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Manual Focus Lenses and Cameras - General Interest
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 25, 2007 8:17 pm    Post subject: Manual Focus Lenses and Cameras - General Interest Reply with quote

Please place in this thread links that are of general interest for manual focus photography and equipment (that is, not dedicated only to a specific lens or camera model).
The links must be only of non-commercial nature. Exception is made only for the official websites of lens companies. For all other kinds of commercial links, please use the Marketplace section.
If you post a reply with some links and wish to add more later, please do not add a new reply, edit your first reply instead.
Thank you.

Last edited by Orio on Thu Mar 01, 2007 2:04 am; edited 2 times in total

PostPosted: Sun Feb 25, 2007 8:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

MF Lenses: new life in digital age
Our Attila's web site exclusively dedicated to manual lenses:

The largest web site dedicated to manual lenses with M42 mount:
http://m42.povlab.org/ -> Server change -> new address http://m42.artlimited.net/index.php

Lens Survey And Subjective Evaluations
by Bj?rn R?rslett, the largest online resource of Nikkor lenses evaluations:

Veijo Vilva's Retro Photography
A very competent website section with evaluations and samples of many manual focus lenses:

Using Manual Focus Lenses on Canon EOS bodies
by Bob Atkins:

Using manual lenses and telescopes with EOS cameras
by Photonotes.org:

Alfred's Camera Page
A good resource on Russian film cameras (especially the FED, LOMO, Zenit and Zorki series):

Russian Logos and Factories
On the same site as above, it is worth to link separately to this very useful page on Russian Logos and Factories - all in English:

Russian Logos
This page is more complete, but it's in Russian:

The largest resource on Russian Zenit cameras (alas, in Russian language!):

Radioactive Lenses
A long and quite comprehensive forum message (Italian Language)
English translation

Pebble Place
This very useful web site has just recently got back online after a period of absence.
Here's the direct links to the resources:
Contax (Zeiss) lenses on EOS cameras compatibility database:
Leica-R lenses on EOS cameras compatibility database:

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 26, 2007 8:15 am    Post subject: All about Tamron lenses Reply with quote

All about Tamron lenses
One of the most useful information source on the Internet from Tamron lenses.
This web site provides information about vintage Tamron manual focus T mount, Adapt-A-Matic, Adaptall, F-system, Adaptall-2 and SP Adaptall-2 lenses. Currently this web site primarily focuses on Tamron SP and Adaptall-2 lenses which were introduced from 1979 to 1989 but also includes a wealth of additional information and links to other related and interesting web sites. In a compulsive fit of nostalgia, we have tried to present this Web site in a fashion which is reminiscent of Tamron's catalogs from the early to middle 1980s, and have tried to use themes and colors which are similar to the engraved colored markings found on vintage Adaptall-2 and SP lenses. This web site is relatively new and will be expanded in the future to include additional out-of-production Tamron products.

Classic cameras
Most of it is dedicated to old cameras and photography.

Very nice, cool looking site , just started these days.

Compatibility list of M42 and manual lenses
on Canon EOS 5D DSLR

Recommended site for all Canon 5D owners.

Nikkor 35mm SLR Lens History, Terminology and Technology

Olympus OM System
Unofficial information pages from Olympus OM System

CF/SD performance database

Digital Cameras

Macro Lenses

Free camera manuals

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PostPosted: Thu May 10, 2007 3:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Update announcement:

There is a very good news, the Pebble Place web site is back online.


It is a very useful resource as it contains detailed databases about Contax (Zeiss) and Leica-R lenses and their compatibility with Canon EOS cameras (and the full frame models in particulars, such as the 5D).

You will find in the first post of this thread the direct links to the resources, I just added them to my listing.

PostPosted: Tue May 12, 2009 8:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

While this is Canon, there is plenty of general interest as well, namely the Optical Terminology chapter


PostPosted: Tue Jun 30, 2009 4:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Medium Format (120/620) Camera / Lens Resolution Testing



Comparison of Hasselblad, two Rollei, and a Mamiya 7

PostPosted: Tue Mar 29, 2016 12:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This family tree is more about cameras than it is about lenses. If this link already has been posted elsewhere I apologize: