FD Resources - Telephoto Zoom lenses
It is a little confusing to discuss zoom lenses having focal lengths range of up to around 200mm at the longer end. Because, just like any other manufacturers, Canon has quite a number of options here, some were introduced to replace the older ones while some has been retained until the FD series was replaced with the EF autofocus lenses. From the early days of the FD 100-200mm f5.6, you will find the New FD 70-210mm f/4.0, New FD 75-200mm f/4.5, New FD 80-200mm f/4.0 and a luxurious New FD 80-200mm f/4.0L.
NOTE:- Info on the NEWER autofocus version
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Anyway, lenses of this kind, which covers medium telephoto to full telephoto, offers more than above average optical performances and easy portability as they are not as complex and complicated in their optical designs. Focal lengths of 85mm, 100mm, 135mm and 200mm are the most frequently used telephoto focal lengths, and all of them are covered with a single zoom lens like the 70-210mm and 80-200mm types. You can use them for portraiture, sports or news event. Carrying four separate lenses around all the time would be far too much hassles, not to mention the time required to change them back and forth, any of these zooms having all the required range will make changing the angle simple and easy.
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Canon has two very similar zoom lenses available in the FD series in those days. The FD 70-210mm f/4 has been around since the introduction of the Canon A-1while the FD 75-200mm f/4.5 was introduced in 1985, and was aimed at the users of the T-series cameras like the T50 and T70. Both feature one ring push/pull zooming and focusing control and thus enables zooming and focusing to be done in one operation, and the macro function allows focusing distances of only 0.44 m for the 70-210 mm and 0.55 m for the 75-200 mm. The magnification at these distances is 0.25X and 0.2X respectively.
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The 70-210mm zoom lens has a zoom ratio of 3x and the 75-200mm has one of 2.7x. They are reasonably compact in size, easy to operate, and strangely both prices are also very close and affordable to most users with the f4.0 version selling slightly higher than the f4.5 version. Well, that could be the interim period as later years the f4 version was 'disappearing' from the display windows at retail outlets. Emerging was the new 80-200mm f4 L which also caused the original 80-200mm f4.0 a little difficult to convince on new buyers. Anyway, from the official Canon sales manual at around mid-85, only the FD 75-200mm f4.5 and the FD 80-200mm f/4.0L were still in productions.The one ring push/pull zoom control design was quite popular, which allows the lenses to have simultaneous zooming and focusing.
Developed in conjunction with the FD 35-70 mm f/3.5-4.5 and FD 28-55 mm f/3.5 - 4.5 lenses. These three lenses offer the prospective buyer a combination that covers from wide-angle to middle telephoto focal lengths. Its main features are its light weight, compactness, high-image quality, and price. Focusing/zooming is done by means of a push/pull-type ring. The 75-200 mm lens was developed to complement the T-series cameras introduced at the beginning of the early '80. Extensive use of engineering plastic has resulted in an extremely light weight lens and has also lowered production costs which makes the price to the consumer more affordable. The exterior finish of the lens is flat black to match the Canon's multi AE mode T-70 and single Programmed AE mode T-50 model and the zooming/focusing ring has a rubber no-slip surface which makes operation easy even if the photographer's hand is wet.
New FD 70-210mm f/4 Lens
This lens covers the focal lengths of four fixed focal length lenses: 85mm, 100mm, 135mm and 200mm. Even though it has a zooming ratio of 3, it is still designed compact and lightweight. In spite of its short length, aberration correction is very good.
A high refraction lens prevents coma at the center focal length position and maintaining high resolution and contrast throughout zoom range. A single ring permits simultaneous zooming and focusing.
Macro focusing from infinity to 44cm is possible when the lens is set to 70mm. The 70-210mm zoom lens offers the brightness and high performance of an f/4 maximum aperture at an affordable price.
