Canon nFD 50mm f/1.4 on the M5


Apr 2, 2015
Last month, I decided to have a little fun on my travels to Joliet, Illinois while I was covering the NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl at Route 66 Raceway. I brought my fully manual Canon nFD 50mm f/1.4 lens (my particular copy was built in 1981). You can pick these lenses up for between $60-130, depending on condition and I adapted it to my $425 used Canon M5 crop sensor camera. Together, I had an affordable, fun, and lightweight camera setup to explore the race pits and staging lanes with.

When you take thousands of images a month, you have to shake things up to keep things interesting and fun. Just like any job, it's easy to get burnt out and I have really been excited to start working with my collection of vintage lenses more and more. I leave on Thursday for our next race and will bring another old FD lens with me.



Jan 28, 2015
Irving, Texas
Very nice, LSX. Vintage MF lenses can be a lot of fun sometimes. :) I have a blast with my old Takumars, Mamiyas, etc. Especially in BW. I have vintage lenses in M42 screw mount only, including Jupiter and Industar made in the old USSR. From 28mm - 400mm, it is all fun. I do have one Canon FD 50mm f/1.8, but have never adapted it. It is mounted on an old A-1 that has the motor winder on it. I have new light seals for that camera, but have not yet got around to replacing them.

Anyway, nice photos... as always.
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