The FD Series Lenses

The Lens is the Eye of the Machine

As the cameras became more complex the lenses necessarily followed. More and more information had to be transmitted to and from the lens and this drove the development of the different lens families. The FD series was based on the FL mount which preceded it. The FL lens was not conceived to allow light metering through the lens automatically. You used your light meter to determine shutter speed and f-stop, you set the speed and aperture but to this point the lens remained open to allow for maximum brightness while you focused the lens. When you pressed the shutter a lever in the camera moved against the single pin on the back of the lens to stop it down to the setting you had chosen, the picture was taken, and then the lens returned to full aperture. But settings were all manual. However, cameras were beginning to measure the light through the lens. The measure had to be taken with the lens stopped down or the lens had to tell the camera what its maximum aperture was so it could do the necessary calculations. Focusing was still manual so it was desirable to have the lens wide open until the shutter was pressed. This meant that the lens had to communicate its maximum aperture to the camera, the camera had to stop the lens down for the exposure, and the camera had to tell the lens what aperture was to be used for the shot. The single pin of the FL could not carry these three pieces of essential information.

FD Lens Mount Variation 1 showing the “Chrome Nose”. The silver Breech Lock Ring is visible at the back of the lens. Beyond it is the black rear lens cap.

The FD lens mount was introduced in March 1971 with the Canon F-1 camera. It served as the Canon SLR interchangeable lens mounting system until the EOS system was introduced in 1987. This mount, with minor changes, lingered through the release of the 1990 Canon T60, the last camera introduced in the FD system. It survived until 1992 when the production of the New F-1 ceased. FD-mount cameras can use FL lenses in stop-down metering mode.

Canon has never officially acknowledged what the “FD” designation stood for or how it was chosen. Just like the FL Series, the FD lens mount is a breech-lock mount which means that a ring on the back of the lens is rotated to lock the lens in place.

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The lens body and the communication pins on the rear surface do not move during mounting or dismounting. This ring in the original FD configuration is silver and unmistakable at the back of the lens. The purported advantage of the breech-lock over the bayonet is that neither the contact surfaces between the body and lens nor the signaling mechanisms rotate against each other when the lens is mounted. This prevents any mechanical wear, which could conceivably reduce the very precise lens-to-film distance or introduce communication errors between lens and body. (Of course experience tells us that to appreciably wear these surfaces based on average lens mounting and dismounting frequency would take about a thousand years!) Its minor disadvantage was a somewhat slower lens change than a bayonet.

The back end of an FD lens which was essentially the same for FDn lenses. Full Aperture Signal Pin communicates to the camera the maximum aperture of the lens by its height. The Aperture Signal Lever communicates to the lens the aperture chosen automatically by the camera. The Auto Aperture Lever stops the lens down to the setting indicated by the Aperture Signal Lever when the shutter is pressed. There is another pin but this was never given a use by Canon. Its just a spare I guess.

The two images show the Second Variation of the FD Lens Series. In the top image the silver Breech Lock Ring is obvious. The Green “A” is visible on the aperture ring beside the lock button. In the bottom image can be seen the red “S.S.C.” indicating the type of coating on the lens elements.

Like its FL predecessor, the FD mount system allowed automatic diaphragm function, but in addition, a new signal pin supported full-aperture metering. This information was contained in the height of the pin. How far it pushed in a sensor in the camera body told the camera the maximum aperture of the lens.

A second signal pin for the “auto” setting of the aperture dial, plus a linkage to allow the camera to set the degree of diaphragm opening, enabled full auto-exposure. When the lens was set to auto exposure (AE) the camera chose the aperture and this was communicated to the lens by this second signal pin. When the shutter button was pressed the original aperture pin was engaged by the camera to stop the lens down to the setting chosen by the camera and communicated to the lens by the second signal pin.

The first camera to utilize this was the 1971 Canon F-1, when equipped with the Servo EE Finder. Later, the Canon EF of 1973 had automatic exposure built-in, as did the very popular Canon A-series cameras, the AT-1 being the one exception. The earliest breech-lock Canon FD lenses (1971-1973) are generally recognizable by a silver chrome filter ring at the front (this ring includes its own bayonet used to mount an appropriate lens hood). Nicknamed ‘chrome nose’ lenses, these used two new proprietary lens coatings, designated “S.C.” (Spectra Coating) and “S.S.C.” (Super Spectra Coating), but neither coating was signified on the front of the lens. These were both multi-coatings, but indicated two quality grades.

