Best Canon FD to micro 4/3 adapter?

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CallieC New Member • Posts: 17
Best Canon FD to micro 4/3 adapter?

On ebay there seem to be a LOT of different adapters at different prices. IS one better than the rest? Which one(s) and sellers should I consider? Thanks.

Smithhill2 Regular Member • Posts: 161
Re: Best Canon FD to micro 4/3 adapter?

Who cares which is better? Just get a Fotodiox and do not worry. Gene

photoSmart42 Senior Member • Posts: 1,380
there are differences...

... whether or not they matter to you and you're willing to pay the price for perfection is up to you. You can expect that the Novoflex and Cameraquest adapters, for example, to be perfect - perfect fit, perfect infinity focus, perfect non-reflective inner lining, perfect rotational clocking, etc. For $250+ USD they better be.

The cheaper adapters are less than perfect, but perhaps you can live with the imperfections. Some of them get a few of those good attributes perfectly, none of them get all of them perfectly.

  • Many focus just a bit beyond infinity, which may sound nice until you try to focus on a fast-moving object at an air show and you need to keep the lens exactly at infinity for that lest you end up with OOF pictures...

  • Many of them have some fitting issues which, although can be corrected through some simple filing, are nonetheless annoying.

  • Some of them have shiny interior surfaces which can add specular reflections in your images leading to some loss in contrast.

  • A few of them don't fit perfectly flat on your lens, so you could get some reflections from the side on bright days.

  • Some of them don't get the clocking correct, which for most lenses doesn't matter but it does if you try to use a lens where clocking is essential (i.e. a tilt-shift lens).

  • Some of the moving adapters don't get the aperture locking pin clocking correct, meaning you can't fully engage the aperture pin on the lens so you lose the ability to use the smaller apertures (another fixable, but annoying issue)

If I had to do it over again, I'd probably save some cash and buy one of the more expensive adapters to get it right. I've spent $150 in trying different adapters until finally deciding to make modifications myself to make one work, so for another $100 more I could've saved myself a ton of hassle and bought the real thing. At the time I didn't have the money, so I told myself I'd need to stay cheap.

cameron2 Senior Member • Posts: 2,991
Re: Best Canon FD to micro 4/3 adapter?

CallieC wrote:

On ebay there seem to be a LOT of different adapters at different prices. IS one better than the rest? Which one(s) and sellers should I consider? Thanks.

Generally, they're all the same. Unless you can find one with a baffle for cutting down internal light reflections ..

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Abrak Veteran Member • Posts: 3,488
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Well the difference in pricing US$250 to US$25 is an awful lot in the FD world. It can buy you a whole set of lenses or definitely make up the difference between a Canon 50/1.8 and a Canon FD 50/1.2L.

If you like to keep the adaptor as a permanent attachment to the lens, then I think a cheaper version makes more sense. Functionally, they are all the same.

pcb_dpr Contributing Member • Posts: 835
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Abrak wrote:

If you like to keep the adaptor as a permanent attachment to the lens, then I think a cheaper version makes more sense. Functionally, they are all the same.

There are two different types of FD> m43 adapters. The more-common type has a ring that needs to be turned to allow the aperture to open/close correctly. Some people have trouble mounting/dismounting lenses with this adapter, and it takes some extra time to turn the ring when you mount/dismount the lens. I have one of these, and find it a little inconvenient to use.

There are adapters available that do not require a rotating ring to engage the aperture. This adapter also has an extra internal baffle, which may help to minimize internal reflections. I bought one from an ebay vendor in Poland, I think it sells for approx US$50-60. I find this adapter much easier/quicker to use.

If you only have one FD lens, or you dedicate an adapter to each FD lens you own, the rotating ring should be less inconvenient.

photoSmart42 Senior Member • Posts: 1,380
Re: Best Canon FD to micro 4/3 adapter?

pcb_dpr wrote:

There are adapters available that do not require a rotating ring to engage the aperture. This adapter also has an extra internal baffle, which may help to minimize internal reflections. I bought one from an ebay vendor in Poland, I think it sells for approx US$50-60. I find this adapter much easier/quicker to use.

