Best "old" inexpensive Lenses?

Started Apr 28, 2011 | Discussions thread
danw82 Regular Member • Posts: 120
Re: In order to get good shots handheld....

Old Pirate wrote:

you need your shutter speed to exceed the mm of the lens.

In other need to take photos with that 135 at shutter speeds above 1/135. On a tripod it makes no difference, but being handheld and no form of stabilization this works.

Someone passed this tidbit of information on to me some time back and it has been valuable advice.

The 135 2.8 Rokkor is capable of some really good shots. I have a few in my gallery on here of grandchildren, but I've done plenty more and some are truly good.

This is a very rough rule of thumb, and a tad optimistic in practice I find. Bear in mind with the NEX being a rather less bulky system, handheld shots are far more prone to hand-shake than a hulking DSLR.

I've got a 135mm f2.8 Rokkor, and I'd say going anywhere below 1/200 shutter is iffy territory without a tripod. The faster the better, but no point going too far and sacrificing ISO.

I took mine to London Zoo on a nice sunny day, usually stopped down to between f4.0-8.0. Provided I kept the shutter speed up to 1/200 and up, I got pin-sharp beautiful handheld photos.

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