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I've converted a couple of FD lenses with EdMika conversion kits, using them on my Canon 6D.

So far I converted seven lenses: FDn 20/2.8, FDn 28/2, 55/1.2 SSC Aspherical, 85/1.2 SSC Aspherical, FDn 100/2, FDn 135/2 and my only zoom lens, the FDn 35-105/3.5. My converted manual focusing lenses even outnumber my AF lenses, having 'only' three of them (15/2.8, 24/1.4 II and my 200/2.8 II).

The lenses have all excellent image quality, some of them on a level with their EF/EOS counterparts as far as I can tell. The resolution of the pictures I take is fabulous. At f/1.2 the 55mm and 85mm are really sharp. It happens that I miss the focus when shooting moving targets, but I think this mostly depends on your manual focusing skills. The more I practice the more I have a feeling for the focusing ring of the lens, and how fast I have to turn it to catch the target in focus.

The only downside for me is the missing aperture information in the EXIF metadata, but I can live with that.

If you are interested you can check a couple of shots here:
85mm: here: and one single picture here:

I wouldn't use the canon filter, it certainly degrades sharpness.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Thinking of downgrading my 5d3 system
« on: January 12, 2013, 12:50:19 PM »
Mmm,…this is a great thread that most likely many of us can relate.  I myself have purchased professional level gear over the past year,….makes me sit back and think if this is practical….but we all enjoy our profession/hobby.  Just my 2 cents,…my opinion,….sell everything except the 5D III.  Keep the 5D III, it’s a great camera and will serve you well for many years.  Next, save the cash and get a 50 f 1.4 and use this exclusively for maybe 6-12 months just as a photography exercise.  Re-evaluate in year and see what direction to go….

I like this as well. Instead of the 50 f/1.4 you could also try the new Sigma 35mm 1.4, if you like it a bit wider!

Lenses / Re: Announcement on January 8, 2013? New Lenses [CR1]
« on: December 23, 2012, 09:35:39 AM »
I don't think the old 35L will sell for more than it sells now used (max. 1100 USD).

Lenses / Re: 50mm upgrade or 85mm coverage?
« on: December 12, 2012, 02:58:31 PM »
I have the 24L, 50L, and 135L and have pondered getting an 85 or the 100 Macro. Every time I shoot with the 135L, I say, :I love this lens" and doubt if I would use either of the other. Every time I shoot with the 50L, I am so very satisfied, I also doubt I would take out the 85 instead.

I would love to have the 35L, 85L and 200L to technically fill the voids of my current kit, but I have never had a situation yet where the lenses I have left me wanting something more/different.

That's almost the same situation I am in, got the 24L, a converted FD 55 1.2 and a soon to be EF converted FD 135/2. Well I also own the 100L, which I don't know if I really need it and the 15mm fisheye which is always nice to have and the 200/2.8! Now I want to sell the 200 because I don't use it, not even with my 1.4x II but don't know if I should buy the sigma 85 to complete my set...or just sell the 100 as well :D and keep the 3 firstly mentioned lenses and the fisheye... ??? After all the sigma 85 1.4 is pretty similar to the 55mm 1.2, you can always crop the pictures from the latter...

Contests / Re: Gura Gear Giveaway!
« on: December 08, 2012, 07:47:30 AM »
I want to win!

Lenses / Re: What's your dream lens
« on: December 05, 2012, 11:46:12 AM »
A 8-135mm lens with aperture 4 at 8mm, 2.8 at 15mm, and 1.4 at 24mm and 35mm, 1.2 at 50mm, still 1.2 at 85mm, and 2 at 100mm and 135mm ;). IS not needed, please not too big and heavy, and a variable lens hood would be nice :D. Don't forget the integrated ND 0.3-3.0 filter, and the integrated circular polarizer. Last but not least the lens should be compatible with TCs! Price: 7654$.

Lenses / Re: EF-M 55mm f/1.3 Coming in 2013? [CR1]
« on: October 31, 2012, 04:41:44 PM »
Good job, CR commenters.

