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Title: Canon FL 55mm f/1.2 (Ed Mika Conversion)
Post by: Harley on October 01, 2011, 05:22:06 AM
These are some recent shots with my newly converted FL 55mm lens on a 7D (all hand-held shots).  I know there are other forum members who have also recently received an Ed Mika conversion kit.  If you have photos to share, please post them here.
Title: Re: Canon FL 55mm f/1.2 (Ed Mika Conversion)
Post by: Harley on October 01, 2011, 05:27:22 AM
...a few more...
Title: Re: Canon FL 55mm f/1.2 (Ed Mika Conversion)
Post by: Harley on October 02, 2011, 02:34:44 AM
More floral subjects... (all hand-held)
Title: Re: Canon FL 55mm f/1.2 (Ed Mika Conversion)
Post by: Harley on October 02, 2011, 02:37:57 AM
People and places...
Title: Re: Canon FL 55mm f/1.2 (Ed Mika Conversion)
Post by: Harley on October 02, 2011, 02:41:50 AM
Black & white hand-held shots...
Title: Re: Canon FL 55mm f/1.2 (Ed Mika Conversion)
Post by: ontarian on October 02, 2011, 02:58:43 PM
Some of my shots
Title: Re: Canon FL 55mm f/1.2 (Ed Mika Conversion)
Post by: ontarian on October 02, 2011, 03:00:50 PM
A few more.
Title: Re: Canon FL 55mm f/1.2 (Ed Mika Conversion)
Post by: ontarian on October 02, 2011, 03:03:32 PM
And finally
Title: Re: Canon FL 55mm f/1.2 (Ed Mika Conversion)
Post by: akiskev on October 02, 2011, 03:37:59 PM
Interesting lens!
Keep up the good work!
Title: Re: Canon FL 55mm f/1.2 (Ed Mika Conversion)
Post by: Harley on October 02, 2011, 10:05:52 PM
Wow - that frozen propeller shows just how fast it is...!
Title: Re: Canon FL 55mm f/1.2 (Ed Mika Conversion)
Post by: Harley on October 02, 2011, 11:01:34 PM
Great focal length for portraits on a crop sensor (88mm equivalent).
Title: Re: Canon FL 55mm f/1.2 (Ed Mika Conversion)
Post by: msowsun on October 13, 2011, 03:45:46 PM
I just got my FL55mm 1.2 and installed the ED Mika adapter in about 5 mins.  I promptly ran outside and snapped a few photos wide open at f/1.2



(http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y17/msowsun/photo%20stuff/Photo7/IMG_0526.jpg)

(http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y17/msowsun/photo%20stuff/Photo7/IMG_0527.jpg)

(http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y17/msowsun/photo%20stuff/Photo7/IMG_0530.jpg)

(http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y17/msowsun/photo%20stuff/Photo7/IMG_0531a.jpg)

(http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y17/msowsun/photo%20stuff/Photo7/IMG_0547.jpg)

(http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y17/msowsun/photo%20stuff/Photo7/IMG_0532.jpg)

(http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y17/msowsun/photo%20stuff/Photo7/IMG_0533.jpg)

(http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y17/msowsun/photo%20stuff/Photo7/IMG_0546.jpg)

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(http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y17/msowsun/photo%20stuff/Photo7/IMG_0544.jpg)

Title: Re: Canon FL 55mm f/1.2 (Ed Mika Conversion)
Post by: msowsun on October 14, 2011, 09:58:03 AM
(http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y17/msowsun/photo%20stuff/Photo7/_3.jpg)

(http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y17/msowsun/photo%20stuff/Photo7/_4.jpg)

(http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y17/msowsun/photo%20stuff/Photo7/_5.jpg)

(http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y17/msowsun/photo%20stuff/Photo7/_6.jpg)

(http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y17/msowsun/photo%20stuff/Photo7/_1-22.jpg)

