The FD lenses would have been more appealing if I had been into photography before the Micro 4/3 cameras came out - prices have already skyrocketed.
And for my purposes - FD lenses seem nice but the MTF charts are not totally convincing on most of them.
And finally - not to take anything away from the ingenuity of my friends to the north, but various people have manually been converting FD lenses to EOS by replacing the mount in the past. Sometimes it's just replacing a single piece of metal that's needed.
I agree on the lens prices rising, the EVIL bodies are getting better and they are taking some of the bargain out of the cost equation but they are no DSLR replacement, at least not yet. As for our outfit being original or not, I don't think we claim to be, what we hope to bring to the table is a do it yourself + keep the lens original philosophy mix that the market has not yet successfully filled.
We had a day long development session today and some of the ideas we came up with are going to be seen as pretty wicked stuff by most people I wager to say. If you find a fair deal on a TS 35 2.8 you may want to snap it up since a 100% EOS body compatible reversible do-it-yourself adapter kit is now beyond concept stage. Much earlier in development but promising are a couple of ideas we have for an FD 400mm 2.8 L EOS kit, both radical departures from the standard complicated rear mount tear up and rebuild. One of which would really put us on the map if we pulled it off.
Sad news for some though, We've done full tear downs of FL 58 1.2 and FD 55 1.2 SSC lenses and there really is no viable do-it-yourself and reversible EOS solution so we'll leave those two lens design to the mirroless (hopefully) and mount hacker crowds.
Stay tuned - Ed Mika