Canon FD Price List 2023-2024

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27 Oct 2023 Update – the latest price guide is now below.

Over the last few years, no lens range has courted more controversy in terms of its market and pricing than the Canon FD. Once considered decidedly unglamorous and a poor shooter’s lens set – much like their oft-reviled Cinema Products-rehoused cousins, the K-35s – this range has found new legs with the rise of vintage in cinematic use, meaning that prices have exploded in ways no one might have expected as recently as 2020.

The first signs began around 2018, but didn’t go into high gear for another couple of years. An nFD 24mm L once sold for under $1000, but now they can sell for upwards of $10k. Around the time the pandemic began, I helped VLFV’s own Alan Besedin pick up a copy of the modest 85mm 1.2 L, which was bought for the paltry sum of $350. That lens has since more than quadrupled in value, much to everyone’s surprise. FDs have been a very good investment for many shooters, and perhaps more importantly, they have also been used to produce some absolutely beautiful community content.

VLFV’s test with one of the more affordable FDs

But nothing is ever so clear. Some say prices of FDs have peaked, but it is hard to gauge when shifting economic factors are wreaking havoc on currency exchanges and giving all us indie shooters heart palpitations when we buy what used to be a reasonable 50mm 1.4 (review) on your choice of platform overseas (though if you are going to suffer a heart attack whilst buying glass, we encourage you to help us all out by clicking our ebay affiliate links, hint hint!)

Contrary to what threads on the VLFV Facebook page or listings on eBay might say, FDs are by no means rare. They are, with a few exceptions, quite common and regularly sell on all platforms. However, in spite of all this data all around the internet, it seems like every week we get another post asking about prices for 35mm Concaves, or querying when and why the nFD 135mm f2 suddenly became so expensive.

So we here at VLFV thought – what can we do to help make things clearer and help out the community when they are making their buying decisions, whether online or in stores?

The result is the gargantuan table you see below – hours upon hours of research invested into every single FD lens ever manufactured, from the pricey SSC Asphericals to the humble 20mm 2.8 or 35mm convex. This list is a verified, checked and triple-checked archive, referencing a variety of international online sales platforms. A snapshot of what lenses are actually selling for at the time of writing. 

Prices are in USD, have eBay links for quick searching and are banded as follows:
High prices – Are for mint examples, perfect for your next rehousing project.
Low prices – Are for rough beater lenses, the kinds that have a little dust, a little fungus, and maybe a little more going on.

Our intention is to review these lenses every six months, adjust our table, and to also give an annual “state of the market” review every year so that the entire VLFV community can see where the market is headed with analysis of price trends.

But we do not want this to be a static, detached page either. We want this to be a living, breathing document, and we would love your feedback and where our data might be wrong. Have you managed to make a massive sale that sets new peaks for the market? Do you see trends showing that certain lenses are actually selling for a lot less than we are saying? Please tell us and we will try to incorporate your data into our findings when the next review rolls around!

FD (Breech Lock) Price List:

