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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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Most compact old lens for under $50 [closed]

What is the most compact old manual lens I can buy on eBay? I don't want to spend more than $50. It also has to not destroy the sensor of an E-Mount camera. I'd also like it to be f/2.8 or faster. I ...
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Why do so many old cameras have camera lenses made in Japan?

I'm browsing what the world has to offer me when I want to buy old (circa ’70s or ’80s) camera, e.g., a Canon EX Auto QL. And I've noticed that most of them have camera lenses made in Japan. Was Japan ...
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Will the Helios 44-2 lens work on Nikon D3300? [duplicate]

I would like to buy a Helios 44-2 lens, but I need to know if my Nikon D3300 will allow me to take pictures with it since the lens has no pins. Will there be any other problems? Lens Mount Adapter
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Can I fit a Minolta 35mm lens to a Micro 4third mount? [duplicate]

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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Olympus OM 10 alternative lenses to the original Zuiko 50mm [closed]

I've been using the Olympus OM 10 for a lil while with its Zuiko 50mm and I'm struggling to find new lenses for that (old) camera. Would you have any brand/model to recommend? I'm not particularly ...
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How do I get my EOS M to release the shutter with an adapted manual lens?

I have a Canon FD-mount lens and a Nikon pre-AI lens, with respective adapters. I attach the FD lens to my EOS M, set the camera to M or Av mode, and the aperture is fixed at 00. When I press the ...
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Can you use a Krasnogorsk lens (from the 16mm movie camera) on a Sony NEX camera?

I would love to try and adapt the lens from my 16mm camera Krasnagorsk onto my Sony NEX bodies (3 or 5). The lens I am referring to can be seen on this picture, it is a f 1.9 Zoom Lens: I found ...
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Can I use Canon lenses on a Nikon dSLR?

I have Canon lenses and would like to purchase an adapter to use them on the D3200? Is there one available? If so name and model would be appericated. I understand that I will have to shoot on manual ...
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Will old Sigma and Tamron EOS lenses work on Canon 600D?

I have a Canon EOS 5 with a Tamron 28mm to 300mm AF lens and a Sigma 100 to 300mm lens. Both work well with EOS film cameras (I've had several in the past). I am now looking to upgrade the body to a ...
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What modern camera bodies can use Minolta Maxxum Lenses?

I have an old Minolta Maxxum, is there a camera DSLR body that will take all the lenses from the Maxxum available ?
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Downsides of using M42 or T mount lens on newer mirrorless bodies?

Context I've purchased an older 400mm f6.3 t-mount lens and I'm considering buying a Helios 44-2 2/58 M42-mount lens. I've used the 400 for a week on my Sony a6000 and I don't see any problems with ...
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Whatever happened to dust?

Back in the day, lens cleaning was a front and center concern, with everyone discussing their preferred methods and products. I had a blower brush, tissues, and fluid as part of my kit. But now, ...
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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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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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How compatible are my old Nikon lenses?

I'm looking at buying a new SLR body. I have an old film Nikon entry-level SLR (about ten years old) with a kit lens. If I buy a Nikon body, how likely is it that my old lens will work on it? Would I ...
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Can anyone help me identify this lens? Pk 80-200mm autozoom

I have a lens I was going to try to sell on ebay but can't figure out what it is. Doesn't appear to have a manufacturer name. Made in Korea, side has 22 16 11 8 5.6 4.6 PK. Top has 80-200mm cct ...
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I have a Nikon D5100 and want to use some old Cosina manual lenses… what adapter do I need? [duplicate]

I have a Nikon D5100 and some beautiful old Cosina lenses (completely manual) What sort of adapter do I need to buy to use these lenses?
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Has anyone successfully mounted other lenses on Ricoh GR Digital II?

I've been given a Ricoh GR Digital 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 ...
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How do I connect Leica Summicron-M 1:2/50 E39 lens to Canon EOS 5D body?

Could anyone recommend what I need to buy in order to connect a Leica Summicron-M 1:2/50 E39 lens to a Canon EOS 5D body? Do I need a bayonet lens adaptor and if so please let me know which one?
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Which adapted manual lens mounts do not collide with the mirror on Canon 5D/6D bodies?

