Classic Canon FL 50mm f1.8 Lens – still going strong since the 1960s

In addition to my love of collecting almost everything Yashica made, my second love is collecting classic (and kind of modern) Canon cameras and lenses. As part of a rather large purchase of another collectors gear I ended up with my first ever Canon FL lens. The FL lenses came just before the FD lenses and replaced the Canon R mount models. The good news is that FL lenses can be used on more modern FD bodies (F-1, A-1, AE-1, T-70 among many others). Some vintage (1964-1971) FL lenses can be found online at relatively good prices compared to most FD lenses. The lower price allows you to maybe pick-up some super wide angle and telephoto lenses that would be beyond your collecting budget. A word of caution – since the newest FL lenses are 50 years old you have to be extra careful when inspecting them in person and you sometimes have to be real lucky to get a good one online. As always, if you buy from a trusted seller on Etsy, Mercari, or eBay then you stand a good chance you’ll get a nice lens that’s described and depicted accurately.

Here is my Canon FL lens (below).

Just the right amount of paint loss – pleasing patina.
Beautiful classic Canon glass. Only a few small specs of dust. No fungus, mold, or separation. Some light haze.
f2.8 at 1 meter – hand held. Soft and pleasing.
f8 at 1 meter. Better depth of field. Better separation from the background. Late day muted sunlight.
f8 at about 2 meters. Sharp and detailed – late day muted sunlight.
About f5.6-f8 at 3 meters. Wonderful bokeh.

If you have a mirrorless camera and you buy some affordable digital adapters then a great big world gets opened up when you start shooting through some lenses that are probably older than you (not in my case however, lol).

I use a very affordable Fujifilm X-A10 body (16 MP) for all of my vintage lens shots. Sure you can go crazy and go big on the megapixels but why bother – the older lenses do just fine and produce stunning images without breaking the bank.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to stop by my shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com – Chris

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Looking through vintage glass – fun with classic lenses.

Maidenhair ferns at f2.8 – soft non-distracting background

This stunning image (above) was taken through a lens that was made in Japan in the 1950s. What I love about using these well-cared for bits of photographic history is that they produce a level of clarity and sharpness but without the razor sharp and sometimes unnatural look you get with today’s best digital cameras and modern lenses. In my opinion, vintage glass mounted on a mirrorless digital camera is the best of both worlds.

Japanese garden lantern shot at around f8 – nearly perfect focus of the entire roof
Azalea blossoms shot at about one meter at f4 – soft circular highlights and gorgeous bokeh
Shot at 135mm at f5.6 – here the background is not pleasing as the sky is bright blue and cloudless – see image below
Better – shot at f16-f22
Nice separation and spot on focus of the top of the flagpole – 135mm at f8
Fujifilm X-A10 digital mirrorless camera with Fotodiox M42-FX adapter. The T-mount is changeable and in this case I’ve mounted an M42 screw-in adapter. M42 bodies are typically found on older Yashica, Pentax, Fujica, and many other 35mm SLR cameras.

Let me introduce the star of this post. A wonderful 135mm short telephoto lens made by Sankor for Spiratone. It’s a fast f2.8 lens of a sonnar design with multi-coated surfaces (Tc).

If you own or have been thinking of purchasing a digital mirrorless camera then definitely look into shooting with these classic lenses. I think you’ll find its an interesting diversion from the world of autofocus (and image stabilized) modern lenses. It tends to slow you down and makes you appreciate the photographic process.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to stop by my shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com – Chris

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New Arrivals in my Camera Shop – March 2021

Hi all! I hope everyone is well and staying safe. I’d like to share some of the exciting new items I’ve added in my camera shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com

My shop is hosted by Etsy so most everything in the shop can ship worldwide with a variety of payment options. You can also purchase items direct from me by contacting me at ccphotographyai@gmail.com

Thanks so much for stopping by and if there’s something specifically you’re looking for just drop me a line and I’ll see if I have it.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to stop by my shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com – Chris

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Modern Classic? – Fuji Panorama Cardia

How can a plastic fantastic from the 1990s be a modern classic? Well for one, to still find one of these 35mm film cameras still unused in its original box is getting harder and harder to find.

