Hi

I can't resist adding my 2 cents worth, as a former FD shooter (5 X NF1 bodies, AE1P,T90 + lenses from 14mm to 300mm - mostly f2.8 or faster, plus a few zooms and a mirror lens or two... I was also a Canon Camera Tech at the time FD was finishing and EOS was taking over) who was lucky enough to own, borrow and use most of the FD lenses Canon made....

Wide angle - 28/2.8 was a good lens - so was the 24/2.8 - both small and light.

The Old FD (Chrome mount) 50/1.4 was sharper than the New FD 50/1.4, but either lens is fine...

The 100/2.8 was ok, but the 100/f2 was amazing - should have been classed as a L lens. It was my favorite portrait lens among the several lenses around that focal length I had (85/1.2 & 1.8, 100 Macro, 135/2.8).

I would agree with the people who have suggested a 200/2.8. They are a smallish, very light lens. I've used both the helicoid (in Old FD) and internal focus (new FD mount). Both were as sharp as each other, but the internal focus was far quicker to focus (and much easier to repair).

I also agree that the 35-105/3.5 was a great lens - a bugger to adjust to get the focus correct so that it wouldn't shift when zoomed from one end to the other, but really nice. Took one of my all time favorite photos with one of these...

I was never a regular FD zoom user even though I owned several of them (NFD 20-35L, NFD 28-50/3.5 - the big all metal one not the little plastic 28-55, NFD35-105, NFD 28-85, NFD75-200 & 70-210 (the better of the two) and the 80-400/4 two touch zoom plus the cheap little plastic NFD35-70/3.5-4.5 which optically was a very good lens despite its habbit of not holding focus through it's zoom range - had nice macro too..

If you are looking for a compact kit I would suggest the following lenses:

A) 28/2.8, 50/1.4 and 135/2.8. That way you get a wide, standard and short tele.

B) 24/2.8, 50/1.4 and 200/2.8. This kit is better, as it eliminates any indecisiveness - you need a wide, a standard or a tele lens.

C) 35/2...thats it. Has anyone mentioned one of these? They are a fantastic lens - sharp at all apertures, small - a great carry around lens....

D) NFD 28-50/3.5 and 80-200/4 zooms...

I don't use FD gear any more - when I shoot film I tend to shoot 120, but I'm putting a kit together for old times sake..I got a near mint New F1 with AE/FN finder + powerwinder and motor drives, and have a 55/1.2 Old Fd and 50/1.4 old Fd lenses (the 55/1.2 is not sharp till f4, but it looks great on the camera..), a 24/2.8 which was my "standard" wide lens, plus a 70-210/4 (funny-regardless of what others have said, in my own testing this was far sharper than the plastic 75-200) - that is, until I can find a NFD 80-200/4.

I'm not going to bother getting anything longer unless a 500L comes my way. I've used all the 300mm lenses Canon made - f5.6, f4, f4L, and f2.8L..and yes - they got better as you got a better lens. I shot the same subject with each of them, and compared the prints. All shots were at f5.6, so the f5.6 lens was at a disadvantage not being stopped down. The differences between the f4 and f4L were noticable in fine detail, but the f2.8 blew them away....

Nice lens, but getting too old to be reliable...I mean, they must be 20 years old..no I was repairing them in the mid 90's, so closer to 25/28 years old....

Wish I hadn't started thinking about all this...that means my EOS 300/2.8L is over 20 years old!!!

Cheers

Andrew