What lens to buy from old manual focus lenses to use on digital body (DSLR)?
Probably the most important question, because we can't collect all available type and one or two lens not cover all areas , sure also important point of view buy the best ones from available budget. I would share my experience with you what lenses are the best ones for different purposes.
Close-Up Macro photography
True macro lenses
With optional macro extension tube for 1:1 or with Tamron SP 2x Flat field tele-converter.I guess this is one of the best macro lens better or at least same than expensive OEM lens from big ones like Canon,Nikon. This lens offer good portrait capability too.
Incredible lens sharp as possible, color, outfocus background ("bokeh") just exceptional, I don't believe this lens is mine. Hard to imagine better build quality etc,etc. SUPERB!!
Vivitar Series 1 90mm f/2.8 review | gallery | vivitar-90
Same than above lens if serial number started with 22 this means also made by Kiron.
Good enough for macro photography (but not comparable with true macro lens)
SUPERB in every aspects, except the prices. One of the most expensive old lens.
Well know lens from quality, sharp it has nice bokeh.
Also well know lens from quality.
Industar-50-2 50mm f/3.5 review | gallery | industar-50
Not good in every situation, very sharp lens even wide open, this means if model has little skin problem it will shows for sure. I love to use this lens for parts, like eyes, lips teeth etc.
Little soft at wide open, but sharp ! One of the best dedicated portrait lens.
Soft at wide open means cover the skin problems, I like this lens really.
Just for animals too sharp for human face in my opinion.Jupiter-9 2/85 mm review | gallery |jupiter-9
Well know portrait lens, In my opinion little short for portraits.
Piece of my hear I love so much this old lenses.
Pleasant experience all around.
Just lovely takes superb results ,optically superb, but pretty weak mechanically like all "zebra" design in CZJ product line.Auto-Manual switch, not well designed, I found most of defected apperture from this variant.
Well respected lens all over the world and quite rare in my opinion.
Nr 1. Sharp, very sharp with nice colors.
See one line above :), I linked Meyer 200 review, because they are almost same, I found based on my copies, Meyer slightly better.
Very nice, but little heavy lens one of my favorite general purpose lens.
043A Excellent 103A pretty good.
Just one word. SUPERB!
Deliver sharp, contrasty images,but not easy to get sharp result. Probably one of the best mirror lens, comparable quality with Canon L glasses, but the best is MC 3M-5CA!
Deliver excellent sharp images, much sharper than Pentacon 5.6/ 500 mm.In my opinion better than Tamron SP 500, very few people know this lens not very common. If you have a chance to grab it , don't hesitate.
Universal focal length,but bit heavy,if you would use lighter I recommend Tamron 3.8/80-210 mm (03A,103A)
Ultimate professional sharp as possible, render outstanding image quality.