Canon FD 50mm f1.8 Manual Focus Lens & Sony A7 | Reviews & Images

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Canon FD 50mm f1.8, a popular lens in it’s day.

Canon FD 50mm f1.8 Lens

The Canon FD 50mm f1.8 lens is a manual focus lens that can be used on Sony mirrorless cameras with an adaptor. The FD range of lenses had a breech lock type mount which were produced from 1971 up until 1992. When the EOS range started being introduced in 1987, production for FD lenses was beginning to take a decline however a range of New FD lenses were introduced with an S.S.D. (Super Spectra Coating) as standard.

There are three different versions of this lens, the later model has a 52mm filter thread and is lighter than the other two, it is also in all black rather than the silver look near the mount of the lens. These lenses were very popular throughout the entire life of the FD series of cameras, giving sharp colourful results.

Using the Canon FD 50mm f1.8 Today

Moving on to 2016, i decided to buy one of these lenses to try out on a Sony A7.  Being frustrated at the lack of lens range the Sony E-Mount currently has, or should i also add the price too, i decided to try the classical lens idea using an adaptor.  I was not disappointed with the results from this lens.  I have read that this lens can look too soft when wide open but i did not come across this problem in most situations except sometimes in the corners which is common in most lenses.

The colour from the images were also excellent, in fact, i was impressed at how the colours are very well balanced compared to using a Sony lens. The sharpness of the Canon FD 50mm f1.8 is also very impressive, this is thanks to the zooming facility built into the camera that helps to give sharp and clear images.

Lens Adaptor for Canon FD 50mm f1.8

There are quite a number of lens adaptors available on the market that can help to fit Canon FD lenses to your Sony e-Mount camera, the best one out there currently for this FD mount is the Fotodiox Lens Mount Adapter.  It fits very snugly into the FD mount and the camera mount with no play.  There is also a locking mechanism to ensure the FD lens is secure.  It is a little more expensive than the cheaper options, but as they say you get what you pay for, and this is the best one to purchase.

Images with Canon FD 50mm f1.8

I took a few images from this lens, one during a sunset, then a trip to Tenby at night to test how well the lens performed in low light.  All of the night images were taken with an aperture of f1.8 whilst the landscape sunset images were taken at f11-f16.  Minimal editing had been applied to the images below.

Sunset Images using Canon FD 50mm f1.8  Lens

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Another sunset image using the Canon FD 50mm f1.8 lens fixed on a Sony A7. I love the golden colours and the contrast, and again the image is nice, clear & sharp.  Perhaps it has too much contrast for some, this is what the lens were designed for.
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A sunset image using the Canon FD 50mm f1.8 lens fixed to a Sony A7. It gave nice, clear & colourful results.

Night Images Using Canon FD 50mm f1.8  Lens

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Tenby at night using Canon FD 50mm f1.8 fixed on a Sony a7. I like the balance of this, it does not appear too soft.  But do take into consideration that this was shot at the widest possible aperture.
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Another from Tenby during night time. This is a great sharp image with great colours.

Round Up using the Canon FD 50mm f1.8 Lens

The Canon FD 50mm f1.8 is a great manual lens to use in photography.  If you can live with manual focus then i would recommend buying one.  They are cheaply available on EBAY for around £20 or less.  Just make sure you get one with S.S.D. for that extra something in your images.  Most of these lenses will not come with a hood but i will be honest i felt that i did not need one.  You can however purchase one that can clip to the end of the lens.

In general, the lens handled colours, sharpness and flare really well except when faced with a strong sun.  Even when the aperture was opened up to f1.8.

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