FD Resources - Telephoto Zoom lenses
Both the FD 80-200mm lenses featured here have a zoom ratio of 2.5x. It is easy to differentiate them apart as the L-series type uses the single push/pull ring while the older lens uses the twin-ring zooming
NOTE:- Info on the NEWER autofocus version
And these two lenses have the same zoom range as the 70-210mm which features the most popular fixed focal length lenses; the 85mm, 100mm, 135mm and 200mm lenses.
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The two zoom lenses have different and varying operation control although both have similar maximum aperture of f4.0. The non-'L' version is using a double ring control system for those who find the single ring zoom system too 'imprecise' for focusing and zooming as traditional technique of focusing the lens at the telephoto end before zooming may result in slight focus shifts. Operation using the 80-200 mm lens may not be as fast as single ring zooms, but it is extremely reliable. It has an optical composition of 15 elements in 11 groups and features four group design of focus element, variation, compensator lens and relay lens. The employment of a new type of glass in the variator and the relay lens effectively controls curvature of field, coma and other aberrations. It also compensates for aberration changes caused by focusing and reduces the closest focusing distance to a mere 1 meter, which makes it particularly suitable for portrait photography as from the 80mm to 200mm, which are quite popular focal length for portraiture.
The Early version of the Canon FD zoom 80-200mm f/4.0. Some says older Canon's FD mount lenses are engineered to cause little wear on the mounting surfaces, the chrome ring bayonet is considered by some far superior in mechanical quality to later FD mount bayonets (later Canon FD mount bayonets were redesigned such that all moving parts are contained within the lens barrel. All FD mount lenses are compatible with all FD mount cameras). But I would think it is a personal opinion and not much of a difference in both.
The newer 80-200 mm f/4.0 L lens was one of the rare FD zoom lens that encompasses some of the best in optical designs and lens construction from Canon. It was made available very late indeed in the mid-'80s where Canon itself is going through some transitional changes from FD to a trial EOS stage. I think this lens was introduced at around the time when the mighty Canon T-90 - a futuristic SLR (Some would say it was a 'prototype for the EOS camera) that was widely acclaimed to be one of the best manual focus SLR of modern times. In fact, I was told there were two versions of this 80-200mm f/4.0 L lens but Canon said there was only one made and marketed and this is it (below).
New FD 80-200mm f/4.0 L
The (new) FD 80-200 mm f/4L's arrival was rather very late but it carried with Canon's highly rated "L" series lenses designation. It is a medium power telephoto-Zoom lens, uses combination of fluorite and UD glass elements (1 each) to achieve sharp images by suppressing spectral aberrations.
A built-in full range macro mechanism facilitates macro photography at 3.1 feet (maximum 0.32x magnification). It has a one-ring, direct zoom system, and is lighter and shorter than its predecessor, the FD 80-200 mm f/4.0.
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Type: High performance Zoom
Construction: 14 elements in 12 groups
Angle of View: 30° - 12°
Minimum aperture: f/32
Closest Focusing Distance: Normal -1.2 m (4 ft.) MACRO - 0.95 m (3.1 ft.) from film plane
Magnification ratio: 0.13X at 80 mm; 0.32X at 200 mm
Filter Size: 58 mm
Lens hood: BT-58 (C44-5802)
Length: 153 mm (6 in.)
Weight: 675 9 (1 lb., 7-13/1 6 oz.)
Cap: C-58 (CG2-0072)
Case: LH-C19 (C47-0961), LS-B21 (C47-0956)
Function: Auto aperture, full aperture metering (AE operation when used with all Canon automatic SLR cameras)
Coating: S.S.C.(Super Spectra)
New FD 80-200mm f/4.0 Lens
A telephoto zoom which covers the frequently used range of 85mm, 100mm, 135mm and 200mm, this is a high performance lens with a maximum aperture of f/4 and a zoom a ratio of 2.5.
With a total length of 161mm and a weight of 790 grams, this lens is still considered moderately lightweight and compact for its class. Strangely, this lens uses double ring control system provides separate rings for focusing and zooming as opposed to 'popular design of one touch design.
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Canon claimed it is much easier to focus at the telephoto end where the depth of field is shallow. A minimum focusing distance of 1 meter also permit fair amount of close-up photography. This lens features exclusive four-group design of focus element, variator, compensator and relay lens element. The employment of a new type of glass in the variator and relay lens effectively controls curvature of field, coma and other aberrations, ensuring high image quality across the entire picture plane. Appropriate power configuration and curvature of the front lens group enable a close minimum focusing distance of only 1 meter.
An late FD 80-200mm f/4.0 S.S.C version not being mentioned here. earlier
Focal length: 80-200mm
Aperture ratio: 1:4
Lens construction: 11 groups, 15 elements
Coating: S. S. C. (super spectra coating)
Angles of view: Diagonal 30° - 12° Vertical: 17° - 7° Horizontal: 25° - 10°
Distance scale: (m) 1.0 (Magnification 0.12X at 80mm, 0.29X at 200mm) to 20.OO (ft) 3.5 - 70.OO
Focusing mechanism: Rotation of the front lens group
Zooming: Rotation of the Zoom Ring
Minimum aperture: f/32. A
Filter size: 58 mm
Hood: Built-in type
Length x max. diameter: 161 mm x 67.9mm
Discontinued autofocus version: EF 80-200mm f2.8L Technical highlights: A telephoto zoom with a large constant maximum aperture of f/2.8. Three high-refraction/low-dispersion UD glass (Ultra-low dispersion glass: a hybrid optical glass blended with fluorides) elements are sued to contained chromatic aberration.
Focusing is performed by an inner focusing system which realizes fast and quiet autofocusing and allows the front of the lens to remain fixed for easy use of circular polarizing filters. Manual focusing operability is provided by a wide focusing ring. Quick data for reference: Focal length and maximum aperture: 80-200mm f/2.8; Lens construction: 16 elements in 13 groups; Angle of view: 30°-12°; Focus adjustment: Inner focusing with AFD; Closest focusing distance: 1.8 m 0.16X; Filter size: 72mm; Length x max. diameter, weight: 185.7mm X 84mm, 1,330g
Current autofocus version: EF 80-200mm f/4.5-5.6 USM
Technical highlights: A lower cost, extremely lightweight, compact telephoto zoom. Used Micro USM for improved focusing speed. Using a modified version of the previous five-group zoom system, image quality is greatly improved at the telephoto side.
It weights only 260 grams. A wide zoom ring is provided, Manual focusing is possible by attaching the dedicated lens hood or manual focusing adapter to the lens. This lens is also available with the same focal length and aperture range using a micro motor (bottom left).
Quick data for reference: Focal length and maximum aperture: EF 80-200mm f/4.5-5.6; Lens construction: 10 elements in 7 groups; Angle of view: 30°- 12°; Focus adjustment: Front group rotating extension system with Micro USM; Zoom system: Rotating type; Closest focusing distance: 1.5 m; Filter size: 52mm; Length x max. diameter, weight: 78.5 x 69 mm, 260 g
Quick data for reference: Focal length and maximum aperture: EF 80-200mm f/4.5-5.6; Lens construction: 10 elements in 7 groups; Angle of view: 30°- 12°; Focus adjustment: Focus adjustment: Front group rotating extension system with Micro Motor; Zoom system: Rotating type; Closest focusing distance: 1.5 m; Filter size: 52mm; Length x max. diameter, weight: 77.8 x 71.2 mm, 275 g
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