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Canon FD 55mm F1.2 SSC ASPHERICAL - photo's with lens wide open.

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wayne g , May 08, 2008; 03:47 p.m.

I was also a little surprised at the less than awesome bokeh. I used to have the 55 1.2...the one before they were marked with SSC...and the bokeh was not that bad. An example of people portraits would interesting to see.

Dave S , May 08, 2008; 04:27 p.m.

Look at this old thread. I've had the same experience with my 50/1.2L, which is a similar lens. I actually prefer the out-of-focus rendition I get with the 50/1.4.

Jeff Adler , May 08, 2008; 05:48 p.m.

The photo of the tree lined road would have looked nicer at f/11. The 55/1.2 Aspherical is famous for its high center resolution but some subjects just look better with more depth of field.

Baris John , May 08, 2008; 06:19 p.m.

Thank you so much for posting Dirk. The Asph draws pretty close to the later 50L. Bokeh can be a bit busy, as demonstrated.

Here's the New FD 50/1.2 L


New FD 50/1.2 L at f1.2

Baris John , May 08, 2008; 06:26 p.m.

Later that day


New FD 50/1.2 L at f1.2

Mark Wahlster , May 09, 2008; 10:34 a.m.

The bokeh problem is directly associated with the points of light coming thru the trees you are getting burn out on the film in those points. I would have liked to see the same filtered sunlight shots taken with a 50mm f1.8 or 50mm f1.4 to see how they would have handled the task.

John Crowe , May 10, 2008; 07:15 p.m.

I am very surprised at the very poor bokeh of this lens. It is a lens that I had always wanted as a previous FD user. I have always been very pleased with my Nikon 200/2 and Zeiss 85/1.4 wide open. I have read that critically sharp lenses can be hard to design to provide excellent bokeh at the same time. The 200/2 seems to have achieved this but is also one of the most expensive lenses available. The 85/1.4 appears to have achieved a balance by being relatively soft wide open to provide superb bokeh and razor sharp once stopped down 2 stops.

I too would like to have seen how the other 50mm lenses would have handled the various scenes.


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