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May 15, 2008 13:11 |  #1

I just saw an ad for a used 35-70 A lens, the advertiser explains that the A stands for astronomy. It has a very small front glass, similar to an EP-65 macro. Any one seen such a beast? I am away from my old books and mags right now, and all search engines reveal nothing online. Counting on you to come through with the info so I know wether to pounce or pass on this oddity. thanks to all who reply


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May 15, 2008 15:32 |  #2

Okay, I found examples of this lens on ebay and I am thinking this is just a low end kit lens and am passing on the sale. I think I figured out what the A stands for.


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May 15, 2008 15:37 |  #3

The advertiser is mistaken. This is an older oddball Canon Zoom Lens that has no manual focus capability.

http://www.canon.com …zoom/ef_35~70_3​5~45a.html (external link)

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May 15, 2008 15:39 |  #4

I had the FD version of the 35-70mm f/3.5-4.5 lens... What a heapin' POS!

Might it be this one? http://www.canon.com …/zoom/nfd_35~70​_4_af.html (external link)


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May 15, 2008 15:54 |  #5

no, it is an ef mount, and thanks for the link. I was able to find it in the ef telephoto zoom list at that site, looks like it was just a kit lens. thanks for looking it up and posting the picture. looks like the same one I found on ebay from a japanese seller. The original one I was looking at is in portland oregon and evidently belongs to a real space fan. Hope he sells it, hope no one else thinks they have a canon rarity when they buy his cheap 1980's kit lens.


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May 15, 2008 16:07 as a reply to  @ birdfromboat's post |  #6

Ya, it's one of those weird little lenses that never really took off. A copy occasionally turns up on ebay, and yours is not the first thread asking about it. Just an oddity.

Does anyone remember the Eos M - a manual-focus film camera that took EF lenses ? That concept got ditched pretty quickly too - the entry level film EOS cameras were good value right from the start, and if you wanted a manual camera, the FD stuff was still around. and in those days, Nikon did not do AF, and serious shooters used Nikon in the main - or Leica, or Hassy's.

Minolta Dynax and Canon Eos were the two main choices if you wanted to go AF.


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May 16, 2008 11:39 |  #7

I have this one's brother, with a manual focus ring. I bought it when I bought my 10s quite a few years ago. I don't think it's a bad lens, just a bit slow with less zoom range than I want. I'll have to take some pictures with it and post them.

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