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Canon 85mm f1.8 FDn - Lens

Canon 85mm f1.8 FDn - Lens

Manual focus short telephoto lens made for FD mount SLRs by Canon starting in 1979. It uses the newer locking bayonet design and has S.S.C. coatings. The original price (43,000 Yen) is the equivalent of around 415 Euros in 2023. Metal and plastic body available in black.

  • Canon 85mm f1.8 FDn (6 elements, 4 groups)
  • Minimum focus distance: 0.85m
  • Aperture blades: 8
  • Size: 61 x 59mm
  • Weight: 345g
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Canon FD

Canon's FD mount came as the next logical step after the FL and R SLR mounts. All three of these used breech-lock systems, although Canon later abandoned this with their New FD (FDn) lenses. All FD lenses can be used on all FD bodies, though, and FL lenses can be used on most FD bodies as well.

One big advantage of the FD system was open-aperture metering, where the photographer could focus and meter without manually stopping down the lens' aperture. Another big advantage of the FD system was its capacity for automatic exposure. Cameras like the Canon AE-1 and A-1 are capable of advanced automatic exposure with all FD lenses. Over its two-decade production run, Canon introduced 134 different lenses for the FD system. These range from 7.5mm fisheyes to 1200mm ultra-telephotos.

One of the most popular models in the FD lineup was the Canon AE-1 Program, which sold well over one million units during the 1980s. Canon FD lenses, especially the oldest S.S.C models) are regaining popularity in part due to their similarity to Canon K35 cinema lenses. The rise of mirrorless cameras has also given FD lenses new life outside of 35mm photography.

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Canon 85mm f1.8 FDn - Lens Availability & Price History
Date Sold SKU Quality Control Price Image
Available T56696 $363.00 Canon 85mm f1.8 FDn
Available T57347 $111.00 Canon 85mm f1.8 FDn
03 Jul 2024 T71811 € 349.00 Canon 85mm f1.8 FDn - Lens Image
28 May 2024 E21120 € 375.00 Canon 85mm f1.8 FDn - Lens Image
18 Mar 2024 T59518 € 99.00 Canon 85mm f1.8 FDn - Lens Image
14 Mar 2024 T59535 € 325.00 Canon 85mm f1.8 FDn - Lens Image
25 Jan 2024 T51744 € 336.49 Canon 85mm f1.8 FDn - Lens Image
03 Jan 2024 T59454 € 331.58 Canon 85mm f1.8 FDn - Lens Image
01 Jan 2024 T48960 € 375.00 Canon 85mm f1.8 FDn - Lens Image
04 Sep 2023 T26788 € 459.00 Canon 85mm f1.8 FDn - Lens Image
26 Jun 2023 T40516 € 399.00 Canon 85mm f1.8 FDn - Lens Image
03 May 2023 T40782 € 399.00 Canon 85mm f1.8 FDn - Lens Image
22 Mar 2023 T39337 € 399.00 Canon 85mm f1.8 FDn - Lens Image
03 Mar 2023 T22081 € 499.00 Canon 85mm f1.8 FDn - Lens Image
17 Nov 2022 T10176 € 440.50 Canon 85mm f1.8 FDn - Lens Image
06 Oct 2022 A75639 € 459.00 Canon 85mm f1.8 FDn - Lens Image