(http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y17/msowsun/photo%20stuff/Photo7/_2.jpg)
Title: Re: Canon FL 55mm f/1.2 (Ed Mika Conversion)
Post by: ontarian on October 14, 2011, 11:02:54 AM
Nice lens glamour shots msowsun thanks. It is a tight little bundle of sexy imaging firepower isn't it.
Title: Re: Canon FL 55mm f/1.2 (Ed Mika Conversion)
Post by: russellwth on October 18, 2011, 09:34:57 AM
hi guys,

i'm just curious, i just received the adapter from Ed Mika a few days ago here in singapore, went to convert the fl f1.2 55m lens.

the result however is the dandelion AF chip is telling me the focus is spot on, however if i were to view it properly, it appears that the focus is close but not achieved. have tried the same procedure several times, same result.

is it only me who thinks the dandelion is slightly off?
Title: Re: Canon FL 55mm f/1.2 (Ed Mika Conversion)
Post by: ontarian on October 18, 2011, 09:55:54 AM
No, the dandelion chip is in my experience only semi accurate for focus confirmation especially with the thin depth of field you have a 1.2 on closer subjects.  I have heard that focusing using only centre point is a bit more accurate and If you follow the chip instructions as posted on the ebay listing there is a calibration function for it that functions similar to lens micro adjustment on the newer / higher end canon bodies.

Since I do most of my focusing in live view or using the focus screen in my 1D4 I basically ignore the focus confirm function of the chip on my FL 55 1.2 and depend on it rather for allowing proper light metering and EXIF data reporting.  Perhaps I should play with it some more to see if the FL 55s are all back or forward focusing and add the appropriate calibration adjustment to my regular programming routine of adjusting focal length to 55, aperture to 1.2 and manual/auto focus switch emulation to manual.

Title: Re: Canon FL 55mm f/1.2 (Ed Mika Conversion)
Post by: russellwth on October 18, 2011, 10:11:40 AM
that's pretty interesting! thanks for the info. after doing some a comparison of the same shot using the af provided by the chip and using the live view to get the same shot, i could get accurate in focus shot using the live view with 2.7 ft on the barrel, while using the dandelion AF, what it determined as in focus was at 3.0ft. both shots were taken mounted on tripod and 2-sec self-timer on my 1000D.

could you share how you calibrate the lens (AF Chip)? i don't believe i see the instructions for doing so on your listing http://www.ebay.com/itm/EdMika-Canon-FL-55mm-1-1-2-EF-EOS-Conversion-Kit-/180706459579 (http://www.ebay.com/itm/EdMika-Canon-FL-55mm-1-1-2-EF-EOS-Conversion-Kit-/180706459579)

many thanks!
though i agree with you i would shoot in live view for manual lenses, but somehow or rather it feels very natural for me to use the view finder
Title: Re: Canon FL 55mm f/1.2 (Ed Mika Conversion)
Post by: ontarian on October 18, 2011, 10:36:38 AM
They are up on the ebay listing in the pictures on the second page down if you scroll.  However here is a larger version in my flickr photo stream that will likely be easier to read here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ontarian/6031775051/sizes/o/in/set-72157624929098837/

I do prefer the viewfinder also over live view for really "seeing" what I'm shooting, it feels more direct.  The focusing screen is bang on accurate as well, I wish all bodies still came with one.
Title: Re: Canon FL 55mm f/1.2 (Ed Mika Conversion)
Post by: russellwth on October 18, 2011, 12:22:36 PM
hey ed, thanks alot for your help! though i would say that the link you've provided well, required some head banging first, i found a guide off tago, which describes using the ai servo method to get into the program, afterwhich, i calibrated the F8.0 + 2 digits from 01 to 17 – correction of focus confirmation dot to 06 instead of the default which was 09 and as a result, ive managed to receive rather spot on AF.

in the end the calibration function did help out :D
Title: Re: Canon FL 55mm f/1.2 (Ed Mika Conversion)
Post by: ontarian on October 18, 2011, 01:02:22 PM
hey ed, thanks alot for your help! though i would say that the link you've provided well, required some head banging first, i found a guide off tago, which describes using the ai servo method to get into the program, afterwhich, i calibrated the F8.0 + 2 digits from 01 to 17 – correction of focus confirmation dot to 06 instead of the default which was 09 and as a result, ive managed to receive rather spot on AF.

