Canon New FD 50mm f/1.4
9.1
9.0
9.1

Canon New FD 50mm f/1.4

Year 1979
Lens Groups 6
Lens Element 7
Aperature Blades 8
Minimum Aperture f/22
Closest Focusing 0.45 m
Max. Magnifcation 1:6.7 (0.15x)
Filter Size 52 mm
Diameter x Length 63 x 41 mm
Weight 235 gr (0.52 lb)
Hood BS-52
2017-02-15

twl

IQ
9.0
Build
8.0
8.7
Sharp, contrasty, small and light, decent bokeh
CA wide open, build quality could be better, noticeable vignetting until f2.8

This is a great little lens and the sharpest affordable vintage 50 I've used on mirrorless (of about 10 lenses from different manufacturers). I prefer it over the Canon FD 50mm f1.4 SSC because it's smaller and optically slightly better in my opinion, with better contrast, clarity, and smoother bokeh.

Downsides are CA wide open (especially on APS-C), noticeable vignetting, average flare resistance, average build quality.

Check out my site for a detailed review with many image samples: http://www.theweekendlens.com/canon-nfd-50-f14.html

2017-02-09

NIbarr

IQ
9.5
Build
8.0
9.0
The Best balanced 50mm lens, very common and affordable, lightweight, fast focus
Thinly stamped metal build makes it feel flimsy, CA wide open

This is the lens every FD owner or adapter must start with.

This is a highly affordable lens, usually not costing more than 120 and as low as 50 USD, and very common on eBay or even thrift stores. It is lightweight and very fast to focus. Nice 1.4 aperture makes this a great affordable low light or min DOF lens. Very good image quality, with some CA wide open.

However, the thinly stamped metal (Yes metal, not plastic. I scratched paint off this and it is metal) makes this feel like a flimsy lens. The Only plastic is the focus and aperture ring.

If you are starting to adapt lenses for photo or video, this is a must go to lens to start with.

2016-04-17

Jeroen

IQ
9.0
Build
9.0
9.0
Sharp, cheap
nothing for $40.-

When I needed a 50/55 lens I always took the 50L with me. This way I had the extra speed over the 50/1.4 and not the weight and size of the 55/1.2 Aspherical. And it's an L-lens, you gotta love the red ring :)

But now I've seen my own test I think I'll pick the 50/1.4 over the 50L unless I really really really need the f/1.2. The corners of the 50/1.4 are so much better and I really like the cleaner bokeh. The other two are sharper at the center, but the 50/1.4 is good enough for me. Stop it down to f/2.8 and it's about as sharp as the other two. And it's about 1/10 of the price!

Read part 1 of my full review here: http://www.jeroenterlingen.com/blog/2015/7/19/canon-fd-50mm-lens-comparison
And part 2: http://www.jeroenterlingen.com/blog/2015/8/26/canon-fd-5055mm-lens-comparison-part-2

2015-12-18

Guest

IQ
9.5
Build
9.0
9.3
Sharp! weight/size
Soft wide open

Very nice prime. Very sharp from 1.8 and up. Good built quality and light weight. Prices are super for a 'mint condition' version. Still using it on Sony A7

2015-07-16

RBloggs

IQ
9.0
Build
9.0
9.0
Great colour, sharp, contrasty, inexpensive, light weight
Soft at f/1.4; feels a bit plasticky (like most new FD lenses)

This is a superb 50mm lens. It's soft and loses a lot of contrast at f/1.4, but starts to get better at f/2 and is on its way at f/2.8. Colours are excellent. It's also fairly light. I use it on a Sony A7 and it's just terrific. rnrnI also own the Canon FDn 50mm 3.5 macro, which is a bit sharper (but slower). I compared the 50mm f/1.4 to a Canon 50mm f/1.2 "L" lens (see my review) and the f/1.4 was better from f/4 up. I returned the L lens and kept the 1.4.

2015-02-26

Guest

IQ
9.5
Build
8.5
9.2
Bokeh and color rendering, size and weight
Build (isn't up to Nikkor AIs standards, although it's what makes it nice and light)

I've started using this lens again on my full frame Sony A7 and I'm loving it. I end up using it more than I expected (more than my 50mm Nikkor lenses, for example, which were my primary gear).

2014-04-02

rihards

IQ
9.5
Build
9.5
9.5
Size, weight, creaminess, sharpness from 2.8, fast
A bit of barrell distortion

Awesome lens for nex5n! Has a unique signature being very creamy wide open! Awesome for artistic photography! I love this lens!

2013-08-14

zanxion72

IQ
9.5
Build
9.5
9.5
Sharp, contrasty and well saturated photos.
Just a tad less sharp than the 1.4 SSC when wide open.

It is a great lens. I have it on my New Canon F-1, and it had replaced my 1.4 SSC for just two reasons, it is more compact and lighter than the SSC and I can see the aperture value in my viewfinder.

Many people state that it is of a lesser build quality than the SSC, but that is far from true. Polycarbonates are quite durable. It will take a lot of abuse without any complaints, but hit it hard and it is mostly possible that you will damage your camera along with it.

