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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 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 f4.5 250mm lens belonged to my father, who said that this was used for some kind of wooden electrostatic-photocopy machine from a document-copying shop that he used to run. ...
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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 ...
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Using a manual lens on D5100

I am an amateur photographer and I am currently using a Nikon D5100 with the Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G lens. I have been thinking of getting an old manual focus lens like a 50mm or an 85mm, because they ...
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What exactly is this light artifact/flare?

I have an old SMC Pentax-F 50mm F1.7 that I like to use with an adapter on my APS-C camera for portraits. It looks great, even though it has somewhat heavy CAs at f/1,7. On some backlit portraits, I ...
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What changes occur within a camera or lens when a focus point is manually selected?

I cannot find a question answering the mechanism of auto-focus point selection and there seem to be no articles that describe it either-from my searching. Canon and Nikon DSLRs to my knowledge don't ...
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What is this Dimension-brand 135mm lens?

Kind of what it says on the tin. I got this lens, sans caps, as a gift from a friend (who doesn't really know photography). It's dusty but otherwise seems to be in decent condition, but I can't seem ...
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Graphlex 4x5 Lens Hood and Filters - How Do They Mount?

Ebay has many listings for Graphlex Lens Hoods, but they seem to be screw-ons. One of my lenses has threads that would work for this, but the old standard Kodak Ektar 127mm f/4.7 lens has no threads. ...
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What is the effect of lens haze on images?

I'm considering buying an old manual focus prime lens for my DSLR. I've noticed that they're often listed very cheap if they're described as "slightly clouded" or "hazy". I would like to understand ...
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How can I use my vintage Canon FD lenses on a digital camera? [duplicate]

I'd like to use a few vintage Canon FD lenses. I have a few telephotos and a fish eye in absolute perfect optical condition. They sit on a shelf. From this post, I understand I can't simply get a ...
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Do old manual focus prime lenses give better image quality than new kit lenses?

Do old MF lenses give better image quality compared to new kit lenses? I have Sony a6000 and I use it with the kit lens Sony E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS. I shoot as a hobby and I am not a photographer....
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Can I use lenses from EOS-3 film camera with Canon EOS 7D? [duplicate]

Can I use lenses from EOS-3 film camera with Canon EOS 7D?
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What adapter do I need to mount an MTO-11CA 1000mm on a Nikon DSLR?

I have a Nikon D5500 and an old MTO-11CA 1000mm mirror lens. Here's a picture of the lens mount: What adapters and extension adapter would I need? It's M39
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Will a Fujifilm X-Pro1 and Jupiter 12 35mm f2.8 lens work together with a Tarion Camera Adapter Ring?

I own a Fujifilm X-Pro1 camera and I have used it together with a jupiter 8 lens. To mount it I use the "TARION" camera adaptor ring and this set up works for me. Now I would like to get more width ...
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How can I get metering with a Nikkor non-CPU 50mm f/2 lens on my Nikon D7000?

The metering isn't working when I attach a Nikkor non-CPU 50mm f/2 lens on my Nikon D7000 body. Can I use this lens with a D7000?
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How can I modify my NIkon D5500 so I can make a vintage lens auto focus?

I just bought a Nikon D5500 with 35mm f1.8. I also have a Nikkor 70-210mm AF (that doesn't focus automatically). I learned that using a TC-16A AF Teleconverter 1.6X might help but i was informed that ...
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What adapter can I use to fit vintage lenses to a Canon DSLR?

I have a Canon 7D and a very modest budget. I have three lens and am wanting to find an adapter for each to fit on my 7D. Promaster Spectrum 7 28-70mm 1:2.8-4.5 MC ...
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Can you identify this M42-mount lens?

I found this lens in our attic, in a box. It is fully functional, all the iris and focus rings are turning smoothly, but it doesn't have the informations piece on its front. I tried so hard to find ...