in the end the calibration function did help out :D

Thanks for the valuable feedback, I'll confirm on my several len copies as well and if I find that a setting of 06 is the best vs. the default 09 I will add making this adjustment to my standard chip programming routine on adapters I send out.  -Ed Mika
Title: Re: Canon FL 55mm f/1.2 (Ed Mika Conversion)
Post by: Harley on October 18, 2011, 02:04:09 PM
I have noticed the same issue but haven't tested it to see if I'm getting back or forward focusing relative to the AF confirmation.  I'm not a huge fan of live view, so I tend to spend a moment rocking the focus back and forth while looking thru the viewfinder and have gotten better at getting the focus right.  But it is still difficult when shooting wide open. 

This is why I'm thinking about replacing the focusing screen with an after-market split prism screen like the Katzeye.  The focusing screen on the 7D will only show DOF to about f/4.
Title: Re: Canon FL 55mm f/1.2 (Ed Mika Conversion)
Post by: savale on October 18, 2011, 05:23:09 PM
Fine lens as far as I can see. Not that impressed though. Were any of the shots at 1.2?
Title: Re: Canon FL 55mm f/1.2 (Ed Mika Conversion)
Post by: msowsun on October 18, 2011, 06:10:22 PM
All mine were shot at 1.2  http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php/topic,1758.msg34007.html#msg34007
Title: Re: Canon FL 55mm f/1.2 (Ed Mika Conversion)
Post by: dadgummit on October 19, 2011, 01:21:27 PM
Fine lens as far as I can see. Not that impressed though. Were any of the shots at 1.2?

I have many pictuers posted in a FL 55mm f1.2 thread shot at f1.2 in the POTN Lens Archive:

http://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthread.php?t=1105149

I am more than impressed with this lens, I found it sharper wide open than the C/Y Zeiss 50mm f1.4 with better contrast and comparable colors. 
Title: Re: Canon FL 55mm f/1.2 (Ed Mika Conversion)
Post by: elvan on October 20, 2011, 12:43:17 AM
hey ed, thanks alot for your help! though i would say that the link you've provided well, required some head banging first, i found a guide off tago, which describes using the ai servo method to get into the program, afterwhich, i calibrated the F8.0 + 2 digits from 01 to 17 – correction of focus confirmation dot to 06 instead of the default which was 09 and as a result, ive managed to receive rather spot on AF.

in the end the calibration function did help out :D

Thanks for the valuable feedback, I'll confirm on my several len copies as well and if I find that a setting of 06 is the best vs. the default 09 I will add making this adjustment to my standard chip programming routine on adapters I send out.  -Ed Mika
Let us know your findings ED. It seems like 06 worked a little better in some cases and a little worst in other situations.
Title: Re: Canon FL 55mm f/1.2 (Ed Mika Conversion)
Post by: russellwth on October 23, 2011, 07:35:33 AM
just thought'd i'll share this with ya'll.
just an example of the lens calibrated properly with the dandelion AF chip, so far so good, nailing all the shots with the AF green light in the viewfinder.

some tips to getting the focus bang on quick,
use the one-point (center point AF selection) and one-shot AF as this proves the most effective.
1) focus in to the region where you think you are getting the sharpest focus point
2) half press on the shutter release and then fine-tune adjustment till focus confirmation shows, beep or just the green light if you've deactivated the beep.
3) shoot!

end result:
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6097/6271786445_c0d504d001_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/simpleruss/6271786445/)
IMG_3306 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/simpleruss/6271786445/) by simpleruss (http://www.flickr.com/people/simpleruss/), on Flickr
cheers gents!

ps: shot was taken at f1.2 and at iso 800 on 1000D
Title: Re: Canon FL 55mm f/1.2 (Ed Mika Conversion)
Post by: elvan on October 27, 2011, 03:21:34 PM
After a focal length and aperture reprogram, the 06  setting on the focus adjust did seem to provide the best overall focus confirm on my 550d. At low light situations, the reliability is somewhat iffy and I would still suggest focusing from liveview if your subject is stationary. However, with these adjustments, I find the focus confirm (center) is about 90% reliable for most situations.
Title: Re: Canon FL 55mm f/1.2 (Ed Mika Conversion)
Post by: Harley on October 27, 2011, 07:57:05 PM
Fine lens as far as I can see. Not that impressed though. Were any of the shots at 1.2?

