The rising popularity of mirrorless cameras has reinvigorated the vintage lens market, with many photographers opting for far cheaper older glass used with adapters over much more expensive modern options. This excellent comparison video takes a look at the Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM versus the Canon FD 24mm f/2.8.
Coming to you from Mark Holtze, this great video compares the Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM to the FD 24mm f/2.8. No doubt, the EF 24mm f/1.4 is a spectacular lens, but at over $1,500, it is no small investment. On the other hand, you can get the FD 24mm f/2.8 on eBay for about $100, and adapters are cheap. Of course, you will make some sacrifices with the FD version: you will lose two stops of maximum aperture and some sharpness. Also, you will not have the modern lens coatings that help prevent flare and preserve contrast, and of course, the biggest drawback is that you will not have autofocus. On the other hand, FD lenses tend to have a lot of character, the 24mm f/2.8 is vastly smaller and lighter, and of course, it is about $1,400 cheaper, meaning if you do not need critical sharpness or autofocus capabilities, you might just be better suited (and dare I say enjoy shooting more) with the FD 24mm f/2.8 over its EF cousin. Check out the video above for Holtze's full thoughts.