SUNday Spotlight – Chasing Classic Cameras – Canon PowerShot A570 IS

Can a modern digital camera qualify as a classic? You bet especially when it still does what it was designed to do and do it well.

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Released way back in 2007!

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A rather fast f/ 2.6 lens with a 35-140mm equivalent zoom.

Not a lot of megapixels but with true image stabilization, it’s capable of capturing your point and shoot snaps. It produces pleasing images as long as you’re not expecting to make enlarged prints.

If you’d like to know more about this model there’s plenty of info here.

Some sample images below.

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If you’re interested this lovely camera (in its original box) is available in my camera shop which is hosted by Etsy at http://www.ccstudio2380.com

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

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Fast Glass from Canon & Yashica

A couple of true heavyweights from Canon and Yashica-Tomioka.

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Canon F-1 from 1978 and the Yashica TL Electro X ITS from 1973

The Canon FD 55mm f 1.2 lens is from 1972 which makes it a rather early FD lens. It lacks the S.C. or S.S.C. markings indicating that it’s not coated or at least the marketing people decided not to promote that feature. The Tomioka Optical made lens is an Auto Yashinon 55mm f 1.2 model from very early in the production run. Its serial number puts it about 1968 and it was the 769th made.

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The Canon lens weighs 551 grams vs the Yashica’s 332 grams.

There’s a big difference in weight between the two lenses yet they are both equals in maximum aperture. The Canon takes a 58mm filter and the Yashica uses a 55mm filter.

I hope to be able to do a side by side test of these two lenses using Fotodiox adapters on my Fujifilm X-Series mirrorless digital camera. Stay tuned and thanks for stopping by! – Chris

Studio Camera: Fujifilm X-A10

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Canon FD 55mm f/1.2 Lens

A truly exceptional lens mated to my Canon F-1 from 1978.

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Monster glass on a beast.

Canon F-1 with Canon 55mm f/1.2 chrome nosed lens and Canon MF motor drive.
BTW, the lens weighs 551 grams by itself and this entire set comes in at 2,209 grams! Add 10 AA batteries and film and you’ve earned a trip to the doctor.

Thanks for stopping by! – Chris

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In the Shop – A Beautiful Canon 35mm A-1 Camera and Lens Set

New in the shop today at http://www.ccstudio2380.com I have a beautiful Canon A-1 with its original Canon FD 50mm f1.8 lens from 1982. As with everything I feature in my shop, this classic Canon has been cleaned, inspected and tested and it’s ready to go.

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This Canon A-1 set comes complete as pictured. I’ve installed a new battery and checked all of the functions of the camera and lens.

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The A-1 was is still is one of the best auto exposure cameras that Canon made during this period. I addition to its automated features it also shoots in full manual mode. It’s perfect for the experienced pro as well as for the beginner.

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Additional pictures of the camera and a complete description can be found at http://www.ccstudio2380.com

In the shop, I also have a wonderful Canon A-1 sales brochure filled with additional info about the cameras advanced features and functions.

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If you’re looking to complete the look I also have a couple of vintage and super cool Hippie camera straps that would look awesome with this camera or any camera in your collection.

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I’ll mail pretty much worldwide. The shop is hosted by Etsy so I accept all types of payments. http://www.ccstudio2380.com

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Have a great day and thanks for stopping by! – Chris

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David Levy Yulee – 1856 Fernandina

U.S. Senator David L. Yulee was instrumental in bringing the first railroad to Fernandina, Amelia Island – Florida. That railroad still operates today.

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Mr. Yulee waiting for his train.

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For the most part, these tracks follow the same path that they did back in 1856.

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Downtown Fernandina Beach as it looks today – Fernandina’s history closely follows the success of the railroad (or lack of it) to its present day look.

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Statue of David L. Yulee

Although Senator Yulee is credited with many great accomplishments during the mid to late 19th century he remains a troubling figure. He gave up his seat in Congress when the Civil War broke out and his famous railroad was built on the backs of slaves. The Union Army took out most of his rolling stock on the west coast of Florida and even fired at Yulee’s train as it left Fernandina for the last time during the early stages of the war. The town of Yulee, Florida (nearby) is named for him as is Levy County, Florida.

