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Jul 21, 2021 07:57:23   #
CHG_CANON Loc: the Windy City
 
Lincoln Park, Chicago
July 2021

Coneflower by Paul Sager, on Flickr


The "new" version of the Canon FD 500mm f/4.5L used for these images was released by Canon in December 1981. Canon continued to manufacture FD lenses until the early 1990s, unlike the company's current transition to mirrorless EOS technology.

Bumblebee and coneflower


The lens is mounted to a Sony a7II, an older 24MP full-frame digital mirrorless camera, captured in RAW, and processed in Adobe Lightroom v6 with Topaz DeNoise 6.

Coneflower and sweat bee


The lens has a minimum focal distance of 5-meters (16 feet). I stacked together FD 12mm and 25mm extension tubes to bring the close focus distance to about 12 feet. The flower is literally within an inch of the minimum distance.

Monarch


All images are captured in manual focus as the lens is pre-electronics with no communication to the digital mirrorless camera. The lens has a fixed lens collar and was mounted to a tripod.

The aperture is set via the aperture control ring on the lens, but there is no report of the aperture value to the camera. The camera is set to Shutter Priority with AUTO-ISO. The camera simply meters the light as reaching the sensor where I'm manually controlling the aperture and shutter speed.

Monarch


Canon's FD mount was introduced in March 1971, alongside the Canon F-1 camera. The FD mount was the interchangeable lens mounting system for Canon's SLR cameras until 1987, when Canon completely changed to the EOS series of cameras and lenses. During the 21-year production, Canon made 134 different lenses for the FD mount, ranging from 7.5mm to 1200mm focal lengths.

Monarch


I did eventually move to a cluster of coneflowers with a butterfly busy on most every bloom.

Swallowtail


The FD 500mm f/4.5L is a high performance super telephoto lens utilizing artificial crystal fluorite and UD glass lens elements in the optical system (UD - Ultra-Low Dispersion). Despite the large aperture, the lens has sharp image quality throughout the entire frame even when the aperture is at its maximum. The lens features a rear focusing system that does not change the overall length of the lens, and a vari-pitch focusing system that makes focusing easier at long distances.

Monarch


Details on the exposure and lenses are provided in the EXIF data from Flickr, just use the image titles as URL links to Flickr.

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Jul 21, 2021 08:06:49   #
Toment Loc: FL, IL
 
Beautiful work
Thanks for sharing

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Jul 21, 2021 08:07:28   #
l-fox Loc: West Virginia
 
CHG_CANON wrote:
Lincoln Park, Chicago
July 2021

Coneflower by Paul Sager, on Flickr


The "new" version of the Canon FD 500mm f/4.5L used for these images was released by Canon in December 1981. Canon continued to manufacture FD lenses until the early 1990s, unlike the company's current transition to mirrorless EOS technology.

Bumblebee and coneflower


The lens is mounted to a Sony a7II, an older 24MP full-frame digital mirrorless camera, captured in RAW, and processed in Adobe Lightroom v6 with Topaz DeNoise 6.

Coneflower and sweat bee


The lens has a minimum focal distance of 5-meters (16 feet). I stacked together FD 12mm and 25mm extension tubes to bring the close focus distance to about 12 feet. The flower is literally within an inch of the minimum distance.

Monarch


All images are captured in manual focus as the lens is pre-electronics with no communication to the digital mirrorless camera. The lens has a fixed lens colar and was mounted to a tripod.

The aperture is set via the aperture control ring on the lens, but there is no report of the aperture value to the camera. The camera is set to Shutter Priority with AUTO-ISO. The camera simply meters the light as reaching the sensor where I'm manually controlling the aperture and shutter speed.

Monarch


Canon's FD mount was introduced in March 1971, alongside the Canon F-1 camera. The FD mount was the interchangeable lens mounting system for Canon's SLR cameras until 1987, when Canon completely changed to the EOS series of cameras and lenses. During the 21-year production, Canon made 134 different lenses for the FD mount, ranging from 7.5mm to 1200mm focal lengths.

