Canon FL 50mm F/3.5 Macro

Macro lens • Film era • Discontinued

FL The lens is designed for Canon 35mm film SLR cameras with Canon FL mount.
MACRO Macro lens. Designed specially for shooting close-ups of small subjects but can be also used in other genres of photography, not necessarily requiring focusing at close distances.

Model history ⋅ モデル履歴

Canon FDn 50mm F/3.5 Macro1:2A6 - 40.232m⌀52 1979 
Canon FD 50mm F/3.5 S.S.C. Macro1:2A6 - 40.232m⌀55 1973 
Canon FL 50mm F/3.5 Macro1:2A4 - 30.234m⌀58 1965 

Canon FX

35mm MF film SLR camera

Announced ⋅ 発表:April ⋅ 4月 1964
Mount ⋅ マウント:Canon FL
Format ⋅ フォーマット:36 × 24mm
Shutter type ⋅ シャッタータイプ:Focal-plane ⋅ フォーカルプレーン
Shutter model ⋅ シャッターモデル:Mechanical ⋅ 機械的
Speeds ⋅ 速度:1 - 1/1000 + B
Exposure metering ⋅ 露出測光:Through the separate window ⋅ 別のウィンドウから
Dimensions ⋅ 寸法:141x90x43mm
Weight ⋅ 重さ:670g

Canon FP

35mm MF film SLR camera

Announced ⋅ 発表:October ⋅ 10月 1964
Mount ⋅ マウント:Canon FL
Format ⋅ フォーマット:36 × 24mm
Shutter type ⋅ シャッタータイプ:Focal-plane ⋅ フォーカルプレーン
Shutter model ⋅ シャッターモデル:Mechanical ⋅ 機械的
Speeds ⋅ 速度:1 - 1/1000 + B
Exposure metering ⋅ 露出測光:No ⋅ 番号
Dimensions ⋅ 寸法:141x90x43mm
Weight ⋅ 重さ:650g

Canon Pellix

35mm MF film SLR camera

Announced ⋅ 発表:April ⋅ 4月 1965
Mount ⋅ マウント:Canon FL
Format ⋅ フォーマット:36 × 24mm
Shutter type ⋅ シャッタータイプ:Focal-plane ⋅ フォーカルプレーン
Shutter model ⋅ シャッターモデル:Mechanical ⋅ 機械的
Speeds ⋅ 速度:1 - 1/1000 + B
Exposure metering ⋅ 露出測光:Through-the-lens (TTL) ⋅ スルーザレンズ
Dimensions ⋅ 寸法:141x90x43mm
Weight ⋅ 重さ:700g

Canon FT QL

35mm MF film SLR camera

Announced ⋅ 発表:March ⋅ 行進 1966
Mount ⋅ マウント:Canon FL
Format ⋅ フォーマット:36 × 24mm
Shutter type ⋅ シャッタータイプ:Focal-plane ⋅ フォーカルプレーン
Shutter model ⋅ シャッターモデル:Mechanical ⋅ 機械的
Speeds ⋅ 速度:1 - 1/1000 + B
Exposure metering ⋅ 露出測光:Through-the-lens (TTL) ⋅ スルーザレンズ
Dimensions ⋅ 寸法:144x93x43mm
Weight ⋅ 重さ:740g

Canon Pellix QL

35mm MF film SLR camera

Announced ⋅ 発表:March ⋅ 行進 1966
Mount ⋅ マウント:Canon FL
Format ⋅ フォーマット:36 × 24mm
Shutter type ⋅ シャッタータイプ:Focal-plane ⋅ フォーカルプレーン
Shutter model ⋅ シャッターモデル:Mechanical ⋅ 機械的
Speeds ⋅ 速度:1 - 1/1000 + B
Exposure metering ⋅ 露出測光:Through-the-lens (TTL) ⋅ スルーザレンズ
Dimensions ⋅ 寸法:144x91x43mm
Weight ⋅ 重さ:755g

