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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Happy SUNday! – Trying out my new old lens.

Bunches of old lenses + a mirrorless digital camera + a bevy of lens adapters = lots of fun!

Fujifilm X-A10 with Nikkor

Fujifilm X-A10. One of Fuji’s most affordable mirrorless cameras mated with my cherished Nippon Kogaku Nikkor-H.C f/2 5cm lens from around 1956 or so. The adapter is from Fotodiox.

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The adapter was about $17 direct from Fotodiox (that included shipping). The adapters from Fotodiox are of excellent quality and their customer service has been exceptional. M39 allows you to use Leica type screw-in lenses (L39) made by a variety of lens makers back in the day.

The results (so far). I’m pretty happy with the contrast, sharpness, and colors that the lens captures. Using vintage glass can be a lot of fun!

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About f/11

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f/5.6

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f/8

About the trickiest part of using vintage manual focus lenses of a modern digital mirrorless camera is achieving an accurate focus in bright sunlight. Most of my focusing is guessing at the distance and knowing my depth of field limitations. On my Fujifilm X-Series camera, I set the exposure dial to aperture priority, select manual focus, set my ISO, then set the desired aperture on my lens and monitor the shutter speed selected by the camera.

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Focused at infinity at f/16

None of these images received significant post production – pretty much as captured and certainly no cropping. Below is a different Nikkor lens that has a case of fungus.

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Here’s another Nikkor-H.C f/2 5cm lens with significant fungus on the last internal lens element(s). Other than the fungus the lens is in mint condition.

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Same kitty different results. By using a digital adapter I can quickly test a lens and decide if it’s worth getting the lens serviced.

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Here’s a different adapter made for a Sony E-mount body mirrorless camera.

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Fotodiox adapter for mounting Canon FD lenses to my Fuji.

If you haven’t tried using an adapter for your old manual focus lenses you’re missing out on a bunch of fun. They’re inexpensive and you’ll probably like the “look” the vintage glass gives your images.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to visit my camera shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com – Chris

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Yashica TL Electro-x

One of the best cameras that Yashica made – in 1968 Yashica produced an exciting 35 mm SLR with a built-in computer! Well, integrated circuits and an electronic “brain”.

It was my first SLR and I fell in love with its looks and the feel of it in my hands. This one is from my rather silly large collection of Yashica cameras and I’ve decided to make it available in my online shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com

This one is from around 1970 and besides being in stunning mint condition it works like new!

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Gotta love the gothic “Y” on the pentaprism – pure Yashica!

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The battery for this camera is still readily available today and isn’t very expensive.

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I’ve always felt that the satin silver finish on this model was the best – it holds up well and it’s easy to keep clean.

The camera will come with a fresh (new) battery, the original leather case, an unopened vinyl strap, a roll of Fujicolor film and an instruction booklet. The beauty of this Yashica is that it accepts a wide array of M42 screw mount lenses which are available everywhere for very fair prices.

Thanks for stopping by! – Chris

Studio camera – Fujifilm X-A10 with a Fujinon Aspherical Lens – Super EBC XC 16-50mm f3.5 OIS II

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Stamens – as seen by Fujifilm and Vivitar

Azalea stamens in the bright Florida sunlight.

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As taken. No post-production of the image.

Camera: Fujifilm X-A10 with Vivitar 70-150mm f3.8 close focusing auto zoom lens using Fotodiox Pro FD-FX adapter.

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This manual focus lens is from 1976 and is in excellent condition inside and out. Some of its most impressive features are the 15 elements in 10 groups, f3.8 to f22 aperture range, multicoated lens surfaces, and 16 inches minimum focusing distance at close focusing setting.

Length 112mm

Weight 550g

Mount Canon FD breech mount

This compact lens impresses with its ease of use and remarkable clarity and contrast. It’s relatively fast at f3.8. With the proper adapter for hybrid digital photography, it’s a clear winner.

Thanks for stopping by! This lens is available for purchase at https://www.ccstudio2380.com

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Yashica 44 LM – Up close in the studio

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Yashica 44 LM 127 roll film medium format film camera – 1960

Studio Camera: Fujifilm X-A10 hybrid with Canon FD 24mm f/ 2.8 wide angle lens with Canon Close-Up Lens 240 (see below). The front of the lens was about 3 inches from the Yashica. No cropping or other post production. A poor man’s Fujifilm-X.

ISO 400 on Acros film simulation mode at f/ 16 at 1/30 sec.

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Canon FD 24mm f/ 2.8 wide angle lens with Canon Close-Up Lens 240.

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Great combination for getting close.

Last two images shot with Fujifilm FinePix S9900W.

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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f2.8

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

Canon FD 24mm f2.8 and the Fujifilm X-A10

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Canon A-1 from 1980

The Fujifilm X-A10 with the FotodioX Pro adapter mated with our Canon FD 24mm f2.8 wide angle lens. Makes a nice 36mm on the APS-C sensor.

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Yashica A-III from 1959

The Fujifilm X-A10 mirrorless camera body is performing well under studio conditions. The Canon FD 24mm (36mm) handled these two classics very well. Just the right amount of view and fantastic depth-of-field.

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Seen here with the Canon FD 50mm f3.5 macro lens.

We highly recommend this set-up if you’re wanting to experience the Fujifilm X-series cameras and their APS-C sensors and Fujicolor film simulation modes.

Chris & Carol