[ad_1]Vintage Camera Lenses Many of you know we have recently gotten back into film photography. We did this for a number of reasons including making us be more educated and considered photographers regardless of the gear we use.
While collecting old film cameras I have re-discovered my love of old lenses especially when mounted via appropriate adapter to a digital camera.
Between the two of us we probably have over 50 vintage lenses in good and useable shape. What I love is these old lenses are cheap, usually between 40-80 dollars each, and have some unique characteristics.
Mounted to a mirrorless camera, these lenses are very easy to use. We activate focus peaking that highlights anything in focus in red to ensure we are accurate in focusing these old manual lenses and rotate the aperture mounted on the barrel to adjust the fstop.
Using vintage lenses is an inexpensive way to increase your lens collection especially by using the old prime lenses as long as you are comfortable using manual focus and manual settings since there is no electronic connection between the lens and the camera.
There are many different old camera mount types out there but I have stayed with the very versatile and easy to find Pentax m42 screw mount and the Pentax k mount. Both are plentiful on EBay or online second hand sites.
I've attached some shots of photos from a few of my favourite lenses and a photo of the 300mm Takumar attached to my Fujifim XT2.
Lenses used in the photos:
Pentax Takumar 85-210 f/4.5 (first 2 photos)
Pentax Takumar 300 f/4 (photos 3 & 4)
Pentax Takumar 300mm f/4 attached to Fuji XT2 (Photo 5)
Helios 58mm f/2 (Photo 6 & 7)