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| p.2 #2 · Do you use manual lenses; tired of it; and autofocus; limitations? |
I reject the idea that older manual lenses offer better image quality. Just as cameras have changed over the past 40 years, lenses have changed just as much. The newer lenses have more than precision AF. They also have far better coatings, elements, design, and internal baffling. I haven't even mentioned VR yet.
Kent in SD
I agree. A lot has happened in these past few years and camera manufacturers would not invest as much as they do in engineering and lens design as they do if it wouldn´t lead to real improvements.
Even my $100 Nikon 18-55mm VR kit lens outperforms the old lenses in terms of saturations, resistance to flare, and sharper edges.
Kent in SD
I disagree. Many modern lenses, especially the milk-cow lenses like kit zooms perform on a level camera manufacturers wouldn´t dare have released 30 years ago. At 50mm all of my 50mm primes outperform the 18-55 in regards to sharpness, color rendering, distortion and light falloff at the same aperture by a large margin. The 18-55 outperforms the 50mm lenses at all other focal lengths because the prime only has a single focal length it works with.
My reason to use vintage lenses on a modern camera is that from an artists point of view the older lenses offer rendering of out of focus subjects, color and contrast that I prefer over what newer lenses have to offer at the focal lengths I use the vintage lenses at.
That by no means indicates that these vintage lenses perform better under lab conditions. It only means that I like what they do in the field better then what these newer lenses do.
For the record, I have no trouble getting the focal plane there where I want it with manual focus lenses with APS-C cameras or any other cameras. Most modern cameras have lots of aids older cameras did not have. I would be very surprised if with all these modern aids I would not be able to get the focus there where I want it, regardless of the aperture used, where photographers back in the day managed to do the same without the aid of an LCD, USB connection, WiFi live upload, Live View, digital focus confirmation and whatnot. I would feel very inadequate as a photographer if I would fail to get a sharp picture out of todays instant result cameras with a lens that was used for some of the more memorable photographs back in the day and on film.