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testing my lenses part 139 - Canon FD 70-210mm/4
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 01, 2015 7:02 pm    Post subject: testing my lenses part 139 - Canon FD 70-210mm/4 Reply with quote

samples taken with Olympus E-M5













PostPosted: Sun Nov 01, 2015 7:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do you have similar zooms like Rokkor , Pentax or Vivitar ?
I would be interested to know how does it compare to them .
I read somewhere that this zoom lacks colour saturation . I cannot see that in your nice shots.


PostPosted: Sun Nov 01, 2015 7:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

memetph wrote:
Do you have similar zooms like Rokkor , Pentax or Vivitar ?
I would be interested to know how does it compare to them .
I read somewhere that this zoom lacks colour saturation . I cannot see that in your nice shots.


other 70-210 that i have are Minolta MD , Tamron, and 2 vivitars (one with broken aperture control so it's wide open)
you can see samples with them in my other testing my lenses threads.

after the thread comparing Canon FD 55mm/1.2 and Olympus OM 55mm/1.2 and responses i got there about my comparison, i prefer not making other comparisons like that.

color saturation was just fine in sun lit shots, didn't have to correct it in PP


PostPosted: Sun Nov 01, 2015 8:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have the MD 70/210 . Which one do you prefer ?


PostPosted: Sun Nov 01, 2015 8:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

vivitar 70-210mm/3.5, but it's heavier than others


PostPosted: Sun Nov 01, 2015 8:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That looks like a very capable lens, the colours are good, it's sharp. What else do we want? But....we also expect Canon and the other major manufacturers to make decent consumer lenses. It's a hotly contested range, everyone bought a 70-210 as their long lens back in the day so competition was keen. Years ago I had the FD 80-200 f4 which was excellent, but I think the Vivitar Series 1's and the Tamron 19AH were nearly as good as the major manufacturers lenses, they were certainly the best value.
I like this Canon though.


PostPosted: Sun Nov 01, 2015 10:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In the past, I have compared quite a few legacy tele zooms on the A7II (results not published), among them the following:

Minolta MC 4.5/80-200mm
Minolta MD 4.5/75-200mm
Minolta MD 4/70-210mm
Canon nFD 4/70-210mm
Canon nFD 4/80-200mm
Pentax-A 4/70-210mm
Nikkor AiS 4/70-210mm
Konica Hexanon AR 3.5/80-200mm
Konica UD Hexanon AR 4/80-200mm

Most lenses, especially the 4/70-210mm items, perform VERY similar. There are diferences, yes, but nothing significant for everyday work.

Slightly better than the others was the MD 4/70-210mm, distinctively worse than the others was the Konica AR 3.5/80-200mm.

Please be aware that a fixed lens such as a Minolta MD 2/85mm or a Minolta MD-I 4/200mm gives significantly better detail resolution than the mentioned zooms, especially wide open.

Please be also aware, that even zooms like the old Minolta AF 2.8/80-200mm APO are clearly better than all MF tele zooms mentioned above.

Stephan


PostPosted: Sun Nov 01, 2015 10:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great vivid colors, sharpness!


PostPosted: Mon Nov 02, 2015 1:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you Stevemark.
I shall stay by my MD 70/210 . There are some cheap offers for the Canon nFD but I buy lenses to use and not to collect them .


PostPosted: Mon Nov 02, 2015 4:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I own a nFD 70-210, but I've seldom used it. I got it as part of a kit I bought a couple years ago. The nFD 70-210 is an iconic lens in the Canon FD line. It was probably the most popular Canon zoom sold in the 1980s. Interestingly enough, though, Canon kept the 80-200 two-ring zoom, which was originally an SSC lens, in production. The 80-200 always sold for more than the 70-210, and was quite expensive by comparison.

I'm glad to see such excellent photos. They tell me I should take out my nFD 70-210 more often.