Old lens on new cameras

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  • Anyone on here have experience using old film lens on digital camera? In particular interested if anyone has experience using old lens on the Fuji X series cameras?

  • Yes, it is a lot of fun. I've mainly used pentax/takumar lenses on a canon DSLR; my brother has an XT1 which he's tried a few things with, I think maybe Nikkor lenses among others.

    I have to say though, shooting film on a manual focus camera is still more fun.

    The XT1 is pretty cool because the focus peaking still works, whereas with a Canon SLR you are on your own with focusing. Not that it is any different from using any other lens in manual, I just prefer using a split screen for manual focusing, so give me an F2 with film anyday over a DSLR with an old lens. I'm terrible at manual focusing, clearly.

    What are you planning on using?

  • I am using the Leica lenses on my X Pro 1 using their adapter

  • My mate uses old Olympus lenses on his XE1 and I use a bunch of super takumar lenses with a canon adaptor.

    The fujis are way better for this as they have focus peaking whereas modern dslrs lack any real visual focusing aids. My adaptor is electronic so kind of tells the camera when something's focused but it's not reliable and thinks every lens is f/1.4

  • I use a 50mm f1.8 Zeiss Pancolar on an A6000, the peaking makes it easier but it's still easy to get an out of focus shot, especially on moving objects, but I paid £25 for the lens and to get the equivalent quality with a modern lens I'd need to pay 10 times that amount.

  • Yes, used loads of old MF lenses on a Fuji X-E2 with great success; focus peaking makes it a joy. One thing: the quality of adapters varies enormously. I've had a couple which are so tight that they've prematurely worn the lens mount on the camera body, and others which are looser than a wizard's sleeve.

  • Lots of Olympus OM lenses on my Olympus OM-D E-M1 work well and focus peaking is a winner.

  • Yeah, I have the old EM5 and I'm stuck with the art filter focus peaking workaround.

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Old lens on new cameras

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