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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



Photography Equipment

Photography Equipment

Lenses

Never before has photography been so easy and affordable. Digital technology has finally placed the camera in the hands of the public. For many, taking pictures has become a way of life. The explosion of photographs in social media shows the impact of this technology in our society today. In the midst of these rapid changes, we can easily forget about the past.

Before Digital

This chapter is about the pre-digital age, where lenses were all manual focus and film was the recording medium. It highlights how some equipment can still be relevant, like using manual focus lenses with digital cameras, how to improve your photographs with post processing and many others.

Legacy Lenses

Canon FD 100mm f/4 Macro
Makinon 80-200mm f/4.5
Nikon 55mm f/3.5 Micro
Tamron Adaptall 70-150mm f/3.5 (QZ-150M)
Tamron Adaptall 2 80-210mm f/3.8-4 (103A)
Tamron SP Adaptall 2 28-80mm f/3.5-4.2 (27A)



Documentary Photography

Documentary Photography – Singapore in the 80s

These are some the my images of past Singapore. They were taken in the mid-1980s, a time when the nation was very different.

They serve as a record of the rich cultural heritage in our past, where Singaporeans were proud to be one people, regardless of race, language or religion.

Faced with the tumultuous changes in the new millennium, it is vital that the nation retains her soul. Once lost, her national identity would be gone forever.



Travel Photography

Travel Photography



Advertising Photography

Advertising Photography



Industrial Photography

Industrial Photography