Canon New FD 28-55mm f/3.5-4.5

Year 1983
Lens Groups 10
Lens Element 10
Aperature Blades 5
Minimum Aperture f/22
Closest Focusing 0.4 m
Max. Magnifcation 1:6.4 (0.157x)
Filter Size 52 mm
Diameter x Length 63 x 60.9 mm
Weight 220 gr (0.49 lb)
Hood BW-58C


Light weight, great for travel and street photography
Like all new FD lens it is plastic casing

I like this lens a lot. I have owned its slightly bigger brother (35-70mm f3.5-4.5) for 35 years and used it extensively as it was once the only lens I owned. The focal length of 28-55mm is very useful for travel and street photography and its light weight build makes it great for portability. Yes, it's slow and the image quality is good rather than great, but it does the job on either my A1 or AE1P. I have even gotten some good indoor, low light images at slow shutter speeds without a tripod because it is so light weight. I can travel easily with this lens and the 100mm f2.8 in case I want a portrait or need a short/medium telephoto lens. The bokeh is okay and it is better shot at 5.6 or 8 like most other non L-glasses lenses. This lens along with the 35-70mm have jumped up in price recently. I was fortunate enough to find a new old stock lens hood making it more practical in bright sun. Are you better off with a 28mm f.2.8 and a 50mm f1.4? Yes. But buying both of those now will set you back at least twice as much if not more. It is more flexible than having the two lenses since you don't have to change lenses. As always, know what you are buying and don't expect lenses to do more than they were made for.