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Is it bad to use old lenses on a new camera?

Ever since I started out with photography, I've been using an old, used Sony Alpha 200 DSLR. I was mostly okay with its mediocre performance, but lately my demands have increased, and I would like ...
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Are there a comprehensive list of available (possible) adapters between different lens mounts?

When buying old dirt cheap lenses for use in modern cameras with the help from adapters, the flange focal distance is always limiting factor. The article about flange focal distance lists the ...
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35mm vs 40mm: Does it matter?

I want to buy the lens Voigtlander Nokton 40mm F1.4, $449 Voigtlander Nokton 35mm F1.4, $629 I am asking, why the slightly difference in focal length, the price difference in so much as $180? ...
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What are the downsides of converting FD(n) lenses to EF mount?

Are there any downsides of converting an old FD(n) lens to the EF by means of actually replacing the mount with a EdMika or similar? The lens will become a manual focus and manual aperture control ...
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Can I use these old lenses from DVT vision systems on modern cameras?

I have a bunch of old Tamron lenses (12mm, 25mm, 50mm, 75mm, etc) that were used on old vision systems (DVT Cameras). These systems are now obsolete and the cameras / lenses are being disposed of. Is ...
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Why do I see different focuspoint in my DSLR's viewfinder and screen with old lenses?

I've had an old completely analog Praktika SLR with a set of lenses for a few years now. The camera and lenses are still quite good but I wanted to go digital. Having recently acquired a Nikon D5200, ...
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Which is the best version of Helios 44 series 58mm f/2 M42 mount lens

I'm looking to buy a Helios 44 series 58mm f/2 M42 lens for my Nikon D600 and will be mounting it using an M42 to F-mount adapter. I'm primarily buying this lens for portraits due to the interesting ...
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How do old lenses get dented just on the filter ring?

I often see old Nikkor lenses for sale that have one deformation on the lens barrel, at the level of the filter. The focusing barrel is intact, the rest of the lens is in good condition, the glass is ...
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How to Restore Old Lenses?

I often visit an antique shop that sells gadgets like old cameras, equipment and lenses. I'm particularly interested on buying an old macro lenses from Sigma, Ricoh, and Nikkor. I would expect the ...
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What effect does lens separation have on images?

Suppose I have a lens with few elements cemented together. If one of those groups begins to separate over time, what effect could it have on images taken with the lens?
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How to fix a Nikon 100mm f/2.8 Series E lens not being properly recognized on a D300?

I have a Nikon 100mm f/2.8 Series E mounted on my D300. When I set the aperture on 2.8 on the lens, it is seen as 1.8 on the D300. At its maximum, when set at f/22 on the lens, it is seen at f/16 on ...
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What are the metal items on top of an older Nikon lens?

Does anybody knows what the two metal items on top of the lens are used for?
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Can I use a Nikon 50mm f/2 pre-AI on my Nikon D5100?

Can I use a Nikon 50mm f/2 pre-AI on my Nikon D5100? Will it cause any damage to my camera?
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Servicing a Voigtlander Bessa from 1929 - how to open the lens assembly?

I recently acquired a Voigtlander Bessa from 1929. It works but there's a dead insect into the lens assembly (between the glasses) and some fungus/dust. I'm trying to open it to remove the insect and ...
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k mount lens to a 58mm thread camera [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I use Pentax lenses on a Lumix FZ18? I found this 3 old lenses from a ricoh kr10 camera which I really liked a lot. The problem is that that camera doesnt work ...
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Very old Ricoh camera and lenses to work with newer Canon EOS camera

I've been given an old bag of Ricoh camera and lenses and I find that it would be such a waste not to be able to use in some way all this again for something. Can you give me some suggestions as to ...
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Can the lenses of a Canon EOS film camera be used on a digital one?

I have lenses from a Canon EOS rebel Xs film camera: 28-80mm f/4-5.6 II (diameter 58mm) and a Sigma 100-300mm f/4.5-6.7. I am thinking to buy a Canon Digital 40D and use these lenses. Will those ...
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What lens and mount is this Sigma lens for Canon?

I have recently been given old(ish) Sigma 55-200mm lens for Canon (not EF mount), I believe that it is f/4-5.6. It is zoomed by pulling the barrel out. What mount is it? And what specifications does ...
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What lenses can I mount on Canon that will give me a different, exotic look for portrait photography?

