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Many people collect old lenses as a hobby, or simply have older lenses they're interested in using on modern cameras.

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Light meter calculations on micro four thirds [duplicate]

I am planning to start using a light meter for portrait photography with an Olympus OMD EM5, off camera flash and an old Canon 135mm f2 manual lens. However having read about it, I think that I will ...
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DSLR recommendation, question about old Canon 35mm film Camera & lenses [closed]

I'm in search of a new camera and I've been reading reviews, researching the last couple of weeks. The choice is daunting to say the least. There are so many models, types etc not to mention all the ...
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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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Is 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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Nikon focus confirmation with manual lenses

I've recently purchased a Nikon D600 and would like to use my old Minolta Rokkor 50mm f/1.4 on it. However I am quite confused as to the functions of a "chipped adapter". While I know that with Canon ...
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How to calculate the focal length for old lenses (m42 or m39) mounted on Sony Nex? [duplicate]

As far as I know, it is necessary to multiply the focal length by the crop factor. My Sony Nex 5 has a crop factor = 1.5 For lens Helios 77M-4 1.8/50 focal length will 50 * 1.5 = 75 Is this true for ...
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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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Do Lightroom lens correction profiles for Contax G lenses (e.g. 90/2.8) exist?

I recently acquired a used Contax G 90/2.8 Sonnar lens, which is an amazing piece of glass and was wondering did anyone make lens correction profiles for it?
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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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Nikon D70, can I use manual aperture ring without getting the FEE error?

I'm trying to use a Nikkor AF 35-105 zoom lens on a Nikon D70, and if I try to move the aperture ring from the minimum (f/22) I get the FEE error. Now, I seem to understand that it means that the ...
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Why will low-end Nikons not meter with old lenses?

To quote the source, the following sites claim that the Nikons: D90, D5200, D3200 and so on will not meter with AI lenses. http://www.aiconversions.com/compatibilitytable.htm ...
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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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Using old, manual focus lenses with a new Pentax DSLR

I have an old Pentax ME SUPER with three lenses, all of which have manual focus rings and no autofocus motors. Do new Pentax DSLRs have built-in focus motors that can deal with old lenses? FYI, ...
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Can I use Olympus OM lenses on a Pentax DSLR?

I have some Olypus lenses that were used with my OM20 camera that I would like to use on my Pentax K-r camera. Is this possible, and what would I need to do it?
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How would Yashica M lenses compare with modern Canon lenses in terms of image quality?

I’ve come across an interesting offer where I can get the following for just $90 bucks: 1.Yashica ML 28mm f2.8 2.Yashica 50mm f1.9 3.Yashica 135mm f2.8 4.Yashica to Canon EOS Adapter Now let’s ...
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What lens adapter do I need to use a Marexar lens on a Canon EOS camera?

I have a Marexar CX zoom lens no.8407598 and am looking for an adaptor to fit it to a Canon EOS 1100D camera. What do I need?
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How can I use the built-in flash with a legacy prime on a Nikon D3100?

I purchased an older 50mm prime lens to use on my Nikon D3100. I know it will not meter or focus (and I can handle manual focus and exposure etc.) but I cannot get it to fire the on-camera flash. Any ...
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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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Will old K-mount lenses have the same field of view on Pentax K01?

Will old K-mount lenses have the same field of view on Pentax K01? Or, will 50mm lens (made for 35mm film) function as a 75mm lens?
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Use FD lens on EOS M

I have a FD lens and a Nikon Non Ai lens, with two adapters respectively. Attached the FD lens to EOS M, set to M mode or AV mode, the aperture is fixed 00. Press the shutter button, it doesn't fire. ...
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Are older macro lenses soft at long focus distances?

I have an old (20+ years old) Nikon mount Sigma 50mm f/2.8 macro lens with a 2X Tamron teleconverter that I use on my Canon body. When taking macro (1:1) or general close-up shots, the lens is very ...
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What adapter to mount a screw thread lens on Nikon D90?