In the ‘chrome nose’ series, only the large-aperture 55mm f/1.2, and 55mm F1.2 AL (Aspherical) and the 7.5mm Fish-Eye lenses used S.S.C. coating. This first series of FD lenses shared other characteristics that would later change; the breech-lock ring can be rotated freely without mounting it on a camera body, and the aperture ring had a green “o” at the end of the scale to indicate automatic aperture operation, which at the time was only possible with an F-1 body that had the Servo EE Finder attached.

The second series of breech-lock FD lenses (1973-1979), which discontinued the chrome filter rings, is engraved “S.C.” in white or “S.S.C.” in red on the front of the lens. The S.S.C. coating was extended to most lenses in this series. The basic S.C. coating was, for the most part, limited to the least expensive lenses. Changes were made across production, resulting in two minor variants of this second series. The earlier variant retained the aperture ring and breech-lock ring details of the earlier lenses. The later variant used a green letter “A” to indicate that the lens was set for AE operation, and the aperture ring had a small lock button to prevent the lens from being accidentally taken on off the “A” setting. The later variant also featured a latch to hold the breech-lock ring in the mounting position until pressed to the camera, at which time a spring caused the ring to rotate a few degrees, making it somewhat easier to mount the lens.

In 1978, with the introduction of the New FD series (nicknamed ‘FDn’), the coating type was no longer specified on the lens front. All of these lenses received S.S.C. coating, with the sole exception of the 50mm f/1.8 lens. These lenses are mounted like bayonet-mount lenses in that the photographer twists the entire lens body to mount and dismount the lens, though the actual mating surfaces still remain fixed. There is a square silver metal button at the base of the lens that unlocks the lens when you decide to remove it from the camera. This new arrangement retained the advantages of the breech-lock mount while enabling the convenience of a bayonet.

The FD mount has no support for either electrical or mechanical lens-body communication required for autofocus, which was a primary reason for its retirement. While Canon could have adapted its mount to support auto-focus, as did other manufacturers, it did not. Over the 21-plus years of production, Canon introduced 134 different FD lenses ranging from 7.5mm through 1,200mm in seventeen different fixed focal lengths and nineteen different zoom ranges. The original breech-lock FD lenses and the New FD lenses are completely functionally interchangeable, and may each be used on any FD camera body.

A minor operational difference between New FD and earlier lenses occurs only when using a Canon New F-1 body with the AE Finder FN in aperture preferred AE mode. The New FD lenses’ aperture rings were placed closer to the rear of the lens so that the aperture value is visible in the new F-1’s viewfinder, via an optical prism. Earlier lenses’ aperture scales do not align properly with the prism, and are therefore not visible.

Summary of Variation in FD Lenses

FD

Variation 1

1971-73

Chrome Nose, silver breech lock ring, no lens coat specification showing, Aperture ring has green “o” at end of numerals to signify Auto Exposure

Variation 2

1973-79

 No chrome nose, still has silver breech lock ring, Lens Coating is signified on ring around front element, S.C. in white or S.S.C. in red, and a green “A” at end of aperture numerals indicates lens is set for AE operation and there is a small lock button on the aperture ring, and, finally, a latch to hold the breech lock ring still until lens is pressed into the lens mount
FDn 1978 Breech lock ring is black plastic with a square silver metal buttion to release the ring lock, no coating specified on the lens ( all lenses were S.S.C. except the 50mm f/1.8)

FD autofocusing Lenses Before the FD mount was obsoleted by the EOS system, Canon built four autofocus lenses. Of these, only the FD 35-70mm f/4 AF was capable of autofocus on all FD cameras. The others, known as AC lenses, offered autofocus only on the T80 camera. The FD 35-70mm f/4 AF contained an entirely independent autofocus system and was among the world’s first autofocus zoom lenses (the Pentax ME F was the first). The autofocus system was activated by a button on the side of the lens, and involved no communication with the camera body. It was reasonably accurate with still subjects, but was too slow to be a practical solution for moving subjects such as sports.Further development produced the AC derivative of the FD mount. Three AC lenses were manufactured, the AC 50mm f/1.8, AC 35-70mm f/3.5-4.5, and AC 75-200mm f/4.5. All were released in April, 1985 alongside the Canon T80 camera, which was the only camera ever manufactured to take advantage of the AC lenses’ AF capabilities. The lenses communicated with the T80 via a modified FD mount with added electrical contacts. They lacked an aperture ring, and were therefore usable only in automatic-exposure modes. They were otherwise identical to the FD mount and could be manually focused on those FD-mount cameras that could control the aperture. The AC line proved to be a dead-end development in light of the EF series development, and Canon would abandon the capability in the three remaining FD-mount cameras it produced, the New F-1, T90, and T60. When Canon introduced the FD lens mount in 1970 with the FD 135mm f/3.5 it was an evolution and not a revolution. There already existed a wide variety of R series and FL series lenses that were compatible with the new mount. The FD Series alone makes an impressive list of lenses.

