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Vintage Lens Useful Links

There is a lot of information available on vintage cameras and lenses on the internet, way too much for anyone to properly list, rate and catalogue.  So here I've added places that I've found to be useful as my interest in vintage lenses has developed.  They are in no particular order and I have no connection with any of the sites or people listed below.  I have found them to be very useful and interesting.  

Luton Camera Repair Services  Luton Camera Repair Services have been around as long as I can remember.  They have always been an Olympus specialist, but also deal with other makes.  They also service and repair vintage cameras and lenses and their prices are very reasonable.  I have been visiting them over the years and moreso now since I've been interested in vintage lenses.  They have a very good stock of both vintage cameras and lenses too.  Too many to list on their web site and stock turns over so give them a call if you want to find out if they have something of interest to you.  Very friendly and helpful staff.  What's not to like?

Zenography on YouTube covers a lot of vintage lenses and cameras.  Reviews and comparison tests, group tests and more.  The average episode is around 30 minutes.

Vintage Optiks is also found on YouTube.  This channel is not as big as Zenography and the videos here follow the exact same format and layout.   The first section deals with the lens in general and shows all of the versions that were produced.  This is useful if there were improvements or develpopments during production, or if later models are considered less or more desirable that earlier ones.

Rainbow Imaging
Lens adaptors are an essential part of using vintage lenses.  It is great being able to pick lenses from different makers which opens up a huge range of choices.  I've found a great supplier of good quality adaptors that are around half of the price of adaptors found in the UK.  The company is Rainbow Imaging in New York.  They can be found on ebay in the UK, and anywhere else, I guess.  Their prices, including the on average $2 postage are around 50% of the cost of a good adaptor bought in the UK.  Delivery times do vary though. It usually takes 4 days to get from placing an order to it arriving at Heathrow, then up to two weeks to get the 30 miles from Heathrow to me!  My last order however was in my hands just 7 days from ordering.  Their ebay seller I.D. is rainbowimaging_us.  
They have their own website, but the checkout only allows dispatch to the USA.  If you are not in the USA they should be on your local ebay.

Update December 2022.  Rainbow Imaging has disappeared from UK ebay.  I messaged them on USA ebay but they have not replied and there is no contact us link/facility on their website.  If you are in the USA you have no problem, You have their website or USA ebay, but I've had to start looking elsewhere for my adaptors now.

Looking for a Vintage Used Lens or Camera?  (or a modern lens or camera) is an easy to use site that brings items from multiple sellers into one place.  The site now includes used cameras too.  Filters are available to customise your search to include or exclude sellers from ebay or to limit searches to specific dealers as well as other options and also will show if a dealer you favour is included in the search.
I've found vintage lenses on here and I have seen vintage cameras as well.  These are usually ebay adverts, but I do see them from dealers too.  My Sun 135mm f2.8 I found via Used lens from a dealer in Scotland.

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