Friday Fotos Lens Test – Canon FD 28mm f3.5 wide-angle lens

Testing my Canon FD 28mm f3.5 lens from 1972. Using a Fotodiox FD-FX adapter on my Fujifilm X-A10 mirrorless digital camera.

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Chrome nose Canon FD 28mm f3.5 Lens – 1972

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I typically enjoy using wide-angle lenses (24-28mm) on my 35mm SLRs so it’s natural for me to feel comfortable using them with my mirrorless digital camera. I believe I have good contrast without it being too contrasty. Ideally shooting at f16 on a sunny day will produce the best DOF so critical focussing is not necessary (but helpful).

It’s fun shooting with vintage glass on a modern digital camera. I highly recommend it if you haven’t given it a try.

Thanks for stopping by! – Chris

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seeking focus in a confusing world

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Camera: Fujifilm X-A10

Lens: Canon NFD 50mm f1.2

Adapter: Fotodiox Pro FD-NX

Thanks for stopping by! – Chris

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Studio Sunday – Fujifilm X-Series

We recently found a slightly used Fujifilm X-A10 mirrorless camera with the APS-C sensor (without lens) on eBay for a very good price. Our goal was to use it, with an adapter, with some of our vintage Canon FD lenses in the studio. 

We couldn’t be happier with the results – the adapter (FotodioX PRO) is solidly built and fits both the Canon lenses and the Fuji body nicely.

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Our favorite lens in the studio at the moment is our Canon FD 24mm f2.8 SSC lens that we purchased in Japan in 1978. It is our “go-to” lens for film photography and it stands to reason that it would work out in the studio as well. With the APS-C sensor on the Fujifilm X-A10, the 24mm focal length is a 36mm equivalent so we get the nice wide view close-up we love.

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f16

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In the two images above, the difference in the depth-of-field between f16 and f2.8 is dramatic – in the lower image the DOF is about 2 inches! The front of the lens is in sharp focus while the camera body is out of focus. Focussing is critical.

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The Yashica is the rather rare (outside of Japan) model A-III in gray on gray from 1959.

If you can find the X-A10 (body only) it makes the perfect poor man’s mirrorless set-up. 16.3 MP and the APS-C sensor is well suited for general photography and works extremely well in the studio.

Thanks for your visit and Happy SUNday y’all.

Chris

Fujifilm X-A10 and Canon

We’ve been wanting to get our hands on one of the Fuji X series mirrorless cameras for some time now. We enjoy our Fuji S9900W bridge camera very much – we use it almost exclusively as our studio camera.

We have so many classic film lenses in our collection that we never get a chance to use them. The first adapter we decided on was the Canon FD to Fujifilm X mount.

We choose the Fujifilm X-A10 body. It’s simple (inexpensive) and has the APS-C CMOS sensor and since we’ll be shooting with an adapter with manual focus lenses, we’ll shoot in aperture priority mode anyway. No need for all the other bells and whistles.

The Fuji X-A10 has 6 film simulation modes – PROVIA, Velvia, ASTIA, Classic Chrome, monochrome and sepia. My only wish was that it had ACROS.

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The adapter we choose is the Fotodiox Pro (B&H $59.50 free S&H). It has a removable tripod mount which we like. Well built and it feels solid – mounts easily and securely.

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This Canon Macro Lens FD 50mm is one of our favorite lenses for macro work. Below are a few sample shots.

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16.3MP, APS-C CMOS sensor and under $200 lightly used. Great way to experience Fujifilm X Series cameras.

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Studio Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S9900W

Chris