Brief review of CANON LENS FD 85mm 1:1.8 (nFD, 1979)

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CANON LENS FD 85mm 1: 1.8

CANON LENS FD 85mm 1:1.8. increase.

In short

CANON LENS FD 85mm 1:1.8 is a classic old manual high-aperture fix. First of all, CANON LENS FD 85mm 1:1.8 is considered a good lens for portrait shooting.

There is a whole family of similar lenses from Canon (FD, FDn, FL, R, S series), in which there are many different models. The review shows the CANON LENS FD 85mm 1: 1.8 lens, which belongs to the so-called Canon New FD series (also called Canon FDn or nFD), introduced in June 1979. CANON LENS FD 85mm 1: 1.8 - the last manual lens from Canon class 85 / 1.8, was replaced by autofocus in 1992 Canon EF 85mm 1: 1.8 USM.

Nowadays, CANON LENS FD 85mm 1: 1.8 is interesting with a large relative aperture (high aperture) that can be used for artistic purposes. At F / 1.8, the lens is quite good, there is a good resolution in the center of the frame.

CANON LENS FD 85mm 1:1.8 belongs to Canon FDn series lenses with NEW FD mount. FL and FD/FDn series lenses are the easiest to use on mirrorless cameras (original series cameras APS-C CANON EF-M, APS-C CANON RF-S, Full Frame CANON RF). On SLR cameras of the system Canon EOS EF this lens is difficult to use - in order to be able to focus on infinity, it is necessary to use an adapter with a corrective lens.

Mirrorless digital cameras have given a second life to these old lenses.

CANON LENS FD 85mm 1: 1.8

CANON LENS FD 85mm 1: 1.8

Main technical characteristics of CANON LENS FD 85mm 1:1.8:

Review Instance Name CANON LENS FD 85mm 1:1 CANON LENS MADE IN JAPAN


Basic properties
  • FD – Canon FD mount (nFD, FDn, NEW FD)
  • manual focus only
  • aperture control ring
  • automatic iris control on respective cameras
  • Aperture mode switch A
  • The lens is suitable for full-frame cameras.
Front Filter Diameter 52 mm, metal thread for filters
Focal length 85 mm
Zoom ratio 1 X (this is a fixed lens, it does not have a zoom).
Designed by for film cameras with a frame size of 24 x 36
Number of aperture blades 8 petals. Petals dark matte
  • focusing distance scale in meters and feet, there are values ​​​​in meters: 10, 5, 3, 2, 1.5, 1.2, 1, 0.85 and infinity mark
  • depth of field scale for f / 4, 11, 22
  • red dot for infrared work
  • aperture values ​​in steps from 1.8 to 22
  • aperture setting marks
  • bayonet mount mark
Diaphragm from f / 1.8 to f / 22.

The lens has an aperture control ring and an aperture mode switch A.

On the aperture control ring there are marks for F / 1.8, 2.8, 4, 5.6, 8, 11, 16, 22.

The aperture control ring rotates with clicks, there are no intermediate values.

MDF 0.85 meters, maximum magnification ratio 1:8.33
The weight 345 grams
Optical design 6 elements in 4 groups

Optical design CANON LENS FD 85mm 1:1.8An older lens CANON LENS FD 85mm 1: 1.8 SSC (1971) is built on the same scheme

Lens hood Bayonet, Canon BT-52 Japan
Manufacturer country LENS MADE IN JAPAN (lens made in Japan)
Period Since May 1979. In 1992 replaced by autofocus Canon EF 85mm 1: 1.8 USM.
Price About 200 USD for used option

The lens surprises with a very compact size. The diameter of the front filter is only 52mm.

CANON LENS FD 85mm 1: 1.8

CANON LENS FD 85mm 1: 1.8

Assembling, focusing

CANON LENS FD 85mm 1:1.8 is well built.

The focus ring is wide, rubberized, rotates approximately 180 degrees (1/2 of a full turn). The course of the ring is very smooth, oily, you can rotate the ring with one finger. During focusing, the front retractable part of the body frame does not rotate. Focusing occurs by moving the entire lens block.

