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    Quote Originally Posted by darinwc View Post
    You could get the 50mm f1.8, 28mm f2.8, and 135mm but those are booring.

    Try these three canon FD lenses for not too much:

    #1: 50mm f1.4 - an abolute must have. Better than the f1.8, 50mm f1.2*, and 55mm f1.2. *Note the 50mm f1.2 FDn non-L version is pretty poor.
    #2: 24mm f2.8 - A little bit wider than 28mm and very sharp.
    #3: 70-210mm f4 - More versitile that the 135mm, surprisingly sharp.
    I own all these lenses Darin and I agree with this entirely, especially your remarks about the FD 50mm f1.4.
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    Quote Originally Posted by benjiboy View Post
    The reason that people want huge aperture lenses is more about acquisition and their image (in the mistaken belief that bigger is better) than if they need them for practical low light photography,..
    And even then the difference beetween f1.4 and f1.2 is just 1/2 stop.

    (I know you know, but in many low-light discussions this fact seems to be overlooked.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by AgX View Post
    And even then the difference beetween f1.4 and f1.2 is just 1/2 stop.

    (I know you know, but in many low-light discussions this fact seems to be overlooked.)
    That's a very good point AgX, and the Canon FD 50mm f1.4 was the systems reference lens that government agencys other official bodies and the military chose to use when they could have used any lens.
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    A few years ago, when I was just getting into the Canon FD System, I acquired a 50mm f1.4 and shot this photo of my daughter. I don't recall the camera, nor the f-stop, although I guarantee the shutter speed (flash pic) was 1/60th sec. I don't care if anyone else thinks it's a great photo but for me, it's the best and most precious photo I've ever taken. In my mind there's no finer glass than Canon FD.

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    You want the 100mm f/2.8 FD lens its awesome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SamSpade1941 View Post
    You want the 100mm f/2.8 FD lens its awesome.
    The 100mm f2.8 is indeed an excellent lens, but the FD 100mm f2 is better if you can find one, and afford one.
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