Favorite YouTube channels about adapted/vintage lenses?

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Blood N Guts Murphy
Blood N Guts Murphy Regular Member • Posts: 439
Favorite YouTube channels about adapted/vintage lenses?
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What are your favourite channels for camera lenses? Doesn’t need to just be vintage.

I drift in an out of adapted lenses and forget where I see good advice. This forum is useful, but it is also nice to have an expert make videos about old lenses.

Two that come to mind are:

  1. Simon's Utak - shares my love for Takumars and also has a Flickr account worth following. Last videos were 3 months ago which is probably why I am doing this thread. Very informative ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  2. Zenography - zen is a good word as his voice sometimes makes me feel sleepy (has helped me have an afternoon nap a couple of times). I like that he leans to the budget side of things. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I noticed someone saying a YouTube link was deleted in a thread earlier, hence no links. They are easy to find.

ps. and to save making a new thread: if anyone wants to recommend a 135mm or any 100+mm prime under $50, that would be great (ideally PK, M42 or L39). To be used for wildlife. I know a zoom would be good but my excellent Pentax-A 70-210mm f4 was too heavy; I will use one of the bargain tele converters instead if needed.

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lattesweden
lattesweden Veteran Member • Posts: 5,903
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Matt Osborne - MrLeica.com
As his channel name suggests he has a Leica focus but also tests different brands. And he is in my book one of the best portrait photographers out there and backs his opinions up with images.

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Tomasg71
Tomasg71 Contributing Member • Posts: 547
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Blood N Guts Murphy
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lattesweden wrote:

Matt Osborne - MrLeica.com

Thanks. I briefly considered a Leica CL (until I tried one) and Matt was one of two channels I watched. Will have another look thanks, but I think he was into gear a bit rich for my blood.

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Blood N Guts Murphy
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Tomasg71 wrote:

One that deserves more subscribers:

https://www.youtube.com/c/VintageOptiks

Still like this one:

https://www.youtube.com/c/MathieuStern

Great resource for CLA lenses:

https://www.youtube.com/user/mikeno62

Not just about lenses:

https://www.youtube.com/c/AnalogInsights

One more:

https://www.youtube.com/c/Mattbierner

These all look ideal, thanks. I have subscribed to them all and will check them out today. I especially liked the featured video thumbnail on the 2nd one as that would be my ideal LCD for a camera:

I hope a modern manufacturer tries this at some point. Ideally with a left EVF and rear plain ink display for settings, like the X Pro 3 has.

The last one should come in useful as I want to attempt my first disassembly to clean up an Industar 69 soon. Great selection 👍

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lattesweden
lattesweden Veteran Member • Posts: 5,903
Re: Favorite YouTube channels about adapted/vintage lenses?

Blood N Guts Murphy wrote:

lattesweden wrote:

Matt Osborne - MrLeica.com

Thanks. I briefly considered a Leica CL (until I tried one) and Matt was one of two channels I watched. Will have another look thanks, but I think he was into gear a bit rich for my blood.

On a gear forum, that statement might become legendary

Joking aside, yes Matt is very much into gear in his videos but I think he still has the usefulness connection, meaning it is not gear for the gears sake, but for making images with it.

And the fun thing after watching his channel for a while and seeing how nice portraits he turns out, one realizes that even when he tests an old budget Minolta X300 film body and the MD45/2 on it and shot with that, he gets the same fine results.

Regarding the CL, just wanted to mention in case anyone have missed it, that Leica has dropped their L-mount APS-C line just recently.

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Best regards
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Used camera brands over 40+ years:
Minolta, Nikon, Balda, Ricoh, Canon, Panasonic, Olympus, Sony.
*********************************************************************
In the photoworld all companies are polyamorous and it is just like a big swingers party behind the scenes.
*********************************************************************
Any photographer can have a camera painted any colour that he wants, so long as it is black.
*********************************************************************
Some of my images:
https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/65325637
https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/64169208
https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/64221482
https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/65120847
https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/65121520
https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/66357766
*********************************************************************
Article, how to FTP-transfer, edit & share RAW-images wireless out in the field:
https://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/4609147
*********************************************************************
Timeline over all mirrorless autofocus fullframe cameras:
https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/65760019
*********************************************************************
Article about Sony EVF/LCD modes:
https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/65550258
*********************************************************************

Tomasg71
Tomasg71 Contributing Member • Posts: 547
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Blood N Guts Murphy wrote:

Tomasg71 wrote:

One that deserves more subscribers:

https://www.youtube.com/c/VintageOptiks

Still like this one:

https://www.youtube.com/c/MathieuStern

Great resource for CLA lenses:

https://www.youtube.com/user/mikeno62

Not just about lenses:

https://www.youtube.com/c/AnalogInsights

One more:

https://www.youtube.com/c/Mattbierner

These all look ideal, thanks. I have subscribed to them all and will check them out today. I especially liked the featured video thumbnail on the 2nd one as that would be my ideal LCD for a camera:

I hope a modern manufacturer tries this at some point. Ideally with a left EVF and rear plain ink display for settings, like the X Pro 3 has.

