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Canon FD 35 mm f/ 2 S.S.C (I) Lens

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Canon FD 35 mm f/ 2 S.S.C (I) lens

Canon FD 35 mm f/ 2 S.S.C (I) lens

Canon FD 35 mm f/ 2 S.S.C (I) lens

Canon FD 35 mm f/ 2 S.S.C (I) lens

Canon FD 35 mm f/ 2 S.S.C (I) lens

Optical design

Canon FD 35 mm f/ 2 S.S.C (I) optical design

Format: 35mm SLR

Type: Prime lens

Focusing: Manual Focus (MF)

Lens mounts: Canon FD, FDn

First year of production: 1973

Last year of production: 1976

Optical design: 9 elements in 8 groups

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The Canon FD 35 mm F/2 S.S.C (I) is a high quality fast wide-angle manual focus prime lens for Canon FD SLR  film cameras.

This is the first version of the Canon FD 35 mm F/ 2 S.S.C lens.

The glass elements of this lens contain thorium, a rare-earth element. Thorium was added to bulk glass to increase a refractive index ( as a rule, a high refractive index causes high dispersion).That allowed manufacturers to make lenses thinner. In the 1970's thorium was replaced with some other safe elements. 

Once the Canon FD 35 mm f/ 2 S.S.C used to be Canon's flagship lens. It was one of the first lenses featuring "the system of floating elements".

The S.S.C. abbreviation (for Super Spectra Coating) means that the then revolutionary technology of lens coating was applied by Canon for increasing optical transmission, decreasing flare, and achieving natural color balance.

The Canon FD 35 mm f/ 2 S.S.C (I) is incompatible with the modern Canon EF system because of its construction and flange focal distance.

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Posted by: andrei3242   Date of publication: 27.09.2012

Mechanical quality4.147
Optical quality3.857
Pricing / Value3.577
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Owner reviews: Canon FD 35 mm f/ 2 S.S.C (I)

Leo Koikov 30.04.2020 07:37:51
Period of use: 2 years


Great colors

Smooth bokeh (in some cases, depends on the distance)





Non-linear bokeh, sometomes gets ugly


Unique construction with concave front element