Use older analogue lenses
Jason Parnell-brookes shows you how to give old, film-era lenses a new lease of life by shooting with them on your modern DSLR
Dust off those old vintage film lenses for use on your DSLR
Whether you’ve got a drawer full of old lenses or you want to take some photos with character, using legacy lenses is a great way to get creative. In this project, we’ll show you how to go vintage.
Rummaging through the loft or the stands at a car boot sale can be a photographer’s dream – you can uncover all kinds of weird and wonderful lenses begging to be given a new lease of life.
On top of that, many vintage lenses possess character, from unique vignetting and bokeh to the way they render contrast and colour. Older lenses can be a great way to shoot at apertures like f/1.2 at a fraction of the cost of modern equivalents, too. While vintage lenses won’t natively fit your DSLR, there are adapters that enable you to put almost any legacy lens on your body. Check out ebay and you’re bound to find what you’re looking for.
Here we’re using a couple of classic M42 mount lenses; the Pentax/asahi Super Takumar 50mm f/1.4 and the Helios 44 58mm f/2 – a Russian clone of the Carl Zeiss Biotar. Both lenses are sought-after for their unique traits, on ebay the Takumar goes for about £100 while the Helios is can be found for around £25.
You can discover all kinds of wonderful lenses that are begging to be given a new lease of life