You Don't Have To Spend Pro Money, To Be A Pro Shooter

I've had my mirrorless camera for just a little under a month now, for those of you that follow the blog, you all know I ditched my Canon 6D for Fujifilm's flagship X-T1. I couldn't be more happy with this unit, not just because of the way it produces images, but because of the numerous options, it gives me when it comes to glass.

Super Takumar 135mm f/3.5

Helios 44-2 58mm f/2

Now, these options aren't just limited to mirrorless cameras, my first vintage lens was actually purchased for my Canon 6D. It was a Super Takumar Multi-Coated 135mm f/3.5, this particular model had an M42 mount (my favorite mount style), a simple adapter allowed me to mount this to my camera and produce amazing images for less than $30. Crazy right? Since then I've opted for vintage lenses ever since, and with the X-T1's Focus Assist option, it makes it even easier to create a sharp image... Now just to let you know not every vintage lens isn't going to be $30, some can run you as much as $500! But when compared to Canon's L-Series, or Fuji's XF-Series these prices should be considered steals for the optics you're getting. The only thing you're letting go is the auto-focus feature, each lens if fully manual, from the focusing to the aperture. This doesn't have to be looked at as a negative though, shooting fully manual gives you better control of your camera, you'll understand focusing much more, and be less inclined to constantly just click your shutter hoping that the image will come out right...

Shot with Helios 44-2 f/2

My favorite vintage lens is the Helios 44-2, the swirly bokeh it produces is unmatched, there's nothing like it... well, except for the 40-2, but you all know what I mean. This lens is a 58mm  and has a very fast aperture at f/2, perfect for blurring out any background. This particular lens is actually the reason I decided to pass on Fujifilm's XF 56mm, at least for now.

Related: Creating Swirly Bokeh! Helios 44-2/58mm First Impression

Currently, I own 2 vintage lenses, the ones listed above, but I have been looking to pick up a few more to review. Below I've compiled a list of my favorite vintage lenses that are comparable to my shooting style, some I've used, others I've admired. If you notice some lenses with the same focal length, it's simply because they all render differently, it's up to your shooting style to figure out which one best suits you.