Mr. Yulee was a prisoner held at Fort Pulaski (near Savannah, Georgia) for about 9 months following the war in 1865 – more than likely because of his support for the Confederacy .

Hybrid Camera: Fujifilm X-A10 with Canon FD 24mm f2.8 lens

Thanks for your visit!

Chris

The Hoyt Building – c1876

Built in late 1876 as a two story building with a ground floor grocery, the Hoyt Building is located along historic Centre Street in downtown Fernandina Beach. It was rebuilt after a minor fire in 1901 adding a third story. It is a vibrant part of this beautiful Victorian seaport town to this day.

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The Hoyt Building c1876 – Centre Street, Fernandina Beach

Beautiful Victorian details have been preserved into “modern” Fernandina.

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Images 1 and 2 above taken with Fujifilm X-A10 and Canon FD 24mm f2.8 lens

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Fujica GW690 on Neopan Acros 100 film

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Hoyt Building (far left) as seen in this late 1960s early 1970s image

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The Hoyt Building (far left) shortly after adding the third story in 1901

Hope you enjoyed our little tour of this lovely town that time passed by.

Chris and Carol ^.^

c1911 Post Office – Amelia Island

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Fujifilm X-A10 with Canon FD 24mm f2.8 (above image)

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Fujica GW690 – 6x9cm medium format film camera by Fuji Photo Film

EBC Fujinon f3.5 90mm lens on Neopan Acros 100 film (above image)

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Yashica L AF 35mm compact camera on Fujicolor Superia 400

c1911 U.S. Post Office, Centre Street, Fernandina Beach, Amelia Island – Florida

Thanks for stopping by!

Chris

Canon FD 24mm f/2.8 Lens –

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I hadn’t used my Canon A-1 in quite some time – months if not a year or more in fact. I had two rolls to send off for processing but needed to shoot the last few exposures. I threw on my favorite lens – my Canon FD 24mm f/2.8 S.S.C. from 1978 – Fujicolor Superia 400.

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I enjoy using this 24mm lens over the 20mm and the 17mm. It could be that I’m just so used to it that the other lenses haven’t had a chance to grow on me. Great perspective, relatively fast and good depth of field. Easy to focus too (and forgiving).

Chris

Florence… 1986

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Nothing says Florence like the Cathedral of Florence. Canon F-1 with FD 24mm f/2.8 lens on Kodak Kodachrome 25.

In presenting a short series of images of Florence (one of the most beautiful of all cities in Italy), it’s a tough call on which images to include. In Pisa, it has to be the most famous bell tower in the world. I imagine for Rome I would choose the Coliseum – Colosseum or the Vatican. Since there’s so much beauty, history, art and architecture at every turn in Florence it’s nearly impossible to choose the one to use first. My visit to the Tuscony Region was in late October 1986 – the weather was perfect and the visibility was awesome!

My camera was the Canon F-1 (1978 version) with three lenses to use: FD 24mm f/2.8, FD 80-200mm f/4 zoom and the normal FD 55mm f/1.4. Since sunlight would be in abundance, Kodak’s Kodachrome 25 fit perfectly with the days shooting plan (no interiors in the plans).

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Vista view to the north… FD 24mm while hanging the camera over the side of the railing (wobbly pieces of metal) loosely attached to 600 year old stone.

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The Duomo with its instantly identifiable tiled dome. FD 80-200mm at about 150mm

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FD 200mm braced on the railing.

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Back to earth… Canon FD 24mm wide angle lens at f/22

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More FD 24mm… my go to lens in the tight quarters of a city. It’s not easy to get all three in the same image.

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The Canon’s light meter (spot) handled this tricky exposure well. Yep, FD 24mm lens.

Of course what would a visit to any city be without the required “People and Pigeon” shot.

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Happy people and happy pigeons.

This of course is only a very small sample of what’s available in and around Florence and the Tuscany Region. I had only one short afternoon to visit so I was lucky to see as much as I did. The old “someday” I hope to travel back and do it right.

Thanks for your visit!

Chris