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Vintage Lenses and Beyond

YOU SAVE SO MUCH MONEY BUYING USED!!! It is possible to get absolutely obscene price to performance value on used gear. Image quality for photography maxed out around 2012 and video quality in 2018. Any camera made after those dates only has marginal improvements.

If you’re looking for your first dedicated camera, it rarely makes sense to buy new. Spening thousands of dollars on new gear doesn’t mean you’ll actually like using it. My two recommendations for camera shopping are:

  • Don’t discount the importance of size and weight. Smaller and lighter is better.
  • Think about the lenses you’ll want. Don’t spend your entire budget on a camera body to get stuck with a kit lens.

Just like all new tech, camera gear quickly depreciates. Last year’s best in class camera is often this year’s 50% off used deal. That doesn’t even mean it is worth buying because until you have experience, you don’t know what camera features are actually important to you.

The difficulty in finding deals is that there are hundreds of different camera models. Dozens of them might fit your needs. To make your life easier, I’ve been going through series of models to create used buying guides.

  1. Canon AE-1
  2. Pentax K1000
  3. Nikon FM2
  4. Asahi Pentax Spotmatic

All lenses aren’t equal, especially when it comes to vintange and early digital camera lenses. Modern lenses will give you images that are razor sharp corner to corner. Vintage lenses can set themselves apart by how they render, the color you can get with them, interesting bokeh, or other characteristics not valued by current photographers.

On the other hand, many vintage lenses are not good. Their performance may not be good enough to set them apart from other lenses. Worse, as time has gone on some lenses have defects such as haze, fungus, balsam separation, or degraded grease, that will render them worthless because of the difficulty in repair.

I’m somewhat indiscriminate in my purchasing of gear, so I get a mix of good, bad, and average. The lens reviews will help you find a lens worth owning. These are popular film cameras that recieve frequent lens questions.

  1. Canon AE-1 Lenses
  2. Pentax K1000 Lenses
  3. Pentax Spotmatic Lenses
  4. Nikon FM2 Lenses
  5. Nikon FE2 Lenses
  6. Canon A-1 Lenses
  7. Olympus OM-1 Lenses
  8. Minolta SR-T 101 Lenses
  9. Minolta X-700 Lenses

Have you ever been paranoid about the capacity of a battery? Especially if it was from a third party? I was.

I have figured out how ANYONE can inexpensively capacity test camera batteries. I have written a guide on how to capacity test camera batteries. It is a simple DIY project that only requires a screwdriver and pair of wire strippers.

Cameras are the fastest depreciating pieces of photography gear. That’s bad if you buy a new camera. If you buy used, you can get a high-end camera from 10+ years ago for pennies on the dollar.

Being able to use flagship cameras of years gone by is an interesting experience. Medium format in both film and digital become obtainable for non-professional uses. Or owning many cameras is remarkably affordable.

The camera reviews section showcases all of the cameras I have reviewed. You can also find information on camera manufacturers that are no longer in business.

Recent Posts

Olympus OM 50mm f/3.5 Zuiko Auto-Macro Lens Review

The Olympus 50mm f/3.5 OM-System Zuiko Auto-Macro lens is a well built lens. Having the aperture located at the front of the lens makes it easy to adjust when adapted to a mirrorless camera. Used Price and Where to BuyWhen I was checking prices on the Olympus 50mm macro in November 2018, there were many lenses available and prices were low. Due to the large amount of supply, you should have no problem finding a great deal with a little shopping around.

Nikon Micro Nikkor AF 60mm f/2.8 Lens Review

The 60mm f/2.8 Micro Nikkor was released as a replacement for the unpopular and short-lived, 55mm f/2.8 AF Micro Nikkor. The autofocus in the lens is driven by a screw drive motor built into some Nikon camera bodies. Nikon has been phasing the motors out of entry-level DSLRs for several years. Camera bodies such as the D5600 or D3500, will not be able to drive the autofocus for the lens. The Nikon F to Z mount adapter will also not provide autofocus.

Nikon 105mm f/2.8 Macro Lens Review (Micro Nikkor)

The Nikon AF Micro Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 Macro lens uses the Nikon F-mount. It would never be my first choice of macro lens. When compared with other vintage macro lenses I have reviewed, in terms of price/performance, the Nikon 105mm macro misses the mark. The Tamron 90mm SP Di f/2.8 macro lens is less expensive, sharper, lighter, and does not require an in-camera autofocus motor. Manually controlling the aperture ring isn’t good because it sticks.

Nikon PC 55mm f/3.5 Macro Lens Review

The Nikon Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/3.5 PC is the 5th of the 7 versions of the lens. There are two notable changes in this version. First, the lens has a improved coating, designated by the “C.” Second, the aperture ring was changed to a scalloped style that makes it easier to grip. An issue to look out for is grease drying out or becoming oily. Almost all of the vintage macro lenses I have come across have tighter focusing rings than they should.

Nikon BR Bellows & Macro Accessories

Nikon BR accessories are designed to be used on a Nikon F-mount bellows or for macro photography. They can be used to reverse a lens, control aperture diaphragms, and attach filters to reversed lenses. They are: Camera bellows that will work well with the BR accessories are the Nikon PB-4 and Nikon PB-6. WARNING: The BR-2 and BR-4 will cause damage to camera mounts and lens CPU contacts. The BR-2A and BR-6 do not cause damage.

Minolta MD 50mm f/3.5 Macro Lens Review

Over more than 2 decades, Minolta made 7 versions of their 50mm macro lens for the SR mount. The Minolta MD was the last version made, starting production in 1981. Used Prices and Where to BuyPrices were checked on October 15, 2018. With some patience, copies of the lens can be found on eBay for as low as any macro lens can be found. At the bottom of the price range, there may be some cosmetic issues or missing caps.