The last one should come in useful as I want to attempt my first disassembly to clean up an Industar 69 soon. Great selection 👍

Glad you like them.

fferreres Veteran Member • Posts: 8,560
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I wouldn't have been able to get through proper tools and use and tactics without Mikeno62. He is such an affable person. The videos are very home made, some are even silent and he still "talks"through them.

backsidewalkaround Regular Member • Posts: 446
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For all interested in Soviet lenses, Pierre Tizien is the expert:

Soviet Lenses

I also like to read in his (older) blog:

Blog about Soviet lenses

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Blood N Guts Murphy
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lattesweden wrote:

Blood N Guts Murphy wrote:

lattesweden wrote:

Matt Osborne - MrLeica.com

Thanks. I briefly considered a Leica CL (until I tried one) and Matt was one of two channels I watched. Will have another look thanks, but I think he was into gear a bit rich for my blood.

On a gear forum, that statement might become legendary

Joking aside, yes Matt is very much into gear in his videos but I think he still has the usefulness connection, meaning it is not gear for the gears sake, but for making images with it.

And the fun thing after watching his channel for a while and seeing how nice portraits he turns out, one realizes that even when he tests an old budget Minolta X300 film body and the MD45/2 on it and shot with that, he gets the same fine results.

Regarding the CL, just wanted to mention in case anyone have missed it, that Leica has dropped their L-mount APS-C line just recently.

I think you might of misunderstood. I meant that I am too poor for Leica lenses. I think you might have thought I was saying he is into gear too much. I am happy to fully geek out on gear, the more the merrier. 😉 I wrongly assumed he was into expensive Leica stuff more often than not. Glad to hear he also looks at budget Minolta stuff, will revisit his channel asap. 👍

Currently adding most of the channels on Instagram too, which I keep meaning to use more, especially now it is more video focused. Might be an idea for a new thread. There are loads of beautiful cameras on these YouTube channels' related Instagram profiles. For me a vintage camera shop is better than visiting any museum. Instagram adds in some example shots with unique bokeh and whatnot.

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Blood N Guts Murphy
OP Blood N Guts Murphy Regular Member • Posts: 439
Re: Favorite YouTube channels about adapted/vintage lenses?

backsidewalkaround wrote:

For all interested in Soviet lenses, Pierre Tizien is the expert:

Soviet Lenses

I also like to read in his (older) blog:

Blog about Soviet lenses

Very interesting, thanks. Loads of cool lenses I haven't heard of. I like that Chrome auto-translates his blog, lots to go through. I think it is worth adding his Instagram for some unique lens porn: https://instagram.com/pierretizien?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y=

edit: another channel well worth subscribing to is: VintageLensesForVideo - YouTube

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lattesweden
lattesweden Veteran Member • Posts: 5,903
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Blood N Guts Murphy wrote:

lattesweden wrote:

Blood N Guts Murphy wrote:

lattesweden wrote:

Matt Osborne - MrLeica.com

Thanks. I briefly considered a Leica CL (until I tried one) and Matt was one of two channels I watched. Will have another look thanks, but I think he was into gear a bit rich for my blood.

On a gear forum, that statement might become legendary

Joking aside, yes Matt is very much into gear in his videos but I think he still has the usefulness connection, meaning it is not gear for the gears sake, but for making images with it.

And the fun thing after watching his channel for a while and seeing how nice portraits he turns out, one realizes that even when he tests an old budget Minolta X300 film body and the MD45/2 on it and shot with that, he gets the same fine results.

Regarding the CL, just wanted to mention in case anyone have missed it, that Leica has dropped their L-mount APS-C line just recently.

I think you might of misunderstood. I meant that I am too poor for Leica lenses. I think you might have thought I was saying he is into gear too much. I am happy to fully geek out on gear, the more the merrier. 😉 I wrongly assumed he was into expensive Leica stuff more often than not. Glad to hear he also looks at budget Minolta stuff, will revisit his channel asap. 👍

When I reread what you wrote I understand the high price angle, but I didn't catch it the first time as you pointed out. Sorry for that.

Matt reviewed yesterday a 8000 USD Leica lens he borrowed and compared it to much more humane priced lenses in the same focal length and aperture speed. He is not made of money himself from what I see in his videos and he lives very simple to be able to buy as much, and as good, gear as possible to do what he loves, shooting portraits.

Currently adding most of the channels on Instagram too, which I keep meaning to use more, especially now it is more video focused. Might be an idea for a new thread. There are loads of beautiful cameras on these YouTube channels' related Instagram profiles. For me a vintage camera shop is better than visiting any museum. Instagram adds in some example shots with unique bokeh and whatnot.

Another channel not mentioned here yet is "Retro Foto House". Another good one, focusing on Soviet and former eastern block lenses.

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/Anders
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Used camera brands over 40+ years:
Minolta, Nikon, Balda, Ricoh, Canon, Panasonic, Olympus, Sony.
*********************************************************************
In the photoworld all companies are polyamorous and it is just like a big swingers party behind the scenes.
*********************************************************************
Any photographer can have a camera painted any colour that he wants, so long as it is black.
*********************************************************************
Some of my images:
https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/65325637
https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/64169208
https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/64221482
https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/65120847
https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/65121520
https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/66357766
*********************************************************************
Article, how to FTP-transfer, edit & share RAW-images wireless out in the field:
https://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/4609147
*********************************************************************
Timeline over all mirrorless autofocus fullframe cameras:
https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/65760019
*********************************************************************
Article about Sony EVF/LCD modes:
https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/65550258
*********************************************************************

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