Using vintage lenses is a great way to produce images and footage that is full of character. Here are five great tips to help you get to grips when attaching a piece of history to your shiny new digital camera.
The arrival of mirrorless cameras made vintage glass more accessible than ever, with filmmakers in particular benefiting from the distinctive characteristics of older lenses. Resulting footage tends to be less clinical and often more cinematic, though obviously this comes with some significant compromises along the way. To help you make the most of vintage glass, Mark Holtze, a long-time fan of more obscure lenses, has put together a list of five tips to help you make the most of these affordable throwbacks to an analog era.
Focusing accurately has definitely got to be one of the biggest challenges, especially when shooting at wide apertures. Fortunately, mirrorless cameras offer some significant advantages when using manual focus, such as focus peaking and the focus magnifier. I’ve never had great success with the focus peaking on my a7 III, probably because shooting stills at f/1.4 on a 35mm lens needs a very precise degree of accuracy. The focus magnifier, however, is far more effective, though of course, the process is much slower — not great for anything that insists on moving.
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