Lens NameLow Price
High Price
Fish-Eye 7.5mm f/5.6250700Find on eBay
Fish-Eye 7.5mm f/5.6 S.S.C.250700Find on eBay
Fish-Eye FD 15mm f/2.8 S.S.C.300900Find on eBay
FD 17mm f/4 S.S.C.250750Find on eBay
FD 20mm f/2.8 S.S.C.350900Find on eBay
FD 24mm f/1.4 S.S.C. ASPHERICAL800014000Find on eBay
FD 24mm f/2.8 (chrome nose)100200Find on eBay
FD 24mm f/2.8 S.S.C.175300Find on eBay
FD 28mm f/2 S.S.C.4001500Find on eBay
FD 28mm f/2.8 S.C.75175Find on eBay
FD 28mm f/3.5 (chrome nose)50125Find on eBay
FD 28mm f/3.5 S.C.50100Find on eBay
FD 35mm f/2 (chrome nose)275550Find on eBay
FD 35mm f/2 S.S.C. (concave)350750Find on eBay
FD 35mm f/2 S.S.C. (convex)200500Find on eBay
TS 35mm f/2.8 S.S.C.300600Find on eBay
FD 35mm f/3.5 (chrome nose)2075Find on eBay
FD 35mm f/3.5 S.C.25125Find on eBay
FD 50mm f/1.4 (chrome nose)50125Find on eBay
FD 50mm f/1.4 S.S.C.50200Find on eBay
FD 50mm f/1.8 (chrome nose)2050Find on eBay
FD 50mm f/1.8 S.C.25250Find on eBay
AC 50mm f/1.825100Find on eBay
FD 50mm f/3.5 S.S.C. Macro35150Find on eBay
FD 55mm f/1.2 (chrome nose)150350Find on eBay
FD 55mm f/1.2 S.S.C.150400Find on eBay
FD 55mm f/1.2 AL30007500Find on eBay
FD 55mm f/1.2 S.S.C. AL30008000Find on eBay
FD 55mm f/1.2 S.S.C. ASPHERICAL20004000Find on eBay
FD 85mm f/1.2 S.S.C. ASPHERICAL30006500Find on eBay
FD 85mm f/1.8 S.S.C.200600Find on eBay
FD 100mm f/2.8 (chrome nose)75150Find on eBay
FD 100mm f/2.8 S.S.C.100200Find on eBay
FD 100mm f/4 S.C. Macro40150Find on eBay
FD 135mm f/2.5 S.C.50175Find on eBay
FD 135mm f/3.5 (chrome nose)50150Find on eBay
FD 135mm f/3.5 S.C.40100Find on eBay
FD 200mm f/2.8 S.S.C.100250Find on eBay
FD 200mm f/4 S.S.C.40100Find on eBay
FD 300mm f/2.8 S.S.C. FLUORITE15002750Find on eBay
FD 300mm f/4 S.S.C.150350Find on eBay
FD 300mm f/5.6 S.C.3060Find on eBay
FD 300mm f/5.6 S.S.C.30150Find on eBay
FD 400mm f/4.5 S.S.C.250350Find on eBay
Reflex 500mm f/8 S.S.C.100300Find on eBay
FD 600mm f/4.5 S.S.C.400850Find on eBay
FD 800mm f/5.6 S.S.C.6001250Find on eBay
FD 24-35mm f/3.5 S.S.C. ASPHERICAL300600Find on eBay
FD 28-50mm f/3.5 S.S.C.50150Find on eBay
FD 35-70mm f/2.8-3.5 S.S.C.80150Find on eBay
AC 35-70mm f/3.5-4.510150Find on eBay
AC 75-200mm f/4.510100Find on eBay
FD 80-200mm f/4 S.S.C.10100Find on eBay
FD 85-300mm f/4.5 S.S.C.130300Find on eBay
FD 100-200mm f/5.61075Find on eBay
FD 100-200mm f/5.6 S.S.C.1075Find on eBay

nFD (Bayonet) Price List:

Lens NameLow Price
High Price
New Fish-Eye 7.5mm f/5.6300600Find on eBay
New Fish-Eye FD 15mm f/2.8425650Find on eBay
New FD 14mm f/2.8L50007000Find on eBay
New FD 17mm f/4200550Find on eBay
New FD 20mm f/2.8200500Find on eBay
New FD 24mm f/1.4L50007500Find on eBay
New FD 24mm f/22501200Find on eBay
New FD 24mm f/2.875200Find on eBay
New FD 28mm f/2150300Find on eBay
New FD 28mm f/2.825150Find on eBay
New FD 35mm f/2175500Find on eBay
New FD 35mm f/2.875200Find on eBay
New FD 50mm f/1.2100350Find on eBay
New FD 50mm f/1.2L5001200Find on eBay
New FD 50mm f/1.450200Find on eBay
New FD 50mm f/1.825200Find on eBay
New FD 50mm f/240250Find on eBay
New FD 50mm f/3.5 Macro25175Find on eBay
New FD 85mm f/1.2L7001600Find on eBay
New FD 85mm f/1.8150400Find on eBay
Soft-focus FD 85mm f/2.8250475Find on eBay
New FD 100mm f/2400850Find on eBay
New FD 100mm f/2.8125200Find on eBay
New FD 100mm f/4 Macro50175Find on eBay
New FD 135mm f/2350900Find on eBay
New FD 135mm f/2.850100Find on eBay
New FD 135mm f/3.525125Find on eBay
New FD 200mm f/1.8L65009000Find on eBay
New FD 200mm f/2.875350Find on eBay
New FD 200mm f/425175Find on eBay
New FD 200mm f/4 Macro150300Find on eBay
New FD 300mm f/2.8L2501250Find on eBay
New 300mm f/460250Find on eBay
New 300mm f/4L200450Find on eBay
New FD 300mm f/5.650100Find on eBay
New FD 400mm f/2.8L15001500Find on eBay
New FD 400mm f/4.5200350Find on eBay
New FD 500mm f/4.5L4001000Find on eBay
New Reflex 500mm f/8150250Find on eBay
New FD 600mm f/4.52501200Find on eBay
New FD 800mm f/5.6L7001300Find on eBay
New FD 20-35mm f/3.5L300750Find on eBay
New FD 24-35mm f/3.5L150350Find on eBay
New FD 28-50mm f/3.575100Find on eBay
New FD 28-55mm f/3.5-4.52550Find on eBay
New FD 28-85mm f/475175Find on eBay
New FD 35-70mm f/2.8-3.575150Find on eBay
New FD 35-70mm f/3.5-4.52575Find on eBay
New FD 35-70mm f/425100Find on eBay
New FD 35-70mm f/4 AF25150Find on eBay
New FD 35-105mm f/3.525200Find on eBay
New FD 35-105mm f/3.5-4.520150Find on eBay
New FD 50-135mm f/3.525125Find on eBay
New FD 50-300mm f/4.5L35004500Find on eBay
New FD 70-150mm f/4.51075Find on eBay
New FD 70-210mm f/440125Find on eBay
New FD 75-200mm f/4.53090Find on eBay
New FD 80-200mm f/42075Find on eBay
New FD 80-200mm f/4L150300Find on eBay
New 85-300mm f/4.550300Find on eBay
New FD 100-200mm f/5.61075Find on eBay
New FD 100-300mm f/5.650250Find on eBay
New FD 100-300mm f/5.6L100250Find on eBay
New FD 150-600mm f/5.630006000Find on eBay


