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  • Vintage SLR lens on m4/3 dslr

    Posted by Peter Robertson on March 11, 2019 at 3:03 pm

    There are many bargain vintage lenses on ebay and I have found a Tokina with “M/MD” mount. Is this simply the Minolta MD mount. The prefix M is confusing me since there are many MD to M4/3 adapters available.
    Many thanks

    Blaise Douros replied 5 years, 3 months ago 2 Members · 2 Replies
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  • Peter Robertson

    March 18, 2019 at 4:19 pm

    Hi Dave
    Thanks for your advice. However since these lenses are so cheap on ebay ($20.- for a 28-85 Tokina). I’m giving it a try.
    The reason is that I want to try a manual focus lens. I film classical music (multi-cam) and can only setup the cameras during a rehearsal. I film the performance which is often many hours later. My digital lenses don’t have a manual clutch like Olympus Pro series and I don’t leave the cameras switched on for so long so I lose the focus setting when switching on again, hence the trial with a manual lens.
    I will gladly share my experiences with the cow world at a later date.

  • Blaise Douros

    March 19, 2019 at 11:50 pm

    Actually, vintage stills lenses work great for video–many of them are great quality, they’re available for low prices, and they can be modded so that the aperture changes smoothly. The focus breathing isn’t always well controlled, but neither is that true on a $2000 Canon L-series lens, so…

    Anyway, don’t knock ’em until you’ve tried ’em. They can be a great solution. There are even Hollywood DPs that use them, in certain projects.

    Peter, the M/MD just means Minolta MD mount. Any MD-m43 mount adapter should do the trick, and if you can get one with a Speedbooster optic included, so much the better.

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