"FD" Series Lenses by Date of Introduction
 Name Released Min.Aperture Blades Groups Elements Filter Weight
FD 135mm f/3.5 Jul 70 22 8 3 4 55mm 480gr
FD 17mm f/4 Mar 71 22 6 9 11 72mm 490gr
FD 24mm f/2.8 Mar 71 16 6 8 9 55mm 410gr
FD 28mm f/3.5 Mar 71 16 6 6 6 55mm 290gr
FD 35mm f/2 (I) Mar 71 16 8 8 9 55mm 420gr
FD 35mm f/3.5 Mar 71 16 6 6 6 55mm 325gr
FD 50mm f/1.4 Mar 71 16 8 6 7 55mm 370gr
FD 50mm f/1.8 (I) Mar 71 16 6 4 6 55mm 305gr
FD 50mm f/1.2 Mar 71 16 8 5 7 58mm 565gr
FD 55mm f/1.2 AL Mar 71 16 8 6 8 58mm 605gr
 FD 100mm f/2.8 Mar 71 22 8 5 5 55mm 430gr
FD 135mm f/2.5 Mar 71 22 8 5 6 58mm 670gr
 FD 200mm f/4 Mar 71 22 8 5 6 55mm 725gr
FD 300mm f/5.6 Mar 71 22 8 5 6 58mm 1155gr
FD 100-200mm f/5.6 May 71 22 8 5 8 55mm 820
Fisheye FD 7.5mm f/5.6 Jun 71 22 6 8 11 380gr
FD 50mm f/1.8 (II) Nov 71 16 6 4 6 55mm 305gr
FD 35mm f/2 (III) Jan 73 16 8 8 9 55mm 420gr
Fisheye FD 7.5mm f/5.6 S.S.C. Feb 73 22 6 8 11 380gr
FD 17mm f/4 S.S.C. Mar 73 22 6 9 11 72mm 450gr
FD 20mm f/2.8 S.S.C. Mar 73 22 6 9 10 72mm 345gr
FD 24mm f/2.8 S.S.C. Mar 73 16 6 8 9 55mm 330gr
 FD 28mm f/3.5 S.C. Mar 73 16 6 6 6 55mm 250gr
FD 35mm f/2 S.S.C. Mar 73 16 8 8 9 55mm 370gr
TS 35mm f/2.8 S.S.C. Mar 73 22 8 8 9 58mm 550gr
FD 35mm f/3.5 S.C. (I) Mar 73 16 6 6 6 55mm 295gr
FD 50mm f/1.4 S.S.C. (I) Mar 73 16 8 6 7 55mm 350gr
FD 50mm f/1.8 S.C. (I) Mar 73 16 6 4 6 55mm 255gr
FDM 50mm f/3.5 S.S.C. Mar 73 22 6 4 6 55mm 310gr
FD 55mm f/1.2 S.S.C. Mar 73 16 8 5 7 58mm 565gr
 FD 55mm f/1.2 S.S.C. AL Mar 73 16 8 6 8 58mm 575gr
FD 100mm f/2.8 S.S.C. Mar 73 22 8 5 5 55mm 360gr
FD 135mm f/2.5 S.C. Mar 73 22 8 5 6 58mm 630gr
FD 135mm f/3.5 S.C. (II) Mar 73 22 8 3 4 55mm 465gr
FD 200m f/4 S.S.C. Mar 73 22 8 5 6 55mm 675gr
FD 300mm f/5.6 S.C. Mar 73 22 8 5 6 58mm 1125gr
FD 100-200mm f/5.6 S.C. Mar 73 22 8 5 8 55mm 765gr
Fisheye FD 15mm f/2.8 S.S.C. Apr 73 16 6 9 10 485gr
FD 50mm f/1.4 S.S.C. Jun 73 16 8 6 7 55mm 305gr
FD 35-70mm f/2.8-3.5 S.S.C. Dec 73 22 8 10 10 58mm 575gr
FD 85mm f/1.8 S.S.C. Apr 74 16 8 4 6 55mm 425gr
FD 85-300 f/4.5 S.S.C. Apr 74 22 8 11 15 1800gr
FD 24mm f/1.4 S.S.C. Aspherical Mar 75 16 8 8 10 72mm 500gr
FD 28mm f/2.8 S.C. Mar 75 22 5 7 7 55mm 280gr
FD 35mm f/3.5 S.S.C. (II) Mar 75 22 5 6 6 55mm 236gr
