Vintage Photography

How does a 40-year-old lens measure up on the Fujifilm XT2? Sample photographs from the Jupiter-8 f2 50mm

How does a 40-year-old lens measure up on the Fujifilm XT2? Sample photographs from the Jupiter-8 f2 50mm

The Jupiter-8 f2 50mm is a Soviet copy of the Carl Zeiss Sonnar f2 50mm lens.  Produced between the early 1950s and 1970s there are many different versions out there but how did a lens that is at least 40 years old far work alongside the Fujifilm xt2?  These sample photos show it holds up pretty well.

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Photography with vintage lenses: trying out the Soligor 135mm 3.5 on Fujifilm XT2

Photography with vintage lenses: trying out the Soligor 135mm 3.5 on Fujifilm XT2

I tried out the Soligor 135mm 3.5 over a couple of days in Glasgow and Edinburgh. Want to know if I was able to use this lens in the urban seting? Sample photos inside…

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Testing vintage camera lenses on the Fujifilm X-T2: sample photographs from the Industar 50mm 50-2 f3.5

Testing vintage camera lenses on the Fujifilm X-T2: sample photographs from the Industar 50mm 50-2 f3.5

I took the Industar 50mm 2 f3.5 out for a quick spin down by the River Clyde to put this little Russian lens through its paces, is it worth investing in?

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Testing out vintage camera lenses on the Fujifilm X-T2: hands-on with the Soligor 28mm 2.8

Testing out vintage camera lenses on the Fujifilm X-T2: hands-on with the Soligor 28mm 2.8

I’ve tried out few vintage lenses now and the results have always been interesting.  Vintage lenses are a fabulous way of experimenting with different focal lengths and trying new ways of shooting so I was as keen as ever to hit the streets to see what sort of images I could create.

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How to break free from the tyranny of perfect sharpness in photography by learning to love vintage lenses: the Auto Chinon 35mm 2.8

How to break free from the tyranny of perfect sharpness in photography by learning to love vintage lenses: the Auto Chinon 35mm 2.8

I am starting to really enjoy trying out these vintage lenses on the Fujifilm X-T2.  The ability to easily pick up a lot of vintage lenses very cheaply means I can experiment with various focal lengths without forking out a fortune each time I want a new lens.  I managed to pick up the Auto Chinon 35mm 2.8 for about £20, so even if I tried the lens and hated it I could easily sell it on again with minimal loss.  Hopefully.

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Testing out vintage camera lenses on the Fujifilm X-T2: shooting with Helios 44-2

Testing out vintage camera lenses on the Fujifilm X-T2: shooting with Helios 44-2

Photography with classic lenses was never something I have previously considered.  However, since starting to shoot with Fuji mirrorless I have read a lot about using adaptors in order to use these older lenses, how cheap old lenses (generally) are, and how the results can be interesting / inspiring / infuriating / something a bit different… so I decided to give it a go.

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