Most of mine were shot wide open or at f/1.4
Title: Re: Canon FL 55mm f/1.2 (Ed Mika Conversion)
Post by: Harley on November 09, 2011, 02:50:09 AM
A few more examples from a day at the park.  All hand-held shots.
Title: Re: Canon FL 55mm f/1.2 (Ed Mika Conversion)
Post by: Harley on November 09, 2011, 02:54:32 AM
...love this lens...!
Title: Re: Canon FL 55mm f/1.2 (Ed Mika Conversion)
Post by: Harley on January 20, 2012, 02:34:03 AM
Fremont Bridge, 1/2 sec exposure, hand-held.
Title: Re: Canon FL 55mm f/1.2 (Ed Mika Conversion)
Post by: Harley on February 18, 2012, 03:44:59 AM
Long exposure night shots at f/16...
Title: Re: Canon FL 55mm f/1.2 (Ed Mika Conversion)
Post by: Jamriman on February 19, 2012, 05:47:58 PM
Wonderful pics! I have a 55 1.2 aspherical FD. I am waiting for Ed's adapter to use it. Anyone have any thoughts on how it compares to the fl? Thanks!
Title: Re: Canon FL 55mm f/1.2 (Ed Mika Conversion)
Post by: Harley on February 19, 2012, 06:50:40 PM
Wonderful pics! I have a 55 1.2 aspherical FD. I am waiting for Ed's adapter to use it. Anyone have any thoughts on how it compares to the fl? Thanks!
Thanks!  I haven't had any experience with the FD 55mm Aspherical but would love to find one. 
The FL is great though and they can be found for a reasonable price -- I got mine on Craigslist for under $100.  Plus, the lens has such a nice build quality.  It's become my favorite lens. 
I recommend getting a lens hood for times when you want to control flare -- the standard FL hood works (S-60), but if you're shooting on APS-C you can use the deeper telephoto lens hood (T-60-1) without it showing up in the corners of the frame.  I have both.
Title: Re: Canon FL 55mm f/1.2 (Ed Mika Conversion)
Post by: The_Arsonist on February 19, 2012, 08:16:49 PM
Enjoying my 55 1.2, still waiting on a Katzeye split focusing screen so I don't have to use Live View on my 50D; that thing eats batteries like they're popcorn

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/423360_505522223232_98100064_30072719_1338880016_n.jpg)

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Taken while watching a movie on a projector. The light from the movie and his phone are the only light sources
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Hand held at night
(https://fbcdn-photos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/429832_505471390102_98100064_30072409_691381685_a.jpg)

Title: Re: Canon FL 55mm f/1.2 (Ed Mika Conversion)
Post by: Harley on February 19, 2012, 08:59:35 PM
Enjoying my 55 1.2, still waiting on a Katzeye split focusing screen so I don't have to use Live View on my 50D; that thing eats batteries like they're popcorn

Nice shots.  That Katzeye screen and the FL 55mm are a fun combination, aren't they?
Title: Re: Canon FL 55mm f/1.2 (Ed Mika Conversion)
Post by: dr croubie on February 20, 2012, 01:50:27 AM
Enjoying my 55 1.2, still waiting on a Katzeye split focusing screen so I don't have to use Live View on my 50D; that thing eats batteries like they're popcorn

Nice shots.  That Katzeye screen and the FL 55mm are a fun combination, aren't they?

