Canon Macrolite ML-1… 1970s Tech

Canon’s ultra-sophisticated and hyper-expensive ring flash from the late 1970s. Designed specifically with Canon’s new FD 80-200mm f/4 zoom lens in mind (combined with the Canon Close-Up 500T Lens) it performed well with the A-1, AE-1, AV-1, AT-1, and the AE-1 Program. The flash was also very capable on most of Canon’s SLRs of the late 1970s and 1980s including the original F-1 and the F-1 (New).

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Both flashes could be used together or with a flip of the white switch, one side only.

The flash is perfect for photographing flowers and insects outside and in the studio as you get the greatest control over the depth of field and eliminate harsh shadows. The flash also works beautifully for portrait work and in documentation photography.

The lenses recommended by Canon are: New FD 80-200mm f/4,  FD 80-200mm f/4 S.S.C., FD 50mm f/3.5 S.S.C. Macro, FD 100mm f/4 S.C. Macro, and the New FD 50mm f/3.5 Macro, New FD 100mm f/4 Macro.

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When it was released, the ML-1 set retailed for around $425 or more! That’s some serious coin back in the day (and still is).

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Here it’s fitted on my Canon New FD 50mm f/3.5 macro lens which works well for general macro photography.

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The original instruction book is complete with 39 pages. It was published in November 1979.

This gorgeous set has been an important part of my Canon collection for years but it’s time to move on with some of my gear. I tested it completely just the other day and it works just like new. It’s in mint condition overall, a solid 9 of 10 and a 10 of 10 operationally. The original box is complete and comes with its styrofoam insert. The box is solid but it does show some shelf wear. It does not have the original wide adapter inserts for the flash heads. I’ve never used them and I guess I never noticed that they went “missing”. They’re probably in another box somewhere. The set includes both of the adapter rings (52mm and 55mm)  and both of the tightening rings (52mm and 55mm).

The battery pack takes (8) AA batteries in two magazines and they recharge the capacitor very quickly.

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It’s a bit hard to see but the test lamp does light and the auto exposure system is spot on.

The Canon A-1 is not included with this listing. Only the Macrolite ML-1 set.

It’s available in my online camera shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com or you can purchase it directly from here. I’ll ship it almost anywhere in the world as long as I can see tracking to your door (signature required). Please contact me for a shipping quote first.

Canon Macrolite ML-1 Electronic Ring-Flash Set

Like new Canon Macrolite ML-1 close-up flash set as described in this post.

$225.00

As always, thanks for stopping by! – Chris

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Canon T50 and T70

Overlooked 35mm SLRs from the early 1980s. They feature built-in power winders and have auto exposure too. Both cameras accept all of Canon’s FD lenses which are still available in bunches!

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If you find these for sale in like-new condition and working then definitely snatch one up. They make great basic film cameras to develop your film photography skills.

These two were part of my ever-changing Canon collection over the years. I believe I sold these in 2011.

I’m always on the hunt for quality Canon, Yashica and Nikon cameras. Please feel free to contact me if you’re interested in selling yours. We are very active buyers of almost all types of photo gear. Contact us at ccphotographyai@gmail.com

Thanks – C&C

Just Arrived! New items in the shop.

Some new items have just been listed in my camera shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com

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Canon EOS nylon camera strap from the 1980s. New, never used. Super nice.

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A must have original (not a copy) Canon Booster T Finder instruction book. Near mint condition.

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Hyper rare Minolta Six 6×6 cm medium format 120 roll film camera from 1936. This was the first camera to carry the Minolta name and was the first 6×6 cm camera made in Japan.

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Classic early 1970s Mamiya/Sekor 35mm SLR – the 1000 DTL was a landmark camera from Mamiya.

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Super cool camera case (camera not included). Made by Marsand. I still have the key and the lock still locks!

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Not often seen outside of Japan, this SLR slayer from Fuji Photo Film Company is like new in its original package – with all the goodies included it’s ready to be a street photog’s dream.

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Brand new Canon Olympics fanny pack. Step back to the future with this HTF collectible from Canon.

There you have it – a small sample of some of the neat items I’ve added to my shop recently all at 10% off in my big Spring sale! Check it out at http://www.ccstudio2380.com

Thanks – Chris

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New to the Shop – An eclectic mix of neat stuff

New in the shop this week I’ve presented a little bit of everything! My camera shop can be found at http://www.ccstudio2380.com

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Kinda hard to find early Canon F-1 presentation box. Pre 1974

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Mamiya / Sekor 1000 DTL – 1970

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Original instruction guidebook for the Graflex Pacemaker Crown and Speed Graphic medium format cameras.

