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Hama Lens Mount Adapter - Canon FD Lens on Canon EOS Bodies

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Hama Lens Adapter for Canon EOS to FD-AE

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This adapter allows for Canon FD type lenses to be mounted onto a Canon EOS body.

Unlike other simple mount adapters, this is an optical adapter which is actually at the same time also a short teleconverter. It increases the focal length by a factor of 1.25x, and reduces the lens aperture by approx. one f/stop. This adapter allows for focusing at infinity.

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Package Weight 0.15 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 3.543 x 3.465 x 1.26"

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HamaLens Adapter for Canon EOS to FD-AE
 
4.1

(based on 10 reviews)

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89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (6)
  • Strong construction (5)
  • Easily interchangeable (4)

Cons

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    • Semi-pro photographer (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Good Value

You would only use a lens mount adapter when you don't have the lens you need. What I need once in a while are much longer lenses than the 200mm I have for Canon...Read complete review

You would only use a lens mount adapter when you don't have the lens you need. What I need once in a while are much longer lenses than the 200mm I have for Canon EOS.

Rent what I need? Impractical, as I never know when the wildlife across the valley will appear. Get a teleconverter? That would only bump me up to 400mm -- not enough. Buy new lenses? Too costly for occasional use. But I've got FD lenses up to 500mm sitting in a drawer collecting dust, and this adapter allows me to use all them again.

Focus -- All the lenses I've mounted on this adapter, from 17mm through 500mm, focus to infinity, and they all maintain focus with an FD teleconverter between the adapter and the lens. There is a very slight loss of sharpness. This is unavoidable in such products, and therefore quite acceptable, especially considering the price of the adapter compared to the cost of new lenses of 500mm and longer.

Focal length -- Based on looking through cameras with various lenses mounted, I estimate that this adapter has a 1.25x teleconverter effect. My old 500mm becomes a 625mm, and with the teleconverter it's about 1250mm.

Exposure -- Because older lenses lack current EOS technology you must set your aperture manually on the lens and control your shutter speed either manually or with aperture value (AV) mode. Easy enough and just like the old days before everything got all automatic.

Quality -- I do not (at least not yet) notice the problems the previous reviewer noted - the finish flaking off the adapter, a "hazy glow around bright objects" at wide apertures, or unsmooth operation of the aperture lock ring.

The aperture lock ring allows an FD lens mounted on the adapter to function like an old "preset" aperture lens. The previous reviewer is correct that this ring ought to be knurled for easier operation - it is a little hard to manipulate being smooth, narrow (although it is the full width of the adapter), and right against the camera body (but that is where the adapter must be). I fixed this with a bit of cloth ("gaffer's") tape which gives plenty of grip. Some users may prefer to put their lens into manual aperture mode instead of using it as a preset.

I am rating this product at 4 out of 5 stars because there are always inherent compromises in adapting equipment to do what it was never designed to do. In this case, two additional pieces of glass are added to an optical path which was not designed to use them, and aperture control goes back 40 years to completely manual operation. That said, I am very pleased with this adapter and would recommend without reservation.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Poor at less than f/4

This is an awesome adapter as long as you don't expect to useany aperture larger than f/4. After some experimentation, Ifound anything larger than f/4 will have low contrast andhave a hazy...Read complete review

This is an awesome adapter as long as you don't expect to useany aperture larger than f/4. After some experimentation, Ifound anything larger than f/4 will have low contrast andhave a hazy glow around bright objects.On the other hand, the inside lens retainer easily unscrewsto allow the two lens elements (which allow focus to oo) tobe removed. Then it becomes a short extension tube. My FD35-105 f/3.5 zoom just became the most adaptable macro lensI've ever seen short of a bellows. And with the lenselements removed, the low contrast haze magically disappears.

