Canon FD 85mm f/1.2 SSC Aspherical

Canon FD 85mm f/1.2 SSC Aspherical

Lens Summary

Brand: Canon

Also Known As: Canon FD 85mm f/1.2 SSC Aspherical

Lens Type: Prime Lens

Format: Full Frame / FX

Focus: Manual Focus

Lens Mount: Canon FD

Release Date: 1976-01-01

MSRP Price: N/A

Made in: Japan

Production Status: Discontinued

Lens Description: The Canon FD 85mm f/1.2 SSC Aspherical, Canon's first ultra-fast 85mm, is considered by many to be the best 85mm lens Canon has ever made. I can't take sides in that discussion because I have used only this 85mm -- I don't have any experience with any of the 1.2Ls.Honestly, it takes some getting used to, using this lens. When shooting wide open, the depth of field is so shallow that the slightest movement by either the photo subject or the photographer can render the photo out of focus. I have also found that some fresnel focusing screens can't seem to handle the lens's f/1.2 maximum aperture very well because it is very difficult to focus with these cameras -- for me, it was A-series Canons: AE-1P, AE-1, etc. I don't have this problem with the older mechanical models, such as the F-1, FTb, and EF.When you have everything set up correctly, the 85mm Aspherical just becomes an amazing optic to use. It is capable of excellent sharpness, while rendering creamy smooth bokeh. Some users believe that one of the reasons why the 85mm Aspherical out-performs the 1.2L version is because the Aspherical has 9 aperture blades, whereas the 1.2L versions -- all of them, both FD and EF -- have "only" eight.


Canon FD 85mm f/1.2 SSC Aspherical Specifications

Lens Specifications
Lens TypePrime Lens
Focal Length85mm
Mount TypeCanon FD
FormatFull Frame / FX
Compatible Format(s)35mm SLR
Compatible with TeleconvertersNo
Image Stabilizer (Image Stabilization)No
Aperture Information
Aperture RingYes
Maximum Aperturef/1.2
Minimum Aperturef/16
Maximum Angle of View (Full Frame format)N/A
Optical Information
Lens ElementsN/A
Lens GroupsN/A
Diaphragm Blades9
SWC (SubWavelength Structure Coating)No
Super Spectra CoatingYes
Focus Information
FocusManual Focus
Built-in Focus MotorNo
UltraSonic Motor (USM)No
Filter Information
Filter Size72mm
Accepts Filter TypeScrew-on
Physical Characteristics
Weather / Dust SealingNo
Mount MaterialMetal
Tripod CollarNo
Weight
Other Information
Available in ColorsBlack

Reader Interactions

Comments

  1. 1) LTT
    April 18, 2016 at 7:37 pm

    Why does your chart say “NO” for Super Spectra Coating? when it is clearly marked S.C.C. on the lens?

    • April 18, 2016 at 7:39 pm

      Please forgive us for this mistake – it was a typo, which I have fixed. If you spot any other issues, please let me know and I will take care of it.

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