Why Old Lenses? Unlike fancy new lenses, old lenses always have a certain charm, a story and a personality. They also keep your wallet a lot heavier! You can have a full range of very high quality ...
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Which cheap digital body for M42 lenses? [closed]

I'm looking for a cheap, second hand digital camera body for my M42 lenses. And I'm stuck; there is actually quite some choice. Currently, I have a Canon EOS 300D; there are two reasons I want to ...
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How do I take the right exposure quickly with Nikon D5300 and old AI-S Lenses?

I've inherited an interesting set of old AI-S lenses from my dad. I use them on my Nikon D5300. They do work, but only in fully manual mode. It's cool that I can use those lenses but it takes me a ...
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Got my first vintage lens (Carl Zeiss Jena Pancolar 50mm f/1.8) - what's this lever for?

This was made by the East German incarnation of Carl Zeiss in the 70s. The plastic part to the right is the M42 to E-mount adapter. I'm wondering what the lever in the center of the first image does. ...
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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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Can I use Pentax screwmount lenses on my Nikon DSLR? [duplicate]

Can I use my old camera lenses of Ashahi Pentax SP1000 screw mount in my Nikon DSLR D60 camera? If possible, where can I get the necessary accessories?
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What type of lens mount is this Som Berthiot?

I bought this som berthiot 20mm f1.9 lens assuming it was a c-mount but it is much smaller with an elongated screw mount. Can't figure out what type of mount this could be. Here it is compared to ...
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Which current Canon digital cameras can use older EOS lenses? [duplicate]

I have a Canon EOS 100 film camera, and I would like to change to a Canon digital, but I'm concerned that the lenses I have: 28-80mm 80-200mm 100-300mm 100mm Macro will not work on the new digital ...
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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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How to remove label adhesive from used lenses?

I just picked up a very nice used lens. The only downside is that there's some residual label gunk on the rubberized focus ring (also on the caps, but I can replace them without too much worry). I'm ...
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Why change to open-aperture metering when this causes the need to stop-down for old lenses

On my Pentax ME Super with a legacy lens (Pentax SMC 50mm 1.7) my camera meters at all aperture ring settings. Yet, if I transfer this lens to a modern Pentax DSLR, I need to stop down the lens to ...
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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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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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any reason not to disassemble old lens for kids experiments?

I have an old manual-focus Vivitar 400mm lens I bought off eBay. Manually focusing is pretty slow & difficult, even with the live view on the Canon 70D, and as far as image quality goes, it seems ...
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How do I identify the lens mount for this old lens which says “for Canon”?

I'm trying to find the correct lens mount or adapter to use with my canon t3i.
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Nikon D3200 - quality loss with stock lens and with old lenses?

I know that you can use an adapter to mount various old lenses on D3200, but would I lose quality by doing so? I even read something that said that the default VR2 lens delivers 3 times as poor ...
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Could I use an old Canon FD lens on a new Canon EOS M3?

I am considering buying a new Canon EOS M3 to use my very old Canon FD lenses. Would they fit?
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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 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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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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Does lens age affect color produced?

I came into some discussion with my friend, and my friend said that age may affect the color produced by the lens, i.e., a newer lens produce better color than an old lens (of the same model). Is this ...
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Nikon D7000 thinks aperture of non-cpu lens is always 16 and overexposes photos

I have a non-cpu lens with manual aperture control (I use the aperture ring to set it, and it stays that way when I shoot). My D7000 used to work fine with this lens in A mode - all images were ...
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Can I use older screw-type lenses on a Nikon DSLR? [duplicate]

Just purchased a Nikon D3200 DSLR. I have several excellent Pentax (M42) screw mount lenses from my older 35MM. Is there an adaptor available to allow me to mate those lenses with my new D3200?
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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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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 I set the aperture on my Canon camera with an old Zuiko lens mounted with an adapter?

I recently bought an adapter to make the om-system mount of my Olympus Zuiko 50mm f/1.8 fit my Canon 60D. I experimented a bit shooting in Av, but still don't get how the setting given to the aperture ...
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How does autofocus confirm work with manual lenses?

When I was a kid my dad had an Olympus OM10, he had a bunch of lenses for it and I remember focusing was done with a special circle in the middle of the viewfinder, where you pointed it at the thing ...
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How can I use a vintage M42 manual prime on an entry Nikon DSLR?

I have got an old lens Helios 44-2 (58mm f/2 M42 mount) that I want to use for portraits on my Nikon D3100. I used an adapter (without optical element) to mount the lens. I want to really try this ...
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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 ...