Problems Encountered: The aperture lock ring (turn to stop down or open up) is notknurled, so it's tough to get a grip on. Especially if youhave body armor. The aperture lock ring is not very smoothand seems to grind a little.There were particles between the two lens elements. Theblack anodizing seems to flake easily off the mounting points.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Wonderful adapter with no support docs

By Rusty

from Los Angeles, ca

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Nice Bokeh
  • Strong Construction

Cons

  • No manual

Best Uses

  • Video
  • Weddings/Events

Comments about Hama Lens Adapter for Canon EOS to FD-AE:

This is a really wonderful adapter. I got it for my 7D so I could make use of my old FD lenses. Many of these adapters have poor optical quality or issues focusing to infinity. However, this one demonstrates exceptional quality at all but the most open Iris settings. I even like the quality with the iris all the way open. No matter what you get sort of a soft focus feel. It's not impossible to get crisp images, but I like it for the soft look. It gives my images a beautiful, heavenly, dreamy quality. The bokeh is quite unique from anything else I've worked with. It's not quite as crisp as a good EF lens but it's very useful if you'd like to get a different feel in your images. The only thing I can really complain about is that there is no user manual or support documentation, which would have saved me 5 minutes of futzing when I first got it. But it's easy to use, even without the documents.

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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A Good Fit

By Stop Motion Newbe

from Cape Cod, MA

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Strong Construction
  • Use your old lenses

Cons

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    Comments about Hama Lens Adapter for Canon EOS to FD-AE:

    I purchased the adapter so I could attach my old FD lenses to my new Canon APC sensor camera. The mechanical fit is very good between the lens and adapter and between the adapter and camera. The fit is tight. The only down side is due to the fact that the back focus distance of the FD lens is less than the back focus on the new EF lesnes, which means the old lens wants to be located closer to the sensor than is possible with the EF mount. To compensate for this an optic is added to the adapter. While this optic correctly adjusts the back focus it also results in the lens-adapter combination having a slightly longer focal length than the lens alone. So the 28 mm lens I am using acts more like a 45 mm lens. This is not a "crop factor" artifact, it is a real change of focal length due to the optic. Some light is also lost, maybe .5 to 1 stop. But the image is sharp. I am using this indoors, on a tripod with long exposures.

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Extends life of Canon FD lenses

    By Nick

    from Norfolk, VA

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

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          Comments about Hama Lens Adapter for Canon EOS to FD-AE:

          Seems durable and well-made, a worthwhile step up from cheaper alternatives. This adapter performs great with my Canon FD 300mm 1:4, turning it into a 600mm telephoto with good image quality, but fast lenses (my Canon FD 85mm 1:1.2) produce unacceptable fringing and out-of-focus off-axis unless stopped way down.

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          (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Hama adapter worked great on 500 to 800m

          By ElCap-pics

          from Crestline, CA

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Lightweight
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • No auto focus possible

          Best Uses

          • With big telephoto lenses

          Comments about Hama Lens Adapter for Canon EOS to FD-AE:

          I shoot "manually" with Canon FD 500mm, 600mm, 800mm lenses using a Canon T1i camera. I got a cheap ($35) converter and the results were unacceptable, so I got the Hama adapter listed here. It made all the difference! I also have a Nikon 600mm P lens that I tested the Canon FD lenses against. Since the Nikon does not need an adapter with a corrective lens I figured the Nikon would give me the sharper results. WRONG! The Canons, with the Hama adapter, All gave very noticeably sharper results. I couldn't believe it!

          I shoot rock climbers on the face of ElCapitan, in Yosemite, from 3/4 of a mile or more as a hobby and climbers do like to see themselves up close and clear. The Hama has allowed me to do just that. I love it!! I recently saw one of the original Canon adapters advertised... yeah and it was $1200. Too rich for me and I truly don't think it would be much better than the Hama. I am sure you realize that to take such long shots you need a very stable set up with a stout tripod, mirror lock up after a 2 second delay, and a remote shutter release.

          My target climbers do not move very fast so I have ample time to get the system focused on them. The beauty of the newer EOS cameras is that you can magnify, in live view, through the lens, the image by up to 10X (an equivalent of 16,000mm when using the 800mm Fd lens)so the climber looks huge and you can then manual focus on him for perfect sharpness!! I am selling the Nikon lens soon! So, for what I do, this adapter is great and my used 600mm Canon FD only cost me $1000 as opposed to the $8,000 a new AF one would cost.

