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Fd canon lenses with the a7ii

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Hello everybody... i just bought a Sony a7ii and im looking for a zoom wide-tele for my camera and the canon fd series is the one i'd like to buy, in the order of 28-135mm. Any sugestions?

 

 

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Suggestion ? Yes. Be open to ANY common 

lens mount, not just FD. Adapters are cheap 

and the "lens of your dreams" is likely to pop 

up in Nikon, Pentax, or Minolta mount. 28 to 

135 is not that common, but can be found in 

various mounts.   

   

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Mine are in Nikon and Maxxum mounts, but 

they are left over from my use of those lines 

of cameras, not acquired as "legacy" but as 

current lenses long ago. I was never an FD 

user so I don't know how rare or common a 

28 to 135 would be for FD ... but I DO know 

that the great majority of "more interesting" 

lenses are in Nikon mount [for the obvious 

reason]. Even today Nikon offers a lens with 

similar range, their 24-120 VR. Same zoom 

ratio but shifted a bit wider to include 24mm.  

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There is the Minolta "secret handshake" lens, 28-135mm f4-4.5. It's an autofocus lens so it uses the LA-EA4 adapter. The lens is legendary for having an "impossibly" good image quality for its zoom range when it was made. It's still pretty good.

 

The LA-EA4 adapter is obviously a bit more expensive than the manual adapters but it is well worth having with an E-mount system. It opens up the use of a range of very good Minolta autofocus lenses. In fact most of Minolta's 1980s zooms and primes are still really good and cheap to buy.

 

The AF 35-105 f3.5-4.5 is even better if you can live with less zoom range, as is the 28-85mm f3.5-4.5.

 

You can check the lenses out on dyxum.com to find which ones are the best.

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........... 28 to 135 is not that common, but can

be found in various mounts.   

   

Mine are in Nikon and Maxxum mounts, ...........

   

Yup, I'm selfie quoting. Re-read what's 

above and there's no way around it, I've 

got that "handshake" lens. It's large and

heavy, and 30 year old tech, but it does 

feature internal focusing ... and you will 

hafta pry it from my cold dead paws !  

   

IOW, despite it's shortcomings, it's very 

capable, a real workhorse, and built like 

a Clydesdale. Whatever you do, do NOT 

read any "Lab Test" reports about it. It's 

not designed to score in competitions. A 

Clydesdale is not a race horse :-) 

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If the 28-135 range is super-important, the handshake is the one to get.............

   

Especially on an a7 of the Mk-II period, adapting "handshake" 

zooms has a major advantage over adapting Nikon or Canon 

lenses. Altho the IBIS is active regardless of which brand you 

adapt, adapting a Nikon Ai, Canon FD, or other zoom requires 

you to manually re-input the FL as you zoom such a wide ratio 

lens. With the Sony adapters the FL is automatically read from 

the lens into the camera, even with Maxxum lenses of the era 

before IBIS was was invented. I guess it was to inform the "P" 

mode as to what shutter speeds to prefer.   

    

OTOH if you shoot by daylight at 3-digit shutter speeds, all of   

this hardly matters .... 

      

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P.S. to anyone considering adapting a non-handshake zoom 

for use with IBIS: Simply manually setting the IBIS for the max 

FL of a zoom is a reeeeeally baaaaad idea. Setting for mid FL 

is also a Bad Idea. Setting for the minimum FL is safe, but will 

greatly diminish the effect of IBIS as you zoom to longer FLs. 

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