The lens supports the Canon BT-52 Japan bayonet hood (a rarity for older manual lenses).

CANON LENS FD 85mm 1: 1.8

CANON LENS FD 85mm 1: 1.8

Sample photos (APS-C)

All photos in the review are shown without processing. Photos on a cropped camera were prepared by a photographer Natalia (Instagram). Camera used Sony NEX-6 (16 MP Sony Exmor APS-C HD CMOS sensor) and adapter FOTGA Canon FD/FDn/FL -> SONY E/FE/NEX. All photos are JPEG taken in camera. Original JPEG images can be view / download from this link (40+ files).


How to use FL/FD/FDn mount lenses

To use a Canon FL, Canon FD, or Canon FDn mount lens on modern mirrorless cameras, you should use the appropriate adapter:

The adapters are suitable for FL, FD and FDn mount lenses, these mounts are backwards compatible. But using lenses with a Canon FL / Canon FD / Canon FDn mount on SLR cameras is difficult due to the long working distance. In such cases, a corrective lens adapter must be used, which will degrade the image quality.

All autofocus 85s

Choosing a good 85mm portrait lens is very important for a large number of photographers. I pay a lot of attention to this issue, therefore I have prepared this list of all such autofocus lenses for full frame cameras with F <= 2 and a focal length of about 85 mm.

Nikon (F, Z mounts)

  1. Nikon 85mm 1: 1.8 AF Nikkor
  2. Nikon 85mm 1: 1.8D AF Nikkor (Thailand or Japan)
  3. Nikon 85mm 1: 1.8G AF-S IF SWM Nikkor
  4. Nikon 85mm 1: 1.4D AF Nikkor
  5. Nikon 85mm 1: 1.4GN AF-S Nikkor SWM IF Nano Crystal Coat
  6. Nikon Nikkor Z 85mm 1: 1.8 S

Canon (EF, RF mounts)

  1. Canon LENS EF 85mm 1: 1.8 USM
  2. Canon LENS EF 85mm 1: 1.2 L USM
  3. Canon LENS EF 85mm 1: 1.2 L II USM
  4. Canon LENS EF 85mm 1: 1.4 L IS USM
  5. Canon lens RF 85mm F1.2L USM
  6. Canon lens RF 85mm F1.2L USM DS (DEFOCUS SMOOTHING)

Yongnuo/YnLens (different mounts)

  1. Yongnuo YN85mm F1.8 (YN85mm F1.8) [9/6, Canon EF, February 2017]
  2. Yongnuo YN85mm F1.8 (YN85mm F1.8N) [9/6, Nikon F, May 2019]
  3. Ynlens YN85mm F1.8S DF DSM (YN85mm F1.8S) [9/8, Sony E, August 2020]
  4. Ynlens YN85mm F1.8R DF DSM (YN85mm F1.8R) [9/8, Canon RF, May 2021]
  5. Ynlens YN85mm 1:1.8Z DF DSM (YN85mm F1.8Z) [9/8, Nikon Z, March 2022]
  6. Yongnuo 85F1.8S DF DSM [9/8, Sony E, August 2022]

Sony / Sony Zeiss ZA / Minolta (E / FE, A mount)

  1. Sony FE 1.4/85 GM (SEL85F18GM) [2016]
  2. Sony FE 1.8/85 (SEL85F18) [2017]
  3. Sony SAL85F14Z / Carl Zeiss Planar 1,4 / 85 ZA T* [2006]
  4. Minolta AF 85mm 1:1.4 (22) (AF lens 85) / Minolta Maxxum / Dynax / G / G+RS and other versions of the same lens, A mount

Sigma (different mounts)

  1. Sigma EX 85mm 1: 1.4 DG HSM (two sub-versions with different body coatings, for Canon EF, Nikon F, Pentax K, Sony A), 2010
  2. Sigma 85mm 1: 1.4 DG | A [Art] (for Canon EF, Nikon F, Sigma SA, Sony E, Leica L)
  3. Sigma 85mm 1: 1.4 DG DN | A [Art] (for Sony E, Leica L), 2020

Viltrox (different mounts)

