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Canon FL 55 mm f/ 1.2 Lens

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Canon FL 55 mm f/ 1.2 lens

Canon FL 55 mm f/ 1.2 lens

Canon FL 55 mm f/ 1.2 lens

Format: 35mm SLR

Type: Prime lens

Focusing: Manual Focus (MF)

Lens mounts: Canon FD, FDn

First year of production: 1968

Optical design: 7 elements in 5 groups

User reviews (2)

Photos (17)

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Owners (8)

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Average price: $230


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Additional information:
  • Diameter: 67 mm
  • Max. magnification: 0.109

The Canon FL 55 mm F/1.2is an ultra-fast standard prime lens for 35 mm Canon FD SLR film cameras.

This is an excellent, sharp lens.

Posted by: Vbfedor   Date of publication: 01.10.2012

Photos taken with this lens Canon FL 55 mm f/ 1.2:

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4.62 3 3089

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4.33 1 2286

Mechanical quality4.5010
Optical quality4.2110
Pricing / Value2.7110
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Owner reviews: Canon FL 55 mm f/ 1.2

changing 24.10.2018 23:20:11
Period of use: 1 month


Spherical abberation (glow) is relatively tame wide open, I've seen worse from some f/1.8 lenses.  Sharpness is great for this lens, though contrast is low which affects total resolution.  Looks beautiful, built wonderfully, and handles great.  Not as heavy as other 1.2 lenses (but still heavy on a small camera).  The quality of the glass is excellent, very little relative variation in sharpness across the frame.  It's currently one of the lowest priced vintage 1.2's on the market.


Low contrast which can hinder resolution up till f/2, bokeh can get busy on difficult backgrounds.  A little difficult to focus wide open.  Can flare easily.


I'm currently using this on a Fuji X APS-C camera.  This lens has two variants, identified by the text on the front ring.  The picture in the description above has the later version.  I'm not sure what changed, if anything did, between the two optically.  It's built like a tank and because it handles so well I love using it.

I picked my copy up for $165, but it can sell for up to $200 and maybe even a little higher.  It was a little dirty but after some cleaning it's in mint condition!

There are no radiactive elements in the lens, I checked myself with a geiger counter device.