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New FD 35-70mm f/4.0


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New FD 35-70mm f/4 Lens

With a moderate maximum speed of f/4, this lens was developed to feature an easy-to-use style at a modest price. It can be used just like the standard 50mm lens.With a high performance rivaling fixed focal length lenses, this lens is both compact and light. It employs the two-group design.

NOTE:- Info on the NEWER autofocus version of 35-70mm lens group
Strong curvature of the front lens group enables a close minimum focusing distance of 0.5 meter (0.08X magnification at 35mm, 0.15X at 70mm). Combining the wide-angle, standard, and short telephoto into one lens, this is an ideal choice as an introduction to zoom lens photography.

The optical formula of this lens was 'borrowed'and used in the design of the Canon AF Zoom FD 35-70mm f4.0. Because focusing is more difficult at the wide-angle end than at telephoto, the faster aperture of the New FD 35-70mm f/2.8-3.5 is a great help in focusing. An additional feature is the macro mechanism which, like that of the New FD 28-50mm f/3.5, permits close focusing. Pushing a switch and turning the zoom ring moves the lens into the macro range where close focusing is controlled by the zoom ring. Well suited to nature and still-life shooting, its macro feature enables a wide range of general close-up work. Precise reproduction or copy work, however, is best accomplished with one of the Canon macro lenses.

Canon FD Zoom lens 35-70mm f/3.5~4.5 MACRO

Comparing both the old and new Canon FD Zoom 35-70mm f/4.0 & f/3.5~4.5 MCRO


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The 35-70mm f/4 lacks the macro feature of the 35-70mm f/2.8-3.5 but is lighter and more compact, making it a particularly attractive lens in terms of portability. With an f/4 maximum aperture it also fares well in lens speed. The factors that influence your choice between these two lenses are the kind of images you take and your budget. Depending on your photographic interests, a lens like the 35-70mm f/4 might easily handle at least 90 percent of the photographs you shoot on a holiday. A great travel and vacation lens, it can simplify decision-making process when you are limited to the amount of camera gear you can carry.


Focal length: 35-70mm
Aperture ratio: 1:4
Construction: 8 elements in 3 groups
Coating: S.S.C. (super spectra coating)
Angle of view: Diagonal: 63° - 34°; Vertical: 88° - 19° 30'; Horizontal 54° - 29°

Distance scale: (m) 0.5 (35mm at 0.5m, 0.08X magnification) (70mm at 0.15); 10 OO (ft) 2 - 30.OO
Focusing mechanism: Rotation of front lens group
Zooming: Rotation of zooming ring; Minimum aperture: f/22 . A
Diaphragm: Automatic; Filter size: 52mm; Hood: W-62
Length x max. diameter: 85.5mm x 68mm; Weight: 315g


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