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New Article: Adapting your FD or FL lenses to EF/EOS
« on: August 31, 2011, 12:29:14 PM »
Ever wondered how? We’re featuring an article here by the owner of EdMika adaptors. They’re a Canadian based duo that engineers and makes adaptors for the Canon FL 55 f/1.2 lens, and an adaptor for various other Canon FD lenses.

Why would you do this?

Lots of people are buying Zeiss and other manual focus lenses at a pretty handsome price, while there is great old Canon glass that is begging to be used again!

The biggest money saver would adapting the big Canon supertelephoto FD lenses, does a very sharp 600 f/4.5 for $1500 sound appealing?

The new EF lenses are astounding, but that comes with a price.

Please read the article Jakub from EdMika wrote about the process and technology behind what appears to be a simple piece of metal.

Read the article here

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New Article: Adapting your FD or FL lenses to EF/EOS
« on: August 31, 2011, 12:29:14 PM »

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Re: New Article: Adapting your FD or FL lenses to EF/EOS
« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2011, 03:31:19 PM »
Wish there was one for the 50mm f/1.2 non-L too. A mount conversion for that has been an unfinished project of mine for far too long...
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Re: New Article: Adapting your FD or FL lenses to EF/EOS
« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2011, 07:09:07 PM »
Does anyone know what the options are the other way round? In other words, how to mount an EF lens onto the FD mount of a 35mm canon camera?

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Re: New Article: Adapting your FD or FL lenses to EF/EOS
« Reply #3 on: September 02, 2011, 12:36:23 AM »
I have had very good luck adapting Nikon lenses to EOS using an adapter from Fotodiox.  Nikon lenses do not have the problem of being too long.  in fact they are slightly short, so their is room for the adapter and they will still focus to infinity.  And, the same adapter can be used for 2011 lenses, and 1955 lenses.

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Re: New Article: Adapting your FD or FL lenses to EF/EOS
« Reply #4 on: September 02, 2011, 04:08:52 AM »
I have 3 FL/nFD lenses that I've modified to fit directly onto my EOS 1D4s.
An FL-F 300mm f5.6 Flourite
An nFD 85mm f1.2L
An nFD 50mm f1.2L
All focus to infinity and are superb all manual lenses.
You can see them here:
300mm http://bitly.com/cj4hLW
85mm http://bitly.com/c0vE6W
50mm http://bitly.com/abKh5N

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Re: New Article: Adapting your FD or FL lenses to EF/EOS
« Reply #5 on: September 03, 2011, 05:34:52 AM »
Interesting and fun article, but one question: Has the nobody ever taken a picture with one of thee adapted lenses?  :o  How can compose an article like that and not include a few photos shot through these lenses adapted to modern bodies?

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Re: New Article: Adapting your FD or FL lenses to EF/EOS
« Reply #6 on: September 03, 2011, 07:55:33 AM »
Interesting and fun article, but one question: Has the nobody ever taken a picture with one of thee adapted lenses?  :o  How can compose an article like that and not include a few photos shot through these lenses adapted to modern bodies?

I'm shooting with the adapted 55 f/1.2 this weekend on a 5D2, I'll post some photos.
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Re: New Article: Adapting your FD or FL lenses to EF/EOS
« Reply #7 on: September 03, 2011, 12:36:47 PM »


The lens is sharp, harsh bokeh. The vignette is pleasing. It sure does flare though! I'll post more stuff near the end of the weekend.

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Re: New Article: Adapting your FD or FL lenses to EF/EOS
« Reply #8 on: September 03, 2011, 06:04:25 PM »
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.

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Re: New Article: Adapting your FD or FL lenses to EF/EOS
« Reply #9 on: September 03, 2011, 11:04:51 PM »
I enjoyed the article and love the idea of repurposing an old piece of glass, so I decided to give this a shot myself.  I was on the verge of purchasing a "nifty fifty" but thought I would see if I could find an FL 55mm f/1.2 and adapt it for the same cost or less.  Well, the adapter was $135 (including shipping) and I found a one-owner FL lens in excellent condition for $75.  I'm calling it my "thrifty fifty-five."

The lens came with eight Hoya filters that were originally purchased with the lens: skylight, circ polarizer, and six colored filters.  I'm still waiting for the adapter to arrive.  I can hardly wait -- the acreage of glass in this lens is incredible.  Since I'm using it on a crop sensor (7D), I found a T-60 telephoto hood to try out on it in addition to the standard S-60 that came with the lens.  We'll see how that helps out the flare...
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Re: New Article: Adapting your FD or FL lenses to EF/EOS
« Reply #10 on: September 03, 2011, 11:25:49 PM »
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

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Re: New Article: Adapting your FD or FL lenses to EF/EOS
« Reply #11 on: September 05, 2011, 05:08:45 PM »
this is very exciting.  I saw on flickr that you have an Fd 85 1.2L is there an adapter in the works for this lens?

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Re: New Article: Adapting your FD or FL lenses to EF/EOS
« Reply #12 on: September 06, 2011, 01:09:07 AM »
Yes on the nFD 85mm 1.2L but it will be a challenge to find something easy for the end user to install safely.  I predict it will take us a while but there has been a lot of interest. 

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Re: New Article: Adapting your FD or FL lenses to EF/EOS
« Reply #13 on: September 06, 2011, 06:12:36 PM »
I would imagine that adapting a good telescope would be just as good as the 800mm with 2x & 1.4x extenders.  (I would be looking to do Astrophotography and would need huge lenses...)  It might be a problem carrying that into sporting events, but more and more places are having problems with a 5DM2 or any DSLR...
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Re: New Article: Adapting your FD or FL lenses to EF/EOS
« Reply #14 on: September 06, 2011, 09:12:20 PM »
I would imagine that adapting a good telescope would be just as good as the 800mm with 2x & 1.4x extenders.  (I would be looking to do Astrophotography and would need huge lenses...)  It might be a problem carrying that into sporting events, but more and more places are having problems with a 5DM2 or any DSLR...

I've been comparing the moon shots I've been doing to other people's on flickr since my first FD 600 4.5 (later my pair of FD 800 5.6L's) was made EOS compatible by one of my glued and grinded prototype designs in early 2010.  I found it has to be a pretty high end telescope setup typically on a motorized mount with often hundreds of computer stacked images to compete or beat the detail I can resolve from the moon in a single shot.  The old glass can certainly compete. -Ed Mika http://www.flickr.com/photos/ontarian/sets/72157623399415227/

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« Reply #14 on: September 06, 2011, 09:12:20 PM »