3 Tips to Make Vintage Lenses Look Wonderful on Digital Cameras

Vintage lenses on digital cameras render a beautiful look.

Fact: Vintage lenses are superior to modern lenses in most ways. Modern post-production is so good that it can remove any flaws in a photo. However, if you want to engineer them back in, it becomes more expensive and annoying. Indeed, vintage lenses give you a look you can’t get with modern lenses anymore. And because of that, we’re giving you tips on how to make the most of them.

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Terry Godlove Converts Stunning Vintage Lenses to New Camera Mounts

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“There are lots of readily available adapters—but I find they offer no advantage over a standard helicoid and mounting plate”, says Terry F. Godlove. A professor of philosophy and religion at Hofstra University, Terry loves tinkering around with vintage lenses, to makes their mounts compatible with modern mirrorless cameras.

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Cheap Photo: Save $100 When You Buy the Nikon Z6 and Z7 FTZ Lens Adapter Bundles

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If you’re thinking about buying a new Nikon Mirrorless camera, this deal is for you.

The Nikon Z7 and the Nikon Z6 are making waves in the Mirrorless camera world, and with the Z6 about to hit the shelves on November 16th, Nikon has put together some bundles that will make the switch easier for you and for your wallet. With this deal you can save $100 on the FTZ mount adapter when you buy the Nikon Z6 or Z7.

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Adapter Review: Fringer EF-FX Pro (Tested on the Fujifilm X Pro 2)

The Fringer EF-FX Pro adapter has a whole lot going for it.

Adapting DSLR lenses of all kinds to your mirrorless camera has long been one of the coolest things about going mirrorless. It has also made that process of transferring from an old DSLR system to a newer mirrorless one that much easier of a process for a lot of photographers. The caveat being that the majority of these adapters are just dummy adapters, meaning they hold the lens in the right spot, but there is no AF or electronic communication to the camera.

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First Impressions: Canon EOS R (Canon’s First Full Frame Mirrorless Camera)

The newly announced Canon EOS R is a camera that Canon added some new innovations to.

The new Canon EOS R camera was announced tonight. As expected and reported on previously, it is a full frame mirrorless camera that offers up a whole lot. While there surely is innovation with this camera that is very unique to the Canon EOS R, the major innovations arguably come with the new lenses that were also announced.

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The Best Small Nikon Prime Lenses to Adapt to the Nikon Z6 and Nikon Z7

The new Nikon Z6 and Z7 look great, and they sound like they will pack a punch, however native Z mount lens options for early adopters will be slim. Fortunately Nikon announced the F to Z mount adapter which will enable you to adapt their current prime lens collection.

Late last week Nikon announced their long awaited new mirrorless camera bodies, the Z6 and the Z7. The new Nikon Z6 and Z7 both look great, and they sound like they will pack a punch, however the native Z mount lens options for early adopters will be slim. Fortunately Nikon announced the F to Z mount adapter which will enable you to adapt their current lens collection. There is no doubt that Nikon currently has some great, small primes that will pair with the smaller footprints of the Z6 and the Z7 really well, so here is a look at the best small Nikon prime lenses to adapt for the Z6 and Z7.

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(ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW) The Nikon Z7 and Nikon Z6 Were Designed Specifically for Higher Grade Lenses

The cat’s out of the bag with the new Nikon Z7 and Nikon Z6 to accommodate bigger lenses that have higher optical performance.

Yes, that first sentence and title may sound a tad crazy, but the way Nikon sees it, the Nikon Z 7 and Nikon Z 6 represent the philosophy that bigger is better. They’re not really alone either. Look at what Sigma has done with their 85mm f1.4 Art lens and the 135mm f1.8 Art lens. Plus, look at Nikon’s own 105mm f1.4 G lens. Indeed, when Nikon went about designing the Nikon Z7 and Nikon Z6, they had future lens design in place. One could argue that smaller is better when you look at some of the smaller Sony prime lenses and those from Zeiss out there. But instead, it looks like the mirrorless world may be getting big again if Nikon has their way.

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It’s Official; The New Nikon Mirrorless Camera Will Be Full Frame!

A new Nikon mirrorless camera is coming soon, and it’s going to be full frame.

If we were to really sit and think about some of the recent news from Nikon, then we’d have to say we expected this to happen. Today, Nikon is making it official; they’re coming out with a full frame mirrorless camera and they’re going to have a new mount and new lenses as well. In addition to that, an F Mount adapter is going to be developed for photographers to use their collection of Nikkor glass. But again, that’s it. That’s all that we’re getting.

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Give Your Pentax 67 Lenses New Life with the ALPA 12

With the ALPA 12, your Pentax 67 lenses will become much more versatile

When we got word of the new ALPA 12 module for Pentax 67 lenses, we were honestly pretty shocked and amazed. Photographers still holding onto their 67 lenses will be very happy to know that they probably just got a bit more value. The ALPA 12 is finally available for Pentax 67 lenses, and the module will let photographers have shift capabilities with the lenses and allow for use on the AlPA 12 cameras. But even better, the module gives photographers the ability to use the lenses with backs like those available from Phase One.

