Canon New FD 70-150mm f/4.5

Year 1979
Lens Groups 9
Lens Element 12
Aperature Blades 5
Minimum Aperture f/32
Closest Focusing 1.5 m
Max. Magnifcation 1:7.7 (0.13x)
Filter Size 52 mm
Diameter x Length 63 x 132 mm
Weight 530 gr (1.17 lb)
Hood -


very good resolution and contrast at all settings, hardly any chromatic aberrations
pronounced distorsion, limited focal range and luminosity, MFD at 1,5 m

The Canon New FD 70-150mm f/4.5 is a compact and lightweight, push-pull zoom lens which was meant to be a reasonably priced alternative to the more popular and versatile 80-200 or 70-210 mm zoom lenses. Limited by a mediocre luminosity (f/4.5), a minimum focal distance of 1.5 meters and a limited focal range, the lens doesn't seem of much interest for nowadays photographers. Nethertheless, it has its strong points as well : a very low market price (well below 50 euros), a very appealing optical performance with excellent resolution and contrast even wide open, lack of chromatic aberrations and vignetting and a small filter diameter of 52 mm. Construction is just as solid and robust as you would expect from other Canon nFD lenses and the hood is built-in. Note that the lens gets longer as you zoom from 70 to 150 mm - thus, on my Sony A7, i use an adapter with a built-in tripod collar to obtain better balance. All in all, the Canon New FD 70-150mm f/4.5 is a interesting lens, especially given the very low prices compared to other FD lenses. But i have to admit that i use my 80-200 much more frequently, even though its performance may be slightly inferior...



Sentimental for me as my first nFD lens, image quality for price, constant aperture
Not a big focal range, flimsy stamped metal construction, push pull

This is sentimental for me as my first lens I bought at a thrift store while adapting to my E mount camera.

For the price, it is a great lens in terms of IQ and it even has a constant aperture. It is pretty small but long and has a built in filter.

Even though I like this lens because it was my first, I have to admit it's faults. It's not a big focal range and it's more flimsy feel may discourage serious photographers for tougher assignments. Also it's a push pull which can be an issue for video.

It's a great lens and I don't want to say it because it's my first, but because for the cheap price it makes good photos.