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Offline JohnnyIC

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LF: Vintage camera lenses
« on: January 12, 2018, 08:30:32 AM »
Hey all

I recently started getting into photography, mainly as a hobby. Currently I only have one standard lens on my Canon DSLR and would like to play around with vintage lenses as new ones are just too expensive for hobby use. If anyone has some available in good condition(fungus, mold, haze and heavy scratches free) please pm me, not looking for freebies and will gladly purchase them off you.

Here's a list of some I would be interested in:
Helios-40-2 85mm f/1.5
Olympus OM Zuiko Auto-T 100mm f/2
Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 58mm f/2
Leitz Summicron-M 35mm f/2
Super-Takumar 50mm f/1.4
SMC Pentax 50mm f1.4 (Not sure if this is the same as the Super Takumar?)
Leica Summilux 50mm f1.4
Leica Summicron-M 50mm f2.0
Minolta MC Rokkor 58mm f1.2
Zenit Helios 44M F2
Vivitar Auto F3.5 200mm

Thanks!

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Re: LF: Vintage camera lenses
« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2018, 03:28:13 PM »
I have an old Canon AV-1 that may interest you, with its FD 50mm f1.8

Also with regards to these: Leica Summilux 50mm f1.4, Leica Summicron-M 50mm f2.0, Leitz Summicron-M 35mm f/2 - I am a Leica film user, and these will literally set you back an arm and a leg. The M system has kept its mount since inception and thus the older glass still commands strong prices. On the Summilux, you'd be looking at literally hundreds of thousands of rands new, and thus second hand will reflect that.

If you would really like to try some Leica glass on your dslr, I would suggest looking for R lenses, whilst still pricey they are more accessible, and their performance is on par with the M brethren


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Re: LF: Vintage camera lenses
« Reply #3 on: January 12, 2018, 03:40:43 PM »
Can one get adaptors to make them work on the Canon ?

Are you comfortable using your camera in manual or semi-manual mode when using these lenses?


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Re: LF: Vintage camera lenses
« Reply #4 on: January 12, 2018, 07:46:21 PM »
What DSLR are you using? Modern cameras aren't designed for manual focus and it's pretty difficult with a fast lens, you can still get replacement focussing screens but they're not cheap. You can also get AF confirm adapters for other mount lenses which helps a bit.
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Re: LF: Vintage camera lenses
« Reply #5 on: January 13, 2018, 08:29:54 AM »
Modern cameras aren't designed for manual focus

Eh?

Every lens I've ever seen had a manual focus switch and every photographer I've ever known uses manual focus fairly often. You actually HAVE to use it for certain shots.

The camera doesn't get if auto or manual

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Re: LF: Vintage camera lenses
« Reply #6 on: January 13, 2018, 04:36:04 PM »
Eh?

Old cameras had split prisms or other focussing aids in the viewfinder (which was often brighter as well) and the lenses had a lot more travel while focussing.

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Re: LF: Vintage camera lenses
« Reply #7 on: January 15, 2018, 08:03:02 PM »
You have PM.

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Re: LF: Vintage camera lenses
« Reply #8 on: January 16, 2018, 06:38:40 AM »
Hey dude, you still looking?  I have two really old lenses at home.  They're in good nick, in faux leather-looking black hard cases.  One I think has a leather strap on it and everything, might be broken.  I think they might actually be working still as well.  I can't remember the brand, but it was something like Optima or something like that.  You interested?

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Re: LF: Vintage camera lenses
« Reply #9 on: February 19, 2018, 02:11:23 PM »
I managed to find a couple of old Pentax lenses at my local pawn dealer. So far I am really impressed with the 50mm F1.7 lens but I'm still getting used to the manual focus and manual camera settings. Here are some shots I took with the 50mm lens over the weekend while playing around with it.. Not bad for old glass.






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Re: LF: Vintage camera lenses
« Reply #10 on: February 19, 2018, 02:37:18 PM »
Heh, forgot about this.  The lenses I have at home are Soligor lenses, it seems.  On the front of the lens it has printed "Soligor    Auto-Zoom    1:4.5    1=90mm ~ 230mm    No.1686858".  The other is the same, the number just differs - "No. 1686444".

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Re: LF: Vintage camera lenses
« Reply #11 on: February 19, 2018, 03:25:55 PM »
Hi

You may find buying adaptors more expensive than just buying vintage Canon lenses straight out. Try the link below, its a vintage camera shop in Cape Town with some nice lenses at what I think are very reasonable prices. I am sure you can courier these quite safely up to Joburg.

https://vintagecameradeals.co.za/buy-sell-vintage-camera-deals-trades-antique-film-35mm-classic-lens-online-fast-delivery

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Re: LF: Vintage camera lenses
« Reply #12 on: February 19, 2018, 08:01:06 PM »
Manual lenses are quite hard to focus accurately with DSLRs other than in Live view but with mirrorless bodies it's a breeze.
Lens mount adaptors are cheap, most are under R100 from eBay just be prepared to wait for it too arrive!

You can adapt just about any mount to canon EF mount, just be well aware on some mounts the flange distance is too short for EF so no focussing to infinity.
Know what this means and how it applies to your lens mount:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flange_focal_distance
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Re: LF: Vintage camera lenses
« Reply #13 on: February 19, 2018, 09:03:43 PM »
Hi

You may find buying adaptors more expensive than just buying vintage Canon lenses straight out. Try the link below, its a vintage camera shop in Cape Town with some nice lenses at what I think are very reasonable prices. I am sure you can courier these quite safely up to Joburg.

https://vintagecameradeals.co.za/buy-sell-vintage-camera-deals-trades-antique-film-35mm-classic-lens-online-fast-delivery

Old Canon lenses used a different mount, adapters aren't simple due to the different flange length.
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Re: LF: Vintage camera lenses
« Reply #14 on: February 20, 2018, 12:05:48 AM »
Hi Johnny,

Iím intrigued , how did you mount the Pentax lens in such a way as to use it on your canon please?
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