Help a noob - how to use legacy glass

Started Dec 26, 2012 | Questions thread
karl722 Regular Member • Posts: 102
Re: Help a noob - how to use legacy glass

coreyinoz wrote:

I have the lens dialed to a specific aperture (let's say 2.8), what effect does the aperture setting on the camera itself have?

With a manual lens such as these, the aperture setting on the camera has absolutely zero effect.

The "viewfinder" (screen) will darken and the aperture effect on DOF will be visible. As the screen "darkens" due to a smaller aperture, the camera will compensate by "brightening" the screen image, for the sake of your being able to see and compose the image. At some point, the image shown will no longer be "true" to what the photo would be. This is no big deal though... just experiment!

When in aperture priority with a native lens on the camera you set the aperture, and the camera figures out the shutter speed for you - how does this all work when you're using an aperture setting on the lens itself?

Same way.. the camera sees the amount of light coming in and sets the shutter speed (automatically) accordingly. It's seamles.

What about light metering, does shooting with a legacy lens have any effect?


Thanks for the tips.

P.S. - I'm looking at the rainbow imaging adapters - any good?

Should be fine.. it seems all the different "brands" buy from the same various factories. Don't worry about it.

The main message: experiment and have fun! It'll all start making sense as you go along.

p.s. do not use shutter priority.. aperture priority or fully manual only

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