FD 55mm f/1.2 S.S.C. Aspherical Mar 75 16 8 6 8 58mm 575gr
FD 200mm f/2.8 S.S.C. Mar 75 22 8 5 5 72mm 700gr
FD 100mm f/4 S.C. Oct 75 32 6 3 5 55mm 530gr
FD 300mm f/2.8 S.S.C. Florite Oct 75 22 9 5 6 1900gr
FD 400mm f/4.5 S.S.C. Oct 75 22 8 5 6 1300gr
FD 28mm f/2 S.S.C. Nov 75 22 8 8 9 55mm 343gr
FD 85mm f/1.2 S.S.C. Aspherical Jan 76 16 9 6 8 72mm 756gr
FD 50mm f/1.8 S.C. (II) Mar 76 16 5 4 6 55mm 200gr
FD 35mm f/2 S.S.C. (II) Apr 76 22 8 8 9 55mm 345gr
FD 600mm f/4.5 S.S.C. Jul 76 22 9 5 6 48mm 4300gr
FD 800mm f/5.6 S.S.C. Jul 76 22 9 5 6 48mm 4300gr
FD 28-50mm f/3.5 S.S.C. Jul 76 22 8 9 10 58mm 470gr
FD 80-200mm f/4 S.S.C. Oct 76 32 8 11 15 55mm 750gr
FD 135mm f/3.5 S.S.C. (II) Nov 76 22 6 4 4 55mm 385gr
FD 300mm f/5.6 S.S.C. Mar 77 22 8 5 6 55mm 685gr
FD 35mm f/3.5 S.C. (III) Jul 77 22 5 6 6 55mm 236gr
FD 300mm f/4 S.S.C. Jan 78 22 9 6 6 34mm 965gr
FD 24-35mm f/3.5 S.S.C. Aspherical Feb 78 22 6 9 12 72mm 515gr
Reflex 500mm f/8 S.S.C. Sep 78 3 6 34mm 740gr
FD 300mm f/4 L Dec 78 32 9 7 7 34mm 1235gr
FD 500mm f/4.5 L May 79 32 9 6 7 48mm 2950gr
FD 800mm f/5.6 L Dec 79 32 9 6 7 48mm 4600gr
"FD" Series Lenses by Focal Length
 Name Released Min.Aperture Blades Groups Elements Filter Weight
Fisheye FD 7.5mm f/5.6 Jun 71 22 6 8 11 380gr
Fisheye FD 7.5mm f/5.6 S.S.C. Feb 73 22 6 8 11 380gr
Fisheye FD 15mm f/2.8 S.S.C. Apr 73 16 6 9 10 485gr
FD 17mm f/4 Mar 71 22 6 9 11 72mm 490gr
FD 17mm f/4 S.S.C. Mar 73 22 6 9 11 72mm 450gr
 FD 20mm f/2.8 S.S.C. Mar 73 22 6 9 10 72mm 345gr
 FD 24mm f/1.4 S.S.C. Aspherical Mar 75 16 8 8 10 72mm 500gr
 FD 24mm f/2.8 Mar 71 16 6 8 9 55mm 410gr
 FD 24mm f/2.8 S.S.C. Mar 73 16 6 8 9 55mm 330gr
 FD 24-35 f/3.5 S.S.C. Aspherical Feb 78 22 6 9 12 72mm 515gr
 FD 28mm f/2 S.S.C. Nov 75 22 8 8 9 55mm 343gr
 FD 28mm f/2.8 S.C. Mar 75 22 5 7 7 55mm 280gr
 FD 28mm f/3.5 Mar 71 16 6 6 6 55mm 290gr
 FD 28mm f/3.5 S.C. Mar 73 16 6 6 6 55mm 250gr
 FD 28-50mm f/3.5 S.S.C. Jul 76 22 8 9 10 58mm 470gr
 FD 35mm f/2 (I) Mar 71 16 8 8 9 55mm 420gr
 FD 35mm f/2 (II)  Jan 73 16 8 8 9 55mm 420gr
 FD 35mm f/2 S.S.C. Mar 73 16 8 8 9 55mm 370gr
 FD 35mm f/2 S.S.C. (II) Apr 76 22 8 8 9 55mm 345gr
 FD 35mm f/3.5 Mar 71 16 6 6 6 55mm 325gr
 FD 35mm f/3.5 S.C. (I) Mar 73 16 6 6 6 55mm 295gr
