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Older FD 85mm focal length Telephoto lenses


Telephoto Lenses

Canon telephoto lenses bring distant subjects right up close. These sharp lenses compressed the space in front of and behind the main subject, making everything seem much closer together. With focal lengths from 85mm to 300mm, Canon's superb telephotos are specifically designed for photography of especially difficult subjects. Telephoto lenses have a narrower angle of view and shallow depth-of-field. They produce flattened perspective which makes them useful in portrait photography. They have high resolving power to keep the image perfectly sharp from the center all the way out to the edges of the frame. And because Canon telephotos are treated with the unique Super Spectra coating, chromatic aberration and astigmatism are reduced to an absolute minimum.

Canon FD 85mm f/1.2 AL S.S.C.
Canon Lens FD 85mm f/1.2 S.S.C. Aspherical

This is the fastest 85mm lens currently available in the market and essentially a FD 85mm f1.2 'L' lens at its infantry stage (the equivalent Canon 85mm f/1.2L was probably introduced in 1980) . As the latest success in Canon's revolutionary development of the aspherical lens concept, this lens occupies a particularly high respect among the lens manufacturing community.

NOTE: Info on the NEWER Canon FDN 85mm f/1.2L and the current autofocus version

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The incorporation of an aspherical element in its design results in the virtual elimination of flare, from a bright f/1.2 to a stopped-down f/16. Especially at full aperture opening, sharpness and contrast to the picture is remarkable compared to spherical lenses.

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The exclusive Canon Floating System ensures high performance even at the close focusing distance. Along with the elimination of flare at the maximum lens opening, equal effort was placed with successful results in producing fine resolution of image at smaller apertures during daytime photography.

FD 85mm f/1.8 SSC

Canon Lens FD 85mm f/1.8 S.S.C

The FD 85mm f/1.8 S.S.C. is a telephoto lens with precise natural perspective. It is perfect for portraiture, when faithful reproduction of the subject is absolutely necessary. Canon's FD 85mm f/1.8 completely eliminates astigmatism and comatic aberration.

Color balance is excellent, with all ghost and flare suppressed by the use of Super Spectra multi-layer coating. To aid in handling, the FD 85mm f/1.2 is very short (57mm), approximately the size of a 50mm standard lens. Basic spec is the same with the FDn version except for the mount change, filter size of 55mm (newer uses 52mm); minimum aperture of f/22; focuses closer at 0.85m and weighs lighter at 350g.

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Quick Summary:-

Angle of view
28 degrees 30'; Optical Construction: 6 elements in 4 groups; minimum aperture f/16; closest focusing distance: 0.9m; filter attachment size 55mm; Accessories: case: LHC10, Lens hood: BT 55. length 57, weighs 425g,

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| Back | Newer version of Canon FD 85mm telephoto lenses: Where three lenses, a high speed 'L' version f1.2, a 85mm f1.8 and also a Soft Focus Lens is available

FD Fisheye 7.5mm f5.6 S.S.C. | FD Fisheye 15mm f2.8 S.S.C. | FD 17mm f4.0 S.S.C. | FD 20mm f2.8 S.S.C. | FD 24mm f1.4 S.S.C. ASPHERICAL | FD 24mm f2.8 S.S.C. | FD 28mm f2.0 S.S.C. | FD 28mm f2.8 S.C. | FD 35mm f2.0 S.S.C. | FD 35mm f3.5 S.C. | FD TS 35mm f2.8 S.S.C. | FD 50mm f1.2 S.S.C. ASPHERICAL | FD 50mm f1.2 S.S.C. | FD 50mm f1.4 S.S.C. | FD 50mm f1.8 S.C. | FD Macro 50mm f3.5 S.S.C. | FD 85mm f1.2 S.S.C. ASPHERICAL | FD 85mm f1.8 S.S.C. | FD 100mm f2.8 S.S.C. | FD Macro 100mm f4.0 S.C. | FD 135mm f2.5 S.C. | FD 135mm f3.5 S.C. | FD 200mm f4.0 S.S.C. | FD 200mm f2.8 S.S.C. | FD 300mm f2.8 S.S.C. FLUORITE | FD 300mm f5.6 S.C. | FL 300mm f5.6 S.S.C. FLUORITE | FD 400mm f4.5 S.S.C. | FL 400mm f5.6 | FD 500mm f5.6 S.S.C. FLUORITE | FD 600mm f4.5 S.S.C. | FL 600mm f5.6 | FD 880mm f5.6 S.S.C. | FL 880mm f8.0 | FL 1200mm f11 S.S.C. | FD Zoom 35-70mm f2.8-3.5 S.S.C. | FD Zoom 100-200mm f5.6 S.C. | FD Zoom 85-300mm f4.5 S.S.C.

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