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Older FD Standard lenses

 

Standard Lenses Standard lenses have a focal length of 50mm or 55mm, and usually covers a 46-degree of diagonal angle-of-view. Because they deliver natural perspectives, these lenses have the widest range of applications. They are ideal not only for snapping people and sceneries, but also for low light level photography because of their large apertures. The standard FD lenses include: FD 50mm f/1.8 S.C., FD 50mm f/1.4 S.S.C., FD 55mm f/1.2 S.S.C. , FD 55mm f/1.2 S.S.C. ASPHERICAL lens and Canon Macro lens FD 50mm f/3.5 S.S.C.

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Lenses with a fast lens speed transmit a clear sharp image even under low light level photographic conditions. Under these conditions, the FD 55mm f/1.2 S.S.C. and FD 55mm f/1.2 S.S.C. ASPHERICAL lenses are the most suitable to use for night and indoor shooting.



NOTE:- Info on the NEWER autofocus version

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Compared the FD mount optic with the Canon 50mm f/1.2 FL-mount version - courtesy of Mr. Eugene from www.kuotesting.com

The FD 55mm f/1.2 S.S.C. ASPHERICAL is a specially developed large aperture standard lens that uses an aspherical surface glass. It provides the highest contrast, even in the corners.Although close distance photography such as copy work, can be accomplished with the FD 55mm f/1.2 S.S.C. ASPHERICAL, there is a special lens particularly suited for this type of work, the Canon Macro Lens FD 50mm f/3.5 S.S.C. for close-up and macrophotography. When used with Canon system accessories, it makes possible an extended range of photography.

Alexander Dietel mailed in some info relating to his finding on his own 50mm FD: FD-lens. ".... It´s a October 1972 (datecode) version of the 50/1,4. There is no S.C. or S.S.C. writing, the lens has a chrome (silver) bayonet-ring at the front. Connecting the lens to a camera with the chrome-ring, you notice that there is no self-locking, when attached to the camera...."

Supplement: " ... I really have found your website quite helpful and if you are still updating it I have some more information in regards to Alexander Dietel's findings concerning the 50mm f1.4 with the silver ring on it. On page 34 of the 1971 Canon lens instructions, featured on Canonfd.com <http://canonfd.com/1971lensinstructions/1971lenses.pdf> has the entire specifications of all the original fd lenses. I had been trying to figure out what coating my silver-ringed 50mm 1.4 had. Apparently, it's just the spectra coating. I thought maybe other vistors to your site might find it helpful to have a little more info on the original fd lenses...". - Taylor Stowell <stowellt@comcast.net>

Furthermore, the popular FD 50mm f/1.8 S.C. and FD 50mm f/1.4 S.S.C. lenses have a distance coupling pin to a Flash-Auto Ring for CAT matching needle-type automatic flash photography, when used with the Speedlite 133D.

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Canon Lens FD 55mm f/1.2 S.S.C. This is a large aperture standard lens based on the optical system of the FL 55mm f/1.2. Despite its large aperture, it is highly reputed for its high contrast and stabilized image definition at full aperture opening. Because of its fast f/1.2 speed, it provides high image quality in low light level photography.

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Its optical performance is similar to the FD 50mm f/1.4 S.S.C. because both have fast lens speeds. Moreover, Canon has compensated for various aberrations, i.e., spherical aberration and coma.

Credit: Image coutesy of "The Canon Man" <pmreis2002@yahoo.com> who also operates a popular Ebay Store with Ebay ID "thecanonman". Image Copyright © 2003. All rights reserved.

Canon Lens FD 55mm f/1.2 S.S.C. Aspherical The aspherical lens version was introduced at the same year where the Canon F-1 was being marketed worldwide in 1971.

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This lens, along with the 50mm f1.8, was one of the few standard lenses that Canon offered to along with their two different class of SLR bodies (The other model is being the popular FTb QL model). This is a large aperture standard lens using an aspherical surface, which provides highest image definition even at full-aperture opening under dim light conditions.

Additionally, this lens incorporates the Floating System which enables aberration-free shooting at close subject distance. Thus, a sharp image is obtained through the entire focusing range. Therefore, the focused image through the viewfinder can be reproduced just as it is.
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Canon Lens FD 50mm f/1.4 S.S.C. This is an advanced standard lens based on the reputed FL 50mm f/1.4 lens system. Clear images are obtained not only in stopped-down metering but also during full aperture metering. It has a distance coupling pin to permit CAT system.

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Credit: Image courtesy of Mr. Claudio®. who is a collector for Canon photo gear, he also has an Ebay Section as well as maintaining a website on his own where occasionally trading some photo equipment. Image(s) copyright © 2003. All rights reserved. Please respect the visual property of the contributing photographer.

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Credit: Image courtesy of Mr. Joe Westerberg® from Palm Springs, CA U.S.A.. who is a collector for various photo gear, he also has an Ebay Section where occasionally trading some photo equipment. he sent me this image along with another of the Minolta X-700 Image(s) copyright © 2003. All rights reserved. Please respect the visual property of the contributing photographer.

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