Vintage and Manual Focus Lens Index - Wizardly Imagery

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Vintage and Manual Focus Lens Index

Since I got my first mirrorless camera in 2018, I became interested in manual focus lenses.  They are much smaller and lighter than autofocus lenses, and they are cheaper too!  I first got a Samyang 85mm f1.8.  I was impressed with the build and image quality of this lens so I bought another Samyang lens - a 12mm f2.  Again the build and image quality are excellent.  I then added a Zonlai 22mm f1.8.  Now this lens has a flaw.  Not just my copy, but all copies, unless they have now fixed it.  It is a bit soft in the bottom left hand corner and if you take a picture that will reveal this flaw it is there to see.  However in the real world this is just not an issue amd I'm very pleased with it.

As a result of this I then became interested in vintage lenses and have built up a few that you can see further down this page.  The modern ones are at the top, vintage ones at the bottom.

All of my manual focus lenses both modern and vintage are prime lenses, a decision I made right from the start.  For me they have put the fun back into photography.  They have slowed me down and the first decision I have to make is what focal length am I going to use.  These lenses have also led me to move more in every direction and become even more aware of framing.

If you have an interest in vintage cameras and lenses, check out Luton Camera Repair Services.  More inormation in my vintage lens links page.
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