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  • Considering getting a few old prime lenses off ebay,,,

     Douglas Patrick updated 10 years, 6 months ago 9 Members · 16 Posts
  • Michael Lorushe

    January 2, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    I found a really old Pentax stills camera with a Pentax 50mm f/2.0 prime lens in my house not too long ago. So the other day, I tried mounting it on my 550D; of course it didn’t fit but I was pleasantly surprised that as I held it on with my hand, the image quality on the LCD was actually good. I did some tests and I’m quite happy with the results. There’s quite a big difference between the amount of light this little f/2.0 prime lens lets in compared to my f/2.8 Tamron zoom.

    I read some previous posts on this forum with a few of you mentioning that you’ve successfully used primes with your DSLRs and I think I’m now ready to acquire a few.

    So what I’d like to know is:

    – Is it possible to get an adapter that will mount my Pentax prime to my 550d? (SMC PENTAX-A 1:2 50mm)
    – What old primes do you guys use and recommend? I’m looking for a something around the region of a 35mm, 85mm and a 135mm.
    – Is it a big issue that older primes don’t have IS?

    Thanks in advance, and happy new year 😉

    Michael Folorunsho – Videographer & Editor
    http://www.mikedoesmedia.com

  • Richard Harrington

    January 2, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    If anyone makes adapter. It’s fotodiax

    Richard M. Harrington, PMP

    Author: From Still to Motion, Video Made on a Mac, Photoshop for Video, Understanding Adobe Photoshop, Final Cut Studio On the Spot and Motion Graphics with Adobe Creative Suite 5 Studio Techniques

  • Noah Kadner

    January 2, 2011 at 10:46 pm

    Regarding no IS- you definitely want to use a tripod or shoulder support. Otherwise yeah you’ll have shakier handheld shots than you’re used to with IS.

    Noah

    Unlock the secrets of 24p, HD and Final Cut Studio with Call Box Training. Featuring the Canon 5D Mark II and 7D.

  • Anonymous

    January 3, 2011 at 12:10 am

    It’s “Fotodiox”, a very good source for lens mount adapters & accessories:
    https://www.fotodiox.com/index.php?cPath=21&osCsid=0857703967f370c949e14565fefd5c24

    I recommend KEH as a source for used lenses. They have an enormous inventory and each lens is graded (and priced) by its condition & quality:
    https://www.keh.com/

    As for eBay, do business with vendors with very good reputations. For example, these 2 are generally very good sources of lens mount adapters & other accessories:
    https://shop.ebay.com/ciecio7/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_from=&_ipg=&_trksid=p3686

    https://www.peterdv.com

  • Anonymous

    January 3, 2011 at 12:12 am

    Here’s the other eBay vendor who is a very source for lens mount adapters & other accessories:
    https://shop.ebay.com/jinfinance/m.html?_ipg=50&_sop=12&_rdc=1

    https://www.peterdv.com

  • Noah Kadner

    January 3, 2011 at 5:49 am

    A very good source or very bad source? You left out a key detail there… 🙂

    Noah

    Unlock the secrets of 24p, HD and Final Cut Studio with Call Box Training. Featuring the Canon 5D Mark II and 7D.

  • Richard Harrington

    January 3, 2011 at 5:53 am

    Typing on an iPhone.. thanks for correx

    Richard M. Harrington, PMP

    Author: From Still to Motion, Video Made on a Mac, Photoshop for Video, Understanding Adobe Photoshop, Final Cut Studio On the Spot and Motion Graphics with Adobe Creative Suite 5 Studio Techniques

  • Anonymous

    January 3, 2011 at 5:56 am

    Very good! 😉

    https://www.peterdv.com

  • Phil Balsdon

    January 3, 2011 at 10:58 am

    I use the Fotodiox adapter for my Pentax K lenses. It is designed to mount the lens at about 45 degrees to normal. This moves the iris lever on the lens out of the way of the camera’s mirror without impeding the function of the lens.

    Some brands of Pentax to EOS adaptors require you to machine / remove the iris lever from the lens so it doesn’t conect with mirror and damage the camera when releasing the shutter.

    Cinematographer, Steadicam Operator, Final Cut Pro Post Production.
    https://www.steadi-onfilms.com.au/

  • Michael Sacci

    January 3, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    A lot of us canon users are picking up old Nikon Lenses, you can get inexpensive mount adapters and if you look for Nikon E-series you can get them in great condition for about $50/lens. These are great lenses for the money. They were looked down upon when built because they have a little plastic in them but they are built better that most lenses today. I have the 28, 50 and 135, all are super sharp.

    Get an adapter for each lens for easy of use.

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