There are plenty of retailers online who sell modern day lenses, and it doesn't take a lot of effort to find a trustworthy seller, but how should you go about finding and buying vintage lenses that have been off the market for years?
Last time, we wrote about using vintage lenses, which aside from saving you money, especially when starting out, they also act as a great tool for teaching you how to shoot in manual. But how do you get to actually find and purchase these lenses? Undoubtedly, it won't be as simple as merely heading down to your local electronics store, which is why photographer Mark Holtze brings us another video on practical tips that will help you locate those old lenses which may be gathering dust in someone's attic.
Whether your family or friends have old, unused equipment laying around or if you're searching for a specific lens on online auction sites or social media, be sure to take precautions and check whether the lens is in usable condition before you part with your money. This, of course, is not always possible when buying online; therefore, Holtze heads to vintage camera sales, but these aren't that easy to locate either! Check out Hotlze's tips for finding, inspecting, testing, and buying these vintage lenses!
Have you ever bought an older lens from a vintage camera sale or auction?
Lead image used with permission of Mark Holtze.