Questions tagged [old-lenses]

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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How to find a camera compatible with old Sigma lenses that were used with Pentax MZ50 SLR?

I have some lenses off my old Pentax MZ50 SLR camera, and I would like to buy a new camera body. How do I find a compatible camera?
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What is the mount with three tabs and two linkages on these Albinar lenses?

I have two Albinar lenses that I want to identify the lens mount for so that I can buy an adapter for my Sony A5000 (E mount) camera. I bought them at a yard sale recently. They are vintage lenses. ...
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How to mount a Kodak Vest Pocket lens on an EF-M camera?

Mathieu Stern, the “weird lens guru,” recently published this video in which he removes the lens from a Vest Pocket Kodak camera and mounts it on a Sony A7iii. In the description of the video, Stern ...
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Will my old film lenses be damaged if they are exposed to high temperatures in a moving truck?

I’m moving cross country and am slightly worried about some of my film camera lenses and bodies in the heat. The moving company said it’s possible for the trucks to get between 105F-120F. I’m worried ...
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What is this mount with two buttons on side of Vivitar 75-205mm lens?

I recently acquired this lens, but I cannot figure out the exact mount on the lens, does anyone know? I was told by the seller that it was for a Nikon camera. However, this mount looks nothing like ...
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Long-end softness in a wide-angle lens

I just got a copy of the Tamron AF 20-40mm F2.7-3.5 SP Aspherical IF for my Sony a7 (using the non-AF Sony A/E adapter) over eBay. I'm seeing what seems to me like a surprising degree of softness ...
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How to fix balsam separation?

How can balsam separation between glued elements be fixed? I'm planning to try to fix a couple lenses because what else am I going to do with them? It's about looking nice, optimizing image quality, ...
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“Stack of Primes” vs “Honorary L” – How do these two 35-105mm f/3.5 lenses compare?

In the film era, which lenses people choose depends on which cameras they have (or vice versa). Nowadays, with mirrorless cameras and adapters, people can use nearly any manual lens they want with ...
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What is black substance on inner surface of front lens element?

I've noticed a old few lenses have some type of black substance (residue, coating, or powder) on some of the elements, especially the inner surfaces between the first and second element. The substance ...
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What focal-length setting to use for in-body image stabilization with manual zoom lenses?

The FujiFilm X-H1 has in-body image stabilization that requires the focal length to be set on the camera when using manual-focus lenses with adapters. This is a bit cumbersome with zoom lenses, and I ...
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How to identify the original manufacturer of lenses branded Soligor?

There are Soligor-branded lenses for which I wish to identify the manufacturer. I have read that Soligor encoded the manufacturer in the serial number, so in principle, I just need to find a list of ...
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Do vintage lenses meter on a Nikon DSLR?

I am keen on getting a Carl Zeiss Jena DDR Electric MC S 135mm f/3.5 lens but i'm wondering if this lens will meter on a DSLR, specifically Nikon D7100?
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Adhesive to stick the rubber coating on the focus-ring back in place?

I have an older Canon L lens. The lens is fine other than the rubber sheath on the focus ring has come away from the lens barrel so the rubber now rotates freely. The adhesive seems to have dried and ...
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Where can I find service manuals for old (and new) lenses?

Besides Google, where can I find service manuals for old (and new) lenses?
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Can mounts on Vivitar 75-205mm lenses be swapped?

I have a Vivitar 75-205mm f/3.8 MC Macro Focusing Zoom Lens with a Minolta MD mount. Would the Nikon AI Mount from the same lens (Vivitar 75-205mm f/3.8 MC Macro Focusing Zoom Lens Nikon AI Mount) ...
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How to identify the original manufacturer of lenses branded JCPenney?

There are JCPenney branded lenses for which I wish to identify the manufacturer. How can I do so? It appears to have been common for redistributors to have encoded the manufacturer in the serial or ...
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How to identify the original manufacturer of lenses branded Focal (Kmart)?

There are Focal-branded lenses for which I wish to identify the manufacturer. I have read that Focal is the Kmart house brand for optical equipment (cameras, lenses, binoculars, etc). They also ...
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How to identify the original manufacturer of lenses branded Sears?