  • Are breech lock FD lenses and bayonet nFD lenses the same?

There are many differences between these lenses. Mounts, coatings, mechanics are all very different. In addition, there are various optical designs that differ between FDs and their nFD counterparts. Your choice of lenses may be driven by look or instead by cost or accessibility.

  • Are SSC Asphericals and nFD “L” lenses the same?

The 24mm and 85mm lenses share optical designs and elements are directly interchangeable, though coatings and mechanics differ between the two. There is no 55mm L lens – the 55mm lens design was abandoned and replaced with a 50mm. The 24-35mm Aspherical zoom has an “L” counterpart, but a 20-35mm lens was also made that is unique to the L range. There are many more “L” lenses than Asphericals. 

  • What are “AL” lenses?

The very first 55mm Aspherical lens was released with a blue “AL” marking. This marking was later replaced with the orange “Aspherical” marking that we all know and love! 

  • Are “O” type lenses special, or worth more?

The auto exposure pin marking on some of the earliest breech lock lenses’ aperture ring were not marked “A”, like later lenses, but instead with “O”. Sellers use this to indicate that the lens is of a certain vintage. These lenses are worth no more than later lenses, and are not any more special.

  • What is SSC “Super Spectra Coating”?

“Super Spectra Coating” is a special multicoating introduced not long after the arrival of the FD range. The earliest lenses were single coated or had “Spectra Coating”. You know a breech-lock lens is SSC due to the red “SSC” marking on the front bezel ring. The later nFD lenses all had a form of “Super Spectra Coating”, and thus the marking was removed.

  • What are “Chrome Noses”?

The very first generation of Canon FD lenses were made with chrome filter ring/hood mounts. These early breech-lock lenses have become known as “chrome noses”. The lenses have weaker coatings than the later SSC lenses (similar to the late generation FLs), but have many optical designs in common with the SSC range. They offer interesting looks, but for a lower price than the later SSCs. Very much worth checking out!

  • Should I only ever pay the prices in this price guide?

A lens is only ever worth the price you are willing to pay for it. You really want a lens, but it is more than the prices you see here? That is ok! As long as you are comfortable paying a little extra to get what you want, that is perfectly fine. Just make sure that you buy responsibly and check the lens is in tip-top condition in order to warrant a tip-top price!

  • Where can I get my Canon FD lenses modified for cinema use?

Simmodlens is the leading company in the world of modifications. They offer mods from custom cine caps, and cine rings to metal follow focus gears and replacement mounts, including EF and even LPL.

Simmod Lens Mods, including the LPL mount conversion
  • Where can I rent Canon FD lenses?

Reliable and Trustworthy rental companies with Canon FD inventory include: CameraRentals in Amsterdam, NL, Focus-Canning in London, UK and OldFastGlass in Los Angeles, USA

  • Where can I purchase Canon FD lenses?

Apart from the eBay links above, you can often find these lenses on Facebook groups, such as Vintage Lens Buyers Club, but if you want to purchase rehoused Canon FD lenses, Ancient Optics is the company that has done one Canon FD rehousing project, so it’s worth keeping an eye on what they do next.

Written by Peter Cooper

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