Focal length: 70-210mm
Aperture ratio: 1:4
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Lens construction: 9 groups, 12 elements
Coating: S. S. C. (super spectra coating)
Angles of view: Diagonal 34° - 11° 45' Vertical: 19°30' - 6° 30' Horizontal: 29° - 9° 48'
Distance scale: (m) 1.2 (Magnification 0.08X at 70mm, 0.23X at 210mm) to 15.OO (ft) 4 - 30.OO
Macro mechanism: Set the zoom ring at wide-angle end and rotate the ring beyond the regular close focusing distance. 0.44m (magnification 0.25X) - 1.2m
Focusing mechanism: Rotation of front lens group
Zooming: Push/Pull of a single Zoom Ring
Minimum aperture: f/32. A
Filter size: 58 mm
Length x max. diameter: 151 mm x 72.2mm
FD 75-200mm f/3.5~4.5 Zoom Lens
This popular size lens has a 2.67 zoom ratio ranging from short telephoto to moderate telephoto.
It uses a mechanical compensation system, and features compact size along with steady performance throughout its zoom range.
Operational control is by push/pull of a single ring. The addition of a macro mechanism makes close focusing possible to 0.55m with a magnification of 0.2X.
Focal length: 75-200mm
Aperture ratio: 1:4.5
Lens construction: 8 groups, 11 elements
Coating: S. S. C. (super spectra coating)
Angles of view: Diagonal 32°11'- 12° Vertical: 18°11' - 7° Horizontal: 27° - 10°
Distance scale: (m) 1.8 (Magnification 0.05X at 75mm, 0.13X at 200mm) to 20.OO (ft) 6 - 70.OO
Macro mechanism: Rotation of the zooming ring to the shortest focal length (75mm) and setting the macro ring to the macro range by pressing the macro conversion button. 0.55m (magnification 0.2X) - 1.8m
Focusing mechanism: Helicoid
Zooming: Push/Pull of a single Zoom Ring
Minimum aperture: f/32. A
Filter size: 52 mm
Cap: C-52 (CG2-0070)
Function: Auto Aperture, Full aperture metering (AE operation when used with ALL Canon automatic SLR cameras.
Length x max. diameter: 123 mm x 71mm
The FD-mount 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 Canon AC 75-200mm f/4.5 zoom lense.
Current autofocus version: EF 70-200mm f2.8L USM
Technical highlights: Successor to the highly evaluated EF 80-200mm f/2.8L AFD. Incorporates improvements such as a wider zooming range and ring USM. The closest focusing distance has also been reduced from 1.8 m to 1.5 m.
Full-time manual focusing, Extender compatibility (Extender EF 1.4x and EF 2x converts the lens to 98-280mm f/4 and 140-400mm f/5.6 respectively), and better peripheral brightness are among many other improvements.
Quick data for reference: Focal length and maximum aperture: 70-210mm f/2.8; Lens construction: 18 elements in 15 groups; Angle of view: 34°-12°; Focus adjustment: Inner focusing with ring USM; Closest focusing distance: 1.5 m 0.16X; Filter size: 77mm; Length x max. diameter, weight: 84.6mm x 193.6mm; 1,310g
Current autofocus version: EF70 210mm f/3.5 4.5 USM
Technical highlights: A standard 3x telephoto zoom featuring a built-in Ultrasonic Motor and a fairly large maximum aperture. The small size was achieved using a newly-designed five-group zoom lens construction.
By utilizing the 4th lens group in a rear focusing system, spherical aberrations can be reduced. Despite the compact size, a close focusing distance of 1.2 m/3.9 ft. Featured a wide zoom ring and an Ultrasonic Motor for autofocus and manual focusing even while the lens is in AF mode. Quick data for reference: Focal length and maximum aperture: 70-210mm f/3.5-4.5; Lens construction: 14 elements in 10 groups; Angle of view: 34°- 11° 20'; Focus adjustment:Rear focusing system with USM; Zoom system: Rotating type; Closest focusing distance: 1.2 m; Filter size: 58mm; Length x max. diameter, weight: 121.5mm x 73mm, 550g
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