Monarch


I did eventually move to a cluster of coneflowers with a butterfly busy on most every bloom.

Swallowtail


The FD 500mm f/4.5L is a high performance super telephoto lens utilizing artificial crystal fluorite and UD glass lens elements in the optical system (UD - Ultra-Low Dispersion). Despite the large aperture, the lens has sharp image quality throughout the entire frame even when the aperture is at its maximum. The lens features a rear focusing system that does not change the overall length of the lens, and a vari-pitch focusing system that makes focusing easier at long distances.

Monarch


Details on the exposure and lenses are provided in the EXIF data from Flickr, just use the image titles as URL links to Flickr.
Lincoln Park, Chicago br July 2021 br br url=htt... (show quote)



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Jul 21, 2021 08:19:40   #
Carl S
 
Ironically, my wife has been using the newer Nikon 500 mm lens for a number of months, and is very pleased
with the results. Sorry, butI don't have any of her images to post.

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Jul 21, 2021 08:21:40   #
wmurnahan Loc: Bloomington IN
 
Wow, nice set. I use my 70-300 as my close up lens a lot for flowers and bugs.

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Jul 21, 2021 08:31:58   #
imagemeister Loc: Stuart, Florida
 
WELL done ! ......thanks for sharing

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Jul 21, 2021 08:37:00   #
Cubanphoto
 
Beautiful photos! I suspect you were hand holding the camera. Did I miss that?

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Jul 21, 2021 08:53:58   #
CHG_CANON Loc: the Windy City
 
wmurnahan wrote:
Wow, nice set. I use my 70-300 as my close up lens a lot for flowers and bugs.


Thank you Bill! I was packing my FD 200 f/4 macro for the same trip, pictures of those close-ups of smaller insects pending.

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Jul 21, 2021 08:54:02   #
CHG_CANON Loc: the Windy City
 
Cubanphoto wrote:
Beautiful photos! I suspect you were hand holding the camera. Did I miss that?


Thank you Cubanphoto! This lens is impractical for handholding. All images are captured in manual focus as the lens is pre-electronics with no communication to the digital mirrorless camera. The lens has a fixed lens collar and was mounted to a tripod.

Here's the lens in that tripod configuration.

Canon FD 500mm f/4.5L by Paul Sager, on Flickr

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Jul 21, 2021 08:54:27   #
CHG_CANON Loc: the Windy City
 
Thank you Toment, Loren, Carl, Bill, Larry, Cubanphoto! I bought this lens over the window from a Canadian seller via ebay. Last year I was shooting the FD 300 f/2.8L with an FD 1.4x intender. The 300 lens lets me focus closer, a limitation I wasn't expecting from the 500 that has been the only disappointment so far of the longer lens.

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Jul 21, 2021 09:09:38   #
Vaun's photography Loc: Bonney Lake, WA
 
CHG_CANON wrote:
Lincoln Park, Chicago
July 2021

Coneflower by Paul Sager, on Flickr


The "new" version of the Canon FD 500mm f/4.5L used for these images was released by Canon in December 1981. Canon continued to manufacture FD lenses until the early 1990s, unlike the company's current transition to mirrorless EOS technology.

Bumblebee and coneflower


The lens is mounted to a Sony a7II, an older 24MP full-frame digital mirrorless camera, captured in RAW, and processed in Adobe Lightroom v6 with Topaz DeNoise 6.

Coneflower and sweat bee


The lens has a minimum focal distance of 5-meters (16 feet). I stacked together FD 12mm and 25mm extension tubes to bring the close focus distance to about 12 feet. The flower is literally within an inch of the minimum distance.

Monarch


All images are captured in manual focus as the lens is pre-electronics with no communication to the digital mirrorless camera. The lens has a fixed lens collar and was mounted to a tripod.

The aperture is set via the aperture control ring on the lens, but there is no report of the aperture value to the camera. The camera is set to Shutter Priority with AUTO-ISO. The camera simply meters the light as reaching the sensor where I'm manually controlling the aperture and shutter speed.

