Friday, August 16, 2013

Old Lenses, New Bodies - I'm Not the Only One

Lotus, by Reed A. George
Leica M9, Leica 135mm f4.5 Hektor Lens
iso 200, f8, 1/125 sec.
I read an interesting post by Bill Fortney, about his experience of selling off his collection of Nikkor Ais lenses at some point in the past, in favor of more modern Nikkor lenses and digital equipment. Apparently, Bill had the good fortune of being a rep for Nikon, and therefore found the opportunities to again purchase his old favorite lenses, rebuilding his collection.
(Click Here) to read Bill's story and see some of his images.
Bill now shoots a Nikon D800 DSLR, but using his favorite manual focus lenses. Not one to avoid new technologies, Bill also shoots a modern Fuji digital body, the XE-1, with current Fuji lenses.
I think the lesson here is that a great lens or camera is timeless. Yes, newer, even better technology may come along, and if you get the chance, you should try it. However, think carefully before letting it replace an older kit that you've been happy with, made good pictures with.