Opinions on Canon FL 35mm f/2.5

Discussion in '35mm Cameras and Accessories' started by holmburgers, Mar 1, 2011.

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    Hi y'all.

    I've been lusting after an FD 35mm f/2 for some time now, but honestly I don't think I can afford it anytime soon. Too many other things in the meantime.

    Anyways, the FL 35mm 2.5 seems like a good compromise; half a stop faster than the FD 2.8 and probably can be had for cheap.

    The main consideration I guess is whether or not half a stop is worth it, and if I should just get an FD 35mm f/2.8. I haven't checked those prices yet.

    But, if you've got examples or opinions... be my guest!
     
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    Are you okay with stop down metering?
     
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    Yes, generally speaking. It's more convenient on my AE-1 than my EF, but I can deal.
     
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    This is a nice lens. In general, I usually prefer FLs over FDs. Indeed, the FDs have better coatings, but I like being able to stop down manually. This takes a tad of vibration out, and it is sometimes noticeable. The FLs are also beautifully built, and, in most cases, may be had for pennies.
     
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    Thanks for the reply. I agree that they are beautifully built. Those that prefer chrome-FD over FDn lenses, will probably appreciate FL's even better yet.

    I had the 55mm f/1.2 which was a silly thing to sell, but I opted for the FD 1.4 and its coating. Honestly though, the FL's have an interesting look to them that is a little less contrasty, less saturated, but beautifully clear. They can be just as sharp too.

    I think I'll see what the 2.5 FL's are going for as compared to the 2.8 FD and make a decision.
     
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    I have one myself, don't use it much but a great lens none the less. BTW if you want mine I'll send to you free.

    Jeff
     
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    I never done this before I'm a analog guy in a digital world, so bear with me! I can send the send lens out today (March 2). Just tell what you need! Cell phone (804 370 9724).

    Jeff
     
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    Jeff, I've got your number and I'm giving you a call... but you might wanna remove it from the thread just for your own privacy. I private messaged you as well, but that's ok... we'll keep this analog. hahaha
     
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    Except, for Mr. SilverBasedUnit, if that's his real name ?

    I'm Just Saying ...

    Good Night APUG'ers !!!


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