Monday, October 15, 2018

Digital Moments, Canon FD 28mm F2.8

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Olympus E-P5, Canon FD 28mm F2.8

Digital Moments:

Canon FD 28mm F2.8

'Five frames with the Canon FD 28mm F2.8, images from the garden'

One of the options of having the equivalent of a 'nifty-fifty' on a 2x crop sensor Micro 4/3 digital camera, is to mount the camera with a manual focus lens with a focal length of 28mm. This setup will give you a lens with the equivalent focal length of 56mm, which is slightly longer than what a true 50mm prime will give you. You might, on the other hand, try the option with an ultra-wide 24mm lens, which makes it the equivalent of a 48mm lens, but like you it, these ultra-wides could cost you much more to acquire.

Olympus E-P5, Canon FDn 28mm F2.8

One good example of a 28mm F2.8 manual focus lens, appreciated and acknowledged because of its exceptional quality performance, is the Canon (new) FD 28mm F2.8. the last and most popular among Canon's FD 28mm lenses.

The lens is very compact, with plenty of plastic parts, measures 40mm overall, a lightweight at 170 grams, and is the second lightest among the FD lenses. The lens takes 52mm filters, and unique with these 7-elements in 7-groups is that the lens has two convex front elements incorporated into the design as elements to reduce spherical aberration.

If you are like me, as some of you might have noticed, I shoot both in analog and digital. Having a lens that can be used both on a digital (Olympus E-P5 with adapter) and analog (Canon 35mm SLRs) is always a cost-saving, with an added advantage that I also have a lens with 2 effective focal lengths. On the E-P5, the lens is almost a perfect 'nifty-fifty', and on Canon's A-series 35mm SLRs, it is the perfect wide-angle lens.


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