 and FL 1200mm f/11 S.S.C., which are of front convertible types and then added the FD 400mm f/4.5 S.S.C., FD 600mm f/4.5 S.S.C. and FD 880mm f/5.6 S.S.C.

NOTE:- Info on the NEWER autofocus version

With the intensive use of computers in lens design, the anticipated aims of reaching such goals, their reduced sizes and portability have been achieved. In their optical performances, all these super telephoto lenses provide the high resolving power and superior image definitions because of the successful compensations of the various aberrations, i.e., chromatic aberration, secondary spectrum and field curvature.

Canon FD 600mm f/4.0L S.S.C. Super telephoto
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Also included in the above category of super telephoto lenses was the FL 500mm f/5.6 FLUORITE. Similar in design to the 300mm, this lens also uses one fluorite element in its construction. It has a 5-degree angle of view and its focal length of 500mm enable even the distant subjects to be brought up close. Resolution, contrast and color balance are outstanding and on a par with lenses much shorter in focal length.
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Supplied with its own built-in lens hood and a tripod socket, plus a convenient carrying case.
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The FD 400mm f/4.5 S.S.C. FD 600mm f/4.5 S.S.C. FD 880mm f/5.6 S.S.C. FD 400mm f/4.5 S.S.C. was one of the last few additions to the original chrome mount ring of FD telephoto series. Being an FD means it can be mounted on a camera designed for automatic exposure control. A revolutionary rear group focusing was incorporated into the lens design (Note: The FD 400mm f4.5 was introduced in October 1975. It was the first Canon lens that was employed with a rear-focusing system). Because of the internal movement of only the rear group of elements with the use of zoom lens like cam action, the lens length remains constant from infinity to its closest focusing distance making it much easier to hand-hold when using faster shutter speeds. Without image quality loss, it focuses down to four meters, an incredible close distance for a 400mm telephoto.

Both the FD 600mm f/4.5 S.S.C. and FD 880mm f/5.6 S.S.C. have automatic aperture control and FD breech-lock lens mount. They work with the automatic exposure system of the Canon F-1 camera equipped with the Servo EE Finder and SLR cameras designed for EE (AE) photography.

UPDATE: - From : Greg Volan (gvolan@mac.com)

" .. Thank you for posting the helpful information about Canon FD tele-extenders. As I read the pages, I observed the statement that the FD 1.4X-A extender can be used with ALL FD lenses 300mm or greater. Unfortunately, because it would be a useful combination, the 1.4X-A will not work with the FD 400mm f4.5 lens. The lens has a masking plate at its rear which prevents the protruding lens system of the extender from being mounted. I hope this comment will be helpful to some"... . Regards, Greg

UPDATE 2: Robert Glenn Middleton (the_redd_groyne@hotmail.co.uk)

"... If you read the Canon instruction leaflet for the FD 1.4X extender, you will see that the 400/f4.5 lens is not the only FD lens that this extender will not fit, due to the rear rectangular baffle plate. However, the 400/f4.5 is the only lens that Canon state cannot be modified by removing the said baffle. They offered a modification service for the other lenses, especially the L series. I seem to recall that the baffle on the 800mm L series was easy to remove. For anybody interested, Christian Rollinger's Canon FD site contains the aforesaid instruction leaflet
...".

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These new lenses can claim the fastest speeds for super telephotos. A rear group focusing system accounts for the comparative compactness of each lens and the constant lens length during focusing gives exceptional balance.
Also, a rotational torque of the rack and pinion focusing wheel is adjustable. Both the FD 600 and 880mm are finished in silver gray to reduce the effect of heat during prolonged photography under strong sun light.

FL 400mm f/5.6, FL 600mm f/5.6, FL 880mm f/8 and FL 1200mm f/11 S.S.C.

The Canon lenses FL 400mm F5.6, FL 600mm f/5.6. FL 880mm f/8 and FL 1200mm f/11
S.S.C. are front convertible types, which are front component units of each lens.
The rear components, automatic aperture diaphragm mechanism and focusing adjusting devices are built into the optional Canon Focusing Unit. Therefore, by simply changing the front convertible lens, focal length can be adjusted to 400mm, 600mm, 880mm or 1200mm.

The FL 880mm f/8 provides high contrast, even in pictures taken at long distances because chromatic aberration is completely eliminated.

Shown is an old version of the Canon FD 600mm f/4.0L
S.S.C.

Canon FD super telephoto 600mm f/4L S.S.C.
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FD Fisheye 7.5mm f5.6 S.S.C. | FD Fisheye 15mm f2.8 S.S.C. | FD 17mm f4.0 S.S.C. | FD 20mm f2.8 S.S.C. | FD 24mm f1.4 S.S.C. ASPHERICAL | FD 24mm f2.8 S.S.C. | FD 28mm f2.0 S.S.C. | FD 28mm f2.8 S.C. | FD 35mm f2.0 S.S.C. | FD 35mm f3.5 S.C. | FD TS 35mm f2.8 S.S.C. | FD 50mm f1.2 S.S.C. ASPHERICAL | FD 50mm f1.2 S.S.C. | FD 50mm f1.4 S.S.C. | FD 50mm f1.8 S.C. | FD Macro 50mm f3.5 S.S.C. | FD 85mm f1.2 S.S.C. ASPHERICAL | FD 85mm f1.8 S.S.C. | FD 100mm f2.8 S.S.C. | FD Macro 100mm f4.0 S.C. | FD 135mm f2.5 S.C. | FD 135mm f3.5 S.C. | FD 200mm f4.0 S.S.C. | FD 200mm f2.8 S.S.C. | FD 300mm f2.8 S.S.C. FLUORITE | FD 300mm f5.6 S.C. | FL 300mm f5.6 S.S.C. FLUORITE | FD 400mm f4.5 S.S.C. | FL 400mm f5.6 | FD 500mm f5.6 S.S.C. FLUORITE | FD 600mm f4.5 S.S.C. | FL 600mm f5.6 | FD 880mm f5.6 S.S.C. | FL 880mm f8.0 | FL 1200mm f11 S.S.C. | FD Zoom 35-70mm f2.8-3.5 S.S.C. | FD Zoom 100-200mm f5.6 S.C. | FD Zoom 85-300mm f4.5 S.S.C.

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