Just got myself an FL 55/1.2 off ebay, as soon as I can afford it i'll be getting the edmika conversion kit (maybe tonight, just can't check netbanking right now to see my balance).
It was that or the katz-eye, i'm hoping to get the katz-eye eventually anyway, but the lens was a bargain I couldn't pass up (so i'll just live-view it, got a spare battery anyway).
Was only $250 shipped, one of the cheapest 50-58mm f/1.2 lenses of any mount on ebay recently. Adding on the edmika kit it's still under $380, i've seen pentax, nikon, and olympus-mount 50 f/1.2 lenses go for $500+ (which wouldn't need a fancy adapter to EF).
But I've even seen a few FD 55 f/1.2 SSC/Asph go for up to $700. Either some people are stocking up in hope of a conversion kit, or it's film, m4/3, or NEX users driving those crazy prices...
Title: Re: Canon FL 55mm f/1.2 (Ed Mika Conversion)
Post by: dr croubie on February 20, 2012, 02:08:55 AM
as soon as I can afford it i'll be getting the edmika conversion kit (maybe tonight, just can't check netbanking right now to see my balance).

ah, what the hell, paypal didn't reject my payment so looks like there's still space on my card (hope I can afford groceries for the week, but meh, shallow DOF > eating). I could afford to lose a few kgs anyway.

Ed, i'll let you know how long it takes to get to Aus (with any luck, at the same time as my new FL55...)
Title: Re: Canon FL 55mm f/1.2 (Ed Mika Conversion)
Post by: The_Arsonist on February 20, 2012, 02:17:35 AM
Enjoying my 55 1.2, still waiting on a Katzeye split focusing screen so I don't have to use Live View on my 50D; that thing eats batteries like they're popcorn

Nice shots.  That Katzeye screen and the FL 55mm are a fun combination, aren't they?

Thanks. I'm sure the Katzeye will be great; I'm starting week two of the 2-3 weeks they are backordered in manufacturing right now. That stock screen is just not meant for manual focus
Title: Re: Canon FL 55mm f/1.2 (Ed Mika Conversion)
Post by: dr croubie on March 17, 2012, 09:43:07 PM
Been using it a lot in the last few weeks since I got it, so many performances at night in low-light, f/1.2 is very well usable for iso800 handheld on my 7D.

But those aren't processed yet, this is one from yesterday morning, f/8 with a 430EX and softbox pointing at his face...

(http://croubie.smugmug.com/photos/i-sj7zSTx/0/L/i-sj7zSTx-L.jpg) (http://croubie.smugmug.com/Other/CanonRumours/21835574_C4wtGF#!i=1753519442&k=sj7zSTx&lb=1&s=A)
(Not bad for a 40-year-old lens bolted to a hunk of brass cut down by some canadian guy in his back shed  :P )


(also, katz-eye is ordered and on its way within a month, I hope).
Title: Re: Canon FL 55mm f/1.2 (Ed Mika Conversion)
Post by: Harley on March 17, 2012, 11:03:20 PM
(Not bad for a 40-year-old lens bolted to a hunk of brass cut down by some canadian guy in his back shed  :P )
Ha!  Yeah, what would we do with out Canadians whittling brass...  Nice shot! 
Title: Re: Canon FL 55mm f/1.2 (Ed Mika Conversion)
Post by: Harley on March 18, 2012, 12:49:57 AM
UPDATE:
I recommend getting a lens hood for times when you want to control flare -- the standard FL hood works (S-60), but if you're shooting on APS-C you can use the deeper telephoto lens hood (T-60-1) without it showing up in the corners of the frame.  I have both.
The T-60-1 telephoto hood works great to control flare but I have noticed occassionally that it affects the light metering, so I have switched to using the standard S-60 hood more often.
Title: Re: Canon FL 55mm f/1.2 (Ed Mika Conversion)
Post by: Harley on April 19, 2012, 10:23:23 AM
My photo is in the Gura Gear World of COLOR contest:
http://bit.ly/HanHZZ (http://bit.ly/HanHZZ)

This is shot with the Ed Mika adapted FL 55mm f/1.2 lens.  It is a 15 sec exposure of the MAX train in Portland, Oregon.  I discovered both Ed Mika and Gura Gear here on Canon Rumors. 

Please "like" the Gura Gear page and vote for my photo!  Voting is allowed once every 24 hrs thru April 22nd.  Thanks!