From the bowels of our house, my wife pulled this blast from the past this weekend. She had mentioned this old kit we had received from her Mom a few years ago, but I did not remember it being a full camera kit. All I could recall was an old Yashica that made its way into the house at some point in the past 12 years.
So, after a few minutes of digging around, out comes a camera bag with this Canon TX with 55mm 1.8 lens, a Speedlite 177A, and a 70-210mm lens.
A fresh set of batteries later, and the Speedlite was determined to still be functional. A few seconds after that, it was determined to still work with my Canon T3i. Score! It’s a manual flash, but it’s an external flash unit, so I may be able to do some funky stuff with it.
A bit of digging around Google revealed that there are even adapters to convert the old FD mount to the new EF mount, which could allow me to use the old lenses. Fully manual, of course, which is fine. One of the side effects of the adapters seems to be they turn the old lenses into a sort of macro lens. Or, if I poke around a bit, I may be able to find an old FD mount macro lens for cheap, cheap, cheap. We’ll see what happens.