There are Sears-branded lenses for which I wish to identify the manufacturer. I have read that Sears encoded the manufacturer in the serial number, so in principle, I just need to find a list of ...
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How to identify the original manufacturer of lenses branded Vivitar?

There are Vivitar-branded lenses for which I wish to identify the manufacturer. I have read that Vivitar encoded the manufacturer in the serial number, so in principle, I just need to find a list of ...
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Pentax DSLR stopped accepting manual lenses

I've upgraded K-S1 camera firmware to latest version, played with some settings and reset them to defaults. For some reasons, manual (K) lenses aren't accepted anymore. Modern auto-focus lenses work ...
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Timelapse color flickering

I've tried to shoot the red line of sunrise along the sea and I've done that from under a very low bridge with the penumbra, so I' ve captured some portions of the sand and palm trees too. I tried it ...
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Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III vs EF 100-300mm f/4.5-5.6 USM

I'm using a Canon 75-300 III, the non-USM version, that came in a "kit" along with my Rebel T6. I like its reach, but the optical quality isn't great, even if you step it down a bit, and it takes ...
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Which vintage lens mount is most suitable for EOS cameras? [duplicate]

I've been doing some research on vintage lenses to buy with the focal length of 24mm or 28mm as an alternative to the more expensive canon 24mm F2.8. Best options I found were the FD version of the ...
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1960s-1990s third party lenses - why was the “lowest tier” cheaper to make?

From a retrospective, it seems that there were a couple of mid-tier makers/importers like Vivitar, Sigma, Tamron, Soligor ... and that there was a plethora of small brands (for example, one brand ...
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Copal Shutter FStop Label Replacement?

I recently received a lens in a Copal #0 shutter that is missing the fstop label. It looks like that label is made of metal and screwed in, so I should be able to just get a new label and put it on. ...
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Can i use nikkor AF lens in nx3000? [duplicate]

I'm not a professional photographer and I have an NX3000. I found an analogic N50 that is no longer working, but is there any way i can still use the lens, an AF Nikkor 35-80 Mm F4, on my NX? Thanks ...
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What do these curved, color-coded lines mean on a vintage Nikkor lens?

This lens, a Nikkor 80-200 AIS, has some curved lines that are color coded to match the aperture ring. Originally I thought this was for focusing but playing around with it does not make it seem like ...
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Replacement lens-board ring name and sourcing

I've been having a hard time buying a good large format lens from eBay. I'm on my third order and the lens looks great, but it's missing the small ring that tightens the lens to the lens board. I'd ...
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What are the differences among the various Rodenstock Sironar lenses?

I am hoping to buy a used 210mm Rodenstock Sironar N, which I understand is the same as an Apo-Sironar N. But I see a Rodenstock Sironar for sale on eBay, with no letter following. Where does that ...
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What budget DSLR would give me metering with adapted vintage C/Y mount lenses?

Currently, I am using a Yashica FX-3 Super 2000, and over time I have acquired a reasonable set of vintage C/Y mount lenses. In particular, I have a ZEISS Tele-Tessar T* 300mm f/4 Lens, which I am ...
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What is the crank on the side of this lens used by David Douglas Duncan?

The NPR article David Douglas Duncan, Photographer Of Wars And Picasso, Dies At 102 notes the passing of the famous photographer and shows some beautiful photos of the artist Picasso. One photo shows ...
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Why is the aperture of this old lens showing as centered blue glare?

I just bought a old Minolta MD Zoom 35-135mm 1:3.5-4.5 lens together with two old Minolta SLRs to get into film photography. Before using actual film I adapted it to my Canon 600D (using a no-name MD-...
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What lens mount does my Fujinon135 f/3.5 lens have?

What lens mount does this lens have? Also how cheap/easy would it be to buy/make an adapter to adapt this lens to Canon EF mount? in case you can't read it, it says EBC X-FUJINON-T and 1:3.5 f=135mm ...
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How can I mount this Vivitar (Canon mount) lens to a Sony Alpha 58?

