Whether you're shooting on a budget, want to take shots with a singular look, or just enjoy experimenting with different gear, vintage lenses are a spectacular route to take.
I've had a bit of a vintage lens resurgence so far in 2020. My desire to buy and use different vintage lenses ebbs and flows as the years go by, but it's currently on an uptick. Just this week I wrote about the incredible 160-year-old Petzval lens and it came at a time when I was already pawing through vintage Leica glass.
I've had a lot of vintage glass over the years and as I wrote in an article some months back, most of them are useless. But that's because I was buying anything cheap and interesting to see what I could do with it. If your buying practices are more refined and informed, you can pick up some gems.
In this video, Mark Holtze (who has some of the most enjoyable production and b-roll of any YouTuber I've seen) goes over 5 reasons why you need vintage lenses in 2020. Price is certainly a strong motivator for me, but I also know that the applications of the lenses I buy are fewer. So the chief motivator for my purchase of vintage lenses is simple: they're fun. I love getting a new (old) lens, adapting it to my camera, and going off on a little trek to try it out. I just enjoy trying them out and seeing what images look like when you combine the old with the new.
Do you shoot with vintage lenses? Are there any you recommend?