For more please visit my previous post https://yashicasailorboy.com/2019/05/

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to stop by my shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com – Chris

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New in my Camera Shop for 2021

Hi all! Welcome to 2021 and my first sale of the new year. My camera shop is hosted by Etsy and can be found at http://www.ccstudio2380.com

Here’s a small sample of what’s new in the shop.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to stop by my shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com – Chris

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Happy SUNday! – Nikkor Lens Test

Nippon Kogaku W-Nikkor C F3.5 2.8cm wide angle lens (1954).

One of the best and most useful features of having a mirrorless digital camera like this Fujifilm X-A10 is the ability to test and use some of my vintage lenses by using an adapter between the lens and the body.

It was a generally cloudy day with the sunlight filtered through some cirrus clouds so no harsh shadows and low contrast images.

Maidenhair ferns and cypress needles.
My trusty boulder and gravel test subjects.
Bald cypress in its autumn glory.
Here’s where a 28mm wide angle lens comes in handy.
I’m very happy with the resolution and detail of this vintage Nikkor glass.

I used a Fotodiox Lens Mount Adapter M39 – FX to mount my Nikkor lens to my Fujifilm camera body. Fotodiox makes a wide range of quality adapters for use on almost any mirrorless body and vintage lens. You can find them at https://fotodioxpro.com/collections/lens-mount-adapters

Thanks for stopping by and have a beautiful day! – Chris

Be sure to stop by my camera shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com

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Happy SUNday! – Fujifilm Mickey Mouse

Fujifilm MD (motor drive) 35mm film camera – released in March 1995 for the home market. This one was purchased at Mitsukoshi department store in Tokyo in December 1996.

It’s since been sold to a very happy collector of all things Disney in Australia!

And here’s a throwback pic of a very early camera (1956) from Fuji Photo Film Company – the Fujipet.

The Fuji Pet 35 above was one of Fuji’s first 35mm cameras (1959).

Have a wonderful day and be safe! – Chris

Be sure to stop by my camera shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com

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Sky Blue Fuji

An amazing little camera from Fujifilm – FinePix XP 14016.4 MP

It’s waterproof to 82 feet (25 meters) and can shoot 4K video and has a sharp Fujinon lens with 5X optical zoom. I have two of these and this one is unused. It’s available in my camera shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com

Fujifilm FinePix XP 140 16.4 MP Digital Camera

Awesome compact digital camera from Fujifilm. It’s brand new and includes a Fuji strap, Fujifilm rechargeable battery, and charger cord. Retails much higher than my special blog price. Will make a great stocking stuffer. Mails in the USA FOR FREE and mails nearly worldwide (just ask for a quote first).

$120.00

It’s also available in my Etsy camera shop if you’d rather go that route. Thanks for stopping by! – Chris

Underwater selfie I took with a similar Fujifilm FinePix XP camera.

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No Love Fuji? The Discovery 90 Date

This wonderful Fuji deserves another look.

Chasing Classic Cameras with Chris

The plastic fantastic wonders of the 1980s and 1990s generally receive no love – especially looking back on them with our digitized eyeballs in 2017. These overlooked (even when new for the most part) cameras were the bridge cameras for many photographers that were moving away from their bulky SLRs from the 1970s and looking for something easy, carefree and light to take with them on short outings and family get togethers. The 35mm format was the clear winner in the format wars, now manufacturers wanted think-free 35s that were as easy to use as falling outta bed (?).

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This Fuji Discovery 90 Date was introduced in May 1993 to an already crowded plastic 35mm marketplace. So how to stand out? Drop-in loading, auto focus, auto exposure auto rewind and auto wind was a good start. A big bright viewfinder centered over the lens – and macro capability (23 1/2…

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New in the Shop – Amazing Cameras, Awesome Values!

Hi all!

We’ve added some really unique and hard to find cameras in our camera shop this week and we’re offering for the first time ever a 15% discount on almost everything in the shop – some with free shipping too! Visit the shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day! – Chris

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