This Vivitar Series 1 lens (no. 22148842) has a mount for an older Canon film camera. I need an adaptor to fit this lens to a Sony Alpha 58 camera. Does such an adapter exist?
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How do I get the best sharpness from a Zeiss Jena Pancolar MC lens?

I've just ordered a Zeiss Jena Pancolar MC 50mm prime lens, and have been reading up as much as I can about how to get the best quality images from it. It's my intention to use it mainly with 3 ...
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How can I mount a non-AI lens on a Nikon F4?

I can't figure out how I am supposed to mount a non-AI lens on a Nikon F4. I have read the instructions on MIR, but I can't figure out what they mean exactly. Remember to lift the meter coupling ...
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What is the difference between Dandelion focus-confirmation chips and others?

New member here with a question regarding the mysteries of focus confirmation when fitting a manual focus lens to Canon EOS type digital and film bodies. I have a fair number of M42 Pentax Takumar ...
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Using vintage lens for Canon EOS 450D [duplicate]

I would like to ask for a help. I've recently fell in love with analog photography. My grandfather gave me these cameras: Werra with Tessar (2,8/50) Lens and Praktica PL nova 1 with Oreston 1,8/50 ...
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What is this Hermagis lens?

Going through my late dad's stuff, I found a bunch of vintage cameras (including a Lumicon Silver 8, a Kodak Six-20 Brownie C, and a Kodak Brownie Reflex). There is one piece of equipment I couldn't ...
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Helios 44 M - knurled knob with red W or M marking - purpose?

Edit: question modified for future googlers after discovering it's an M not a W. I recently bought one of the many varieties of tricked-up Helios you can find on eBay - fake anamorphic bokeh & ...
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Can I use lenses for a Pentax K1000 manual camera on a new Pentax DSLR? [duplicate]

I have several lenses for my old Pentax K1000 35 MM camera. I want to get a SLR body can I use these lenses on a Pentax DSLR? If so what model? I do not want to go to the expense of buying a new ...
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Will a vintage lens with worn lens coating create poor images?

I have a vintage Rolleiflex camera which I want to restore and repair: Xenotar, 2.8, 80mm. The coating on the lens seems to be worn. Will this create poor images?
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What is this Angenieux lens?

Exactly what it says on the tin. I recently acquired an old manual Pierre Angenieux 18-180mm f2.2 lens, but I can't find any documentation for it online. As far as I can tell, it was built for use ...
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Is it possible to avoid losing stops using Canon FD lens to EOS adapters?

Since we're probably never gonna get film-to-digital camera conversion kit, I'll continue to use old lenses with digital camera but I'd like to avoid the 2 stops of loss caused by the lens adapter. ...
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Reflective patches on interior lens element

Kinda what it says on the tin. I picked up an old generic lens for a few € at a flea market, and there are what look like silvery, reflective "splats" on one of the interior elements. It looks like ...
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What is this old 50mm f/1.9 lens?

I purchased this lens for $5 at a thrift store. It's fully functional and the glass seems in good condition, however, I cannot identify the mount or the lens (the front name ring is missing). When I ...
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What kind of mount does this breech-lock Tair-3 lens use?

I picked up a Soviet-made Tair-3 300mm lens at a flea market recently, and I'm at a loss to identify what kind of mount it uses. According to what I've read, most virtually all Tair-3s used M42 or T ...
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What is this old Zeiss Tessar lens, with a large mount ring with six holes?

This old Carl Zeiss f/4.5 250mm lens belonged to my father, who said that it was used for some kind of wooden electrostatic-photocopy machine from a document-copying shop that he used to run. Please ...
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What's causing this white smudge in the middle of the photo?

Specifically, this photo. . This was taken with a Canon 1000D, with a 1985-ish Admiral/Panagor 55-225mm manual telephoto/macro that I picked up for cheap at a charity shop; it's a Minolta mount, so ...
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What mm equivalent is my Kodak No. 31 Anastigmat F 4.5 5 1/2 inch lens?

I just purchased an old large format Speed Graphic camera. It came with a Kodak No. 31 Anastigmat F 4.5 5½ inch lens on a Compur shutter. I was wondering what equivalent mm focal length of this lens ...