Old 06-03-2013, 11:09 PM   #1
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Lightbulb Reason #47 of "why it is bad to use old crap."

I am not a big fan of using old photography equipment, mostly because they produce sub standard images when compared to modern equipment.

Now there is yet another reason why it is less than optimum - use of vintage lenses can be hazardous to your health.

"There are a significant number of lenses produced from the 1940s through the 1970s that are measurably radioactive."

http://camerapedia.wikia.com/wiki/Radioactive_lenses
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Old 06-03-2013, 11:30 PM   #2
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Old 06-04-2013, 01:37 AM   #3
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That certainly explains my current mental condition. All those brain cells soaking in radiation while I was looking through my F1's viewfinder for all those years.
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Old 06-04-2013, 01:42 AM   #4
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I have one of these that is supposed to be radioactive. Not too worried. Don't use it much for trains. Here's a scan of a film shot, wide open, handheld at about 1/15. SMC Takumar 35mm f2.

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Old 06-04-2013, 02:04 AM   #5
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I'm sure your iphone gives off more radiation than an old lens.
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Old 06-04-2013, 02:25 AM   #6
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Can't wait to read what Kent has to say about this.
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Old 06-04-2013, 02:49 AM   #7
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BTW - lantern mantels have a buttload of Thorium in them too, so don't walk around with them in your front pants pockets.
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I love old camera gear.
I just don't use it.
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Old 06-04-2013, 04:54 AM   #9
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I have every piece of camera gear I ever owned---going back to a Kodak Box Brownie from 1958. Like Dennis, I don't use any of it. I have most of the cameras displayed downstairs on a book case. They're very cool and great conversation pieces.
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Old 06-04-2013, 07:32 AM   #10
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I don't have all the cameras I have had because doing so would only serve to remind me of all the lousy pictures I took with them - and some were disposable.
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