Hmm. I'm a Nikonist, have never paid much attention to tests of Canon lenses. I think that the only Canon lenses I've used are the C-mount 100/2 (superb), a C-mount teleconverter (lousy), and the ones on my fixed-lens Canon S8 cameras (all pretty good).
Originally Posted by 2F/2F
As far as I know all 50 mm +/- macro lenses work very well at magnifications > 1:10. Performance at infinity is another matter; MP and PP never published tests of a 55/3.5 MicroNikkor because no versions of that lens met their minimum standards at all apertures at infinity. Your repair guy may have had/seen an abused 50/3.5 FD.
Unless my memory has failed completely, the 50/3.5 FD was well-respected when new. But that was then. This is now and the FD lenses for sale are all used. So if you get one run it through acceptance testing before using is seriously.
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