old lenses, modern bodies
Mike Crivello’s is now selling FotoDiox lens adapters, and they really are pretty neat! Now it’s possible to put your old manual-focus, film-era lenses back to work on your modern mirrorless camera body. Recently I got to go out with a Sony A7Rii and 3 lenses — 28mm, 50mm, and 90mm…except they weren’t Sony lenses. They were a 28mm Canon FD, 50mm SMC Takumar screw mount, and a Leica M 90mm APO AA!
So, I went over to Fuel Cafe, in Riverwest, had a latte, and then headed down into the woods by the Milwaukee River.
The Sony (and Olympus, too), with its option to magnify the viewfinder image, and/or to use focus-peaking, made manually focusing these lenses a piece of cake! Whether I was shooting stopped down or wide open, I was sharp where I needed to be. :)
The next day, I went over by Estabrook Park and got a few more snaps with this set of lenses. With how advanced our cameras have gotten, it really has been a pleasure to do something with a more analog/manual feel to it.
So, whether you’re using Sony full-frame or crop-sensor bodies, or Olympus microfourthirds cameras, we’ve got the adapters you need to put older manual lenses back to work. It really is fun to do! And, if we don’t have the particular adapter you’re looking for, we can GET IT for you. :)
What really thrills me is how you can get a lens for somewhere between $30-$150, and an adapter for $12-$30, and then you’re set to go! Whether you’re a student just starting out or a long-time photog who wants to mix things up, this is a fun affordable way to do it!