 FD 35mm f/3.5 S.C. (II) Mar 75 22 5 6 6 55mm 236gr
 FD 35mm f/3.5 S.C. (III) Jul 77 22 5 6 6 55mm 236gr
 TS 35mm f/2.8 S.S.C. Mar 73 22 8 8 9 58mm 550gr
 FD 35-70mm f/2.8-3.5 S.S.C. Dec 73 22 8 10 10 58mm 575gr
 FD 50mm f/1.2 Mar 71 16 8 5 7 58mm 565gr
 FD 50mm f/1.4 Mar 71 16 8 6 7 55mm 370gr
 FD 50mm f/1.4 S.S.C. (I) Mar 73 16 8 6 7 55mm 350gr
 FD 50mm f/1.4 S.S.C. (II) Jun 73 16 8 6 7 55mm 305gr
 FD 50mm f/1.8 (I) Mar 71 16 6 4 6 55mm 305gr
 FD 50mm f/1.8 (II) Nov 71 16 6 4 6 55mm 305gr
 FD 50mm f/1.8 S.C. (I) Mar 73 16 6 4 6 55mm 255gr
 FD 50mm f/1.8 S.C. (II) Mar 76 16 5 4 6 55mm 200gr
 FDM 50mm f/3.5 S.S.C. Mar 73 22 6 4 6 55mm 310gr
 FD 55mm f/1.2 AL Mar 71 16 8 6 8 58mm 605gr
 FD 55mm f/1.2 S.S.C. Mar 73 16 8 5 7 58mm 565gr
 FD 55mm f/1.2 S.S.C. AL Mar 73 16 8 6 8 58mm 575gr
 FD 55mm f/1.2 S.S.C. Aspherical Mar 75 16 8 6 8 58mm 575gr
 FD 80-200mm f/4 S.S.C. Oct 76 32 8 11 15 55mm 750gr
 FD 85-300mm f/4.5 S.S.C. Apr 74 22 8 11 5 1800gr
 FD 85mm f/1.2 S.S.C. Aspherical Jan 76 16 9 6 8 72mm 756gr
 FD 85mm f/1.8 S.S.C. Apr 74 16 8 4 6 55mm 425gr
 FD 100-200mm f/5.6 May 71 22 8 5 8 55mm 820gr
 FD 100-200mm f/5.6 S.C. Mar 73 22 8 5 8 55mm 765gr
 FD 100mm f/2.8 Mar 71 22 8 5 5 55mm 430gr
 FD 100mm f/2.8 S.S.C. Mar 73 22 8 5 5 55mm 360gr
 FD 100mm f/4 S.C. Oct 75 32 6 3 5 55mm 530gr
 FD 135mm f/2.5 Mar 71 22 8 5 6 58mm 670gr
 FD 135mm f/2.5 S.C. Mar 73 22 8 5 6 58mm 630gr
 FD 135mm f/3.5 Jul 70 22 8 3 4 55mm 480gr
 FD 135mm f/3.5 S.C. (I) Mar 73 22 8 3 4 55mm 465gr
 FD 135mm f/3.5 S.C. (II) Nov 76 22 6 4 4 55mm 385gr
 FD 200mm f/2.8 S.S.C. Mar 75 22 8 5 5 72mm 700gr
 FD 200mm f/4 Mar 71 22 8 5 6 55mm 725gr
 FD 200mm f/4 S.S.C. Mar 73 22 8 5 6 55mm 675gr
 FD 300mm f/2.8 S.S.C. Florite Oct 75 22 9 5 6 1900gr
 FD 300mm f/4 L Dec 78 32 9 7 7 34mm 1235gr
 FD 300mm f/4 S.S.C. Jan 78 22 9 6 6 34mm 965gr
 FD 300mm f/5.6 Mar 71 22 8 5 6 58mm 1155gr
 FD 300mm f/5.6 S.C. Mar 73 22 8 5 6 58mm 1125gr
 FD 300mm f/5.6 S.S.C. Mar 77 22 8 5 6 55mm 685gr
 FD 400mm f/4.5 S.S.C. Oct 75 22 8 5 6 1300gr
 FD 500mm f/4.5 L May 79 32 9 6 7 48mm 2950gr
 Reflex 500mm f/8 S.S.C. Sep 78 3 6 34mm 740gr
 FD 600mm f/4.5 S.S.C. Jul 76 22 9 5 6 48mm 4300gr
 FD 800mm f/5.6 L Dec 79 32 9 6 7 48mm 4600gr
 FD 800mm f/5.6 S.S.C. Jul 76 22 9 5 6 48mm 4300gr

