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 Used cameras from cameradealer.co.uk We have used & second hand cameras, lenses & accessories. Canon, Pentax, Nikon, Sony, Panasonic, Leica, Rollei, Hasselblad, Minox, Voigtlander, Carl Zeiss, Tamron, Dallmeyer, Meyer Optik Gorlitz & Cooke. Antique binoculars, medium & large format cameras.

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Mounting old lenses on new cameras

LENS MOUNT GUIDE

Most lenses can be mounted on most cameras by using a mount adaptor.

For example mounting a lens with a M42 screw thread mount to a modern Canon EOS camera.

Sometimes there are physical limitations which make it impossible for the lens to focus to Infinity.

This is due to the rear lens element not being able to go close enough to the cameras sensor or film. However, in most camera/lens combinations there is no problem at all.

Older lenses are usually manual focus only but can be used on newer film and digital SLR's. Also these older lenses have manual aperture control but can be used on most digital SLR's in Aperture priority mode or AV as it is shown on some cameras.

Newer auto focus lenses can be mounted to different cameras other than their own mount type. Although you would still only be able to use the lens manually.

As lenses, cameras and mounts all have their own characteristics, it is always advisable to research them before you buy.

The items I sell do not include adaptors but they are easily available on ebay for very reasonable prices.

If you have a lens in mind and are not sure about mounting it on your camera, I would be pleased to give you any advice I can. Just send a message and I will try to help.

It is surprising when you see the results some older lenses can achieve. Often far better than the "kit" lens that came with your camera and sometimes as good as the quality of "high end" or "prosumer" lenses.

One striking difference is the colour older lenses are capable of. Really bringing a photo to life. Also, equally as striking is the background blur or "bokeh" which can look amazing.

I hope this guide was helpful.

If you have any comments (good or otherwise!) please let me know.

Thanks for your patience