Thursday, October 7, 2010
I was eagerly waiting for the Canon FD 50mm f1.2 to arrive, and I was very happy and excited when it did. Alas, excitement and happiness was short lived. The lens is in beautiful condition, and I would rate it mint cosmetically, but it won't stop down. ^@&%! But I have decided to keep it, because I bought it at a very good price, although the seller rated it e++. Perhaps the e stood for error? Anyways, I am hoping to have it fixed. I took a few test shots wide open with the G1 and the lens shows promise. Very sharp in the center, with only a hint of blooming in strong lights, but in low light, it should be beautiful. Compared to my FL 55mm f1.2, it's a marked improvement.
In the meantime, I took out the Breech Lock FD 200mm f4 for the first time on a digital camera. The lens is sharp enough, but I think the sharpness of the pictures have been compromised by the very strong winds this afternoon when I took them. Strong wind plus 400mm equivalent focal length is not a good combination. I am quite happy. A very usable lens wide open.