Canon New FD 35mm f/2
9.5
8.4
9.1

Canon New FD 35mm f/2

Year 1979
Lens Groups 8
Lens Element 10
Aperature Blades 8
Minimum Aperture f/22
Closest Focusing 0.3 m
Max. Magnifcation 1:5.9 (0.17x)
Filter Size 52 mm
Diameter x Length 63 x 46 mm
Weight 245 gr (0.54 lb)
Hood BW-52A
2016-12-26

twl

IQ
9.5
Build
8.0
9.0
Excellent central sharpness from f2, good contrast, small/light
weak flare resistance, bokeh could be better, build quality

I've been shooting with this lens on both the A7s and a6000 and it's an excellent performer. Sharpness is its biggest strength. Portability, lack of vignetting, good CA resistance, minimal distortion are other positives. Flare resistance and build quality could be better.

Check out my review of this lens with loads of sample images here:

http://www.theweekendlens.com/canon-fd-35-f2.html

2015-08-11

rev

IQ
9.5
Build
8.5
9.2
Sharp, fast, contrasty, light, and small
Prone to veiling flare

This is a solid lens. I've only used it on digital (Sony A7), so can't comment on performance on film. I was using the FD 35mm f/2 SSC (concave thorium) and liked the performance, but not the size and weight. When the opportunity to get the FDn came up, I went for it. The FDn is ahead in in terms of sharpness per aperture and the bokeh is a bit nicer in my opinion. rnrnUnlike some, I welcome the plastic build, if only because it saves weight. I'm not a big fan of the FDn aperture rings, but that's not specific to this lens. My copy has a bit of play in the otherwise smooth focus ring. rnrnCompared to the other ~28-50mm lenses I use, the FDn 35/2 seems to be a bit more prone to veiling flare. I don't have the hood, but I do intend to get one. Shading with my hand doesn't always eliminate it, so I wouldn't be surprised if it was still a problem at times with the hood.rnrnWhen considering price, I'd give this lens a 10.0. It's an excellent value.

2015-02-23

Guest

IQ
10.0
Build
9.0
9.7
Fast, lightweight, very sharp, good for close-ups and nice bokeh
None, although it may be a bit hard to find or expensive nowadays

So I got the FDn 35mm f/2 with my Canon A-1, as my first FD lens ever... And have been falling in love with it, over and over again. It's a good lens to carry around, as it is pretty compact and does not weigh much. That's one of the good things about the new FD lenses. Nowadays I also use it on a Sony NEX-6 (with adapter) and even on this small body, it is well balanced and does not feel lumpy, even when carrying it around the entire day. The picture quality is brilliantly sharp, which really shows if you shoot in black&white. When shooting in colour it really pops and this works especially well for nature photography. If you are into taking close-ups, you'll love the 35mm f/2, as it can get 30cm close to the subject. It's not macro, but when a lens is this sharp, this is a great feature! Overall this is my favourite FD lens and I will be using it for a long time to come. If you can find it cheap, I highly recommend getting it! Here's a simple sample of a close up, fully opened at f/2: https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7373/16484398391_6a9dce5f7d_k.jpg

2012-08-24

ProfHankD

IQ
9.5
Build
8.0
9.0
Nice all-around fast 35mm; good bokeh; lightweight
FDn plastic build

Really a very nice 35mm. Perfectly usable at f/2 with good bokeh that can be a little nervous (similar to my SMC Takumar 35mm f/2), but are usually quite smooth. Sharpness is very good to the edges on APS-C. Colors seem pleasant too. Like many FD/FDn lenses, contrast is fairly high, and that really helps IQ of this lens.

Physically, it's the usual FDn story. The lens body is obviously plastic, but that makes it lightweight and it's also pretty small. Balances well on a NEX-7, where the adapter makes this lens behave like a preset.

2009-09-19

Guest

IQ
9.0
Build
9.0
9.0
fast, sharp, compact
none

This is my 90% use lens. It's great for dimly lit interiors, but it also shines at f/8 for landscape or street shooting. I really, really love this lens!

2009-07-24

Guest

IQ
9.5
Build
8.0
9.0
Excellent resolution after f2, no barrel distortion I can see, fairly compact, light
I wish it was a little more robust, but, after all, it's 30+ yrs old

I nominate the FDn 35 f2 for "shouldda been an L". When I need the best at larger apertures, it's on my F-1N. I use a Hama rectangular shade on it, as I strongly dislike Canon's round FD shades with the "drop and roll away" feature.