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Great focal length for portraits on a crop sensor (88mm equivalent).

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Wow - that frozen propeller shows just how fast it is...!

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Black & white hand-held shots...

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People and places...

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More floral subjects... (all hand-held)

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Canon General / Re: Canada Post is literally giving me an Ulcer - Ed Mika
« on: October 02, 2011, 12:45:52 AM »
Those are some great preview shots, thanks!  50/55mm (Fujinon 55mm f/2.2) is one of my preferred focal lengths on APS-C; I started with 50mm.  Your samples have a look distinct from the EF 50mm f/1.4 and also from the Fujinon M42 lens (a non-multicoated version).  I have seen a couple other sample images which highlight some of the possibility of somewhat odd renditions with this lens, but in your samples you've definitely brought out the good in the lens.  The somewhat orange tint to some of the pictures also resists being classified as "dated," instead looking like just a great photo.

It does seem like out-of-focus backgrounds can have a sort of "spherical" look to them (as seen here) but it's probably no big deal.

Thanks!  Glad to know those were helpful to describe the lens.

Yes, the out of focus backgrounds can have a spherical, slightly intensified or differently-colored edge to them, almost like the beginnings of a coffee stain.  It seems to pretty much go away by f/1.4 or f/2.  It's not a hard and fast rule.  Some subjects bring it out and some don't.  Anyway, most of the time I find the effect can be rather pleasing. 

I created another forum post under "Image Gallery \ Lens Gallery \ Canon FL 55mm" with some more photo samples.
http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php/topic,1758.0.html
Hopefully some other people will post theirs as well. 

I'd get a katzeye based on the limited research I've done.
http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/881589/
Thanks, the Katzeye is what I had been leaning towards getting installed.  I suspect having a good split prism focusing screen could be the final key to making this lens really perform.

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Canon General / Re: Canada Post is literally giving me an Ulcer - Ed Mika
« on: October 01, 2011, 10:32:33 AM »
Ed, Do you have a focusing screen you would recommend for the 7D?

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Canon General / Re: Post a cool B/W!
« on: October 01, 2011, 05:42:51 AM »
A few taken yesterday.

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...a few more...

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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.

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Canon General / Re: Canada Post is literally giving me an Ulcer - Ed Mika
« on: September 29, 2011, 08:11:48 PM »
Ed,
The larger screws for my "pre-30k serial number" FL 55 arrived today.  I replaced all three smaller screws.  The smaller screws had worked and two of the three held fine before, but all three larger ones bit and its feels a little more solid all around.  You were right about the tighter fit to the camera mount after installing the bigger screws.  After taking the lens off and putting it back on a couple of times it smoothed out.  Thanks for all your follow-up. 

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Canon General / Re: Canada Post is literally giving me an Ulcer - Ed Mika
« on: September 29, 2011, 06:50:47 PM »
...a couple more to show different apertures and lighting.

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Canon General / Re: Canada Post is literally giving me an Ulcer - Ed Mika
« on: September 29, 2011, 06:39:23 PM »
I might go ahead and make the jump to some FD / FL glass...

Well, if you do, the FL 55mm is something special.  The focal length is very usable -- 88mm equivalent on my 7D.  I haven't removed it from the camera since I got it! 

The lens renders light a little differently than anything else I have used.  It's a little warmer, but not distractingly so; it's very subtle.  It doesn't flare too easily but when it does you get this great diffraction that can be really beautiful.  The quality of the bokeh is similar -- it's creamy wide open but it has this viscocity to it -- and depending on the light source and aperture you can get a lot of different character from the out of focus highlights.

Shooting an f/1.2 is a real pleasure.  Although it can be hard to nail the focus occassionally when wide open, I can shoot most anything, even handheld at night, with a quick shutter and low ISO.  The lens is a great size and feels so much nicer and more significant than an EF lens.  The focus ring is the smoothest of all my lenses.

Here's a couple more shots from a wedding this weekend.  These are straight out of the camera -- no flash or special lighting and no post processing.

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Canon General / Re: Canada Post is literally giving me an Ulcer - Ed Mika
« on: September 28, 2011, 07:47:01 PM »
I had a similar thought about the "vestigial appendix" when I first started using it.  Then a few days later I had a eureka moment while I had it stopped down.  I bumped the switch while focusing and the viewfinder brightened up and an AF point flashed. 

Essentially this switch allows you to manually do what current EF lenses do automatically by design, right?  Pretty cool.  I love this lens!

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Canon General / Re: Canada Post is literally giving me an Ulcer - Ed Mika
« on: September 28, 2011, 02:30:51 PM »
A tip for anyone using the converted FL 55mm f/1.2 lens... 

You probably already know the switch for automatic / manual focusing has to be set to "M" for the aperture ring setting to engage.  With narrow apertures the viewfinder can darken significantly.  I have had some success using the A / M switch to open up the lens for composing and focusing, then quickly switching back to the aperture I want for metering and taking the shot.

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