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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What can I do with a broken lens?

I had a little accident with my camera the other day: please don't let your camera on the roof of your car and then drive your car. Now my lens is broken. It's an old Yashica lens, it comes from the ...
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Decrease FF lens focal length for use on APS-C and still have it focus?

Need to convert very cheap vintage FF 50mm f/2.8 lens to work as 35mm lens for for APS-C, for having wider angle of view. Its kind of works by simply placing lens closer to camera sensor (without ...
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How to remove these marks or stains on the coating caused by fungus?

I have a acquired a mint(almost) Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 135mm f3.5, from the outside the lens body has no signs of usage, no paint chips or stains on the barrel but looking at the optics it has a ...
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What causes Haze in a Lens?

What actually causes the Haze in old cameras ? recently I found a tlr Camera in my store room, it has little haze in it, Is it caused by lubricants in the internal mechanics or "inside the lens ...
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Why only the right hand of the woman is green and different to her skin colour in other parts?

I am wondering how the woman's writing hand is oddly coloured and so much greener than her tint tone on the other hand? Does it have to do with the circuit boards around her writing hand or the ...
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FD lens aperture is slow

I bought a Canon AE-1 Program on eBay along with a 50mm f/1.4. The camera works well with other lenses, but the 50mm's aperture seems slow. Moving the bayonet (I think that's what it's called) takes ...
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Is my camera infected with fungus?

I am new to this forum. I just wanted to ask if this is fungus in my lens and how worried should I be? I am just using this lens with my Nikon F3. Is it possible that my camera got infected? I don´t ...
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Rodenstock Sironar N Compatibility

Is the Rodenstock Sironar N 240mm F5.6 MC compatible with LF 4X5 camera ? Should I have any concerns ?
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How does Leica R Telyt-R 4/250mm compair to a more modern lens?

Looking for a 300m to use with Leica M digital 24Mb. Use case for the lens: Always from a tripod, only at infinity (no autofocus/quick focus needed), photographing objects that are not moving. I ...
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Adapt Praktica MTL 5B lenses to Lumix G80 camera

I recently bought a Panasonic Lumix G80 12-60 mm/F3.5-5.6 kit lens as my first proper camera (apart from point and shoot cameras). I've also found some lenses that belonged to my dad, that were used ...
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What is this mount with notched tab on a Soligor lens?

I bought a Soligor 80-200mm lens. The seller told me that it is M42 mount, but when I received it, I found out that is not M42. The seller doesn't answer my phone calls. I tried to recognize it alone. ...
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Am I or am I not able to use a non-AI lens on a Nikon d5000?

I recently purchased a Nikon D5000 body for use in a very specific application. I am trying to find an inexpensive 35mm or 50mm lens for it. I do NOT require any functionality beyond that provided by ...
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What is this C-mount lens?

I work in a public research institute and on one setup we have the following lens: It works well and I'd like to replicate the setup, but there is no reference on the lens, not even a brand name. It ...
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Were "shutter speeds" for cameras really in the hours back in the day?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shutter_speed I can't find any mention of it here, but once I read in a printed comic book, where there was a page of "weird facts", that in the beginning of ...
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Can anyone tell me what kind of mount this Rokinon lens has (Konica AR or Minolta)?

I recently bought this lens and I am looking to adapt it to a Nikon D3300 and i was wondering if anyone could tell me what the mount of the lens is. Thank you :)
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How to adapt an old Canon lens to Sony E mount? [duplicate]

I just got a Sony a5100. It has a E mount lens. My mom has an old lens with an A on it. It's attached to a old Canon camera. Is there an adapter for this?
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How to use lenses from Chinon CS-4 on Canon DSLR?

My wife has a Canon EOS 750D. She only has 2 lenses for it and has been talking about getting more. Today, I was at my mum's place and she had these old lenses from a Chinon CS-4. Are these lenses ...
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Is there a way to add adapted vintage lens EXIF information to my files manually?

I have a number of vintage lenses and since I am mounting them on a digital camera the lens information isn't available. Strangely, my photos have the information of the last digital lens that I ...
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What does the red R in old manual lenses mean? [duplicate]

This lens for example: It has a R between the hyperfocal markings. What does that mean and how can I use it? Note: To those who said this link is the same question as mine, the link questions about ...
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Disassembly of Carl Zeiss Triotar 135

I bought a Carl Zeiss Jena Triotar 135 f/4 with stiff focus-ring. I disassembled the lens to fix the focus ring, work done. But now I would like to disassemble the lenses as well, because the internal ...
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How to reassemble aperture of Smena lens?

I was testing a Smena lens, and it was unexpectedly susceptible to veiling glare, compared with other Smena lenses I've used. So I took it apart to make sure the elements were positioned correctly. ...
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Will many tiny scratches on lens front element affect my photos? [duplicate]

I've bought a second hand Helios lens online (40 years old). At first sight everything looks fine no fungus haze no dust. Under 45 degree the front element in covered in very very thin scratches like ...
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Using old FD lenses - are they better for EF mount or Micro 4/3s system?

I’m looking to buy a DSLR and I’m stuck between buying a Canon with an EF mount or a camera with Micro 4/3s. I have a good set of old Canon FD lenses (From a 28mm to a telephoto) that I’d like to use, ...
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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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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 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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