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Sleepers: Great Lenses that Are Truly Affordable

Sleepers: Great Lenses that Are Truly Affordable

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How “good” are vintage lenses when used on modern digital cameras? In a word, vintage lenses are “fine,” though I would have to immediately follow that statement by adding, “It depends,” because there are always exceptions to the rules, though even in these cases, the lens in question often works fine albeit with a technical or optical shortcoming of sorts.

Original photographs © Allan Weitz 2020

When adapting older-generation film camera lenses to DSLRs and mirrorless cameras, most perform well in terms of sharpness, color fidelity, color saturation, contrast, and other qualifiers of image quality. Others do not fare as well, though depending on what you’re looking for, you might prefer the look of the photographs you take with this so-called sub-par lens. Sometimes flare, ghosting, and overblown swirling highlights are exactly what you are looking for.

Regardless, with few exceptions these lenses are still quite usable and, in many cases, they render the image with unique visual signatures that cannot be duplicated by their modern-day, “new-and-improved” counterparts. This isn’t to say newer lenses take sharp but boring photographs—that’s simply not the case. What I am saying is that while modern lenses feature quick and accurate autofocusing, image stabilization, and are made of notably lighter construction materials, older-generation versions of these very same lenses often capture photographs with extremely close, if not identical, image quality to their modern-day counterparts—and at a far lower cost.

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