Monarch


Canon's FD mount was introduced in March 1971, alongside the Canon F-1 camera. The FD mount was the interchangeable lens mounting system for Canon's SLR cameras until 1987, when Canon completely changed to the EOS series of cameras and lenses. During the 21-year production, Canon made 134 different lenses for the FD mount, ranging from 7.5mm to 1200mm focal lengths.

Monarch


I did eventually move to a cluster of coneflowers with a butterfly busy on most every bloom.

Swallowtail


The FD 500mm f/4.5L is a high performance super telephoto lens utilizing artificial crystal fluorite and UD glass lens elements in the optical system (UD - Ultra-Low Dispersion). Despite the large aperture, the lens has sharp image quality throughout the entire frame even when the aperture is at its maximum. The lens features a rear focusing system that does not change the overall length of the lens, and a vari-pitch focusing system that makes focusing easier at long distances.

Monarch


Details on the exposure and lenses are provided in the EXIF data from Flickr, just use the image titles as URL links to Flickr.
Lincoln Park, Chicago br July 2021 br br url=htt... (show quote)


Excellent series and info! Thanks for sharing 👍.

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Jul 21, 2021 09:21:50   #
GrannyAnnie
 
You have done it again! I get my coffee and log on to find these absolutely stunning shots! With a life-long determination to learn to master my camera (the camera is still winning!) I also appreciate the technical information you included. Thanks again for starting my day of with a WOW!!

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Jul 21, 2021 09:58:19   #
UTMike Loc: South Jordan, UT
 
Stunning work, Paul!

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Jul 21, 2021 10:13:37   #
CHG_CANON Loc: the Windy City
 
Thank you Vaun's photography, GrannyAnnie, Mike! Glad you enjoyed.

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Jul 21, 2021 10:33:42   #
PixelStan77 Loc: Vermont/Chicago
 
CHG_CANON wrote:
Lincoln Park, Chicago
July 2021

Coneflower by Paul Sager, on Flickr


The "new" version of the Canon FD 500mm f/4.5L used for these images was released by Canon in December 1981. Canon continued to manufacture FD lenses until the early 1990s, unlike the company's current transition to mirrorless EOS technology.

Bumblebee and coneflower


The lens is mounted to a Sony a7II, an older 24MP full-frame digital mirrorless camera, captured in RAW, and processed in Adobe Lightroom v6 with Topaz DeNoise 6.

Coneflower and sweat bee


The lens has a minimum focal distance of 5-meters (16 feet). I stacked together FD 12mm and 25mm extension tubes to bring the close focus distance to about 12 feet. The flower is literally within an inch of the minimum distance.

Monarch


All images are captured in manual focus as the lens is pre-electronics with no communication to the digital mirrorless camera. The lens has a fixed lens collar and was mounted to a tripod.

The aperture is set via the aperture control ring on the lens, but there is no report of the aperture value to the camera. The camera is set to Shutter Priority with AUTO-ISO. The camera simply meters the light as reaching the sensor where I'm manually controlling the aperture and shutter speed.

Monarch


Canon's FD mount was introduced in March 1971, alongside the Canon F-1 camera. The FD mount was the interchangeable lens mounting system for Canon's SLR cameras until 1987, when Canon completely changed to the EOS series of cameras and lenses. During the 21-year production, Canon made 134 different lenses for the FD mount, ranging from 7.5mm to 1200mm focal lengths.

Monarch


I did eventually move to a cluster of coneflowers with a butterfly busy on most every bloom.

Swallowtail


The FD 500mm f/4.5L is a high performance super telephoto lens utilizing artificial crystal fluorite and UD glass lens elements in the optical system (UD - Ultra-Low Dispersion). Despite the large aperture, the lens has sharp image quality throughout the entire frame even when the aperture is at its maximum. The lens features a rear focusing system that does not change the overall length of the lens, and a vari-pitch focusing system that makes focusing easier at long distances.

Monarch


Details on the exposure and lenses are provided in the EXIF data from Flickr, just use the image titles as URL links to Flickr.
Lincoln Park, Chicago br July 2021 br br url=htt... (show quote)


Beyond outstanding images Paul

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