Canon TL

35mm MF film SLR camera

Announced ⋅ 発表:February ⋅ 2月 1968
Mount ⋅ マウント:Canon FL
Format ⋅ フォーマット:36 × 24mm
Shutter type ⋅ シャッタータイプ:Focal-plane ⋅ フォーカルプレーン
Shutter model ⋅ シャッターモデル:Mechanical ⋅ 機械的
Speeds ⋅ 速度:1 - 1/500 + B
Exposure metering ⋅ 露出測光:Through-the-lens (TTL) ⋅ スルーザレンズ
Dimensions ⋅ 寸法:144x93x43mm
Weight ⋅ 重さ:700g

Designed for ⋅ のために設計された

Features highlight ⋅ 機能のハイライト

Macro 1:2

Specification ⋅ 仕様

Production details ⋅ 制作内容
Announced ⋅ 発表:June ⋅ 六月 1965
Production status ⋅ 生産状況:Discontinued ⋅ 製造中止
Production type ⋅ 生産タイプ:Mass production ⋅ 大量生産
Original name ⋅ 元の名前:MACRO CANON LENS FL 50mm 1:3.5
Optical design ⋅ 光学設計
Focal length ⋅ 焦点距離:50mm
Speed ⋅ スピード:F/3.5
Maximum format ⋅ 最大フォーマット:35mm full frame ⋅ 35mmフルフレーム
Mount ⋅ マウント:Canon FL
Flange focal distance ⋅ フランジバック:42mm
Diagonal angle of view ⋅ 対角画角:46.8° (35mm full frame ⋅ 35mmフルフレーム)
Lens construction ⋅ レンズ構造:4 elements ⋅ 要素 - 3 groups ⋅ グループ
Diaphragm mechanism ⋅ ダイヤフラムメカニズム
Diaphragm type ⋅ ダイヤフラムタイプ:Automatic ⋅ 自動
Number of blades ⋅ 絞り羽根の数:6
Focusing ⋅ フォーカシング
Closest focusing distance ⋅ 最短撮影距離:0.234m [1:2]
0.209m [Life-size adapter]
Maximum magnification ratio ⋅ 最大倍率:1:2 at the closest focusing distance ⋅ 最寄りの距離で
Focusing method ⋅ フォーカシング方法:<No information ⋅ 情報なし>
Focusing modes ⋅ フォーカシングモード:Manual focus only ⋅ マニュアルフォーカスのみ
Manual focus control ⋅ マニュアルフォーカス制御:Focusing ring ⋅ フォーカシングリング
Physical characteristics ⋅ 体格的特徴
Weight ⋅ 重量:295g
Maximum diameter x Length ⋅ 最大直径x長さ:⌀64×56mm
Accessories ⋅ 付属品
Filters ⋅ フィルタ:Screw-type ⋅ ネジ式 58mm
Lens hood ⋅ レンズフード:Slip-on ⋅ スリッポン S-60 (round ⋅ ラウンド)

Manufacturer description

Macro Canon Lens FL 50mm F 3.5 for use with Canon SLR cameras is an extremely versatile lens possessing high resolution power. It can be used in any situation from general to ultra close-up photography. For instance, it can be used as a regular camera lens. It can also be used for special situation photography such as photo copying or for life size or greater than life size images of minute creature life. And it can be used to capture clear images of everything within this wide range. The Macro Canon Lens is in short, one of the most versatile and useful lenses a photographer can own.

It is also one of the easiest lenses to use. While the field of close-up and magnification photography (macrophotography) is more specialized than general photography, the Macro Canon Lens has been designed with a number of automatic features to enable anyone to use the lens fully from the moment it is mounted on the camera. The lens has also been made lightweight - 290 g (10 oz) - for easy handling.

The world of macrophotography is a new enchanting world for most photographers. Subjects are unlimited. Enter and explore it fully with the Macro Canon Lens.

1. In the optical designing of the Macro Canon Lens every measure is taken to ensure maximum resolution power. Various aberrations are eliminated; boundary light volume is greatly increased; and color balance is corrected. Emphasis is also placed on the helicoid mechanism which automatically corrects exposure factor in close-up photography. Thus an uniformly clear image is obtained whether the lens is focused for close-up or infinity shooting.

2. Macro Canon Lens can be used in an almost unlimited variety of situations - from general photography to accurate photo copying of medical records, rare books, or any situation requiring close-up and magnification photography.

3. Macro Canon Lens offers an extremely wide focusing range - from 1:1 ultra close-ups at 20.9 cm, to infinity for general photography. The lens' special helicoid adjustment for focusing allows a free selection of subjects throughout this wide range.

