The 5 Best Canon T60 Camera Lenses
The T60 is a really good camera.
This page will go over the best 5 lenses to use on the T60 camera.
Additional information is further down, however here is the list if you are in a hurry:
- Kit Lens - Canon FD 50mm f/1.8 (eBay)
- Wide Angle Lens - Canon FD 28mm f/3.5 (Amazon)
- Portrait Lens - Canon FD 100mm f/2.8 (Amazon)
- Zoom Lens - Vivitar Series 1 70-210mm f/3.5 (eBay)
- Macro Lens - Vivitar 90mm f/2.8 (eBay)
Kit Lens and Standard Primes
Canon FD 50mm f/1.8
The Canon FD 50mm F/1.8 lens was the “kit Lens” often sold with the T60. The 50mm f1.8 is plentiful, has good picture quality, and is inexpensive.
- The “classic” setup as it can be considered the original kit lens.
- Unbeatable value.
- Light and compact.
- Widely available and easy to find in good condition.
- Uses 55mm filter threads.
Check a variety of places to find the best condition and price. Copies of the lens can be found on eBay, Amazon, KEH, and Adorama.
A 50mm camera lens is a very good choice for many different types of photography. The types of photography include street, travel, portraits, landscapes, architecture, and casual everyday use. This is the most frequent focal length that is used with the T60.
It is a well balanced, small, and light lens. Depending on the version of the lens, it will weigh between 170-305g. If you want the lightest lens, look for a new FD version.
Additionally, Canon manufactured two versions with bigger apertures for the FD lens mount.
Canon FD 50mm f/1.4
At the additional cost of weight, the Canon FD 50mm f/1.4 is 2/3 of a stop faster. It is more expensive than the f1.8, but the difference isn’t large.
- Excellent image quality.
- Optical multi-coatings.
- Fairly easy to find in good condition.
- Larger and heavier than the f/1.8.
The 50mm f/1.4 comes in 4 copies. The “new FD” copy is the newest and lightest of the bunch.Copies of the lens can be found on eBay, Amazon, KEH, and Adorama.
A large, heavy, and hard to focus lens. Shot wide open, photos will not be sharp. Stopped down, you are not going to see a huge difference between it and the f/1.8 or f/1.4.
There are a couple versions, both are high-priced. Optical superiority is not the driver of price. People want the lens a result of collectibility and rarity.
Alternative Standard Lenses
If the 50mm focal length isn’t what you like, here are some other options. Expect to have to spend more than you would for a 50mm lens with a equivalent aperture.
- Canon FD 35mm f/2 SSC
- Canon FD 35mm f/2.8
- Canon FD 35mm f/3.5
- Canon FD 55mm f/1.2
Wide Angle Lens
Canon FD 28mm f/3.5
A 28mm focal length lens can be used for street photography. However, lenses that are wider than 28mm are typically the most popular for architectural and landscape photography.
- Great combination with a 50mm lens.
- Optical multi-coatings.
- Inexpensive and widely available.
- Small and light.
My top choice is the Canon FD 28mm f/2.8 on account of the inexpensive price, wide availability, and terrific optics.
Alternative Wide Angle Lenses
In terms of price, the relationship is simple. The larger the field of view, the higher priced the lens will be. Lenses with larger apertures also go for significantly more.
Weight will vary based on the qualities of the lens. You can find lenses from 170g to 500g. Faster apertures will also mean that those lenses will be bulky and will make the camera more difficult to hold.
- Canon FD 7.5mm f/5.6 Fisheye
- Canon FD 14mm f/2.8L
- Canon FD 15mm f/2.8
- Canon FD 17mm f/4
- Canon FD 20mm f/2.8
- Canon FD 24mm f/1.4
- Canon FD 24mm f/2
- Canon FD 24mm f/2.8
- Canon FD 28mm f/2
- Canon FD 28mm f/2.8
Portrait & Telephoto Lens
Canon FD 100mm f/2.8
The 85mm lens wasn’t as significant when the T60 was first released. Instead, the 135mm focal length was a more popular portrait lens.
- Excellent portrait lens.
- Less expensive 85mm alternative.
- Great value.
For shooting portrait photos with the T60, there are a bunch of short telephoto lenses to choose among. The 100mm f/2.8 lens is one of the most inexpensive possibilities readily available.
An 85mm lens will be the most expensive, with 135mm lenses coming in the middle of the price range.
Seeing that every one of the Canon FD telephoto lenses will be manual focus, they are more compact than EF versions. Undoubtedly, professional lenses like the Canon FD 85mm f/1.2L will certainly be enormous and hefty because of the quantity of glass in the lens.
Expect to see very affordable prices for the Canon FD 100mm f/2.8. There’s a 100mm f/4 macro version of the lens. It is going to be more expensive and is not your best option for portraits as the lens needs to be stopped down.
