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tommykristensen:
Hi there.

It might already been discussed, but I couldn't find any posts that answered my questions properly.

I just purchased an old Iscorama Anamorph 1.5x - with a Nikon mount. Which I've chosen to have re-housed at Van Diemen in the UK. Its primeraly for shooting video on a Canon 5D mkIII - but also on Sony FS700, Canon C300 etc. - all with EOS EF mounts.

The plan was to ditch the original Nikon taking lens - a 50mm f/2.8. So I started to look for some new "taking-lenses". My plan is to get a kit with: 35mm, 50mm, 85mm, 100mm, 135mm - and maybe a 200mm.

The filter thread on the re-housed Iscorama will end up being 58mm - so I thought a set of old FD lenses would be nice - and affordable. But I then read, that they couldn't be focussed to infinity. Which is how the Iscoramas work. Set the "taking lens" to infinty - and focus with the Iscorama.

Is there still no solution out for a FD to EF conversion or adaptation that allows for infinity focus?

I read about the theLensdoctor.co,uk - but have anyone here tried him, and most important - does it work?

Would I be better off choosing lenses from another brand?

Thanks, Tommy

neuroanatomist:
Depends on the lens. Check out EdMika.

Don Haines:
There are converters out there... I have an FD version of the 800 f5.6 at work with an EF converter on it..... can't remember the make but I will look it up tomorrow. The problem is that the converter is quite poor optically... the 100-400 and the sigma 120-400 both significantly out-resolve the 800 with the converter.

neuroanatomist:

--- Quote from: Don Haines on February 05, 2013, 05:04:01 PM ---The problem is that the converter is quite poor optically...

--- End quote ---

...which is why I mentioned EdMika - no optics, but rather a 'chipped' mount conversion kit that gives you infinity focus, and in most cases, aperture control.

zim:
I read about the theLensdoctor.co,uk - but have anyone here tried him, and most important - does it work?

I have that converter and have used it with 24, 35, 50, 100, 200 FD lenses. All focus to infinity.
Would not use any of them wider than 5.6 except the 200 which is fine at 2.8
No idea what a Iscorama Anamorph 1.5x is so don't know if that's important

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