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    why are canon fd lenses so inexpensive

    I checked Keh.com, and they seem to be consistently lower-priced than its competitors.

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    Because they don't auto focus, and they don't fit on EF-mount Canon cameras without an adapter, and that adapter needs optics in it because the FD-mount flange focal distance is shorter than the EF-mount distance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by msbarnes View Post
    I checked Keh.com, and they seem to be consistently lower-priced than its competitors.
    Because they are not as good as their competitor (Olympus)

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomalophicon View Post
    Because they are not as good as their competitor (Olympus)
    I disagree. Canon made some top notch optics. FD glass is very inexpensive nowadays because, as has been mentions, it is incompatible with digital technology (except for 4/3).
    I would also credit the large quantities of lenses Canon was able to sell, though it should be said that the top of the line lenses still command high prices.
    And the sign said, "long haired freaky people need not apply"

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    I consider the L types not as inexpensive. I see Walter just refered to that.

    On the other hand: I know one 2nd-hand camera dealer, who even refuses to acquire FD-stuff for sale.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomalophicon View Post
    Because they are not as good as their competitor (Olympus)
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    dang it, i was hoping to unload some Canon excess to buy Oly excess.

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    The lack of AF and lack of easy EOS mount adaptability are big factors, but the true reason is that nobody wants them. Supply and demand. They made a lot of them and they last forever so they're still around. I recently bought a m4/3 adapter for mine and love them even more. And then I bought a t-70 because I felt guilty going digital with them.

    Now what I REALLY need is a T-70 data back... rarer than hen's teeth.
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    I don't know or care why they are inexpensive, because it means I can afford to buy lenses that I've wanted for twenty years or more.
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    Relatively speaking, the most inexpensive are the Konicas particularly considering there doesn't seem to be as much of them.

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