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Who's got the oldest EF lens?

 
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Apr 22, 2009 00:34 as a reply to  @ post 7778705 |  #46

Nice, mine is a couple months older than yours. Picked it up on ebay for about $75 mounted to an old Febel XS Film Camera that was part of an estate sale. UB0300 for mine. Need to take a pic and post!

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Apr 22, 2009 01:35 as a reply to  @ post 3955030 |  #47

I have a 135/2.8 SF lens that dates from May, 1988 (the date code is UC0500). It's still quite sound mechanically, though it hasn't been used all that much, and very little since I've owned it. But it does have haze on the interior surfaces and needs to be cleaned. Canon's price for a general service is a high percentage of what it's worth, so I keep putting it off. If I had it cleaned, I'd probably sell it.

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Apr 22, 2009 02:23 |  #48

Got my 28/2.8 in 1987.


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Apr 22, 2009 07:50 |  #49

Had 200/1.8 from 1990. Still have a 24L in "daily" use that's made in 1998.


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May 08, 2009 01:49 |  #50

so i've got you all beat....just picked up a 50mm 1.8 MK I off of ebay with an EOS 650 for $55...got it today, and checked out the date code and it's A1200 which would put me at DEC. 1986...i've played around with it just a bit, definitely heaftier than my MK II, but i'm not sure if i'm going to keep it or not. i might just see which is sharper @ 1.8 i do feel like my MK II focuses faster though, but i could be wrong. will do some more shooting with it tommorow in daylight

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May 08, 2009 04:07 as a reply to  @ DreDaze's post |  #51

I've got an EF 24/2.8 with date code UD0402 (April 1989) and an EF 35 2.0 with date code UE0900 (September 1990). Bought them new back then and have used them all the time although since I bought my "L":s they are only used when the lightning is bad (or just for plain fun). I also have an EF 70-210/3.5-4.5 USM which is about as old but this lens has no date code for some reason...? This lens I do not use anymore, not since I got the 70-200/4L.

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May 08, 2009 09:51 |  #52

If this were open to all mounts, my record winner is my 54 year old Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar T 2/58 (which I bought on ebay last year, its optics put most of my glass to shame). Next in line are my Helios-44-2 and Tair-3FC (which my dad brought from then Ukranian SSR of the USSR to this country when he and my mom emigrated in '76). Then my Canon FD gear which all dates to '79. All of this gear has been used with care but heavily used and still works phenomenally.

Of my EF's my oldest are my 28-90 II and my 75-300 III, both suck optically, but they both still work... bought them in 2004.


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May 08, 2009 10:28 |  #53

I have a 50 f/1.8 with date code UB0500 bought new in 1987 and a 70-210 f/4 with date code UB0700 also bought new in 1987.

Thought that was pretty good until I saw DreDaze's post and UA1200 date code.




  
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May 08, 2009 10:37 |  #54

DreDaze wrote in post #7880733 (external link)
so i've got you all beat....just picked up a 50mm 1.8 MK I off of ebay with an EOS 650 for $55...got it today, and checked out the date code and it's A1200 which would put me at DEC. 1986...i've played around with it just a bit, definitely heaftier than my MK II, but i'm not sure if i'm going to keep it or not. i might just see which is sharper @ 1.8 i do feel like my MK II focuses faster though, but i could be wrong. will do some more shooting with it tommorow in daylight

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Looks to be in terrific shape too. My oldest lens is 3yr old 70-200. Guess I better take care of it if I hope to ever join in on these kinds of threads :p




  
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Mar 14, 2011 19:16 |  #55

50mm 1.8 1987. Still looks like new!


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Mar 14, 2011 19:29 |  #56

Damnit, read the first page and thought I had it....UB0200 nifty mkI, needs a new front element, it has fungus and that part is sealed


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Mar 15, 2011 04:44 as a reply to  @ funkyfones's post |  #57

my 28-70L has UL on it, so that would be 1997


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Mar 15, 2011 07:38 as a reply to  @ Cpt.Vanquisher's post |  #58

I have a 70-210 F4 with a date code of UB0500.

It's been through hell and back and still looks/functions like new.... even still has the gold sticker. :lol:


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Mar 15, 2011 10:47 |  #59

folville wrote in post #3956921 (external link)
I have a 135 f/2.8 SF from 1987.  :p

It's crazy that they still make this one, along with a few others. Must be a good design.


To answer the OP's question, I've had some UB lenses that were in great shape over the past few years. Still have a UC (I think) 35-135 f/3.5-4.5 that I plan on keeping for a long long time.


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Oh jeez... this is a thread bump from the past. Why did I bother posting?




  
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Mar 15, 2011 11:57 |  #60

I have a Canon 28 2.8 that is from 1987


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