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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: Yesterday at 08:03:02 PM »
You have PM.

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Re: LF: Vintage camera lenses
« Reply #8 on: Today at 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?