Sat 28-May-11 02:13 PM | edited Sat 28-May-11 03:08 PM by MstrBones
These are SSC lenses - the 35mm f/2 has a thorium coating on part of the lens elements that makes it extremely contrasty - these two will be the main lenses on the body above for a lot of street stuff. I have a second body on the way for my 70-210 f/4.
Can't wait to see what the pics look like for these lenses. I have a lot of images I have not posted here on Nikonians due to them being shot on the Canon, I might have to start a blog or another website to get the stuff up on the web.
Sat 28-May-11 03:01 PM | edited Sat 28-May-11 03:03 PM by Kit Sims Taylor
Why not post the non-Nikon shots on Flickr or such and link to them from a Nionians post?
I don't know much about Canon lens designations. The only Canon I ever had was a rangefinder with Leica screw-mount. It did have a clever little fold down trigger in the base plate for advancing the film, much better than the knuckle-busting little knob on the Leica IIIc I was using back then. I could actually advance the film while keeping my eye to the viewfinder.
David, SSC was just Canon's label for multi-coating. They were just their normal range of lenses. Lenses that weren't multi-coated were labeled SC. At the time of manual focus lenses, L series lenses were called (strangely enough) L series lenses.
Sun 29-May-11 07:01 PM | edited Sun 29-May-11 07:06 PM by MstrBones
I attached a pic of two generations of Canon FD lenses just for reference...
>SSC was just Canon's label for multi-coating. They were just their normal range of lenses
Actually, that is not quite correct. Standard was SC on all 2nd generation FD lenses, (see lens with silver ring), and SSC was reserved for more expensive lenses such as the 50mm 1.2, 50mm 1.4, and the 35mm f/2, such as the two pictured at the beginning of the post.
On third generation FD, (also known as FDn or new FD - see the lens with the black lens mount ring), SSC became the standard coating except for the 50mm 1.8 and Canon began using the red stripe and L classification on their more expensive lenses at this time which received other upgrades as well with coating and lens element designs.
So I believe that SSC was in fact one of the early technologies Canon developed for their higher grade, faster lenses before they began the L series lens designation in the FDn series. Confusing?
Some things are actually much simpler than they appear on websites. The way Canon introduced multi-coating was the same as Nikon, Pentax, Minolta, Olympus, ...you name it. They first put it on their faster lenses and ones with more elements. As it became expected rather than a discriminator, it appeared on virtually every lens, and the companies finally stopped emphasizing it with labels and marketing. Your lenses are very good lenses (I owned them in the past), but they actually sold for less than their Nikon equivalents at the time. I wouldn't personally view them as predecessors of the L-series, but you're welcome to if you want. Enjoy them.
Mon 30-May-11 12:32 AM | edited Mon 30-May-11 12:12 PM by MstrBones
>Your lenses are very good lenses (I owned them in the past), but they actually sold for less than their Nikon equivalents at the time.
First off, I agree, they are not L lenses, but I think what I was saying is that these lens designs led to the L series. I believe the biggest difference is that L series began to incorporate aspherical elements. Build quality of these old lenses is pretty high, (especially when you look at the way new lenses are built).
I also wanted to say I was not throwing those links at you, they were for people that might read the thread and wonder about some of this FD trivia.
Sun 29-May-11 07:08 PM | edited Mon 30-May-11 12:13 PM by MstrBones
You can pick up a very clean AE-1 for around $70 and a mint 50mm 1.8 for ~$45.
AE1-Programs seem to be gradually gaining in value - I just bought another and I searched for quite a while - many good examples are around $90 - $100 now.
I prefer the AE-1 Program. It has better metering, can be shot in program, shutter priority or manual and can go to ASA 3200 on film settings with 1/3 EV positions for film speed, (effectively exposure compensation).
I do enjoy the AE-1P - I bought one new in 1982 and shot that one body continuously till 2002. As I got into digital I thought I was done with film and gave it to my brother, (who lives in England).
Well, after working with a couple Nikon DSLRs for 6 years, I wandered back to film and after getting my feet wet with a nice N80, I decided to shoot with what I was comfortable and "reaquired" a kit, (with a now expanding lens collection).
To my surprise, I find I am a far better film shooter than I was before digital and I attribute that to the many tens of thousands of digital images I captured. So I am really have my own little renaissance in that respect.