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Original and hard to find Canon instruction booklet for the Servo EE finder. Mint condition and from July 1973

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Published November 1981, the Canon A-1 sales brochure is a colorful instruction book on steroids.

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I need some LOVE… Minolta Maxxum 9000 AF 35mm SLR in need of repair!

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Crazy exposure meter from Bertram (W. Germany 1955) – the Bewi Automat ‘A’ is a study in mid-century style… works great too.

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Canon Speedlite 155A for the ever popular Canon A Series of cameras from the early 1980s. This one is fully working and in mint condition.

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Still new in its box, this super cool Fuji Smart Shot kit is the perfect way to break into 35mm street photography.

Thanks for stopping by and thanks for all the support that you’ve my shop over the years! Carol and I appreciate it greatly! ^.^

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Beauty and the Beast

The Canon New F-1 and New F-1 AE ’84 Olympic

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The Canon New F-1 which was released in late 1981 replaced the original F-1 which made its appearance in 1971. This latest F-1 was a radical step forward for Canon’s professional camera as it incorporated many features into the camera that were previously only available as an accessory. The 1985 Los Angeles Olympics model followed in line with previous Olympic editions – 1976 Montreal and the 1980 Lake Placid.

Thanks for stopping by! – Chris

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Hard workin’ F-1

“It’s been a hard day’s night…”

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Canon New F-1 (or F-1N)

Sometimes a well-used camera can feel just right in your hands – no worries about keeping it mint – just focus on getting the shot. This one has certainly earned its keep and rewarded me with its lovely patina. Showin’ a little brass!

Thanks for stopping by! – Chris

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New Arrivals in the Shop – 1.21.2019

Some unique items hit the shop over the past few days – more items from our collection and more to post soon. Stop by the shop and browse around as you might see something that strikes your fancy! See everything at http://www.ccstudio2380.com

Is there a particular camera, lens or photo accessory that you’re looking for? I may have it! Send me a message and I’ll see if I have it or if I can find it for you – I have many contacts.

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Slik U-212 Deluxe Tripod, Sigma XQ 500mm Mirror Lens & Case (Canon FD Mount), Tokina 2X Doubler (Tele-converter), Canon A-1 1984 Olympics Box, Enna Werk Leather Lens Case, Canon A-1 Instruction Books, Polaroid Spectra Instruction Book, Super Nice Tamron-Canon EF Mount 28-300mm f3.5 Aspherical AF Lens for 35mm SLR or Digital, Asahi Pentax IQZoom 160 – super clean and super nice!

Coming shortly……. Canon New F-1N 1984 LA Olympics 35mm camera set with the original box, AE finder, AE motor drive FN – all in mint condition! Minolta X-700 35mm SLR and Minolta lenses, Minolta SRT 102, and more! Much more!

Thanks for stopping by! – Chris

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Battery Burner – Canon’s Massive Motor

When you chase down something for over forty years the payoff should be special – it was! It’s not like these beasts are rare, if I had had a few more bucks in my pocket back in 1978 I could have purchased it for around $400 at the Navy Exchange in Yokosuka along with my F-1. But being an underpaid and over-deployed Sailor there’s only so much money to throw at cameras when there were hi-end stereos still to buy. ^.^

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No one I knew at the time (including myself) needed one of these – they were meant for professional photographers and I was certainly not that. But how could a 25-year-old “camera bug” not want it? Just look at it! Crazy big but powerful and that sound it made when burning through film at 3.5 fps – wow! The F-1 was already a monster to lug around and this bit of motorized mayhem would add over 2 pounds to an already strained neck.

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Yum-yum, eat ’em up!

So after 40 years I broke down and bought my Canon Motor Drive MF on eBay from a large camera retailer on the West Coast. I believe I got it at a great price – $60 plus shipping for a fully working and in nearly mint condition. I’m very happy with it and yes, it’s still a ridiculous piece of camera hardware but it harkens back to another time and place in photography and that makes it worth it.

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It’s almost as big as the camera itself!

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A gentle reminder that when in the continuous mode that the shutter speed range is from a low of 1/60 to a max of 1/2000. Single frame allows shooting down to 1 second.

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It looks great on my original F-1 from 1978 and it’s a fun reminder of those heady days back in Japan when I wanted anything that could be attached to the F-1. After 40 years it just feels right! Merry Christmas to me.

Thanks for stopping by! – Chris

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