Old Lenses for Budget Photography

Santa Fe, New Mexico - A Photographer's Paradise
Santa Fe, a Photographer’s Paradise
September 22, 2016
White Duck, Blue Lagoon

Cheapskate Photography

One way to get more value for your photography budget do is to purchase older lenses from the film era. This photo was shot with a 40-year-old Pentax Takumar 200mm F4 lens on a Sony A200 DSLR camera. This lens requires manual focusing. However, by using a camera body that provides focus confirmation and in-body image stabilization, you can easily overcome this limitation and produce consistently sharp images. This lens cost me $28 used (including the adapter). It produces beautiful results. I spend the money I save to visit photogenic places!