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P C Headland
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Well, browsing the local auction site can be a dangerous thing, tempting the weak into giving in to their gas....

It's funny, you read about a camera model, then you start seeing them "everywhere". Probably because you're looking for it! Anyway, there were several of the older, less popular Canon SLRs being offered up on our local auction site (TradeMe). I watched a few to get a feel for the local prices, and spotted a black FTb QL with a 50mm f1.4 lens. Offered what a few others had recently gone for (with the standard f1.8 lens) and the transaction completed. A few days later the black Canon FTb turns up.

It's not been used for a while, so needed a bit of cosmetic cleaning to the outer body, plus some stick grease leaned from the mechanism under the bottom plate. The lens is nice and clean with smooth focus. The viewfinder has a couple of spots in which I'll address later. Meter seems to work fine, as does the self timer and mirror lock up.

I've been busy with some other weekend work, so didn't really have time for a photo-only day, so decided to run a test roll through the camera just in the garden. I loaded up a roll of recently expired Acros II (the Quick Load feature is quite good) and set about testing the new arrival. Having the f1.4 lens meant it was obligatory to shoot some wide open test shots!

I've not previously "clicked" with Canon cameras (I sold an AE1 a few years back), but I'm really liking this FTb.

Anyway, here's three pictures from the roll, shot at EI 100 and developed in some 10 year old PC-TEA (1+50). I'll try and post some some more pictures, including of the camera, later.

Stoned Bird Bath (Fantail)
Stoned Bird Bath (Fantail)
Blue Hydrangea
Blue Hydrangea
Some other native tree
Some other native tree


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Some "product" shots. Just a hint of brassing.
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Oh, yeah, that's a good one. I took some nice photos with one back when I was in my investigative mode. I think I still have a couple of them around here, and at least one is in black. Yours is working just fine, Paul, and the photos are lovely.

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That is a great classic, and Canon FT lenses are an excellent deal for their quality…and variety… yes, getting into a new mount system is very dangerous for GAS!
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