July 20, 2015 at 1:48PM

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Very old lenses

Having had lots of fun with 60's and 70's lenses on my EOS-M, I began to wonder exactly how old I could go. Specifically, is it physically possible to use a 19th century lens? There are plenty on ebay. This is very much a talking dog idea here. The fact that the dog talks at all rather than how well it can talk. I fancy my chances in being able to rig up a mount, basing it on a commercial C-mount adapter. 1080p video through such an old lens, or perhaps Nurse should increase my medication.

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http://csusap.csu.edu.au/~dspennem/photography/cameratopia/AntiqueCamera...

Although a useful link, I'm gutted to find that someone has been there before me. The images he can produce are quite astonishing considering the age of the lens.

July 21, 2015 at 3:18AM

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Julian Richards
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Your primary issue is going to be matching the flange focal distance and finding a surface that the lens' mount will affix to (assuming the lens was designed for a sensor at least as large as your camera's). Most likely these will need some DIY engineering… very possible to do. Whether the result is worth the trouble highly depends on the person.

July 23, 2015 at 2:32PM

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Jaan Shenberger
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The way it's done by the handful of people that I have discovered is to build up extension tubes (M42 sems the best option) to the right focal length, including, if needed, the tube that contains a focusing ring.On the end of the tube, you have an M42 body cap to which you have attached your antique lens (the term vintage is now confusing). My inital thoughts were that any image would be a success but what I have seen is rather better. Never going to be Nikon sharp but that isn't the point. I have got 2 lenses in the post and will soon order the extra hardware from Aliexpress. On ebay at the moment is a lens that actually made it to the trenches in WW1.

July 25, 2015 at 4:51AM

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Julian Richards
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