I was wondering if there are any affordable but 'outstanding', 'good' or simply 'fun' FD(n) or FL lenses that you would recommend to use on a mirrorless camera like the EOS-M or Sony NEX that I own.
I have an FD adapter and tried the FDn 70-210mm f/4 on my NEX but the lens's performance was poor with lots of purple fringing. I sold it and now bought a Canon FD 200mm f/4 S.S.C. that I have better hopes for.
Other old stuff I own:
Vivitar C/FD 28mm f/2.8 Auto Wide Angle
FDn 28mm f/2.8
FL50mm f/1.8 II
FDn 50mm f/1.8
FL 135mm f/2.5 (haven't tried this yet but should be fun)
What's your experience with adapted FD lenses?
I have checked with the EOS M
4.0 17mm New FD
2.8 28mm S.C.
1.4 50mm S.S.C.
3.5 50mm S.S.C.Macro
1.8 85mm S.S.C.
2.5 135mm S.C.
4.0 200mm S.S.C.
4.0 300mm New FD
and found that only 1.4 50mm S.S.C.
and 3.5 50mm S.S.C.Macro
the strip chaped crop is a 1:1 crop.
are optically very good and interesting.
The tele lenses are a little soft and show strong longitudinal CA (wide) open.
The 4.0 17mm might be interesting vor video because it has very low distortion and
good brilliance. Sharpness is o.k. for 1080p.
A true gem is the 3.5 35mm macro lens with the FD bellows.
But I have no infinity focus mount for that lens - a speciality lens.
Sorry that I cannot provide a "visual" comparison but it was eminent
from the first photos that the new EF lenses are much better - except
the two 50mm lenses I mentioned.
Using them on an EOS M is a pain because only Av mode gives good
exposure simulation - but EOS M has an exposure lock (*) button. It
is usable. The quality of the images which EOS M delivers, is very good.
I am trying to build a loupe adapter around an achromatic lens I still
have - with that "electronic" viewfinder finding focus is much easier
- thanks to the great display of the EOS M. There should be a finger
hole in the adapter to operate the touch screen - but this might be
done with ease.
Best - Michael