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Michael Folorunsho
Considering getting a few old prime lenses off ebay,,,
on Jan 2, 2011 at 6:30:11 pm

I found a really old Pentax stills camera with a Pentax 50mm f/2.0 prime lens in my house not too long ago. So the other day, I tried mounting it on my 550D; of course it didn't fit but I was pleasantly surprised that as I held it on with my hand, the image quality on the LCD was actually good. I did some tests and I'm quite happy with the results. There's quite a big difference between the amount of light this little f/2.0 prime lens lets in compared to my f/2.8 Tamron zoom.

I read some previous posts on this forum with a few of you mentioning that you've successfully used primes with your DSLRs and I think I'm now ready to acquire a few.

So what I'd like to know is:

- Is it possible to get an adapter that will mount my Pentax prime to my 550d? (SMC PENTAX-A 1:2 50mm)
- What old primes do you guys use and recommend? I'm looking for a something around the region of a 35mm, 85mm and a 135mm.
- Is it a big issue that older primes don't have IS?

Thanks in advance, and happy new year ;-)

Michael Folorunsho - Videographer & Editor
http://www.mikedoesmedia.com


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Richard Harrington
Re: Considering getting a few old prime lenses off ebay,,,
on Jan 2, 2011 at 6:42:58 pm

If anyone makes adapter. It's fotodiax

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Peter J. DeCrescenzo
Re: Considering getting a few old prime lenses off ebay,,,
on Jan 3, 2011 at 12:10:24 am

It's "Fotodiox", a very good source for lens mount adapters & accessories:
http://www.fotodiox.com/index.php?cPath=21&osCsid=0857703967f370c949e14565f...

I recommend KEH as a source for used lenses. They have an enormous inventory and each lens is graded (and priced) by its condition & quality:
http://www.keh.com/

As for eBay, do business with vendors with very good reputations. For example, these 2 are generally very good sources of lens mount adapters & other accessories:
http://shop.ebay.com/ciecio7/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_from=&_ipg=&_trksid=p36...

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Richard Harrington
Re: Considering getting a few old prime lenses off ebay,,,
on Jan 3, 2011 at 5:53:22 am

Typing on an iPhone.. thanks for correx

Richard M. Harrington, PMP

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Noah Kadner
Re: Considering getting a few old prime lenses off ebay,,,
on Jan 2, 2011 at 10:46:48 pm

Regarding no IS- you definitely want to use a tripod or shoulder support. Otherwise yeah you'll have shakier handheld shots than you're used to with IS.

Noah

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Peter J. DeCrescenzo
Re: Considering getting a few old prime lenses off ebay,,,
on Jan 3, 2011 at 12:12:57 am

Here's the other eBay vendor who is a very source for lens mount adapters & other accessories:
http://shop.ebay.com/jinfinance/m.html?_ipg=50&_sop=12&_rdc=1

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Noah Kadner
Re: Considering getting a few old prime lenses off ebay,,,
on Jan 3, 2011 at 5:49:38 am

A very good source or very bad source? You left out a key detail there... :)

Noah

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Peter J. DeCrescenzo
Re: Considering getting a few old prime lenses off ebay,,,
on Jan 3, 2011 at 5:56:17 am

Very good! ;-)

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Phil Balsdon
Re: Considering getting a few old prime lenses off ebay,,,
on Jan 3, 2011 at 10:58:50 am

I use the Fotodiox adapter for my Pentax K lenses. It is designed to mount the lens at about 45 degrees to normal. This moves the iris lever on the lens out of the way of the camera's mirror without impeding the function of the lens.

Some brands of Pentax to EOS adaptors require you to machine / remove the iris lever from the lens so it doesn't conect with mirror and damage the camera when releasing the shutter.

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Michael Sacci
Re: Considering getting a few old prime lenses off ebay,,,
on Jan 3, 2011 at 2:52:00 pm

A lot of us canon users are picking up old Nikon Lenses, you can get inexpensive mount adapters and if you look for Nikon E-series you can get them in great condition for about $50/lens. These are great lenses for the money. They were looked down upon when built because they have a little plastic in them but they are built better that most lenses today. I have the 28, 50 and 135, all are super sharp.

Get an adapter for each lens for easy of use.


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Noah Kadner
Re: Considering getting a few old prime lenses off ebay,,,
on Jan 3, 2011 at 3:57:03 pm

"Get an adapter for each lens for easy of use."

Hear hear- this will not only make your life in the field a *lot* easier with the camera, it will also save a bit of wear and tear on your lenses.

Noah

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Micah McDowell
Re: Considering getting a few old prime lenses off ebay,,,
on Jan 3, 2011 at 4:01:47 pm

On my 550D, I started with a Olympus 50mm f/1.8 prime using an adapter from eBay member "kawaphoto". Cheapest adapter around, but it worked flawlessly. Now I'm using a m42 screw-mount Fujica 50mm f/1.4 with another kawaphoto adapter. It also works great, but I had to file off a tiny tab on the lens before it would fit properly. Also have some Olympus and Fujica zooms/teles that work well.

Old manual primes and adapters are the way to go if you're on a budget. I've got about $30 (!) invested in my 50mm prime and I now use it exclusively unless I need a wide-angle or have to change framing quickly. It makes it feel like I could shoot by candlelight. Be sure to look at local thrift stores, pawn shops, and estate sales for these old lenses. I've bought all mine that way. When I find something better, I eBay the old ones for a profit.


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Michael Folorunsho
Re: Considering getting a few old prime lenses off ebay,,,
on Jan 4, 2011 at 1:28:12 pm

Great stuff...thanks for all the information guys. Really appreciated.

Michael Folorunsho - Videographer & Editor
http://www.mikedoesmedia.com


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James Navarro
Re: Considering getting a few old prime lenses off ebay,,,
on Jan 27, 2011 at 8:16:55 pm

I am considering using prime lenses for my camera, but I do not know much about lenses. I see all these different series like e or fd, I have no idea if they would be good for video work. I stumbled across this sellers store on ebay, and he has several older lenses: http://stores.ebay.com/Rokas-Photo-And-Video/_i.html?rt=nc&_nkw=lens%20FD&_.... I would like to get a 28mm and a 135mm. I am using the 7d and t2i, would any of these prime lenses be good. Thank you!


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Micah McDowell
Re: Considering getting a few old prime lenses off ebay,,,
on Jan 27, 2011 at 8:31:25 pm

It appears that every lens that seller has listed is specifically what you do NOT want to use on a Canon 7D or T2i.

They are all Canon FD lenses (FD being the mount that Canon used before the modern EOS autofocus cameras). Almost every vintage camera mount from every manufacturer is easily adapted to a Canon DSLR; ironically, Canon FD is one of the few that are impossible to adapt usefully. They can be mechanically adapted, but the flange distance is too deep so it's impossible to focus to infinity. You don't want this. Lenses that are easily adaptable with mechanical rings from eBay are old Pentax K-mount, Olympus mount, Nikon F-mount (manual focus only), Fujica/Fujinon (what I use), M42 screw mount, and many many others. And, obviously, any Canon EOS (EF or EF-S) lenses will work... no adapters needed.

So to answer your question, all of the lenses that seller has would be terrible.


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Douglas Patrick
Re: Considering getting a few old prime lenses off ebay,,,
on Mar 4, 2011 at 8:43:23 am

so, a standard eos 35mm lens will work on a 7d with no adapter needed?

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