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TS 35mm 2.8 EOS
They are finally here!
100% designed, developed, in-house computer machined and tested in
Ontario Canada by Andrew Sajczyk, Renata and Ed Mika. We bought and commissioned our own equipment (cutoff band saw,
lathe, Tormach CNC vertical mill) because professional machining shops were not
interested in the low volumes and high tolerances we required at the price
points needed. On top of this
proper product development work could not easily be done before when you had
just one day to get a fixture developed and all production completed. For this new FD mount tilt shift EOS
conversion we spent 3 weeks fine-tuning the design and I can honestly say it
really is perfect. THIS LISTING IS FOR THE EOS CONVERSION KIT ONLY, NO LENS OR CAMERA IS INCLUDED (I keep getting asked this question over and over so I've answered it in capital letters at the beginning of the listing now).
Released in 1973, the Canon TS 35mm 2.8 lens itself is a
real gem, it was the first 35mm tilt-shift lens ever produced and built like a
cross between a fine Swiss watch and a tank.The all-metal body and compact size are a joy to use
especially compared to the modern EOS mount TS L lenses that have plastic
bodies, are twice the size of this lens, still only manual focus and cost over
2,500 dollars to buy.Optically
this fast 2.8 lens is as sharp in the corners as it is in the center because
the image circle it throws is much larger than the 35mm full frame sensor area
required for tilt shift function.
There are two slightly different generations of this lens
and both work with this same mount replacement kit. The only difference between
the two is the earlier one uses more orange lettering and has a slightly
different bracket holding the shift knob, the newer one has more green
This was a very difficult design to engineer since both
faces of the adapter are dynamic rather than static, meaning they both have to
interface in a moving way driving extreme high tolerance requirements.We had to use a formula 1 angled
suspension inspired design for the spring and ball stop click feature since the
new EOS side did not have space to copy the original FD design vertical spring
orientation.Also newly developed
is the EdMika eye-on-the-target lens alignment system that allows you to see
the red camera mount dot during the entire lens to body mounting
operation.You have never mounted
a lens on an EOS body with as much ease as this.
The kit comes with a dedicated brass tool for mount swap and
comes installed with the EdMika standard Gen4 Dandelion programmable AF-Confirm
chip that reports a programmed focal length, aperture value, emulation for
autofocus switch on/off, and lens focus point micro adjustment. Please note, there have been issues with Dandelion chips with intermittent momentary signal loss that can cause metering problems when filming video, this can be overcome by metering in manual or taping over the chip for video. If you would like to buy the adapter without a chip so that you can glue on your own favourite chip brand or use the adapter without one, please make a note on the paypal payment and I will refund 20 dollars and send the kit to you without a chip installed. Also included is a rear lens cap for
the new EOS mount your lens will have after the easy and fully reversible
conversion.Unlike with some
converted Canon FD/FL vintage manual focus lenses, this one is 100% compatible
with all EOS bodies, film and digital.The larger mirrors on the 5D series of bodies do not interfere with the
rear most lens element and infinity focus is retained.
The mount swap takes just minutes from FD mount to EF and
back again.Use the included brass
tool to unscrew the center ring, remove the FD mount, transfer the original
ball and spring into the EdMika brass adapter and use the included tape to hold the ball and spring in to assist in new mount assembly but make sure you pull the tape out before fully tightening. Using the same center ring screw the EdMika EOS mount
in by finger since the tool will interfere with the Dandelion chip. At the end
of finger tightening, rotate the EdMika mount enough so that both holes in the
tightening ring are visible and use the tool for the final tightening. Please note, on some lenses the centre ring is screwed in really tight. The best procedure we have found for this is to hold the brass tool with pliers or a vise, and have a second person using two hands, rotate the lens. The thread loosens counter clockwise so make sure you are twisting it in the proper direction. Here is a video of the conversion:
Again, pictures are for illustrative purposes,
what you are purchasing is a single EdMika brass adapter + brass installation
tool + plastic rear cap. No lens
is included in the purchase.On 05-Dec-11 at 19:06:13 EST, seller added the following information:
thanks a lot for creating adapters and giving life to these amazing vintage lenses. l bought these lenses cause of your adapters. i need an adapter for 35mm orange letter version ts lens and 55mm f1.2 FL lens. could... Continue reading A:
Yes I can, I don't know why eBay doesn't have some kind of shopping cart yet. What I normally do is refund the shipping from the second adapter purchase.
Apr 24, 2013
Hi Ed. I have this Tilt and shift lense with Canon FD film cameras. Have you made or would you consider to make an adapter to make this fit Nikon Digital cameras like the D90 or D800? My digital are all Nikon and not... Continue reading A:
Hi Nick, not really, I've got my hands full with Canon gear development for a very long time unfortunately. Its on my to-do list but that list is very long. cheers-Ed
Mar 26, 2013
Would you be willing to include a DVD of your assembly video or one-sheet instruction along with the adapter? I know how it is easy to forget the details over time.
Does this adapter work on other FD lenses such as the 300... Continue reading A:
I don't include any instructions, I expect people to simply use the video embeded in the eBay listing and on my youtube channel. This kit only works for the 35/2.8 Tilt shift lens. My 0.5mm adapter design (here are all... Continue reading
Mar 24, 2013
Hi, I have this lens and will be using with a 5d original and mkII. Will there be any mirror issues at infinity? Thanks. A:
The TS35/2.8 works perfectly on all EF and EFS camera bodies with no mirror interference issues.
Mar 12, 2013
does this adapter work on Canon EOS 5 analog, too? Or only on EOS digital?
Best regards and have nice weekend.
All my adapters work on all EOS cameras, film and digital. Keep in mind some lenses may interfere with mirror path near infinity and you would not have live view to work around the issue.
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