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

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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

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