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Canon FDn 50 mm f/ 1.4 Lens

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Canon FDn 50 mm f/ 1.4 lens

Canon FDn 50 mm f/ 1.4 lens

Canon FDn 50 mm f/ 1.4 lens

Canon FDn 50 mm f/ 1.4 lens

Optical design

Canon FDn 50 mm f/ 1.4 optical design

Format: 35mm SLR

Type: Prime lens

Focusing: Manual Focus (MF)

Lens mounts: Canon FD, FDn

First year of production: 1979

Optical design: 7 elements in 6 groups

User reviews (1)

Photos (9)

Tests (0)

Owners (31)

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Average price: $100

Specifications:

Focal lengthMax. apertureMin. apertureBladesMin. Focus (m.)Filter Ø (mm.)Weight (gr/oz)Length (mm/in)
50mmf/1.4f/2280.4552235/8,343.5/1,7

Additional information:

Canon FDn 50 mm f/ 1.4  - fast standard prime lens for a 35mm SLR with a Canon FD mount.


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Posted by: Relayer   Date of publication: 23.12.2011



Photos taken with this lens Canon FDn 50 mm f/ 1.4:


Portrait wide open
Autor: Cezary
5 0 1857

sunset at the lake
Autor: Martin J
4.5 0 1025

Industrial Palace Prague
Autor: Cezary
4.25 0 1625

Summer Evening at the Railway
Autor: Cezary
4.2 0 1344

Mechanical quality4.6910
Optical quality4.6110
Usability4.3110
Pricing / Value4.5910
Bokeh4.6110
Overall lens rating
4.56

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Owner reviews: Canon FDn 50 mm f/ 1.4

ProfHankD 05.01.2016 23:06:39
Period of use: 1 month

Strengths:

Small, light, fast normal lens with good contrast and ok bokeh.

This lens is widely described as though it is the standard by which all other lenses should be judged, so I got one to test. The one I got was advertised as "clean," but has fungus on every internal element... which seems to be much more common for this lens than most -- about 1/4 of those I've seen advertised admitted to having fungus. In any case, the fungus has very little impact on image quality, so taking appropriate precautions against infecting my other equipment, I did some quick tests.

Around f/5.6, this lens is a winner: perfectly sharp with high contrast across the APS-C frame. At wider apertures, bokeh are better than average (much better than its f/1.8 siblings), but that seems to come from undercorrected SA, which also gives glow and low contrast wide open. Overall, it's a bit below average in IQ wide open. Of course, a bit below average is still darn good when talking about fast 50s.


Weaknesses:

Not really a great fast 50 when used wide open, so not very compelling.

Colors are a touch warm, but there's a significant shift on stopping down (probably due to SA).

Plastic FDn build.


Comments:

This is not a particularly special lens, but it usually sells for more than competing fast 50.