A Passel? A Cluster? A Stockpile?

Sometimes it's just fun to buy cheap stuff on Ebay.
Sometimes it’s just fun to buy cheap stuff on Ebay.

My readers have long known that I like lenses for more reasons than their use to make photographs. I think lenses are beautiful, interesting objects with an artistic appeal all their own.

I can be forgiven, then, for recently buying a big box of 11 Canon FD lenses, with a few other brands in the FD mount, marked “untested” from an Ebay seller. It cost next to nothing.

Canon’s FD lenses were discontinued in the late 1980s when Canon adopted their new EOS lenses, mainly in pursuit of better, faster autofocus technology. Some Canon shooters were understandably angry about it at the time, but they mostly got over it.

FD lenses were well-made, crafted of steel and brass, which is a level of craftsmanship I often wish would return.

During that era, my photographer friends and I were lens snobs, and thought, not always incorrectly, that Nikon’s Nikkor lenses were the only glass good enough to shoot.

To actually use these lenses, I bought a cheap adaptor that allows then to be mounted on my Fuji mirrorless camera.

As I thought about this large group of lenses, I considered the collective noun nomenclature for large groups of animals; for example, an unkindness of ravens or a sleuth of bears or a rabble of bees. (You can look those up if you don’t believe me.) So what is a large collection of lenses using this naming system? A flare of lenses? A blinding of glass? A shine of focus? It’s fun to ponder.

This is a snapshot of photography from a bygone era. Do I miss it? No, not really, but it's still fun to revisit.
This is a snapshot of photography from a bygone era. Do I miss it? No, not really, but it’s still fun to revisit.

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