FD Lenses in the Collection

Canon FD 28mm f/2.8 S.C.
L44

FD 50mm f/1.4

55mm Filter (Chrome Nose)
L40

FD 135mm f/3.5

55mm Filter (Chrome Nose)
L46

FD 85mm f/1.8 S.S.C.

55mm Filter
L47

FD 28mm f/2.8  S.C.

55mm Filter
New "FD" Series Lenses by Date of Introduction
 Name Released Min.Aperture Blades Groups Elements Filter Weight
New Fish Eye 7.5mm f/5.6 Jun 79 22 6 8 11 365gr
New FD 24mm f/2 Jun 79 22 8 9 11 52mm 285gr
New FD 24mm f/2.8 Jun 79 22 6 9 10 52mm 240gr
New FD 28mm f/2 Jun 79 22 8 9 10 52mm 265gr
New FD 28mm f/2.8 Jun 79 22 5 7 7 52mm 170gr
New FD 35mm f/2.8 Jun 79 22 5 5 6 52mm 165gr
New FD 50mm f/1.4 Jun 79 22 8 6 7 52mm 235gr
New FD 50mm f/1.8 Jun 79 22 5 4 6 52mm 170gr
 New FD Macro FD 50mm f/3.5 Jun 79 32 6 4 6 52mm 235gr
New FD 85mm f/1.8 Jun 79 22 8 4 6 52mm 345gr
New FD 100mm f/2.8 Jun 79 32 6 5 5 52mm 270gr
New FD 135mm f/2.8 Jun 79 32 8 5 6 52mm 395gr
New FD 135mm f/3.5 Jun 79 32 6 4 4 52mm 325gr
New FD 200mm f/2.8 (Closest Focus 1.8m) Jun 79 32 8 5 5 72mm 700gr
 New FD 200mm f/4 Jun 79 32 8 6 7 52mm 440gr
New FD 300mm f/4 Jun 79 32 9 6 6 34mm 945gr
New FD 300mm f/5.6 Jun 79 32 8 5 6 58mm 635gr
New FD 35-70mm f/4 Jun 79 22 6 8 8 52mm 315gr
New FD 70-150mm f/4.5 Jun 79 32 6 9 12 52mm 530gr
New FD 80-200mm f/4 Jun 79 32 8 11 15 58mm 765gr
New FD 100-200mm f/5.6 Jun 79 32 6 5 8 52mm 610gr
New Macro FD 100mm f/4 Sep 79 32 6 3 5 52mm 455gr
New FD 28-50mm f/3.5 Sep 79 22 8 9 10 58mm 470gr
New FD 35-70mm f/2.8-3.5 Sep 79 22 8 10 10 58mm 545gr
New FD 17mm f/4 Dec 79 22 6 9 11 72mm 360gr
New FD 20mm f/2.8 Dec 79 22 6 9 10 72mm 305gr
New FD 24mm f/1.4 L Dec 79 16 8 8 10 72mm 430gr
New FD 35mm f/2 Dec 79 22 8 8 10 52mm 245gr
New FD24-35mm f/3.5 L Dec 79 22 6 9 12 72mm 495gr
New Fisheye FD 15mm f/2.8 Jan 80 22 6 9 10 460gr
New FD 100mm f/2 Jan 80 32 8 4 6 52mm 445gr
New FD 85mm f/1.2 L Mar 80 16 8 6 8 72mm 680gr
New Reflex 500mm f/8 Mar 80 3 6 34mm 705gr
New FD 135mm f/2 May 80 32 8 5 6 72mm 670gr
New FD 300mm f/4 L May 80 32 9 7 7 34mm 1060gr
New FD 100-300mm f/5.6 May 80 32 8 9 14 58mm 835gr
New FD 50mm f/2 Jul 80 16 5 4 6 52mm 170gr
New FD 50mm f/1.2 L Oct 80 16 8 6 8 52mm 380gr
New FD 70-210mm f/4 Oct 80 32 8 9 12 58mm 705gr
New FD 50mm f/1.2 L Dec 80 16 8 6 7 52mm 315gr
New FD 600mm f/4.5 Jan 81 32 9 5 6 48mm 3750gr
New FD 800mm f/5.6 L Jan 81 32 9 6 7 48mm 4230gr
New FD 85-300mm f/4.5 Jan 81 32 8 11 15 Series IX 1630gr
