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Canon nFD 70 210 f4, 70 150 f4,5 and 75 200 f4,5
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PostPosted: Mon May 23, 2022 6:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

iangreenhalgh1 wrote:
I don't have any experience of these Canon Fd zooms but I can recommend the ubiquitous Vivitar Series 1 70-210, it's a bit of a heavy beast, but performs very well for a vintage zoom. Best of all, it's dirt cheap and easy to find. The first two versions are probably the best, I have three or four of them, acquired when buying job lots and they are well worth keeping and using.


I would guess that the Canon FD 70-210 mm f/4 is a better lens than any of the Vivitar 70-210 mm versions, even though I only have experience with the first (Kiron) and the fourth (Cosina) versions. I feel that they are a little overrated because of "historical " reasons (the Kiron one was the first macro tele zoom with that range...). On the other hand, the FD 70-210 mm f/4 is clearly underrrated at least in France, given that you can still find good samples for 20 or 30 Euros.


PostPosted: Sun Jun 12, 2022 10:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This 70-210 F4,0 is stunning. Here 70mm F5,6.



[img]Le pont naturel | The natural bridge by lumens pixel, sur Flickr[/img]


PostPosted: Mon Jun 13, 2022 10:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I would guess that the Canon FD 70-210 mm f/4 is a better lens than any of the Vivitar 70-210 mm versions.[/quote]
I'd second that. I researched all manual lenses in this focal range, and they are either much heavier or much worse optically, or indeed both Wink


PostPosted: Mon Jun 13, 2022 3:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think the FD 70-210 has been quite under-rated. In about 2014 when I had an A7r I tested a few lenses in this range at long-ish distances and found the FD 70-210 better than anything I had at the time, apart from the Contax Zeiss 80-200/4. I can't remember all the lenses but it included the Tamron #19AH and a couple of other decent third party lenses.


PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2022 7:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Canon FD 70-210 f4 again. This is a pic of the destroyed Beirut grain silo.

Le silo de Beyrouth en feu | Fire on Beirut grain silo by lumens pixel, sur Flickr