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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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