Quality 85-300 4.5 ssc

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Anybody has more information about a quality of 85-300 4.5 ssc? Thanks.

-- nathan ray (tiero@virgilio.it), February 23, 2002


I have an image from this lens of a dragonfly shot handheld at 300mm and f/4.5 and the hairs on the dragonfly's leg are plainly visible.

Have a look at: http://www.kjsl.com/canon-fd/lenses/reviews/zoom- review.html

I agree with the above review. This lens is very good but it is an old design and does not have as much contrast as newer lenses. OTOH, I don't know if you could buy a better, newer lens in an FD mount with equivalent speed. Tokina made an ATX 100-300 f/4 but I've never used it so I don't know how well it works.


-- Duane K (dkucheran@creo.com), February 25, 2002.

Hi Nathan, The 85-300 f4.5 appeared before Canon's use of florite or ULD glass. You will always see some degree of color fringing. Two lenses that you might look at that will minimize this problem (they employ ULD or Florite elements) are the FD 50-300mm f4.5L and the FD 100-300mm f5.6L. These lenses should substantially outperform the lens that you were considering. Dennis

-- Dennis O. Larsen (larsenqs@vzavenue.net), March 04, 2002.

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