New Macro FD 200mm f/4 Apr 81 32 6 9 58mm 830gr
New FD 300mm f/2.8 L Apr 81 32 9 7 9 48mm 2310gr
New FD 35-105mm f/3.5 Apr 81 22 5 13 15 72mm 600gr
New FD 35-70mm f/4 AF May 81 22 6 8 8 52mm 604gr
New FD400mm f/4.5 Jul 81 9 32 5 6 34mm 1270gr
New FD 400mm f/2.8 L Sep 81 32 9 8 10 48mm 5350gr
New FD 500mm f/4.5 L Dec 81 32 9 6 7 48mm 2610gr
New FD 50-135mm f/3.5 Dec 81 32 8 12 16 58mm 720gr
New FD 14mm f/2.8 L Jul 82 22 6 10 14 490gr
New FD 50-300mm f/4.5 L Jul 82 32 8 13 16 34mm 1800gr
New FD 150-600mm f/5.6 L Aug 82 32 9 15 19 34mm 4350gr
New FD 200mm f/2.8 (Closest Focus 1.5m) Oct 82 32 8 6 7 72mm 735gr
New FD 85mm f/2.8 Soft Focus Feb 83 22 9 4 6 58mm 400gr
New FD 35-70mm f/3.5-4.5 Mar 83 22 8 8 9 52mm 200gr
New FD 28-55mm f/3.5-4.5 Dec 83 22 5 10 10 52mm 220gr
New FD 20-35mm f/3.5 L Apr 84 22 6 11 11 72mm 470gr
New FD 75-200mm f/4.5 Jul 84 32 6 8 11 52mm 510gr
New FD 28-85mm f/4 Nov 85 22 8 11 13 72mm 485gr
New FD 80-200mm f/4 L Nov 85 32 8 12 14 58mm 675gr
New FD 100-300mm f/5.6 L Nov 85 32 8 10 15 58mm 710gr
New FD 35-105mm f/3.5-4.5 Dec 85 22 5 11 14 58mm 345gr
New FD 200mm f/1.8 L Nov 89 22 8 9 11 48mm 2800gr
New "FD" Series Lenses by Focal Length
 Name Released Min.Aperture Blades Groups Elements Filter Weight
 New Fisheye 7.5mm f/5.6 Jun 79 22 6 8 11 365gr
 New FD 14mm f/2.8 L Jul 82 22 6 10 14 490gr
 New Fisheye FD 15mm f/2.8 Jan 80 22 6 9 10 460gr
 New FD 17mm f/4  Dec 79  22 6 9 11 72mm 360gr
 New FD 20mm f/2.8 Dec 79 22 6 9 10 72mm 305gr
 New FD 20-35mm f/3.5 L  Apr 84 22  6  11  11 72mm 470gr
 New FD 24-35mm f/3.5 L Dec 79 22 6 9 12 72mm 495gr
 New FD 24mm f/1.4 L Dec 79 16 8 8 10 72mm 430gr
 New FD 24mm f/2 Jun 79 22 8 9 11 52mm 285gr
 New FD 24mm f/2.8 Jun 79 22 6 9 10 52mm 240gr
 New FD 28mm f/2.8 Jun 79 22 5 7 7 52mm 170gr
 New FD 28mm f/2 Jun 79 22 8 9 10 52mm 265gr
 New FD 28-50mm f/3.5 Sep 79 22 8 9 10 58mm 470gr
 New FD 28-55mm f/3.5-4.5 Dec 83 22 5 10 10 52mm 220gr
 New FD 28-85mm f/4 Nov 85 22 8 11 13 72mm 485gr
 New FD 35mm f/2 Dec 79 22 8 8 10 52mm 245gr
 New FD 35mm f/2.8 Jun 79 22 5 5 6 52mm 165gr
 New FD 35-70mm f/2.8-3.5 Sep 79 22 8 10 10 58mm 545gr
 New FD 35-70mm f/3.5-4.5 Mar 83 22 8/ 8 9 52mm 200gr
 New FD 35-70mm f/4 Jun 79 22 6 8 8 52mm 315gr
 New FD 35-70mm f/4 AF May 81 22 6 8 8 52mm 604gr
 New FD 35-105mm f/3.5 Apr 81 22 5 13 15 72mm 600gr
 New FD 35-105mm f/3.5-4.5 Dec 85 22 5 11 14 58mm 345gr
 New FD 50mm f/1.2 L Oct 80 16 8 6 8 52mm 380gr
