Do you focus legacy lenses stopped down?

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Ralph46
Ralph46 Senior Member • Posts: 1,183
Do you focus legacy lenses stopped down?

Hi,

I now have Canon FD lenses of 28, 50 and 100 mm macro. And a question about how most people use this type of legacy lens.

The "classic" way to focus with auto lenses is at full aperture and the lens stops down just before exposure. Of course focus is easier to pinpoint with a narrow DOF. On adapted legacy lenses this stopping down must be done by hand. I find this distracts and holds up the shot much more than the actual focussing does. Therefore I have gone over to viewing the subject and focussing with the lens already stopped down. Seems to work fine, even at f/11, and the pictures are mainly sharp.

I'm wondering how you people do it. Any tips or tricks?

Thanks,

Ralph

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