I was usually working with Canon lenses (the 85mm f/1.2, 8-15mm, 16-35mm), but recently, I've got myself the Zeiss 100mm f/2, and it blew me away. I never thought it possible, but it, while making ...
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What are screw drive lenses?

Are lenses known as screw drivers actually available?If so what are their features and why are they called so.Name some of the lens and their manufactures.
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What is the significance of the word “Color” in the names of some older lenses?

This seems closely related to How does a lens affect the saturation of a picture?. Some older lenses I've seen contain the word "Color" in the name, such as Color-Yashinon and Color-Skopar (the ...
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Is it possible for a hobbyist to create a lens element?

Is it possible for a hobbyist to create/mold/grind/polish a lens element? There seems to be lots of astronomy hobbyists polishing mirrors and occasionally a large lens element. Is there an equivalent ...
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Can anyone recommend some good second hand camera stores in Japan?

I recently purchased an OM-2n, which I've been really happy with. However, I am looking to pick up a few more lenses on my next trip to Japan. Does anyone have any recommendations on good second hand ...
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How can I use Minolta / Sony AF lenses on Nikon DSLR bodies?

I'd like to use selected Minolta & Sony AF lenses on a Nikon — say, a D700. Can I, and if so how? My first SLR was a Minolta SRT303B and I've used Minolta since. That was manual but I now ...
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How do non-MFT lenses work on a Panasonic GF3?

I'm thinking of buying a GF3. But the lenses are pricy, so I have to pick my kit wisely. I saw that there are adapters for it, but I'm new to lenses. Are there any problems with attaching non-MFT ...
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Can I fit a Minolta 35mm lens to a Micro 4third mount?

I have old 35mm lenses for my old Minolta camera. I'm going back to photography and getting an Olympus PEN E-PL1 (micro four thirds mount). Can I use my old lenses on such a box or do they become ...
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Could an old Nikkor-P lens damage a DSLR?

Someone was interested in buying my D3000 body (I had upgraded and want to keep the lenses). He had a very old Nikkor-P lens, which seemed to fit onto my camera alright. But the LCD screen said "lens ...
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What's the small white plastic dome on old Pentax lenses?

My old Pentax lenses have a small white dome between the aperture ring and the focus ring. See the photo below: The clear white dome calls to mind the larger white plastic domes used in light ...
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Is there an adapter for Canon AE-1 lenses on Canon 550D? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it worth it to buy an FD-EOS adapter, or is it better to exchange a misbought lens? Is there a way to use my old Canon AE-1 lenses on my new EOS-550D?
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Are there recent entry-level/prosumer DSLR cameras that can use/are compatible with high quality older manual lenses?

A reason to use older lenses is to save money on bigger zoom or other normally expensive auto-focus lenses. Is this still something people do?
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Why buy an intentionally soft lens?

While reading some reviews of older lenses, I keep reading "It's soft wide open, but that's not always a problem with portraits." Over my rather short time in photography thus far, I've come to ...
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Is there a noticable difference in sharpness between a 1.8 lens and a 2.8 of similar design?

I recently bought a second-hand Carl Zeiss Jena PANCOLAR MC 1.8/50mm Lens off eBay (still waiting for it to arrive though) and am going to mount it to my Canon 7D via a M42 adaptor. I primarily shoot ...
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Were lenses for film designed to focus different colors at different depths, and what does that mean for digital?

I was reading the book Adobe Photoshop CS5 for Photographers: The Ultimate Workshop by Martin Evening & Jeff Schewe (Focal Press. 2011) and read this paragraph about film lenses and DSLRs: … ...
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Do good lenses really last a lifetime?

I’ve heard people say “a good lens will last a lifetime” many times. Is this actually true of modern lenses? More specifically, will a good lens be usable for a lifetime? With an inexpensive adapter, ...
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What are M42 prime lenses?

How can I use these prime lenses for Canon T2I? Are these cheap and good? I have no clue what M42 lenses are. Please post appropriate links for the lenses and adapter that I can use for my canon t2i.
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Can I use old Pentax lenses on newer Pentax DSLRs?

Can I use old Pentax lenses from the film days on the newer Pentax DSLRs? Are there any caveats or exceptions? Are adapters or modifications needed?
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What are the best methods for cleaning really dirty lens elements?

I bought old M42 Pentacon 50mm f1.8 lens from a car boot sale. It works but is pretty dirty and it has also dirt inside (no mould/fungus though). Opening the lens is not a problem but I would like to ...