I recently inherited eight older lenses and a couple of camera bodies from an uncle that was a pretty good photographer. Seven of the eight lenses are older lenses dating from around 1970 to the mid-1980's. All but the one modern lens are manual focus lenses, and five of the lenses are Ai, Ai-S, or non-Ai lenses that have been modified. It's been interesting researching the lenses and getting a sense of what they can do.
The first I've tried is the 50mm f/1.4 Ai from around 1978. The focus ring is smooth as silk, and it produces really nice images. It takes a bit of practice to manually focus, but with the shallow DOF, the backgrounds are very nice and the subject sharp. Using the lens with the modern D850 works remarkably well. Pixels or cheap so it's easy to practice and you get immediate feedback. It's easy to enter the lens in the non-CPU list so Aperture priority works very nicely. Low light photography works by simply increasing the ISO - something unheard of in the film days.
Here is an example - my dogs are getting a lot of modeling work. It's probably going to cost me some treats later.
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Next on the camera is the Nikon Nikkor-H 85mm f/1.8 - a 1967 model lens that was Ai'd at some point. The first photos look really promising.
These lenses are almost as sharp as the latest versions - maybe better. The colors are very nice and the backgrounds bring a nice character. It's different - but that's okay.
I'm considering taking one of these lenses to the PGA Tour Championship next month for some old school / old lens portraits of modern golf pros.
Edited by ericbowles, 22 August 2018 - 04:41 PM.