Amateur taking steps, need lens advice
For the past few months, I have enjoyed using my grandfather's Canon TL QL. The camera had a 50mm/1.8 FL lens, and I quickly picked up the 135mm/2.5 and a Hanimar 28mm/2.8. I'm growing in experience with these lenses, but I'm considering getting another.
After a few eBay searches, I'm leaning toward a FD zoom, possibly the 28-85 or the 35-105 f/3.5.
Do you have any FD suggestions?
Is it worth it to get another lens (IQ, color, etc)?
I'm looking for prices less than ~$80 -- the two that I picked up were $40 and $10, respectively.
Get a fast 35mm in good condition ( eBay, Keh, etc)
Hello Caipré and welcome to APUG. Not familiar with the FD to give advise other than Canon glass is pretty good and worth getting.
There's a lot of good, cheap FD glass out there, not all of which says "Canon" on it. I'm not generally a big fan of zooms, but I picked up a Kiron 80-200/4 for practically nothing, and it turns out to be absolutely surgically sharp. Keep an eye on the "non-manufacturer zooms" section at KEH; a lot of stuff goes through there, sometimes extremely cheap.
Some of the Vivitar Series I lenses are supposed to be excellent as well, though I can't testify personally.
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Want to make good photographs? Forget the zoom.
Get a 24-50mm prime lens and use that for a year straight. Then figure out where you want to be afterward.
Stop worrying about grain, resolution, sharpness, and everything else that doesn't have a damn thing to do with substance.
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+1 to what clayne said.
You have to know, where you are going to know which lenses are right for you. What good is it, if we all recommend some super-wideangle while you prefer animal photography or a monster-zoom if you only like landscape and street?
The 50mm is a good start and you can use it for almost everything - do so and you'll become a better photographer in a few more months or a year. I started out with an old 50/2,8 and used it exclusively for almost a year and it helped me greatly by concentrating on what's necessary and being pretty close to what I saw with my own eyes. Also zooming by walking keeps you fit
Or if you already know exactly, what you like, tell us
Zooms of that era are generally disappointing. I would second getting a fast 35 or the 85mm f1.8. I have the EOS version of the 85mm and it is a very nice lens.....perhaps my favorite.
Look up KEH, there are a fair number of FD lens for sale. The zooms lens are good but the prime lens are better.
Advice, stop purchasing cheaper lenses, purchase a single focus lens such as a 35mm made for your Canon, spend a year and then decide what else you might like. What you have is GAS and it won't make you a good photographer. Your work will only be as good as your weakest link.-Dick
Why would it have to be an FD lens? I would go for an FL lens. An FL is of the same vintage as your QL body, and such lenses offer excellent performance. I used the 35/2.5 and 50/1.8, and was impressed with the results. Also, the manual stop-down feature on an FL lens is quite useful. Many do not like it, but I actually prefer being able to manually stop-down. It takes a bit of vibration out of your exposure. Once you are used to doing it, it will become second nature. I also suggest that, unless you truly need speed, avoid fast lenses. They almost always contain some type of compromise (usually in the area of distortion). I usually go no lower (faster) than f/1.8. Likewise, avoid zooms and become familiar with the various aspects of a single focal length.
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