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Jesse Lind Have you named them real names?

Kevin Drum Lololol no.

Jesse Lind Aww man! Can I name them for you?

Kevin Drum @Jesse If you really want to lol. If it helps, the Minolta 58/1.2 is the oldest (1973), and it is probably my favorite. The youngest is the Rokinon 14mm; it's like a newborn baby. The Helios 44-2 was made in Soviet Russia in 1983.

Jesse Lind Ha ha ok I'm on it! :D

Andrew E Weber Where do you get all of these old lenses?

Kevin Drum eBay. I wish I had a better answer like that they were passed down from my grandfather who was a secret agent, but no, just eBay.

Andrew E Weber Who knows? Maybe you bought them off eBay but the seller was the grandfather you never knew you had!

Eline Well that's an impressive collection :D

How does the Helios work for you? I have it too, my still life pictures are very nice but I hardly ever use it :o It's hard to explain why, I use manual focus a lot with my newer lenses but it still feels weird to not have autofocus :)

Kevin Drum I just got that one, and I'm still waiting on the M42 adapter to arrive in the mail so I can use it on my camera. I'm hoping to get some swirly bokeh out of it.

Ian Prince Quite a family you have there ;)

Pawel Murawski Lots of money here.

Kevin Drum In general, yes, lenses are expensive, but a lot of vintage lenses are a steal compared to modern lenses that offer the same performance. Four of my lenses were less than $40 each.

Nick Graham If you could only pick one, which would be your favorite?

Kevin Drum The Minolta 58/1.2 is definitely the one I like to use the most on my a7ii, but the Nikon 85/1.8g would be the one I'd keep. It can be used on either of my cameras, and it is the sharpest.

Nick Graham Sorry, just saw you answered that earlier in your comment to Jesse. How's the in-body stabilization of the a7ii with these lenses? Great collection, I must say!

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