Vintage Manual Focus Lenses

A unique way to create epic images

Olympus G.Zuiko Auto-S 40mm f1.4

The Olympus G.Zuiko Auto-S 40mm f1.4 photographic lens was used on the analogue Olympus Pens of the 1960s. This particular lens creates beautiful bokeh and renders images with a lot of character. Mounted on my Fujis this lens produces a 60mm equivalent and is perfect for portraits. Because of its small size it is the lens I always carry in my pocket for those important portraits that just pop up.

Konica Hexanon AR 40mm f1.8

The Konica Hexanon AR 40mm f1.8 is a cult photographic lens and it has been my only camera companion many times. Its focal length on my Fujis is 60mm, which together with the innate sharpness of the lens, makes it a superb choice for any purpose. It is good for portraits but also for events or meetings as it allows you to include not only the main subject but also its surroundings in the picture.

Konica Zoom-Hexanon AR 35-70 f3.5-4.5

The Konica Zoom-Hexanon AR 35-70 f3.5-4.5 is super versatile and surprisingly good for a kit zoom lens. In addition to the usual Konica optical quality, this lens has the ability to have a macro option which, while not a macro per se, allows you to get very close to your subject.

Asahi-Pentax Super-Takumar 50mm f1.4 (early 8 elements version)

The Asahi-Pentax Super-Takumar 50mm f1.4 lens (8-element version) is one of those iconic objects of desire. Legend has it that Asahi manufactured this lens in the certainty that its production would be a sure loss. However, it was a necessary move to position the Asahi-Pentax Super-Takumar 50mm f1.4 (early 8 elements version) as the world’s best lens of its time. Reality or legend, the quality of this lens is undisputed. The colours it renders and the beautifully smooth bokeh are unmatched by any other vintage lens of its time.

Konica Hexanon AR 50mm f1.4

The Konica Hexanon AR 50mm f1.4 lens brings all the brand’s optical quality, renders superb saturated colours and is also very bright even in low light situations. It is a lens capable of generating images of great beauty.

Zenit Helios 44m-2 58mm f2 Belomo

I think that absolutely everything has been said about the Helios 44-2 58mm f2 lens. Here in its version manufactured by the Belomo factory, possibly the best. It is commonly used for analogue, digital photography and even for film productions. It has very personal characteristics that you may or may not like, but will not leave you indifferent, and above all it creates the much desired “swirly bokeh” effect.

Osawa MC 135mm f2.8

The Osawa MC 135mm f2.8 lens is surprisingly sharp and renders vivid, slightly saturated colours. Its bokeh is spectacular and I love using it for portraiture.

Konica Hexanon AR 50mm f1.7

I haven’t used this Konica Hexanon AR 50mm f1.7 lens long enough to fully exploit its great potential, but the first results are in line with the high quality and sharpness of Konica lenses.

Konica Hexanon AR 28mm f3.5

The Konica Hexanon AR 28mm f3.5 lens is usually mounted on my Fujis where its focal length turns into a 42mm which is ideal for portraits where I want to give prominence to both the subject and its surroundings.

Zenit Helios 44m-7 50mm f2

The Zenit Helios 44m-7 50mm f2 lens is the final evolution of the 44m-2. It does not have the strong character of its predecessor, but technically it is a very balanced, precise lens that always delivers excellent results. If you close the aperture a little, its sharpness is simply impressive.

Canon FD 50mm 1.4

The Canon FD 50mm 1.4 lens is one of the best lenses I have in terms of sharpness and guaranteed to get great pictures. Its colours are vivid, its bokeh is spectacular and it is very pleasant to work with. On any of my Fujis it always gives me excellent results.

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