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 -


Great value, pretty sharp, compact, build-in lens hood, lightweight
Narrow aperture, sticky push-pull zooming

Very cheap price, got mines for about $20 and produces great quality pictures. Great for a sunny day but when the sun goes down or indoors its a pain to use. Love the low weight and slim compact design. Zooming is sticky on mines but manageable and build-in hood is a great feature to have. 70-150 range is very practical and also the constant f4.5 aperture.



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.