Camera Lenses

This blog post is about the camera lenses I have used.

I’m going to update this blog post each time I use a different lense. I’ve noted down the camera I’ve used the lens with and how I used the lens.

Currently the only photos taken with the lenses mentioned in this blog post are of a motorcycle toy. Over the next few weeks, I will update the blog post with additional images for each lens.

Currently mentioned are lens that I use with a Canon EOS M camera. All the lenses mentioned require an adapter to allow them to work with the Canon EOS M camera.

Canon EOS M camera with an adapter and a SMC Pentax-M 50mm lens

Canon EOS M camera with an adapter and a SMC Pentax-M 50mm lens

Please note: All the test shots with the motorcycle toy were done without proper lighting. Other than resizing the photos and placing a watermark, I’ve not done any other editing of the photographs.

Lenses

  • Hanimar 1:4.5 f=200mm 62 No 18413
  • Helios MC Automatic 1:2.8 f=135mm 52 No.827750
  • Olympus Om-system F.Zuiko Auto-S 1:1.8 f=50mm 1033501
  • SMC Pentax-M 1:1.7 50mm 72856643 Ashi Opt. Co. Japan

The adapters I use with a Canon EOS M

Adaptout M42-EOS.M lens adapter

Adaptout M42-EOS.M lens adapter

Fotga Pentax K PK to EOS M adapter

Fotga Pentax K PK to EOS M adapter

Hanimar 1:4.5 f=200mm 62 No 18413 lens
The lens I used had a M42 mount, which I connected to a Canon EOS M using an Adaptout M42-EOS.M adapter.

Hanimar 1:4.5 f=200mm 62 No 18413

Hanimar 1:4.5 f=200mm 62 No 18413

This lens is suitable for taking photos of items in the distance with good lighting. I paid £2 GBP for this lens at a car boot sale. To take the motorcycle toy photo, I was some distance from the toy.

Photo taken using a Hanimar 1:4.5 f=200mm 62 No 18413 lens

Photo taken using a Hanimar 1:4.5 f=200mm 62 No 18413 lens

Helios MC Automatic 1:2.8 f=135mm 52 No.827750 lens
This lens cost me just £2.50 GBP from a charity shop. I used this lens with an Adaptout M42-EOS.M adapter, which means I can connect the lens to my Canon EOS M camera. This lens is ideal for taking photographs of objects slightly further away using a tripod.

Helios MC Automatic 1:2.8 f=135mm No.827750 lens

Helios MC Automatic 1:2.8 f=135mm No.827750 lens

When I first published this blog post, this was my favourite lens as I found it easy to carry around.

Photo taken using a Helios MC Automatic 1:2.8 f=135mm 52 No.827750 lens

Photo taken using a Helios MC Automatic 1:2.8 f=135mm 52 No.827750 lens

Olympus Om-system F.Zuiko Auto-S 1:1.8 f=50mm 1033501 lens
I was given this lens free of charge via Freecycle. I used this lens on a Canon EOS M with a Fotga PK-EOSM adapter.

Top of an Olympus 50mm lens

Top of an Olympus 50mm lens

I often use this lens without a tripod.

Olympus 50mm lens handheld photo

Olympus 50mm lens handheld photo

SMC Pentax-M 1:1.7 50mm 72856643 Ashi Opt. Co. Japan lens
Another lens I was given free of charge via Freecycle. Another lens that I’ve connected to a Canon EOS M using the Fotga PK-EOS M adapter.

SMC Pentax-M 50mm lens

SMC Pentax-M 50mm lens

Again, I often take photos with this lens without using a tripod.

SMC Pentax-M 1:1.7 50mm 72856643 Ashi Opt. Co. Japan lens handheld photo

SMC Pentax-M 1:1.7 50mm 72856643 Ashi Opt. Co. Japan lens handheld photo

Final thoughts
I enjoy using a camera with third-party lenses and not just the camera manufacturer’s lenses. With the use of adapters, it has meant I can buy cheap old lenses, learn how to use different types of lenses and take different types of photographs.

I’m building a cheap lens collection and learning more about photography at the same time.

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