February 18, 2016 at 5:40PM

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Good ol' Fashioned Vintage Lenses

Can anyone recommend some vintage lenses? Preferably any 50mm and 85mm for Nikon F mount camera.

Thanks!

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What camera are you shooting with ?

February 18, 2016 at 5:44PM, Edited February 18, 5:44PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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Nikon d3300 and Nikon d5300... My budget is around $600

Tom Warwick

February 18, 2016 at 6:12PM

Good call Guy M. most any lens that fits with an adapter will have a purpose and use in some way. I do recommend using Ken Rockwell's website where he reviews most lenses. Lenses made for your camera are available and cheap, have a focus range when you turn them, but any lens at the right price (determined by you). I am assuming you are talking about manual primes, but if not let us know? The problem is with asking this question is that we recommend from our experience and our style of filmmaking? This can be quite different from yours. So most any lens you buy can work for you and most any lens recommend has a 50% of working for you.

February 18, 2016 at 7:12PM

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Yeah, I'm looking for some manual primes 50mm and 85mm like I mentioned above. For a film project that takes place in interior and exterior settings. For stationary use as well as steadicam/glidecam use.

Tom Warwick

February 18, 2016 at 7:34PM

I own eight Nikon AI-S lenses ( 24, 35, 50mm x 2, 85mm, 105mm, 135mm, 200mm ), and most of them I bought from eBay. I've been buying and selling on eBay for more than 10 years now, and so far I haven't had any problems. But I always follow specific steps when buying from eBay...

1- The seller has to have an almost perfect record ( either 100 percent or close to it )

2- The lens has to have high resolution photographs taken from all sides of the lens.

3- The lens must be in very good shape, in almost new condition. I don't mind paying extra for this.

4- All correspondence/transactions must go through eBay. ( no private deals )

5- I always pay with PayPal, which pretty much guarantees that I won't be ripped-off if there is a problem.

I've bought lenses from Canada, USA, England, Germany, Japan using eBay with no trouble at all. ( most items took 2 weeks or less to arrive )

I would recommend the Nikon AI-S 50mm f/1.4 lens and the Nikon AI-S 85mm f/2.0 lens. Both lenses are sharp ( you have to stop the 50mm down 1 F-stop to get rid of coma, which softens the image when shooting wide open, the 85mm is sharp wide-open ), and they both use 52mm filters. ( all of my Nikon AI-S lenses take 52mm filters, and most have an F-stop of either f/2.0 or f/2.8, the 50mm is f/1.4 and the 200mm is f/4.0 )

February 18, 2016 at 8:32PM, Edited February 18, 8:34PM

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Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer
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Thanks, guy!

Tom Warwick

February 19, 2016 at 11:51AM

Nikon AI lenses can be had cheap, lots of good sets moving around. You can make a pretty good set of Olympus lenses. I'm a big fan of the 1970s Minolta lenses but I think they're difficult to adapt to certain mounts.

February 19, 2016 at 9:23PM

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Zack Wallnau
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I started out using Canon FD lenses in 1973 on a Canon F1. I'm still using these lenses today on a GH3. Good glass never dies.........

February 20, 2016 at 12:54PM, Edited February 20, 12:54PM

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Jerry Roe
Indie filmmaker
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Ive seen some really nice non ais 35mm f2's around the ebay lately. Looking for a diamond in the rough 85mm f1.8 non ais lately. 35mm f2 , 50mm f1.4 and the 105mm or 135mm f 2.8 should set you pretty good. If you get some of the fringe focal lengths in good condition you'll eat a good portion of that $600 up, then save the rest for deciding your in between lengths.

Try out keh for some good price comparisons. I would only buy on there if everything on ebay isnt meeting your price range. But keh rarely lies about quality they have.

February 21, 2016 at 12:24AM, Edited February 21, 12:24AM

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Chris Hackett
Director, Director of Photography, Writer
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There's a blog on this subject that is definitely worth checking out if you haven't already: I discovered a lot of nice lenses through Vintage Lenses For Video. Your needs for Nikon F 50/85 are a bit more specific than mine; also it really depends if you're going for a lens that plays up the distortions or something a little more clinical and versatile. Still, a good resource if you're interested in learning about a variety of vintage lenses.

http://www.vintagelensesforvideo.com/

February 22, 2016 at 1:54AM, Edited February 22, 2:49AM

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Philip Heinrich
Director, Producer
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Thanks, Philip.

Tom Warwick

February 22, 2016 at 9:59AM

For Nikon F I used just 50mm, it was YONGNUO YN50 f1.8 lens. This lens is cheap so I thought that I get a low quality, but I was surprised! I made a perfect photos. So if you want to get a excellent photo for low price I can recommend this one.

September 24, 2018 at 2:43PM

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nikolClayton

September 26, 2018 at 3:27AM

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