Hi, I thought I'd open a thread for discussing the use of vintage lenses for filming with a DSLR. Some of them are reputed to be just as good, if not better than current, new lenses for video purposes, and the price for those is incredibly cheap (for now). It seems that many amateur film makers go for these instead, for several reasons
- crop sensor really allow the use of the "best part" of the image
- fast primes can sell for as cheap as 50-100€
- the taste for "exploration" (for the most part, you don't really know what you're buying until you actually try it out)
- manual aperture control
- easy and cheap to adapt (you can find a pentax M42 to Eos adapter for less than 10 euros)
Most of the fast primes seem to not be as sharp wide open than the more modern ones (with some exceptions)
On my end, I've bought a bunch of these, but I am yet to truly test them in controlled, usual, filming condition. I will however list them here and post quick reviews of them in the future. I invite you enthusiasts to join me in that effort and take part of the discussion.
Known "good" primes
Asahi Super Takumar SMC 50mm 1.4
Asahi Takumar SMC 28mm f3.5
Vivitar 35mm f1.9
To be tested
Pentacon MC 29mm f2.8
Revuenon 135mm f2.8
Revuenon 35mm f2.8
Helios 44 58mm f2
Pentacon auto 135mm f2.8
Alright, let's have it now
You opinion, experience, pros? cons?
to me, I think it's a great opportunity for film makers on a budget, to have a wide selection of fairly good quality or at least interesting lenses for the price of a couple of excellent new lenses or less. You can have several lenses of the same focus, choose the best for the situation, you can have fast lenses that will open the doors for night filming, you get to know about the history of photography, which is always a good thing, to understand where what we do now comes from.