Saturday, July 28, 2012

#MyHandsOn the Canon FD 50mm f/1.4


Back when I was still using my trusty old Canon DSLR camera, I've always had an interest in using manual lenses. I was eyeing TS lenses from Canon, and even planned to buy Carl Zeiss 50 1.4 and 85 1.4 lenses. I didn't want to just plunge into it though without having to try if my eyes and hands where precise enough to get sharp results at wide apertures.

So I resorted to switching MF mode in my lenses and actually trying my luck at manual focusing. The problem is, I could not get sharp images with the lens wide open (35mm f/1.4L). The depth of field was just too thin, and my eyes not up to the task of precision focusing. Manual focusing I thought was just not for me. So AF became an essential requirement for future lenses.


Fast forward to when I got my OM-D, I had the kit lens as my only lens. I decided to start learning how to shoot at narrow apertures (f/3.5 and up). I was OK for the most of the first month, but found myself still searching for bokeh and still drooling to buy a prime lens. I was eyeing getting a Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 along with an Olympus 45mm f/1.8. But that would cost me near Php 40k.

My search for alternative lenses has brought me back to manual lenses. One of the good things about Micro Four-Thirds cameras is that there's a wide array of adapters available covering different mounts of lenses. The lens that I got was an old Canon FD 50mm f/1.4 lens that I bought from a seller from Sulit. The adapter I bought at Silienation and you can over to their site by clicking here.

FD - M4/3 Adapter you can buy at Silienation!

Another shot at both, pardon the dust please. It's because I stored it for about a month before I got to buy the adapter. I need to get the lens cleaned

Here's a shot with the adapter attached to the lens. As you can see, the lens isn't in prime condition and looks like it has survived World War II.

After a few days of using this, I must say I'm better at manual focusing than I thought I was! Manual focusing added another element to taking photos that I'm really enjoying. The investment was well worth it - it cost me only 1/5 of the price of a 45mm f/1.8 :)

Let me share a few shots I took with the adapted lens.





Testing the thin depth of field @ 1.4.

Friends in the office. Shot @ f/2.8.




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