Wow factor - Film lenses with adapters on digital cameras
I got my first film lens to digital camera adapter in 2012, when I received a Minolta lens as a gift. I work with a Canon 7D. My daughter, a wedding photographer, told me about using an adapter. They aren’t expensive, so I gave it a try. The adaptor fits between your camera and the film lens.
I’m glad I decided to take the risk and invest in an adapter - which sell for $30-$50 on Amazon.com.
Since that time, I picked up a Canon A1 at a garage sale, and it included 3 old film lenses. I purchased as second adapter for the Canon lenses. I simply fell in love with the 50mm 1.4.
While I found that they don’t have the quality needed for stock images for wide-angle shots, they do a superior job for macro and closeup. The layers of tones seem to be richer and in greater quantity than with modern lenses. I can literally spend hours playing with them.
Keep in mind that while your camera will know there’s a lens attached, you lose all auto focus options and are forced to work in manual mode. I found this to be an advantage, as I tried various ISO and shutter speed settings.
Also included in the A1 kit was a macro filter. How fun is this?
Nature background bud blurs
Photo credits: Tamara Lee Harding.