This means, no more comments necessary! Thank you all.

Lenses / Re: EF-M 55mm f/1.3 Coming in 2013? [CR1]
« on: October 31, 2012, 04:21:21 PM »
I tend to believe something is probably going to happen in March of 2013

But what?  :o
Well, last March, Japan had a magnitude 9.0 earthquake.  What could top that?

I don't know, but I had to laugh, black humor for the win..

Lenses / Re: EF-M 55mm f/1.3 Coming in 2013? [CR1]
« on: October 31, 2012, 03:58:09 PM »
I tend to believe something is probably going to happen in March of 2013

But what?  :o

EOS Bodies - For Stills / AutoISO for Canon 5D Mark II
« on: October 19, 2012, 03:15:55 PM »
The last 5D Mark IIs are selling and after they are sold out Canon could just release a firmware update for the camera which implements the notorious AutoISO in M mode. How hard can it be? Who wants to write an open letter? My english ain't the best, I'll have to pass.  ::)

Do the light inspection test [...]

There is no science to it all and this information is in regard to the literally hundreds of used and new lenses that pass through my hands on a weekly basis. If you think your lens is affected by any thing at all, try and find a local person who is willing to work on things for a fair price.

Wow, thanks a lot for this detailed write up! May I ask you where you work, just out of curiosity?

After inspecting the lens I noticed (almost?) no haze, but there were these very little spider webs on the last element/glass (next to the mount) of the lens. Not the glass you can reach when dismounting the lens, but the next one.

It's incredibly common on older filters and lenses when stored in older containers utilizing products like old open-cell foam, foam padded filter cases, etc. the foam and plastic material break down over time and will cause glass to draw these materials to its surface as a 'reaction' to the breaking down of the petroleum based materials.

I guess that's exactly what happened to my lens. I bought in on Ebay and the seller sent it to me in a non original Vivitar case, which is padded inside, and only the smell inside the case wasn't very pleasant..

try and find a local person who is willing to work on things for a fair price.

I will try, there is one repair shop for lenses and he does all kind of repair jobs. Maybe you can tell me another person/address who would disassemble the lens for me? I believe I would be capable to do it myself, but if I would succeed to put it back together is another question.

Lenses / Re: "White fog" on pictures..
« on: October 16, 2012, 12:57:22 PM »
haze is usually caused by the internal lubricants running over the optics over time. It's a common problem on older FD lenses and sometime isn't noticed at all. It looks like haze on this lens and may affect certain focusing distances.

Thanks Ramon. Now I'm sad! And you are most probably right, while converting the lens there was some lubricant all over the "back part" of the lens. I can't remember exactly where but I saw it. I will disassemble the new mount again and maybe wipe the visible and reachable lubricant away. Maybe this will help a bit, but I don't think so. The lubricant has gone probably already inside the lens, between the you have any advice how to get rid of the haze (if it'll get worse), except disassembling the whole lens?


Lenses / Re: "White fog" on pictures..
« on: October 16, 2012, 12:41:08 PM »
I haven't used filters with this lens, and it has a built in lens hood, no petal, but a cylindrical one. I thought the same first, that it's flare, but on the picture above there was only diffuse light shining through the covered sky, how can this cause flare at all?

I don't think it's fungus. When I look through the lens I just see a fair amount of dust particles, most are kinda transparent and there are just a couple of more whitely dust specks. I don't see any haze inside the lens or on the outer optics, although I have never seen a hazy lens before...

EDIT: And if it would be haze, it would be appear on more pictures, and not only on a very small percentage, or am I wrong with this assumption?


I have a nFD 135mm f/2 lens converted to EF mount with the EdMika kit. I like the pictures I take with this lens, but from time to time the pictures have a weird "white fog" (is it ghosting?) overlaying the subject. I don't know why it happens, neither can I predict when it happens. I would appreciate it if anyone could give me a hint what is causing this white fog. I have shot very little with the lens, but I'm guessing the white fog thing happens only when the subject has a particular distance from the this possible? Please have a look at the picture. Thanks!

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