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          (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Product

          By A. Navia Paz

          from Bogotá, Colombia

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Lightweight
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Macro Photography
            • Sports/Action
            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Hama Lens Adapter for Canon EOS to FD-AE:

            I finally found an adapter for my old Canon FD lenses, which give perfect focus at infinity.
            This adapter works perfectly on my Canon EOS 5D and also in my Canon EOS 50D.
            The focus at infinity is perfect in FD telephoto lenses and also in the wide-angle FD

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            (13 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great for Long Lenses

            By Sports & Outdoor Guy

            from Bible Belt USA

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Pros

            • Bang for the buck
            • Consistent Output
            • Lightweight
            • Rugged
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Tough To Attach

            Best Uses

            • Sports/Action
            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Hama Lens Adapter for Canon EOS to FD-AE:

            I bought one of these Hama FD to EOS adapters several years ago from B&H when I began converting from FD film cameras to EOS digital. I use this adapter with my Canon FD 800mm f/5.6L lens mounted on my EOS 1D or EOS 50D. The 800 is the only FD lens that I have left but if I had bought this adapter sooner I'm sure that I would have kept my other long FD lenses. The adapter effectively locks the aperture wide open. So you can't stop down your lens. This is Ok for long lenses but would be impractical for short lenses and useless for wide angle. I simply set my digital cameras to Av aperture priority and let the camera select the shutter speed. I can adjust the shutter speed by adjusting the ISO. You must manual focus but that is not a problem for me since I have been shooting manual focus FD lenses for decades. When you use this adapter on an AS-P sized sensor like the 50D you are effectively doubling the focal length of your lens. Do the math. The adapter increases focal length 1.25X then my 50D increases focal length 1.6X so 1.25 multiplied by 1.6 = 2.0X this makes my 800mm lens a 1600mm lens. Mounted on my EOS 1D you multiply 800 by 1.25 and again by 1.3 to get 1300mm. Still plenty long for most of my long range shooting needs. Both my FD 1.4X and FD 2.0X converters also work with this adapter. So 1600 x 2 = 3200mm. That kind of range is staggering. It's like shooting a space telescope. With 1600mm I can stand behind one end zone and shoot the action in the other end zone at college or high school football games. To do this you must have an extra heavy duty tripod or monopod and bright sunlight. Once the sun goes down or it gets cloudy I can't get enough light to shoot action sports with this setup. This setup works great for shooting wildlife, large field sports and long range news gathering. There is a loss of image quality with the adapter but I would compare it to adding a 2.0X Canon doubler. I have used my big 800 lens with the adapter to take photos that have been publsihed nationally and I have published photos full page in newspapers with aceptable image quality. Spot on focus is critical with the shallow depth of field. If your focus is not precise the image will appear blurry. I did try one of the cheap-o adapters before I got the Hama and it did not work. I could not focus at all[...] You can focus to infinity with the Hama. Mine is still in mint condition after several years of regular use. I just leave it on the lens since it is a bit difficult to put on correctly. Once you have it on right you can just mount your lens on any EOS camera like any other EOS lens. If I buy another FD lens I will also buy another Hama adapter and just leave it on the lens. Overall I have been very pleased with this product. Eventually someday I hope to buy a new Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS lens so I can have auto focus and IS but until I can come up with $11 grand I will keep shooting my old FD 800.

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            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Limited usefulness

            By Grandpa

            from Western Massachusetts

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Lightweight
            • Rugged

            Cons

            • Blurry Focus
            • Poor in Low Light

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery

            Comments about Hama Lens Adapter for Canon EOS to FD-AE:

            It increased the focal length by about 1.25 so not useful if a wide angle was needed.

            Cut light so much that an f 4 lens was almost to dim to focus in average indoor light.

            Reduced sharpness very noticeably.