Two secrets for using that lens:

1. Use speeds of 1/250 or faster when handheld to really show off the sharpness of it.

2. In B&W photography, use an orange filter on it. It will make your photos ultra sharp. It must have to do somewhat with the chromatic aberrations of that lens that their color is being reflected by the orange filter and thus provide a sharper result.

Currently I have my SSC on my old F-1 and this on my New F-1.

2012-03-11

ProfHankD

IQ
8.5
Build
8.0
8.3
Very sharp stopped down, good contrast, ok bokeh
Overvalued, build, not great wide open, fungus likes them

This lens is widely described as though it is the standard by which all other lenses should be judged, so I got one to test. The one I got was advertised as "clean," but has fungus on every internal element... which seems to be much more common for this lens than most -- about 1/4 of those I've seen advertised admitted to having fungus. In any case, the fungus has very little impact on image quality, so taking appropriate precautions against infecting my other equipment, I did some quick tests.

First off, this lens is reasonably small and balances exceptionally well on a NEX. The build is not really good, but nothing is loose and plastics make it lighter than most f/1.4 lenses -- which is a real benefit. I can see why people want this to be a winner optically.

Around f/5.6, this lens is a winner: perfectly sharp with high contrast across the APS-C frame. At wider apertures, bokeh are better than average (MUCH better than its f/1.8 siblings), but that seems to come from undercorrected SA, which also gives glow and low contrast wide open. Overall, it's a bit below average in IQ wide open. Of course, a bit below average is still darn good when talking about fast 50s.

Colors are typical Canon FD, a touch warm. This lens also seems to have a slight color shift upon stopping down, probably due to the SA. I've only seen such shifts in longer telephotos before, but arguably this brings color closer to neutral for this lens.

In summary, this is a very smart f/1.4 design for a film SLR. Under normal circumstances, this would give a very bright viewfinder with great IQ at the most common taking apertures. In low light, the soft rendering helps minimize the evils of typically high-contrast lighting; portraits also might benefit from the softness. For digital, the IQ around f/5.6 is competing with kit zooms that also do quite well around 50mm f/5.6 and viewfinder brightness isn't an issue for an EVF or rear live view. Wide open is where kit lenses can't compete, and this lens does fine, but many competitors do a little better despite usually selling for a much lower price: e.g., Minolta Rokkor and Pentax Takumar (after UV cleaning).

2011-12-24

Guest

IQ
9.5
Build
10.0
9.7
Great for NEX5n , I like the Bokeh so far.
Not very sharp at f1.4 but 2.0 + is better

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Here are some sample pictures from this lens with SONY NEX5N. I think the bokeh is decent for the price compare to $300+ new digital lenses....

2011-07-05

Guest

IQ
7.0
Build
9.0
7.7
Small, fast, nice colors, sharp, better then the EF 50 mmF1.4 under F2.8
bokeh, at F1.4 still a bit soft, purple fringing

I use this lens now on a Sony Nex and with its smaller angle it is not that overall 50 mm on film or FF. Nicely build, the fringing is correcteble, the bad bokeh is my main complaint. But a joy to use.

2009-12-28

kellymjones

IQ
9.5
Build
9.0
9.3
Fast, sharp, fairly light weight, and inexpensive.
Nothing significant.

I acquired the FDn 50mm f/1.4 with the purchase of an A-1. Out of focus rendition is very smooth. The sharpness of the lens is outstanding. It's difficult to find anything to complain about. Some folks might criticize the plastic construction, but I find the build quality to be excellent despite the plastic. Here's a sample shot which illustrates the great bokeh and sharpness of the lens: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kellymjones/2584929649/

2009-09-19

Guest

IQ
9.0
Build
9.0
9.0
fast, sharp, compact, very nice color rendition
bokeh

I bought this for 33€ on eBay, incredible. You can tell that it's the reference lens for the line-up, as it is really well-balanced in sharpness, distortion, color etc. I am not giving this one away ever. The only thing is that I find some bad bokeh in oof backgrounds at medium apertures (f/4 to f/8)...

2009-07-27

richterjw

IQ
9.5
Build
9.0
9.3
size, durability, image quality, price
nothing
2009-07-24

Guest

IQ
9.0
Build
10.0
9.3
Cheap!
Nothing!

Canon nFD 50mm f/1.4 is considered one of the sharpest lenses in the FD line. This was my first lens and I still use it to date. This can be purchased on eBay for around $40. As is with all the FD lenses, the 50 is durable and light.

I honestly was disappointed with it's EF cousin, because of the poor construction and wobbly manual focus ring. Prints from the lens show vibrant color and smooth bokeh.

2009-04-29

Guest

IQ
9.0
Build
9.0
9.0
Sharp, good contrast, colors rendered, fast & Image Quality. Mostly price $50 per IQ
None for that price($50).

The lens is great. To get better quality you would need to spend almost $600 for the Canon 50mm 1.2L. I'm not so sure you get that much more lens to justify the expenditure. I would rather spend the money on the Canon 85mm 1.2L and buy one of this 50mm 1.4. The money would be much better spent on the 85mm 1.2L. Now that's a lens(well worth the $600).