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Re: What's your oldest Canon EF lens?
« Reply #15 on: July 20, 2013, 11:40:09 AM »
I keep buying and selling lenses so my arsenal keeps getting refreshed.  Probably only 2011... it's a 70-200mm f2.8l is mkii.
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Re: What's your oldest Canon EF lens?
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Re: What's your oldest Canon EF lens?
« Reply #16 on: July 20, 2013, 12:58:27 PM »
Here are mine:

The 1st is a 50mm f1.8
The 2nd is a 35-70mm f3.5-4.5

I also have a 70-210mm f4.0 with code UB0700

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Re: What's your oldest Canon EF lens?
« Reply #17 on: July 20, 2013, 01:09:04 PM »
I still have the orginal 35-80 that came with an old film Rebel-S.   Also have two old zooms from that era... are they 70-200 or 80-200... plastic mount stuff.  Old.  Still work fine!   The one zoom totally clouded on an early morning outing, and when it cleared up... a sort of residue was left behind on one of the elements.  Not worth fixing, so I bought another for $99 new.  Ha~  The flare caused by the residue makes that zoom "perfect" for portraiture now.   Sort of like a Softar I from Zeiss.

Oldest metal mount lens... 28/2.8.  My 50/1.4 focus died and that was replaced too.... but the 28's been doing well since the mid 1990's.


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Re: What's your oldest Canon EF lens?
« Reply #18 on: July 20, 2013, 01:28:42 PM »
My oldest EF lens must be an EF 28-80 3.5-5.6 (MkI). It doesn't appear to have a date code, but the MkII came out in 2004. I got it when I was looking to experiment with slide film a few years ago and it came with an old Canon EOS 500N.

Me too, that's my oldest lens, kitted with the 500n, and the reviews reckon it's a cracking lens, but Canon ruined it with a MkII version.
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Re: What's your oldest Canon EF lens?
« Reply #19 on: July 20, 2013, 01:40:07 PM »
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Without digging into boxes of old stuff, the oldest thing I have still in some active use is the EF 50mm f/1.8 with a 1988 code:

UC0402

Interesting that it was a kit lens with the SLR I bought around 1990.

While I say still in some active use, it's really been supplanted by the 40mm pancake. As anyone using the old 50 knows the AF motor makes the sound you hear when you crank up an old castle drawbridge -- and it's not much faster either!

Same. The. 50mm f/1.8 with the metal mount is much sought after.
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Re: What's your oldest Canon EF lens?
« Reply #20 on: July 20, 2013, 02:11:09 PM »
Yep it's a nice little lens, second hand values getting very silly now, nearly as much as 50mm f1.4 yet out of parts for repair.

Seems to have a cult status these days.

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Re: What's your oldest Canon EF lens?
« Reply #21 on: July 20, 2013, 02:12:29 PM »
I still have the orginal 35-80 that came with an old film Rebel-S.   Also have two old zooms from that era... are they 70-200 or 80-200... plastic mount stuff.  Old.  Still work fine!   The one zoom totally clouded on an early morning outing, and when it cleared up... a sort of residue was left behind on one of the elements.  Not worth fixing, so I bought another for $99 new.  Ha~  The flare caused by the residue makes that zoom "perfect" for portraiture now.   Sort of like a Softar I from Zeiss.

Oldest metal mount lens... 28/2.8.  My 50/1.4 focus died and that was replaced too.... but the 28's been doing well since the mid 1990's.

Your clouded zoom gives an interesting angle to the story, I didn't know about the Softar filters. Thanks :)
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Re: What's your oldest Canon EF lens?
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Re: What's your oldest Canon EF lens?
« Reply #22 on: July 20, 2013, 02:16:04 PM »
My oldest EF lens must be an EF 28-80 3.5-5.6 (MkI). It doesn't appear to have a date code, but the MkII came out in 2004. I got it when I was looking to experiment with slide film a few years ago and it came with an old Canon EOS 500N.

Me too, that's my oldest lens, kitted with the 500n, and the reviews reckon it's a cracking lens, but Canon ruined it with a MkII version.
Perhaps I should try it out. The build quality is pretty awful, but then so was my first Tamron lens and the optical quality on that was pretty good for the price. I'm sort of spoiled by my 24mm MkII and 50 f/1.4 though.
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Re: What's your oldest Canon EF lens?
« Reply #23 on: July 21, 2013, 11:39:02 PM »
EF 50 1.8 MK I, Date code UB which means 1987

But I got rid of it because it had a nasty yellow-greenish color cast on the images. Maybe the glass has yellowed.
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Re: What's your oldest Canon EF lens?
« Reply #24 on: July 22, 2013, 05:37:50 AM »
EF 50 1.8 MK I, Date code UB which means 1987

But I got rid of it because it had a nasty yellow-greenish color cast on the images. Maybe the glass has yellowed.

First time I've heard of this, has it perhaps been used much in strong sunlight?
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Re: What's your oldest Canon EF lens?
« Reply #25 on: July 22, 2013, 06:40:35 AM »
My 35 L is a feburary 2004, and it's one of the best lenses I have owned with no issues. And still looks brand new. Previous owner must've treated it like one of his kids.
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Re: What's your oldest Canon EF lens?
« Reply #26 on: July 22, 2013, 07:14:10 AM »
My dad still has my original 50mm f/1.8 Mk I, which I bought in 1989 along with my first Canon EOS 650 camera.  I had owned minor Nikon kit up to that point, but when Canon jumped out with AF, I jumped to them.  That Mark I has traveled around the world and hit 6 of the continents with me while in the military.  I'll never sell it, but my dad is using it these days on my old 40D. 
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Re: What's your oldest Canon EF lens?
« Reply #27 on: July 22, 2013, 07:30:09 AM »
Canon EF 80-200/2.8L from the first EOS line in 1989. My lens manufactures in 1994, I believe and it works like a charm.
It was later replaced with 70-200/2.8, so this is quite rare lens.

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Re: What's your oldest Canon EF lens?
« Reply #28 on: July 22, 2013, 09:10:41 AM »
Hi all.
My EF50mm f1.8 is stamped UB0300. (Manufactured March 1987)
Unbelievably, this lens is in brand new condition. I recently bought it complete with an EOS 620 camera, the original shipping plastic protector tape was still inside the camera. I paid the seller a total of US $100 for the camera and lens and sold my pure plastic "nifty fifty" for US $65. 
The story the seller gave me is that his late father had bought this camera as a spare and it had been packed away in a cupboard ever since.

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Re: What's your oldest Canon EF lens?
« Reply #29 on: July 22, 2013, 09:30:10 AM »
I have a 50/1.8 Mk 1 with a date code UB0200, so that's February of 1987. Pristine condition.

It's for sale if anyone is interested.

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Re: What's your oldest Canon EF lens?
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