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Sep 12, 2013 11:57 |  #1

This weekend I will be hitting up some antique stores to check out their photography sections. Which lenses from way back when should I be looking at that I can use on my 6D? Its ok if I have to use an adapter.

Of course it will be manual.


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Sep 12, 2013 11:59 |  #2

I'd be on the look out for Super Takumars in M42. I have a 55mm 1.8 that takes amazing photos.


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Sep 12, 2013 12:06 |  #3

would i need an adapter for it to fit on the 6d? if so which?


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Sep 12, 2013 12:09 |  #4

You would need an M42 to EOS adapter but you can buy a cheap one on Ebay or anywhere else for like 4 dollars. It will be full manual but you can find some great deals. If you find any 85 1.2-1.4 snatch em up to resell. I am a fan of the helios lenses that are M42 as well. The Super Takumar are fantastic lenses however.




  
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Sep 12, 2013 12:27 |  #5

Cool. I hope to find something!! Anything else I should look out for?


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Sep 12, 2013 12:52 |  #6

Pretty much any lens with "Yashica ML" written on it. Of all the manual lenses I use, Yashica ML's deliver the most consistently good results. Take a look through the "best vintage lens" thread and the "MF adapted lenses" threads for more ideas, I'm on my phone so can't link it, but both threads have great information ;)


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Sep 12, 2013 13:26 |  #7

Thanks for the tip :)


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Sep 12, 2013 13:51 |  #8

Practically any lens with "Nikkor" or "Olympus OM" or "Leica R" or "Pentax M" or "Pentax A" written on it would be worth checking out. "Contax", too. You can use third party items in the M42, Nikon F, Oly OM, Leica R, Pentax PK, Contax/Yashica mounts, as well... so watch for quality Vivitar, Soligor, etc., too. The Tamron interchangeable (Adaptall-2) mount can be gotten in EOS mount, too. And there are some superb Tamron SP Adaptall-2 lenses: 17mm, 24mm, 90mm Macro, 180/2.5, 300/2.8, 400/4, 80-200/2.8 are a few that come to mind.

But I wouldn't look in antique stores... Antique store cameras and lenses generally tend to be stuff prior to 1960... much of which is unlikely to be adaptable and usable... plus once it's labelled an "antique", it often gets over-priced!

Second-hand stores are where I'd be looking.... Particularly charitable orgs such as Goodwill, St. Vincents, etc.... donated items often end up priced cheap.... sometimes excellent stuff.

This Tamron 90mm f2.5 Adaptall-2 lens in mint condition, with caps, hood, 1:1 adapter (not in photo) and a Nikon F mount (beside the lens above) cost me all of $20 at my local Goodwill store...

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The Adaptall-2 EOS mount (on the lens above) to use it on my Canon cameras cost twice that, from a Chinese seller on eBay (arrived in 3 or 4 days).

For the $60 invested, though it's a little slow to use due to manual focus and manual aperture, I think it takes pretty good pics:

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As a bonus, since I have Adaptall-2 mounts for Nikon F, Canon FD, Olympus OM, Pentax PK, Konica K/AR and Minolta MD mounts, too... I can use it on any of my vintage film cameras, too.

Other good places to look for photo gear are flea markets and garage sales.

Pawn shops and photo shows can be okay, too... but often the prices are higher when a dealer is involved.

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Sep 12, 2013 18:47 |  #9

bring a smartphone, and google it before you buy it...


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Sep 12, 2013 20:03 |  #10

How old do you want to go? I have a Tamron 70-210 from 1978 that I would sell you.




  
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Sep 12, 2013 21:02 |  #11

DreDaze wrote in post #16291992 (external link)
bring a smartphone, and google it before you buy it...

This is really solid advice, it's what I always do (unless I know what I'm looking at) :cool:


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Sep 12, 2013 21:44 |  #12

Here's the compatibility chart I refer to: http://www.bobatkins.c​om …faq/manual_focu​s_EOS.html (external link)
You may want to print the chart out and carry with you.

I love old lenses/cameras, and I'll give you a quick "What to look for". While your objective may only be to get a lens to use, some of this will also be for finding a diamond in a haystack.

Pass on anything Minolta, and anything manual focus Canon (FD FL mounts), except for Canon Serenar lenses(highly valuable).

Things I'd be on the lookout for in an antique shop are Exakta, Praktica, Leicas, Contax/Contaflex, Zeiss Ikon, Pentax, Pentax/Honeywell (Super-Takumar), Nikon, Olympus, and Kodak Bellows cameras with red bellows (only cuz they have value, you can't use them on anything). Those will be your best bets.

If you get really lucky and find a lens with the name P. Angenieux Paris on it, buy it.

Anything Leica, like above, just buy it. Doesn't matter what it is, just buy it.

Exakta/Praktica/Contax​/Contaflex can has some awesome lenses attached to them. Watch for the words Biotar (see attached image), Biogon, Planar, Biometar, Distagon. There are others, but those are off the top of my head as having potential for finding a smokin' deal. There are also Tessars, but they typically don't have tremendous value. No matter what mount the above are, there is an adapter available to EOS.

Nikon is Nikon. They're very much like Canon - great lenses and not-so-great lenses. Knowing the difference is key, and since there are so many, good luck. Although, if it says Nikkor-SC, it's good.

Pentax will all fit, but I try to get the M42 mounts (see attached), as the adapters are cheaper then the bayonets, and typically the M42's are better lenses. If it's a Pentax Spotmatic camera, then the lens is an M42 mount. A common lens on a Spot was the Super-Takumar 1.4, so you may have good luck finding one of those. If the lens has yellowed (see attached), it means it is a radioactive lens, where the glass used thorium in it's composition. Still worth good money, and a great lens overall.

Olympus had some very good glass for the most part, and any of them will work.

This is what a Zeiss Biotar T looks like, commonly found on Exakta/Contax/Praktica cameras;

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Sep 12, 2013 21:47 |  #13

Oh, and an easy thing to remember is, if it's wider then 28mm (24mm or wider typically) it's worth money. Also, if it's 35mm or wider, with an aperture of f/2 or lower (wider), it's worth money. 85mm and longer, with apertures of lower than f/3.5 (or so) are worth money.


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Sep 12, 2013 22:42 as a reply to  @ KirkS518's post |  #14

I was using this list to try different MF primes on my 5D:
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To find out how good the lens is search it on Flickr.
You could even search lens and 6D, to see how it is going to perform exactly.

As for old cameras, if you want to buy it check it on eBay first. Even Zeiss Ikon, some models are cheap.
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And Leica has fake copies made from FSU Zorki and Industar 10, 22 and 50 lens.


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Sep 12, 2013 23:08 |  #15

Personally, I would go for anything that says Zeiss, any Takumar, any Leica, and any Zuiko.

funny enough old Canon (FD and FL) lenses are harder and more expensive to adapt than many other brands so I would only get the really good ones like 55 f1.2, 50 f1.2, 85 f1.2, 35TS, and anything with a red ring.

Rokkor lenses are excellent but hard to adapt.
I would stay away from Exakta/Praktica lenses if you are using a 6D. When you adapt them for EOS the Exakta mount will hit the plastic framed mirror of the 5D and 6D full frame cameras. They are great on crop and 1D bodies though.


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