  1. Viltrox PFU RBMH 85mm F1.8 STM (Sony E / FE + Fujifilm X, April 2019)
  2. Viltrox AF 85 / 1.8 II XF STM ED IF (Sony E / FE + Fujifilm X, July 2020). Lightweight second version
  3. Viltrox AF 85 / 1.8 Z STM ED IF (Nikon Z, Dec 2020)
  4. Viltrox AF 85 / 1.8 RF STM ED IF (Canon RF, Nov 2021, with AF / MF switch)

Pentax (K mount)

  1. SMC Pentax-FA* 1:1.4 85mm IF AUTO FOCUS PENTAX 85, 1992
  2. HD PENTAX-D FA * 85mm 1: 1.4 ED SDM AW 2020

Samyang / Rokinon (different mounts)

  1. Samyang AF 85 / 1.4 [EF or F] (for Canon EF, Nikon F, scheme 9/7)
  2. Samyang AF 85 / 1.4 FE (for Sony E, scheme 11/8, March 2019)
  3. Samyang AF 85 / 1.4 RF  (for Canon RF, scheme 11/8, May 2020)
  4. Samyang AF 85 / 1.4 FE II (for Sony E, scheme 11/8, July 2022)

Meike (Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony E)

  1. MEIKE 85mm AF 1: 1.8 [review] (Canon EF / Canon EF-S, April 2018)
  2. MEIKE 85mm AF 1: 1.8 [review] (Nikon F, Aug 2020)
  3. MEIKE 85mm 1:1.8 Auto Focus Lens FF STM (for Sony FE/E, June 2022)

Zeiss (Sony E / FE mount)

  1. Zeiss Sonnar 1.8 / 85 T * (Batis 1.8 / 85) [built-in stabilizer, April 2015]

Tamron (different mounts)

  1. Tamron SP 85mm F/1.8 Di VC USD Model F016 (for Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony A [without VC function])

Tokina (Sony E / FE mount)

  1. Tokina atx-m 85mm F1.8 FE (for Sony E, most likely a complete analog Viltrox PFU RBMH 85mm F1.8 STM)

Contax (Contax N mount)

  1. Carl Zeiss Planar 1,4 / 85 T * (Contax)

Panasonic (L mount)

  1. Panasonic LUMIX S 1: 1.8 / 85mm 2020

Separately, you can still highlight non-classic 85s:

  1. longer LEICA APO-SUMMICRON-SL 1: 2/90 ASPH. (2018, Leica l)
  2. less aperture Sony 85 / 2.8 SAM (SAL85f28) [2010, A]
  3. shorter SMC PENTAX FA 1:1.8 77mm Limited (1997, K)
  4. shorter HD Pentax-FA 1: 1.8 77mm Limited (2021, K)
  5. shorter Samyang AF 75 / 1.8 FE (2020, E)
  6. macro lens Canon Lens RF 85mm F2 MACRO IS STM [2020, RF]
  7. cropped Samsung Lens 1:1.4 85mm ED SSA i-Function [2011, NX]
  8. cropped FUJIFILM FUJINON LENS SUPER EBC XF 90mm 1:2 R LM WR [2015, X]
  9. cropped, less aperture, macro lens Nikon DX AF-S Micro Nikkor 85mm 1: 3.5G ED VR SWM IF Micro 1: 1 [2009, F]
  10. many 90/2.8 class macro lenses

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Comments: 3, on the topic: A Brief Review of CANON LENS FD 85mm 1:1.8 (nFD, 1979)

  • Natalia

    The lens gives a beautiful soft clear picture and beautiful round bokeh)

    • after all

      For the same price, you can buy a used Canon EF 85 1.8 and not suffer.

      If you really want to catch the focus with your hands, then Samyang 85 1.4 is 30% cheaper.

      • Lensmaster

        Rokinon / Samyang 85 / 1.4, in general, it seems to me, has no alternative at its cost per bu, for now, 2022, the quality of workmanship and the output picture. I advise for those who suffer right away with the Nikon mount - you can immediately go to Nikon, and Canon, and Sony))).
        The Chinese from Yongnu are next.
        And the optics from the review is history.

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