1. HeatherTheVet

    HeatherTheVet SC All-Pro

    Apr 23, 2011
    Scotland
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    Heather
    I've found her! 20 years languishing in a suitcase, one week on ebay and a few days with the Royal Mail and here she is in my hands, my new love. Canon FD 35-70mm 1:3.5-4.5. I think we're going to have great adventures together. I actually felt like I'm doing "proper" photography when I hooked her up and took the first couple of pictures (of the arm of the couch, the telly in the corner etc) it just seems to fit. Which is lovely, especially as she's only been out the box 10 mins, and I still don't really know what I'm doing.

    Onwards to great things!
     
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  2. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus S.C. Charter Member

    Jul 12, 2010
    Philly, Pa
    Heather, who did you mate her up with.
    Good luck with her and post some photos of how she sees things...
    Don
     
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  3. HeatherTheVet

    HeatherTheVet SC All-Pro

    Apr 23, 2011
    Scotland
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    Heather
    She has partnered the NEX-5. We may go to the park with the dog this afternoon to make a start on our plans for world domination. Its pretty overcast though and I suspect rain will be ruining play.
    Saw a great photo waiting to be taken this morning before I had collected the lens. An old lady with no teeth, clearly a recent immigrant with little English and even less teeth sitting in a doorway on a fold out stool selling the Big Issue, her grandson standing beside her making cutesy eyes at my dog. In B&W would have been very Streetshooter. Maybe next time!
     
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  4. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus S.C. Charter Member

    Jul 12, 2010
    Philly, Pa
    Heather,
    They make a nice couple. As for the image you described, I see it.
    Now go look for the next one...
    Oh' thake the happy couple with you... They need a walk too...
     
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  5. bilzmale

    bilzmale Super Moderator Emeritus S.C. Charter Member Subscribing Member

    Jul 17, 2010
    Perth, Western Australia
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    Bill Shinnick
    I've got this lens too with a MFT adapter. Must give it a spin tomorrow.
     
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  6. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 24, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
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    Nic
    I hope you get the image you're chasing. I have a 35-70 attached to an AE-1 in a cupboard somewhere. I'm sure it would be a nice enough lens but I just can't shake the feeling that adding zoom to a manual focus, manual aperture lens is just one process too many. FD primes are what I love.
     
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  7. HeatherTheVet

    HeatherTheVet SC All-Pro

    Apr 23, 2011
    Scotland
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    Heather
    Focus is a bit squiffy, but here's one of the first pics.
    [​IMG][/url] Rodster by heather_t_vet, on Flickr[/IMG]
     
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  8. Armanius

    Armanius Bring Jack back!

    Jan 11, 2011
    Houston, Texas
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    Jack
    Great match making!
     
  9. congrats

    Glad you found a great mate. Nice first pic with the new setup
     
  10. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 24, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
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    Nic
    Nice work! Love the ground level perspective.
     
  11. HeatherTheVet

    HeatherTheVet SC All-Pro

    Apr 23, 2011
    Scotland
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    Heather
    Disaster! The aperture blades are stuck at 3.5. I'm left with the options of sending it to get fixed (likely more expensive than the lens itself), buying another one (two for safety?) or getting the screwdriver out. Might be worth pointing out here that I have NO IDEA about the inside of lenses. But I have lots of screwdrivers, lighter fluid and cotton buds.

    Most upsetting.
     
  12. akulya

    akulya SC Veteran

    219
    Mar 1, 2011
    Hmmm. Zooms are more complex than primes, but I have successfully fixed sticky aperture blades on two Carl Zeiss Jena primes for m42 mount.

    Firstly I would decide if I could afford to break it & replace it; then I would devote at least a whole afternoon - if not a whole day to carefully taking it apart (in a nice clean room).
    With any luck the aperture assembly will be a discrete unit that you can soak in a cleaner and work manually until it frees up. If the blades must be taken off (and thus put back on) individually then this is a lot more fiddly.
    My only concern would be collimation on reassembly, I imagine because of the many lens groups involved in a zoom design compared to a prime this might be quite hard.
    Good luck!
     
  13. akulya

    akulya SC Veteran

    219
    Mar 1, 2011
    Ps. I would leave the lighter fluid well away from the lens elements themselves, their coatings will not respond well to organic solvents!

    I wonder if Brian is around, I think he's quite experienced with lenses.
     
  14. HeatherTheVet

    HeatherTheVet SC All-Pro

    Apr 23, 2011
    Scotland
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    Heather
    It was going so well until the clean room bit... a cat, a dog, thousands upon thousands of dusty books...
     
  15. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 24, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
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    Nic
    I've performed aperture blade surgery on a few breech-lock FD lenses, but have never attempted it on a new FD lens. The mounts are different enough that I wouldn't know where to start.
     
  16. HeatherTheVet

    HeatherTheVet SC All-Pro

    Apr 23, 2011
    Scotland
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    Heather
    This lens is quite old, 20 years maybe? I don't know anything about the mount types or what a breech-lock is. I know there's a wee springy bit that should open the blades but doesn't. A work in progress!
     
  17. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 24, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
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    Nic
    The 35-70 was only available in the "new FD" mount where you mount it by twisting the entire lens rather than the breech of the older FDs, and press a buttion on the lens to release it. This is what your lens will be. Touch wood, I've never needed to open up a new FD lens so I don't know the procedure to follow.

    A new FD lens will look like this. This is a 24mm f2.8 but the base of the lens and aperture ring should look similar on your 35-70

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/55915417@N08/5243297171/" title="IMG_5943 Canon nFD 24mm f2.8 by Lucky.penguin, on Flickr">[​IMG]
     
  18. Bugleone

    Bugleone SC Regular

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    Jun 1, 2011
    England
  19. HeatherTheVet

    HeatherTheVet SC All-Pro

    Apr 23, 2011
    Scotland
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    Heather
    Thanks for those links, they look pretty helpful. However - suddenly and without warning or reason it is working again. I have no idea what is going on, but at least it is fixed for now. Of course in the meantime I have gone and bought another one, haven't I, so now I have two. Except the one I bought has exactly the same issue! Maybe I can get all DIY happy on that one and work out what's going on.

    When I feel more affluent I'm going to splash out on the 18-55mm as well for situations in which a quick focus is required, I'm still pretty slow. But I have a pile of bills to pay before I can justify that.
     
  20. gracefruit

    gracefruit SC Regular

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    Jun 23, 2011
    central scotland
    I'm glad it's working for you. I keep a clean room at my warehouse for business use if you ever need it!