For the record, he's the only seller who uses an internal light baffle, and there's some debate on whether or not the baffle actually works, or if it simply acts like an aperture to stop down the lens a bit. AFAIK none of the other 'fixed' adapters have a light baffle.

OP CallieC New Member • Posts: 17
Re: Best Canon FD to micro 4/3 adapter?

IF you have his ebay handle please let me know. In FD mount I have free access to a Canon 24mm f/2.8, a 50mm f/1.4, a 135mm f/2.8 and a couple of 3rd party zooms. I really don't want to spend $250 but I could swing $60.

photoSmart42 Senior Member • Posts: 1,380
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http://myworld.ebay.com/ciecio7/

He sold the adapter with the baffles for a little while, then haven't seen it since. I'm guessing perhaps he realized it wasn't as effective as originally thought. His regular adapter is solid.

Gerry Siegel
Gerry Siegel Senior Member • Posts: 1,711
Re: Best Canon FD to micro 4/3 adapter?

I bought one for about fifty dollars. It worked. Sort of. I had to fuss with it to get it on and off. So I sent it back and gave up using adapters on my old FD lenses (with a soft sigh). There were only two that seemed to make much sense anyway. The 50mm F 1.4 and the 100mm F 2.8. Both match reasonably well in size the micro platform and are speedy and good enough to fool with. I say this try one, the cheapie where a US distributor has an Amazon storefront ---think return ease--- ( I think mine was a Fotodiox) and be prepared to not be too too thrilled. But maybe you will be a fiddler type person and not give a hoot. If you are not and are really looking for good fine machinings there is no doubt that the ones mentioned at two bills are cut to finer specs from all reports.
Sure it is just a tube, but a tube that has to work right all the time.

Give any product a shot, jinfinance is probably the same as Fotodiox I am betting. And I am guessing the sample variation may be large so you may strike gold.. And remember, your best choices will always be a purpose built and pricey micro four thirds lens...but it will entail an investment in new glass. Not old resurrected glass..sorry to saym but hat is life in the world of cameras. I wish you well. Minority opinion, true, but honest experiential view. gs

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LincolnB Veteran Member • Posts: 4,288
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I've purchased 4 adapters from jiakgong on eBay. At $19.48 the price was low enough to easily justify getting an adapter for every lens. In fact, it helped justify getting a couple of lenses that I might not have purchased otherwise.

The fit is quite good, construction seems solid. The only problem I've noticed so far is that it seems to allow focus a tad beyond infinity when using my FD 50mm f/1.8 and FD 135mm f/3.5. I haven't verified whether or not my other lenses have the same issue but I suspect they do. It's slightly annoying but I've adapted to it.

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MadsR Senior Member • Posts: 2,235
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Personally I buy most of my stuff via R-Aerphoto (c.kee) Everything have always worked and I get it sent quickly and with no hassle...

I have had worse (but not really bad) experiences with other sellers of extreme cheap photo stuff from Hong Kong, so I generally stick to this one since those extra cents are worth alot of trouble

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Abrak Veteran Member • Posts: 3,488
Re: Best Canon FD to micro 4/3 adapter?

I bought a cheapo on Ebay new from Roxsen for US$27 inc shipping. It is far more difficult to get the adapter to fit on the lens than the adapter to the camera, so one per lens is very sensible and saves carrying stuff (initial it would not go below f2.8 because it wasnt tightened properly.)

As someone says the price differential gives you so much more flexibility in your choice of lenses. If you look at the product you know that it is just an adapter, so really to argue it is worth over US$100 as some quality mastered engineered specialist product is a stretch.

By that I mean, if you have a US$1500 legacy lens then you can justify paying US$100 for the adapter. If you pay US$150 for the lens you might as well put in the money in the quality of the lens.

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