I really enjoy shooting with my old Canon AE-1 program. It’s the only camera that I shoot in program/auto mode most of the time, and I enjoy the simplicity of it. I bought it a few years ago on that big auction site for less than $30.00 with two lenses – 50mm f1.8, and 70-210mm f4. Oddly enough, my copy of the 50mm lens is a worse performer than my copy of the 70-210mm lens, so I’ve been looking for a different wider FD lens for a while now. I can’t remember how I learned about the Canon FD 35-105mm f3.5 lens, but I had read a lot of good things about it, so when I found one for a low starting bid on that big auction site, I placed a bid at the very last second and won it for $26.00. The seller claimed to be a “Nikon guy” and have no means to test the lens, but stated that it looked almost new.
It may just have been the best $26.00 I’ve ever spent. When I got my images back from the lab yesterday, I was blown away by how good the photos taken with that lens were. Even despite the fact that I think the lab did a less than stellar job with scanning this time around. Not only were there dust specks on the scans, they also seemed super grainy for some reason, even the photos I took with Fuji Neopan Acros 100 film with my medium format camera. That said, looking at the images taken with that lens on auto mode with a 35mm camera that’s probably 40 years old by now, actually got me excited about shooting smaller format film again.
The below is a photo of my baby boy peacefully asleep in the car after an exhausting trip to several stores. shot on Ilford SFX 200 with no filters.