how many $$$ have legacy lenses saved for you? and aren't they fun?

Started Jan 27, 2013 | Discussions thread
OP mgibbs Regular Member • Posts: 393
Re: A few things

forpetessake wrote:

When it comes to legacy glass people are usually concerned with several things:

* price: savings are real; one can aquire quite a collection of manual lenses for the price of one native lens.

* character and variety: images from those old lenses do have a different character, often very pleasing. I found it especially true for portraits and telephoto. There are lenses that have very pleasing bokeh, there are those that have great resolution, or great contrast, or great color, there is a lot more choice than among native lenses. People talk about Leica look, Zeiss look, etc. -- all this suddenly becomes accessible.

* availability: certain native lenses (like fast telephoto) are simply not available, so it's either adapted glass or nothing.

* enjoyability: many people find working with manual lenses a lot more enjoyable experience; aperture ring, smooth manual focusing ring can be very satisfying. It's quite subjective though, there are plenty of people on the opposite who prefer pointing and shooting. And there are different situation, when there is time to work on a shot and when there is not.

well stated - i agree with all of the points above.  i replaced my canon fd 50mm 1.8 with the konica 40mm, but i did find that it had that "character" to which you refer.  not as sharp as the konica, and flatter output, but the character was nice (as is the konica's, in all fairness)...

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