4. Macro Canon Lens features a completely automatic diaphragm mechanism. The lens also has a manual aperture ring that allows the photographer to confirm depth of field.

5. When taking close-up photographs, the amount of light that reaches the film decreases as the focal length of the lens increases. The Canon Macro Lens automatically makes this exposure correction since its aperture setting is coupled to the helicoid focusing mechanism. Manual adjustment and time consuming calculations are unnecessary.

6. By utilizing accessories such as Bellows FL and Extension Tube FL, macrophotography greater than 1:1 is easily obtained.

7. In 1:1 macrophotography, the life size adaptor that comes with the lens must be used. Even when this adaptor is used, the lens aperture setting remains automatic, and the exposure factor is still automatically corrected.

Typical application ⋅ 典型的なアプリケーション

landscapes ⋅ 風景, interiors ⋅ インテリア, buildings ⋅ 建物, cityscapes ⋅ 都市の景観, travel ⋅ トラベル, macrophotography and product photography ⋅ マクロ写真と製品写真

Notes and recommendations ⋅ 注意事項と推奨事項

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35mm full frame

43.27 24 36
  • Dimensions: 36 × 24mm
  • Aspect ratio: 3:2
  • Diagonal: 43.27mm

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Image stabilizer

A technology used for reducing or even eliminating the effects of camera shake. Gyro sensors inside the lens detect camera shake and pass the data to a microcomputer. Then an image stabilization group of elements controlled by the microcomputer moves inside the lens and compensates camera shake in order to keep the image static on the imaging sensor or film.

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Original name

Lens name as indicated on the lens barrel (usually on the front ring). With lenses from film era, may vary slightly from batch to batch.


Format refers to the shape and size of film or image sensor.

35mm is the common name of the 36x24mm film format or image sensor format. It has an aspect ratio of 3:2, and a diagonal measurement of approximately 43mm. The name originates with the total width of the 135 film which was the primary medium of the format prior to the invention of the full frame digital SLR. Historically the 35mm format was sometimes called small format to distinguish it from the medium and large formats.

APS-C is an image sensor format approximately equivalent in size to the film negatives of 25.1x16.7mm with an aspect ratio of 3:2.

Medium format is a film format or image sensor format larger than 36x24mm (35mm) but smaller than 4x5in (large format).

Angle of view

Angle of view describes the angular extent of a given scene that is imaged by a camera. It is used interchangeably with the more general term field of view.

As the focal length changes, the angle of view also changes. The shorter the focal length (eg 18mm), the wider the angle of view. Conversely, the longer the focal length (eg 55mm), the smaller the angle of view.

A camera's angle of view depends not only on the lens, but also on the sensor. Imaging sensors are sometimes smaller than 35mm film frame, and this causes the lens to have a narrower angle of view than with 35mm film, by a certain factor for each sensor (called the crop factor).

This website does not use the angles of view provided by lens manufacturers, but calculates them automatically by the following formula: 114.6 * arctan (21.622 / CF * FL),


CF – crop-factor of a sensor,
FL – focal length of a lens.


A lens mount is an interface — mechanical and often also electrical — between a camera body and a lens.

A lens mount may be a screw-threaded type, a bayonet-type, or a breech-lock type. Modern camera lens mounts are of the bayonet type, because the bayonet mechanism precisely aligns mechanical and electrical features between lens and body, unlike screw-threaded mounts.

Lens mounts of competing manufacturers (Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Sony etc.) are always incompatible. In addition to the mechanical and electrical interface variations, the flange focal distance from the lens mount to the film or sensor can also be different.

Lens construction

Lens construction – a specific arrangement of elements and groups that make up the optical design, including type and size of elements, type of used materials etc.

Element - an individual piece of glass which makes up one component of a photographic lens. Photographic lenses are nearly always built up of multiple such elements.

Group – a cemented together pieces of glass which form a single unit or an individual piece of glass. The advantage is that there is no glass-air surfaces between cemented together pieces of glass, which reduces reflections.

Flange focal distance

The flange focal distance (FFD), sometimes called the "flange back", is the distance from the mechanical rear end surface of the lens mount to the focal plane.