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The Hawkeye35 Adapter Will Let You Shoot 35mm Films with the Kodak Brownie Hawkeye

 

If you still have one of those iconic Kodak Brownie Hawkeye cameras lying around, we have some exciting news for you. An adapter that will finally let you shoot 35mm films for with this vintage box camera is currently in the works.

Cincinnati-based photographer Mark Hiltz has decided to give this legendary box camera by Kodak a new shot at life with a Kickstarter campaign for a Hawkeye35 Adapter Kit. In 1995, the 620 film that the Hawkeye and other Kodak Brownie cameras were designed to use was discontinued. While this box camera can also take 120 films, you’ll have to sand off the spools since they are slightly bigger than 620 films. Also, the processing cost can be expensive (let’s admit it, you’d rather shoot those precious medium format films with a more advanced camera). With this adapter kit, you will be able to load your Kodak Brownie Hawkeye with your favorite, widely-available 35mm films.

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Nikon Patent Reveals Nikon Pro Mirrorless May Have Pellicle Based F-Mount Adapter

We have been hearing a lot on the wind about Nikon’s current ambition for launching a pro-focused mirrorless system. But one of the biggest questions on everyone’s minds was regarding what sort of mount would the system use. Would they go with a completely new mount, or find a way to use the F Mount – well a newly discovered patent may indicate one direction that Nikon is considering. Continue reading…

This Rare Carl Zeiss Jena BIOTAR 75mm F1.5 Red T Lens Will Cost You $15,200.00

We’ve known for years that Zeiss lenses are pretty pricey, but a rare Carl Zeiss Jena BIOTAR 75mm F1.5 Red T lens is taking the cake in so many different ways–going for $15,200 on eBay. The lens is an offering from Zeiss that of course is hard to get your hands on and for many reasons is really coveted. But by today’s standards it’s probably really a foreign idea to lots of photographers. The lens is an M42 mount–which was popular back in the day. The M42 mount is a screw mount system that includes a number of really fantastic lenses. Zeiss, Schneider, Pentax and the likes of Vivitar amongst others made some really good lenses in that mount that even today really astound me. Lenses back then also had a particular character about them–with the Zeiss Jena offerings being made in East Germany.

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Awesome Comparison: Bokeh Shootout between Leica, Canon, and Nikon 50-58mm Primes

This is a syndicated post originally published over at Street Silhouettes. Prepared by Anthony Thurston. Originally by Horatio Tan.

In retrospect, I really should have conducted this comparison on another day, given that I had been awake that day since 3:00AM Hong Kong Standard Time, and was conducting this shootout after work from 7:00PM-9:00PM. Something was going to give, and in this case, it was a Nikon 50mm f/1.2 that I had I accidentally replaced with a Nikon 58mm f/1.2 Noct-Nikkor – essentially repeating the result of the Noct-Nikkor lens. Hey, you can’t blame me. Those AIs Nikon lenses all look the same, especially when you’re sleep deprived. Needless to say, I will do a second day of shooting.

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The TechArt Pro Lens Adapter Promises Autofocus for Leica M Mount Glass

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TechArt is announcing today the availability of a new adapter that promises to give Leica M mount lenses autofocus when connected to a Sony EE mount camera. To do this, it’s using what it’s called z-shift technology where the Leica M bayonet is able to extend and retract. The distance between the lens and the camera sensor is hereby changed in order to autofocus. According to their press release, “The mechanism is quite similar to Contax AX system where the flange distance is changed for autofocusing.”

The system, from a demo, works very much like the way a lens bellows system works when working with medium format or large format cameras.

The adapter is said to be able to take Leica R, CY, PK, and MD with add-on adapters to utilize the autofocusing.

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ZY Optics Adds New Lens Adapters for Micro Four Thirds Cameras

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If you’re a Micro Four Thirds camera user, your ecosystem of accessories just got a tad larger. ZY Optics is today announcing their new Lens turbo adapters for M42, Canon FD and Minolta MD lenses to Micro Four Thirds cameras. The Turbo adapters not only let you adapt the lenses but also widen the field of view in addition to making the aperture shallower by one stop–just like the Metabones SpeedBoosters.

As far as tech specs go, the adapters have 4 lens elements in 4 groups, including 1 extra-low dispersion element which helps in reducing the chromatic aberrations on the image–according to the company’s claims. The angle of view of the camera lenses will be increased by 0.726x. So that means that a 50mm f2 lens will become 50mm x 0.726 = 36.3 x 2 (Micro Four Thirds crop factor) = 72.6mm at f1.4.

When they hit retailers, they’ll sell for $149.

Hurry! This Rare Canon 50mm f0.75 Lens Can Be Yours

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Have you ever wanted all the bokeh? I’m not just talking about lots of it–I genuinely mean all the bokeh; like holy crap it’s so blurry I can’t see anything oh man I may just have an astigmatism type of bokeh?

