Posted on Mar 19, 2012

Ok.  I have to admit something.  I like antique stores in Albany, Oregon.  It’s awesome to see history from random families dating back to early 1800’s.  But that’s not why I go into them all the time when I am visiting family.  I think it’s the hunting down camera equipment that is really exciting especially when I found some amazing deals on lenses.  The first amazing find was a Canon FL 55mm 1.2 which came with 2 other random lenses.  They were all packaged nicely into a ziplock bag and labeled $15.00!  Yes, only $15.00 for all three.  But the Canon 55mm FL 1.2 was like finding gold.  It’s my favorite manual focus lens out of all my lenses right now.  Now onto the latest find from these antique stores.  I was looking around and saw an old long leather lens case behind some glass in one of these stores.  I thought it was going to be a really old and crappy lens and not a canon mountable one.  Well, it was an old leather case but when the store clerk took the lens out of the old case I found a “PRISTINE” zoom lens by a company I had never hear of called “Asanuma”.  This was a 70-220 3.5 with an older FD mount which I had an adapter for so I could use it right away on my T2i.  The glass and lens body had never been used from what I could tell.  Not a single scratch on the outside and not a single mark on either end of the glass.  This lens even does macro and has a mount on the underside because it is really heavy.  So, now for the price.  Only $30!  I couldn’t believe it.  I tried not to act surprised but I couldn’t help it.  I bought it right away and tried it out.  Amazing!  Here are some pics with my T2i and Seagull viewfinder (like Zacuto).