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I love sharing what people do with ‘vintage’ lenses and this is a ‘guest’ post from our friends at DSLR Solutions

Using Takumar Vintage Lenses for Video with M42 to EOS Adapter

From DSLR Solutions:

Thinking about older lenses brought back memories of that buttery smooth focus ring on the old Canon FD 50mm prime used with my Canon FTB body. I can remember the moment I extracted the Takumar lenses from their leather cases and twisted the focus ring. WOW! I had forgotten how nice the older lenses were made.

Takumar Lens Set

Takumar Lens Set

I immediately bought an M42 to EOS adapter (without chip). Unfortunately, my current camera (Canon 60D) did not recognize that a lens was attached. I wound up needing to purchase the adapter with the chip, which worked perfectly. Keep in mind that these older lenses are completely manual and YOU will need to adjust the aperture and focus ring, the camera does none of it for you.

At this point I was getting really excited about using these older lenses for video, but it remained to be seen what kind of optical quality would be achieved. I assumed it would be pretty decent, but had not idea how nice of images from the older Takumar lenses would produce. One word “Fantastic!” The images are organic and the lens bodies are beautifully machined and they are truly a pleasure to use. Here is a shot testing lens flare on the Canon 50mm f/1.4 and the Takumar 55mm f/1.8

Shot testing lens flare on the Canon 50mm f/1.4 and the Takumar 55mm f/1.8

Shot testing lens flare on the Canon 50mm f/1.4 and the Takumar 55mm f/1.8

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