Well, there are these lenses and then a very rare Canon 50mm f0.75 lens available for bidding right now on eBay according to what Canon Watch is saying. With an aperture that wide open, you’re bound to get lots of bokeh–sort of. You see, it was developed to focus an image onto the face of a 1″ video camera tube and so it has a very limited focusing range. However, because it uses a Leica 39mm screw mount, you can probably put it onto your camera with an adapter; though it’s also bound to vignette.

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New Canon Patent Describes Tilt Shift Adapter For All Lenses

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Canon hasn’t updated a couple of their tilt-shift lenses in a while, but it now seems like they won’t have to. According to a post found by Photography Bay, Canon has a brand new patent to make all their lenses tilt shift capable with an adapter. It’s a much more affordable way of doing it vs creating new lenses all over again that can resolve 50MP worth of surface area on a sensor.

Canon isn’t the first to do this though, Hasselblad has had an adapter for a while as do many medium format camera manufacturers. It’s a better way of approaching the solution in our opinion.

The method of going about creating the Tilt Shift adapter involves having its own CPU and no optics.

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The SLR Magic Anamorphot-50 is a Videographer’s Dream Come True

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SLR Magic has just officially announced its Anamorphot-50 anamorphic adapter, which has been developed in close co-operation with the videography community. Thanks to its 1.33x squeeze factor, the Anamorphot-50 can be used to record footage in the cinematic 2.35:1 ratio within a 16:9 container format. Just as with all anamorphic video, the results will have to be stretched to the intended format in post-production.

The Anamorphot-50 will be available in two editions, a standard edition and a special edition. The standard edition is the more affordable one, setting you back $899, but it may contain slight imperfections such as small specs of dust. This is a compromise between price and quality that SLR Magic decided to make. The special edition will be free of such imperfections, but will set you back a whole grand more. Also, it will only be sold in Hong Kong.

In addition to the Anamorphot, SLR Magic will also be selling achromatic diopters for close focusing. These come in set for $299 and comprise a +0.33 and a +1.33 diopter adapter. You can pre-order both the Anamorphot-50 and the diopter adapters right now by following @anamorphot on Twitter and emailing a screenshot to support@slrmagic.com by Feb 14th (GMT +8). After that, you’ll have to wait until March until the adapters hit official SLR Magic retailers.

After the break, you can find a sample video by Seb Farges, who spent a week with the new SLR Magic Anamorphot-50 adapter, using it on both an Olympus E-M5 as well as a Sony A7. In that video, you will get to see not only the wide 2.35:1 cinematic look, but also loads of beautiful anamorphic flare that’ll make you want to place an order for one of the new adapters right away.

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Letus Tackles SLR Magic by Introducing Their Own 1.33x Anamorphic Adapter

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Just recently we showed you some sample footage taken with one of the first prototypes of SLR Magic’s upcoming 1.33x anamorphic adapter. Well, it seems that Letus, a company that mainly produces videography accessories, is aiming at the exact same market niche right now. According to No Film School, the company is about to introduce their own 1.33x anamorphic adapter, and we might be seeing it very soon. Clinton Harn mentions some of the (preliminary) tech specs on his blog.

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Video Footage Taken With SLR Magic Anamorphic Adapter Prototype Shows the Busy Streets of Mong Kok

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It’s been a while since we last heard about SLR Magic’s anamorphic adapter for Micro Four Thirds, and now some video footage taken with a prototype version has emerged. The introspective short film takes place on the busy streets of Hong Kong’s most crowded neighborhood, Mong Kok. The footage was taken with a Panasonic GH2 camera at ISO 1600, and an SLR Magic 35mm T1.4 lens attached to the 1.33x ratio anamorphic adapter prototype. So far, the optics of the adapter are uncoated, thus the flare is extremely crazy in the sample footage. SLR Magic is still working on the coating.

As far as we can judge from the video, the image quality looks very promising. This is a pretty exciting development, and we can’t wait to see footage taken with the final production version of the adapter. The video is after the break.

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The Kúla Deeper Wants to Make Any Camera 3D-Capable

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Kúla Inventions Ltd., a startup company from Iceland, is currently crowdfunding a 3D adapter that will make any camera 3D-capable. Called the Kúla Deeper, the adapter they’ve developed attaches to the filter thread of your lens, and with the help of mirrors projects two images through the lens and onto your sensor (or film, or whatever type of camera you’re using.) Once the image is recorded, it can be run through the provided software, and turned into any kind of 3D output medium desired. But the greatest thing about the Kúla Deeper is that the technology is super simple, and that it won’t break the bank at all.

The project still needs to reach its funding goal of € 55k (US-$ 73k), of which it has so far raised only roughly € 3k. But there are still 37 more days to go. So head over to their crowdfunding page and back the project, because it would really be sad not to see such an ingenious idea be realized.

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