Alternative Telephoto Lenses
In addition to that, the Canon FD 135mm f/2.8 is one of the most economical prime lenses you can purchase. You will have to look through a good number of listings for third-party 135mm lenses that are usually not anywhere near as good as a Canon lens.
There are a number of 85mm lenses available. The hardest to get is the Canon FD f/1.2L lens. A more inexpensive option is the Canon FD 85mm f/1.8 lens, but it will be relatively high-priced than the various other telephoto lenses described.
- Canon FD 85mm f/1.2L
- Canon FD 85mm f/1.8
- Canon FD 100mm f/2
- Canon FD 135mm f/2.5
- Canon FD 200mm f/2.8
- Canon FD 200mm f/4
T60 Zoom Lenses
Canon FD 35-105mm f/3.5 & Vivitar Series 1 70-210mm f/3.5
The benefits of pairing a T60 along with a zoom lens is enticing. Having access to a range of focal lengths with no need to switch a lens is great.
Take note that all of these are older zoom lenses.
- Haze and or Fungus
- Large amount of dust in the lens
- Loose or tight zoom ring
- Loose or tight focus ring
- Oil on the aperture blades
- Decentered lens elements
Additionally, you need to keep in mind the drawbacks the lenses have even when in excellent condition.
- Image quality will not be good when shot wide open.
- One or both ends of the focal range may suffer from a large amount of distortion.
- Zoom lenses are larger and generally heavier than primes.
Alternative Zoom Lenses
When it comes to prices, the majority of vintage zooms are low cost.
- Canon FD 70-210mm f/4
- Canon FD 80-200mm f/4L
- Canon FD 28-85mm f/4
Vivitar 90mm f/2.8 & Vivitar 55mm f/2.8
- My favorite vintage macro lens.
- Available in multiple lens mounts.
- Incredible value.
- Sharp corner-to-corner at f/8.
- My second favorite vintage macro lens.
- An excellent choice for close-up photography.
- It does not need an extension tube to reach 1:1 magnification.
Both of the suggested macro camera lenses were produced by Komine in Japan. The lens was also sold under several brand names. Elicar, Quantaray, Panagor, Spiratone, and Rokunar are brands you might see on a copy of the lens.
There is a Vivitar 90mm f/2.8 Macro Lens Review and a Vivitar 55mm f/2.8 Macro Lens Review.
For taking pictures at lifesize magnification (1:1), the 90mm lens will be the better choice because it has a greater working distance.
The 55mm focal length lens is superb for close-up and table-top photography.
Alternative Macro Lenses
- Canon FD 50mm f/3.5
- Canon FD 100mm f/4
- Canon FD 200mm f/4
Used FD Camera Lens Prices
Prices change continuously. During the past few years, interest in film photography has been increasing. Because of this, price ranges have steadily gone up.
Your smartest option is to check out pricing from a number of online stores. Instantly purchase a good deal the moment you find one because it can be a very long time until another shows up.
What Lens Mount Does the Canon AE-1 Use?
The T60 utilises the Canon FD lens mount. Canon used the FD mount for film cameras released from 1971-1992.
Here is a list of all the cameras that have a Canon FD mount.
The Canon FL lens mount was replaced by the FD mount, which was utilized from 1964 - 1971. FL mount lenses will work with the T60, but you will need to use stopped down metering.
Standard Lens Cap Size
The standard lens cap and filter ring thread diameter for Canon FD lenses is 55mm.
Making use of a standardized filter thread size is useful since you only need to find and carry one set of filters.
Several zoom and telephoto lenses have larger filter ring thread diameters since they have enormous front lens elements.
FD vs FL Lens Mount
The Canon FL lens mount preceded the FD lens mount. You may use FL lenses on the FD mount, and FD mount lenses can be used on the FL mount.
What Canon FL lenses do not have the feature to automatically do stop-down metering. Therefore FL mount are required to be stopped down by using the depth-of-preview switch in order for the T60’s light meter to display the proper value.
FD vs new FD Lenses
The whole body of the new FD lens rotates to lock onto the T60. Compared to original FD lenses which have a breech-lock ring at the back of the lens that needs to be rotated in order to mount a lens.
New FD and FD lenses are interchangeable with each other. There will be no compatibility issues.
In some cases you will find new FD lenses referred to as FDn lenses.
The switch in the design of the breech-lock ring was on account of complaints. A small number of people endured lenses getting jammed on a FD camera mount.
If you are unfamiliar with mounting an FD mount lens to a camera, don’t worry. Simply just take it slow and do not force anything.
Telling FD and FDn Lenses Apart
It is fast and simple to tell FD and new FD lenses from one another. New FD lenses have a silver button on the outside of the lens, where the lens mounts to the camera.
The older FD lenses have a metal ring that needs to be rotated after the lens is put on the camera to lock the lens into place.
More Canon AE-1 Camera Resources
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