Last year when I invested in a Sony A7r and Canon L series lenses, I posted a few thoughts about the adapter I was using. This was a Canon EF to NEX adapter which although poor for autofocus maintained the aperture link to the EF lenses. If you aren’t aware, the only way to control the aperture on a Canon EF lens is by coupling it to a camera that can talk to the lens. Everything is electronic and that keeps the price of these adapters high.
But at that time I also posted some thoughts about the Canon FD lenses a friend had begun to use. For anyone not familiar with the FD lenses, these predate the EF lenses. My conclusion following a little experimentation is that the centre of these lenses was marginally sharper than my new EF L series lenses.
In the end I did purchase a few FD lenses to experiment further with. A 28mm which is quite soft. A 50mm 1.4 which is sharp stopped down but soft wide open. And a 70-210 which is very nice at the 70mm end and goes off at the 210mm end. All need to be stopped down to around f/8.0 to really perform well but all have a wonderful feel and produce quite creative looking images. I think the most expensive of the lenses was the 50mm f/1.4 which I bought on eBay for £30. The other two were bought from Ffords Photographic for £24 and £28.
Now the adapter I bought for these lenses was the K&F Concept and cost me around £12 from Amazon. When I received the adapter I couldn’t believe the build quality for this price point. I was so impressed that I bought a second, but this time for the Canon FD to Micro 43 body. Here’s the link (http://amzn.to/1JQ22gk).
I love the eel of the Canon 50mm on the Olympus EM5, it seems to have been made for it. It also turns the 50mm lens into an amazing 100mm lens with virtually no depth of field. Just remember to keep away from the edges if you are using it wide open. Actually, forget that last comment. Use it wide open and embrace the quirky old school effects.
Is anyone else out there using old lenses on a Micro 43 camera? It would be great to hear your experiences if you are.