 New FD 50mm f/1.2 Dec 80 16 8 6 7 52mm 315gr
 New FD 50mm f/1.4 Jun 79 22 8 6 7 52mm 235gr
 New FD 50mm f/1.8 Jun 79 22 5 4 6 52mm 170gr
 New FD 50mm f/2 Jul 80 16 5 4 6 52mm 170gr
 New Macro FD 50mm f/3.5 Jun 79 32 6 4 6 52mm 235gr
 New FD 50-135mm f/3.5 Dec 81 32 8 12 16 58mm 720gr
 New FD 50-300mm f/4.5 L Jul 82 32 8 13 16 34mm 1800gr
 New FD 70-150mm f/4.5 Jun 79 32 6 9 12 52mm 530gr
 New FD 70-210mm f/4 Oct 80 32 8 9 12 58mm 705gr
 New FD 75-200,, f/4.5 Jul 84 32 6 8 11 52mm 510gr
 New FD 80-200mm f/4 Jun 79 32 8 11 15 58mm 765gr
New FD 80-200mm f/4 L Nov 85 32 8 12 14 58mm 675gr
 New FD 85mm f/1.2 L Mar 80 16 8 6 8 72mm 680gr
 New FD 85mm f/1.8 Jun 79 22 8 4 6 52mm 345gr
 New FD 85mm f/2.8 Soft Focus Feb 83 22 9 4 6 58mm 400gr
 New FD 85-300mm f/4.5 Jan 81 32 8 11 15 Series IX 1630gr
 New FD 100mm f/2 Jan 80 32 8 4 6 52mm 445gr
 New FD 100mm f/2.8 Jun 79 32 6 5 5 52mm 270gr
 New Macro FD 100mm f/4 Sep 79 32 6 3 5 52mm 455gr
 New FD 100-200mm f/5.6 Jun 79 32 6 5 8 52mm 610gr
 New FD 100-300mm f/5.6 May 80 32 8 9 14 58mm 835gr
 New FD 100-300mm f/5.6 L Nov 85 32 8 10 15 58mm 710gr
 New FD 135mm f/2 May 80 32 8 5 6 72mm 670gr
 New FD 135mm f/2.8 Jun 79 32 8 5 6 52mm 395gr
 New FD 135mm f/3.5 Jun 79 32 6 4 4 52mm 325gr
 New FD 150-600mm f/5.6 L Aug 82 32 9 15 19 34mm 4350gr
 New FD 200mm f/1.8 L Nov 89 22 8 9 11  48mm 2800gr
 New FD 200mm f/2.8 Jun 79 32 8 5 5 72mm 700gr
 New FD 200mm f/2.8 Oct 82 32 8 6 7 72mm 735gr
 New FD 200mm f/4 Jun 79 32 8 6 7 52mm 440gr
 New Macro FD 200mm f/4 Apr 81 32 6 9 58mm 830gr
 New FD 300mm f/2.8 L Apr 81 32 9 7 9 48mm 2310gr
 New FD 300mm f/4 Jun 79 32 9 6 6 34mm 945gr
 New FD 300mm f/4 L May 80 32 9 7 7 34mm 1060gr
 New FD 300mm f/5.6 Jun 79 32 8 5 6 58mm 635gr
 New FD 400mm f/2.8 L Sep 81 32 9 8 10 48mm 5350gr
 New FD 400mm f/4.5 Jul 81 32 9 5 6 34mm 1270gr
 New FD 500mm f/4.5 L Dec 81 32 9 6 7 48mm 2610gr
 New Reflex 500mm f/8 Mar 80 3 6 34mm 705gr
 New FD 600mm f/4.5 Jan 81 32 9 5 6 48mm 3750gr
 New FD 800mm f/5.6 L Jan 81 32 9 6 7 48mm 4230gr

 

FDn Lenses in the Collection

L30

FDn 50mm f/1.8

52mm Filter Ring
L22

FDn 70-150mm f/4.5

52mm Filter Ring
L18

FDn 50mm f/3.5 Macro

52mm Filter Ring
L16

FDn 300mm f/5.6

58mm Filter Ring

No, these are not lenses in my collection (I wish!). This is from a Canon advertisement. Impressive!

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