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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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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 ...
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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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Can I use an old Olympus-mount lens on a Canon DSLR?

What is the mount adapter I need to mount a Vivitar 28mm 1:2 No.22 (made by Kino, aka Kiron) lens on my Canon 600D? Is it the T/T2 lens mount? I used to mount this lens on my dad's Olympus OM-10. ...
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Which mount adaptor do I need to mount an old Tokina FL/FD lens on a Canon 30D?

I have an old Tokina Fully Automatic Lens 400mm F-6.3 lens. Says on a small label: "To fit C/FD Canon FL and FD lens series" I have a Canon 30D. Which is the right mount adaptor to use? Best if ...
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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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Has anyone successfully mounted other lenses on Ricoh GR II?

I've been given a Ricoh GR II to play with — sort of a long term loan really. Lovely little camera. In the past I've messed about with Olympus film and digital, and Nikon compacts and SLRs with other ...
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What lenses can I use to build a DIY tilt/shift lens for a Nikon DX body?

I've found an awesome description for how to build your own tilt/shift lens (http://www.creativepro.com/article/build-a-tilt-shift-camera-lens-peanuts) that mentions using, for example, a lens for the ...
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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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What creative things can I do with incompatible lenses?

I found an old 28-85mm and a 70-210mm lens my father used on his 35mm Minolta but they are incompatible with my D7000. Keeping in mind I'd rather not take off the current lens to avoid any dust going ...
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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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What kind of dose can you expect from a radioactive lens?

I read that lens makers used to use radioactive glass to increase the refractive index property of their lenses. How radioactive are they? Here are some example dosages; where would looking through ...
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Are there risks in using an adapter ring?

I have found a couple of old Zenit lenses in a drawer. I have found online, for a very cheap amount (about 10 eur) an adapter ring (from M42 to EOS mount). The lenses have not been particularly well ...
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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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How well do 1980s AI Nikkor Lenses work on a Canon 60D with an adaptor?

My dad has some old Nikkor AI Lenses from the 80's that are in great shape and are great all around lenses. I used to use them his Nikkormat growing up but now I want to use them on a digital format. ...
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How do I to clean prime lenses' internals? Or should I even try?

I have some very old primes (grandfather's 1950s Exakta Varex lenses, ranging from 28mm to 85mm) that I've been really enjoying on my Sony NEX with an adapter. It's partially sentimental, but I've ...
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Are Konica and Minolta lenses interchangeable?

I have an old Konica FS-1 35mm SLR camera with quite a nice F1.8 lens on, but I'd like to use a different body (without a battery pounding auto wind on mechanism!). There seem to be plenty of Minolta ...
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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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How will old M42 lenses work on a Nikon camera?

I wanted to get some cheap old lenses to use on my Nikon DX DSLR (D3100). However, Nikon has one of the greatest flange distances of all manufacturers, which means that most lenses I can buy (M42 ...
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How can I find C Mount lenses which would work well on Micro Four Thirds?

It's easy to find people complaining about vignetting and poor fits, so what should someone know before buying the adapter and lens? Which C Mount lenses are a good buy? What are the likely focal ...
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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 research should I do before starting to photograph more?

I have a low end Canon digital camera, and I found my dad's old Sears KS-2 with the standard 50mm lens. I don't know that much about manual photography. I feel like I should do some research and learn ...
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How do I make the lens less sticky?

I have recently obtained a camera that has a lens that was apparently left in the sun/heat, and now the plastic on the lens is sticky. I was wondering if there was a way to make it not sticky without ...
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Is it possible to mount Pentax lenses on Sony NEX with an adapter?

I wonder whether it would be possible to mount Pentax lenses on a Sony NEX, using an adapter. Are such adapters already available? Would it be possible to have automatic focus?
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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 ...
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Force AF assist light on body / flash to come on with Nikon DSLRs?

I have a Nikon D-40 and D-90 with a wide assortment of prime lenses. I like fast primes for low light photography. Some of my lenses are sufficiently old that they do not auto focus at all. Others ...