A while back I was given (well loaned maybe) an A-1 and 4 lenses the 2 standout lenses being the fd 50mm f1.4 and the fd 300mm f4.
the 300mm had the aperture blades stuck open and I think/hope it is a combination of the old lube grease they used then hardening and sticking the blades rather than something mechanical as it had all been stored wrapped up in a shed in a hot country town location.
I bit the bullet yesterday and dropped it off for overhaul at my fav camera shop. The surgeon came out and had that "I'm sorry but its terminal look" on his face.
He confirmed my thoughts as to the grease being the most likely cause.
He said "it is a big job as I have to pull it near totally apart and clean then use a better lube to grease her up again, then clean and check everything as it goes back together. Worst case scenario being $250 and with some luck a bit less.
He knows I'm still on a budget so his jaw nearly dropped when I said "do it".
I must be crazy as I wont spend $200 to fix the EF 75-300 IS USM f4.5-6 that is a late 80's lens but am happy to do it with this 1976 lens being 40 years old.
I know I will like it on the eosM mirrorless but it made me get out the A-1 and give it a once over in anticipation of running some film
I was reluctant to grab some film while I was there as I was sure there were a few rolls tucked away with my old EOS 1000F-N and thought there was a roll with the gear I was given (well loaned maybe
-4 rolls of 24exp Kodak Max iso400 and 5 rolls of Fuji X-TRA iso400
now the Kodak is in black film containers and the Fuji is in opaque translucent containers
Is this film likely to still be good?
and I can't see any dates on them so what is the shelf life of well kept film?
PS... You can never forget the smell of film, as soon as I popped the first lid I had a heap of memories flash back.
I want to stand as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all the kinds of things you can't see from the center.