Focal length

The focal length is the factor that determines the size of the image reproduced on the focal plane, picture angle which covers the area of the subject to be photographed, depth of field, etc.


The largest opening or stop at which a lens can be used is referred to as the speed of the lens. The larger the maximum aperture is, the faster the lens is considered to be. Lenses that offer a large maximum aperture are commonly referred to as fast lenses, and lenses with smaller maximum aperture are regarded as slow.

In low-light situations, having a wider maximum aperture means that you can shoot at a faster shutter speed or work at a lower ISO, or both.

Closest focusing distance

The minimum distance from the focal plane (film or sensor) to the subject where the lens is still able to focus.

Closest working distance

The distance from the front edge of the lens to the subject at the maximum magnification.

Magnification ratio

Determines how large the subject will appear in the final image. For example, a magnification ratio of 1:1 means that the image of the subject formed on the film or sensor will be the same size as the subject in real life. For this reason, a 1:1 ratio is often called "life-size".

Electromagnetic diaphragm control system

Provides highly accurate diaphragm control and stable auto exposure performance during continuous shooting.

Convex protruding front element

The convex front element protrudes from the lens barrel, making it impossible to use filters.

Manual diaphragm

The diaphragm must be stopped down manually by rotating the detent aperture ring.

Preset diaphragm

The lens has two rings, one is for pre-setting, while the other is for normal diaphragm adjustment. The first ring must be set at the desired aperture, the second ring then should be fully opened for focusing, and turned back for stop down to the pre-set value.

Semi-automatic diaphragm

The lens features spring mechanism in the diaphragm, triggered by the shutter release, which stops down the diaphragm to the pre-set value. The spring needs to be reset manually after each exposure to re-open diaphragm to its maximum value.

Automatic diaphragm

The camera automatically closes the diaphragm down during the shutter operation. On completion of the exposure, the diaphragm re-opens to its maximum value.

Number of blades

As a general rule, the more blades that are used to create the aperture opening in the lens, the rounder the out-of-focus highlights will be.

Some lenses are designed with curved diaphragm blades, so the roundness of the aperture comes not from the number of blades, but from their shape. However, the fewer blades the diaphragm has, the more difficult it is to form a circle, regardless of rounded edges.

At maximum aperture, the opening will be circular regardless of the number of blades.


Excluding case or pouch, caps and other detachable accessories (lens hood, close-up adapter, tripod adapter etc.).

Maximum diameter x Length

Excluding case or pouch, caps and other detachable accessories (lens hood, close-up adapter, tripod adapter etc.).

For lenses with collapsible design, the length is indicated for the working (retracted) state.

Weather sealing

A rubber material which is inserted in between each externally exposed part (manual focus and zoom rings, buttons, switch panels etc.) to ensure it is properly sealed against dust and moisture.

Lenses that accept front mounted filters typically do not have gaskets behind the filter mount. It is recommended to use a filter for complete weather resistance when desired.

Fluorine coating

Helps keep lenses clean by reducing the possibility of dust and dirt adhering to the lens and by facilitating cleaning should the need arise. Applied to the outer surface of the front and/or rear lens elements over multi-coatings.


Lens filters are accessories that can protect lenses from dirt and damage, enhance colors, minimize glare and reflections, and add creative effects to images.

Lens hood

A lens hood or lens shade is a device used on the end of a lens to block the sun or other light source in order to prevent glare and lens flare. Flare occurs when stray light strikes the front element of a lens and then bounces around within the lens. This stray light often comes from very bright light sources, such as the sun, bright studio lights, or a bright white background.

The geometry of the lens hood can vary from a plain cylindrical or conical section to a more complex shape, sometimes called a petal, tulip, or flower hood. This allows the lens hood to block stray light with the higher portions of the lens hood, while allowing more light into the corners of the image through the lowered portions of the hood.

Lens hoods are more prominent in long focus lenses because they have a smaller viewing angle than that of wide-angle lenses. For wide angle lenses, the length of the hood cannot be as long as those for telephoto lenses, as a longer hood would enter the wider field of view of the lens.

Lens hoods are often designed to fit onto the matching lens facing either forward, for normal use, or backwards, so that the hood may be stored with the lens without occupying much additional space. In addition, lens hoods can offer some degree of physical protection for the lens due to the hood extending farther than the lens itself.