Running out of funds this season but still want to treat yourself to an additional piece of glass? Have you considered trying low-cost adapters to use vintage lenses on your modern camera body? Find out how to!
Let me guess, with Christmas approaching, your funds have taken a slight dip, and you may not be able to afford that new shiny piece of glass you have been eyeing, so why not consider purchasing older and cheaper lenses with the additional help of an affordable lens adapter instead? Photographer Mark Holtze, who previously has shown how to give expired film another life, gives us advice on reusing vintage lenses with our current modern digital camera bodies by using an adapter.
If you're willing to work with a manual lens, the opportunities are endless for you to repurpose old lenses that you will easily find on sale online as well as secondhand buys from people without breaking the bank. In his video, Holtze explains how to purchase the correct adapter for your digital camera body and just how much character you can add to your image by using these older lenses with all their quirks.
Not just that, Holtze adds that purchasing an adapter and a lens this way is a useful and inspiring way to work when you're starting out, not just to save money but also to thoroughly learn how to use a manual lens. Just make sure if you do look for older secondhand lenses on online auction sites that you don't forget to check if they're in a fully working condition. That's a silly mistake I've made before!
Will you give vintage lenses a go?