Digital Cameras Legacy Lenses

Digital Cameras Legacy Lenses

Mirrorless cameras, an invention in the digital age, have opened up an exciting avenue for photographers. With the right adapter, almost any brand of lenses can be attached to the camera. Best of all, manual lenses from the film era are plentiful on eBay. With patience and careful selection, some can be acquired at very low prices.

To see whether these legacy lenses are up to the mark, I decided to test some using my mirrorless Sony Nex 3N camera. Most of the shots were at the widest aperture as the resolving power would be at their poorest. All images are presented full size, at 40% crop, no sharpening applied and no post processing. What you see is what the camera recorded.

Tamron Adaptall 2 80-210mm f/3.8-4 (103A) zoom lens  |  Paid $19 on eBay  |  Lens Review

Makinon 80-200mm f/4.5 zoom lens   |  Paid $2.75 on eBay  |  Lens Review

Canon FD 100mm f/4 Macro prime lens  |  Paid $53 on eBay  |  Lens Review

Nikon 55mm f/3.5 Micro prime lens  |  Paid $35 on eBay  |  Lens Review

Tamron Adaptall 70-150mm f/3.5 zoom lens (QZ-150M)  |  Paid $15 on eBay  |  Lens Review

Tamron SP Adaptall 2 28-80mm f/3.5-4.2 zoom lens (27A)  |  Paid $25 on eBay  |  Lens Review