I have a Soligor 450 mm lens with a 40 mm dia camera body end thread connection. I would like to try adapting it to a D90 AF system. Are there adapter rings available out there for this purpose?
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Why no aperture control with Nikon 55mm f/2.8 AI-s on Nikon D3200

It was pretty exciting to borrow my dad's old Nikon 55mm f/2.8 AI-s and try it on my Nikon D3200. I have to use it in full manual mode, but it gets great results! Amazing how a lens designed in 1979 ...
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Is there any difference between using a full manual lens for Nikon F-mount or using lens for another mount (say m42) with an F-mount adapter?

I'm looking for a very cheap (~$50), fast (large aperture), full manual (non-CPU) lens for my Nikon D7000. After searching on eBay, I found that the same lenses (e.g. Vivitar 135mm f/2.8) are cheaper ...
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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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What sites/companies are available for buying and selling used lenses? [closed]

Are there some sites that offer good deals that can be purchased online with shipping included? Sites other than Amazon, BestBuy, eBay, etc.
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Why doesn't auto exposure work with older lenses?

I have an old Nikon 50mm F 1.8 lens that I use on my Canon Digital Rebel XT. Whenever I use it, I have to shoot manually. I understand that the body can't change the aperture, but why can't it expose ...
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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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Does crop factor still apply to a vintage film SLR lens?

My friend has a Tamron 24mm lens on his Nikon D5000 and he says that because of its age and the fact it is manual focus, it is still actually a 24mm on his crop sensored camera. Is this right? If so, ...
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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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How can I use Pentax lenses on a Lumix FZ18?

I have 3 very nice old Telephoto lenses for an old Pentax K1000 that doesn't work good anymore, color is shot. So my wife has a new Panasonic Lumix FZ18 camera and we thought we would try to get the ...
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Why does my DSLR's viewfinder ignore the aperture ring on a legacy lens?

I have a Nikon D3100, and I am borrowing an old Nikkor 50mm SLR lens (http://www.destoutz.ch/lens_50mm_f1.8_1828564.html). I've had a lot of trouble with that lens, in that pictures that appear ...
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Can a Canon T3 DSLR be used with my TAMRON AF TELE-MACRO 90-300mm lens?

Can a Canon T3 DSLR be used with my Tamron AF tele-macro 90-300mm lens? I am trying to find a lower cost new camera (less than $500) to use with this lens that I previously used with a film camera. ...
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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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Which adapter do I need to mount a vintage Marexar-CX Lens to Nikon D3100?

I have purchased a vintage MAREXAR-CX Zoom, MACRO lens, Multi-Coated 1:4.5-4.8 F=80-250mm 58 No 90686. It says is a Minolta fitting lens, made in Japan. I would like to try it out with my Nikon ...
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What are the difference in multi coatings of old lens like m42 lens and modern lens like canon EF-S?

I have some old m42 prime lens like Pentacon Multi-Coated f/2.8 135mm, and modern lens Canon EF-S 18-55 mm and Sigma 70-300 mm. How much is the difference in the multi-coatings of old and modern ...
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Can different metering modes affect sharpness for a m42 prime lens?

Recently, I got some old m42 prime lens from Ebay and started playing with them with my Canon T3i/600d. However, it's difficult to get sharp pictures with these manual focus lens as there is no AF ...
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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 worth to buy old Sigma lens instead of Nikkor?

I'm amateur and I want to try something new. I have Nikon D3100 with Nikkor AF-S DX VR 55-200/4,0-5,6 G ED and I'm shooting everything - animals, landscape, people, sport, ... (like real amateur :D ). ...
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Is it practical and worthwhile to fit old SLR lenses to mirrorless digital cameras?

I see that there seem to be a lot of lens adapters available on eBay to allow fitting old SLR lenses onto new digital cameras such as the micro 4/3 and the sony NEX cameras. Is it actually worth the ...