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New FD 85-300mm f/4.5


New FD 85-300mm f/4.5

This lens' zoom ratio is 3.5x, ranging from the nearly standard focal length of 85mm to a telephoto focal length of 300mm. The maximum aperture is f/4.5, making it a very versatile zoom lens.

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This FD 85-300 mm f/4.5 zoom lens is an improved version of a proven optical design (Inherited from the earlier FL 85-300mm F5 zoom), offering an incredible range in a lens that is less than ten inches long.

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As compared with the earlier FL mount, the FD version has a better mounting system which allows the lens to be attached to the camera with a simple bayonet-type twisting action with one hand. A friction lock has been provided for the lens hood, and an improved, removable tripod mount has also been incorporated.

Its lens construction features 15 elements in 11 groups and the curvature of each group has been increased to reduce total length and maintain a minimum focusing distance of 2.5 meters. Special efforts have been made to correct spherical aberration and coma, resulting in high contrast across the whole focal length range and excellent resolution capabilities. The double ring control system with separate rings for focusing and zooming has been employed and an improvement in the direction of rotation has been made.

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The 85-300 mm lens, has an impressive zoom ratio of 3.5x. Furthermore, despite its 300mm focal length, which is usually the limit that can be used for handheld shooting, the handling is superb where portability and handling are concerned. At 300mm, the angle-of-view is 1/4 at 85mm with the 35mm frame covering an area that is 1/16 of the area covered by an 85 mm lens. That is to say, a subject that covers 1/16 of the frame at 85mm will fill the entire frame at 300 mm. The lens will take you from the natural image reproduction of 85mm focal length to the tremendous compression of perspective and narrow angle of the telephoto effect that is synonymous with the 300mm range.

Canon 85-300mm FD S S C zoom lens
Older version of the Canon FD 85-300mm f/4.5 S.S.C.

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This versatility allows you to search for a subject at an intermediate focal length and then, once you have found it, zoom out to a longer focal length for a close-up shot. Naturally, you have to put a bit of distance between yourself and the subject to do this. On the other hand, this lens has a close minimum focusing distances - 2.5 meters for the 85-300 mm lens - close-up shooting at the telephoto end is possible. The maximum apertures of f/4.5 for the 85-300mm is nearly as large as those of the fixed focal length lenses of the same range. To make the lens more compact, its total length had been reduced by increasing the curvature of each lens group. Aberration is suppressed by the use of high quality glass. As with a telephoto lens, it is possible to search for and compose pictures in the viewfinder.

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Telephoto zooms in this focal length range demonstrate their true value when the camera must remain stationary such as in sports, documentary work, stage and wildlife photography and similar times when motion has to be pursued from one place. A twin-ring control system is used on the 85-300 mm to make handheld shooting possible. Perhaps the greatest advantage of these two lenses is their long focal length range which saves valuable time because no lens change is necessary. Precise focusing is required as the depth of field is shallow, and the choice of shutter speed should also be carefully considered. Needless to say, a tripod and a cable release will improve picture quality.


Focal length: 85-300mm
Aperture ratio: 1:4.5
Lens construction: 11 groups, 15 elements
Coating: S. S. C. (super spectra coating)

Canon 85-300mm f4.5 zoom lens
Angles of view: Diagonal: 28°30' - 8°15' Vertical: 16° - 4°35' Horizontal: 24° - 6°50'
Distance scale: (m) 2.5 (Magnification 0.04X at 85mm, 0.15X at 300mm) to 30.
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Focusing mechanism: Rotation of the front lens group
Zooming: Rotation of the Zoom Ring Minimum aperture: f/32. A
Diaphragm: Automatic Filter: Series IX Hood: Built-in type Cap: Lens Cap 94 (29-9943)
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Case: Exclusive (C47-0525)
Function: Auto aperture, full aperture metering (AE operation when used with all Canon automatic SLR cameras)
Coating: S.S.C.(Super Spectra)
Length x max. diameter: 246.8mm x 94mm
Weight: 1,635g

Current autofocus version: EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 USM

Technical highlights: A lower cost 4x telephoto zoom covering all telephoto focal lengths to 300mm. Modifications to the conventional five-group zoom construction and a new optical system design allow use of a Micro USM to achieve significant size reductions. A lightweight glass material is employed in the first group, reducing the load on the AF motor and enabling faster autofocusing.

Quick data for reference: Focal length and maximum aperture: 75-300mm f/4-5.6; Lens construction: 13 elements in 9 groups; Angle of view: 32°-11'- 8°15'; Focus adjustment:Front group rotating extension system with USM; Closest focusing distance: 1.5 m; Filter size: 58mm; Length x max. diameter, weight: 122.1mm x 75mm, 495g

Current autofocus version: EF 75-300mm f/4.5-5.6

Technical highlights:
A similar class 4x telephoto zoom lens featuring Front group rotating extension system with Micro Motor. Other specifications are almost similar to the newer USM version. Length x max. diameter, weight: 122mm X 73.8 mm, 495 g

Older Version: Three Early Canon FD Zoom Lenses - Canon Lens FD 35-70mm f/2.8-3.5 S.S.C.; Canon Lens FD 100-200mm f/5.6 S.C.; Canon Lens FD 85-300mm f/4.5 S.S.C. Click Here acquire more info.

Up to the mid of the seventies. General perception still has a lot of reservation towards optical performance of zoom lenses. There were only three during those early days of the FD mount and it mushroomed from there after 1977 when another hugely successful automatic multimode Canon A-1 was introduced after the immense success of the Canon AE-1 in 1975. Which one way or another have helped boosted traditional hard-core users' confidence towards arrival of 'new' things like automation and zoom lenses to the photographic world

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