|Diameter x Length
|63 x 53.4 mm
|270 gr (0.6 lb)
The lens for when you want a telephoto without the size and weight.
I might have had a bad copy, but something broke inside mine and it's stuck wide open. It didn't come that way and it's been lightly used. I may buy another because I enjoy using it.
Was always a tack sharp lens stopped down, and good wide open too.
I slightly prefer the image quality of the FD 135mm f/2.5, but it's big and heavy.
The coating is good and the lens does not flare much. Contrast is good.
Picked up a pristine, hardly used copy from 1980. Fast lens at f2.8, lightweight and great for portraits (when one cannot afford an 85mm 1.8). Cannot comment too much on edge to edge sharpness since most images taken with this did not require edge to edge sharpness. Fairly pleasing bokeh. The only real limit is the camera body only shooting at 1/1000 when using 400 iso film. My DSLR bodies are Canons and I have not found a really good adapter to shoot FD lenses. I use a Bower adapter. Would be happy to learn if there are better ones that members have used. I have found the lens hood to be very helpful.
Hardly biggerand heavier than a standard lens, this little "portrait " tele lens delivers sharp and aberration free images (distorsion, vignetting and chromatic aberration) at all apertures, with just a tiny hint of softness fully open. Even though the minimal focussing distance is only 1 metre, it is possible to add an achromatic macro lens like the Canon 500D to get closer - with good to very good results.
In terms of build quality, this lens is, like most New FD lenses, nothing special but nethertheless perfectly adequate.
This is a good lens for when you want a bit of reach but don't want to put something long on your camera. It looks like a large normal lens, it's quite short. I find this focal length a bit awkward compared to 135mm, which I'm more comfortable with. Maybe it's just me though.
My first fixed-focal tele and here to stay. It's what I take when I don't need the extra speed of the 85/1.8 or want to travel extra-light. It's so short few people believe the focal length when I tell them... makes it ideally suited for discreet street shooting.