            Produced a halo around some brass hardware.

            Adapter did mount properly to the camera and an assortment of FD lenses went on and off with no trouble.

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            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            An inexpensive way to utilize my lenses

            By Dr. Bob

            from Plano, TX

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Hama Lens Adapter for Canon EOS to FD-AE:

                I finally went digital with a 7D. I can use my FD lenses, a 100mm macro and 135mm and 200mm tele, to expand my shooting ability without buying several new lenses. I'm accustomed to focusing with my Mamiya RB67 anyway and setting it on Av allows me to set the lens aperture while it automatically sets the shutter speed and iso. Works for me.

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                (15 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Good Value

                By raybar

                from Hollywood CA

                About Me Professional

                Verified Buyer

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                  Cons

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                      Comments about Hama Lens Adapter for Canon EOS to FD-AE:

                      You would only use a lens mount adapter when you don't have the lens you need. What I need once in a while are much longer lenses than the 200mm I have for Canon EOS.

                      Rent what I need? Impractical, as I never know when the wildlife across the valley will appear. Get a teleconverter? That would only bump me up to 400mm -- not enough. Buy new lenses? Too costly for occasional use. But I've got FD lenses up to 500mm sitting in a drawer collecting dust, and this adapter allows me to use all them again.

                      Focus -- All the lenses I've mounted on this adapter, from 17mm through 500mm, focus to infinity, and they all maintain focus with an FD teleconverter between the adapter and the lens. There is a very slight loss of sharpness. This is unavoidable in such products, and therefore quite acceptable, especially considering the price of the adapter compared to the cost of new lenses of 500mm and longer.

                      Focal length -- Based on looking through cameras with various lenses mounted, I estimate that this adapter has a 1.25x teleconverter effect. My old 500mm becomes a 625mm, and with the teleconverter it's about 1250mm.

                      Exposure -- Because older lenses lack current EOS technology you must set your aperture manually on the lens and control your shutter speed either manually or with aperture value (AV) mode. Easy enough and just like the old days before everything got all automatic.

                      Quality -- I do not (at least not yet) notice the problems the previous reviewer noted - the finish flaking off the adapter, a "hazy glow around bright objects" at wide apertures, or unsmooth operation of the aperture lock ring.

                      The aperture lock ring allows an FD lens mounted on the adapter to function like an old "preset" aperture lens. The previous reviewer is correct that this ring ought to be knurled for easier operation - it is a little hard to manipulate being smooth, narrow (although it is the full width of the adapter), and right against the camera body (but that is where the adapter must be). I fixed this with a bit of cloth ("gaffer's") tape which gives plenty of grip. Some users may prefer to put their lens into manual aperture mode instead of using it as a preset.

                      I am rating this product at 4 out of 5 stars because there are always inherent compromises in adapting equipment to do what it was never designed to do. In this case, two additional pieces of glass are added to an optical path which was not designed to use them, and aperture control goes back 40 years to completely manual operation. That said, I am very pleased with this adapter and would recommend without reservation.

                      Share this review

                      (24 of 24 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      3.0

                      Poor at less than f/4

                      By Anthony.

                      from Toronto.

                      Comments about Hama Lens Adapter for Canon EOS to FD-AE:

                      This is an awesome adapter as long as you don't expect to useany aperture larger than f/4. After some experimentation, Ifound anything larger than f/4 will have low contrast andhave a hazy glow around bright objects.On the other hand, the inside lens retainer easily unscrewsto allow the two lens elements (which allow focus to oo) tobe removed. Then it becomes a short extension tube. My FD35-105 f/3.5 zoom just became the most adaptable macro lensI've ever seen short of a bellows. And with the lenselements removed, the low contrast haze magically disappears.

                      Problems Encountered: The aperture lock ring (turn to stop down or open up) is notknurled, so it's tough to get a grip on. Especially if youhave body armor. The aperture lock ring is not very smoothand seems to grind a little.There were particles between the two lens elements. Theblack anodizing seems to flake easily off the mounting points.

                      Share this review

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