Radioactive lens alert!
I’ve been accumulating some interesting gear for the Canon A1 and AE1 cameras that I got as a sort of stroll down memory lane. I guess this is because some asshole stole my kit in Barcelona all those years ago and I wasn’t ready to relinquish it. Anyway, now it is generally available at relatively low cost (mostly the cameras/lenses can now be found for between $20 - $100) and it is brilliant gear.
Today’s lens in question is the superb old FD 35mm f2 SC, my example of which was manufactured in August 1973 (while I was hard at it in Year 12). In those days of innocence (ahem!) back there in the late 60s/early 70s Canon, along with most of the major manufacturers, was using radioactive thorium fluoride (“rare earth”) glass in some elements of some of their lenses. In time the Thorium decays causing a yellowing of the elements and it creates the effect of a having a built in yellow filter (the jury’s out on whether it is actually dangerous radiation, but I certainly won’t be sleeping with it under my pillow!). To add to the mystique, this particular model lens also has a concave front element, as opposed to the usual convex element.
This lens is renowned as one of the sharpest ever made, and is much appreciated as an outstanding lens for use with black and white film.
No argument from me on that score - this negative has an almost etching-like quality. I hope you like this view of good ol’ Trentham Falls, taken just a month ago.