Vintage lens enthusiast Mathieu Stern took a break from coughing up fake blood in the name of dispelling lens myths this week to compare some of his favorite vintage lenses in a shootout. Stern went out for a single photo shoot with one model and three vintage lenses: the Canon FD 50mm f/1.4 S.S.C., the Soligor 21mm f/3.8, and the Helios 103 53mm f/1.8 (modified for tilt focusing).
The video is the first in a new video series that will help highlight the unique qualities of vintage glass by comparing three lenses at a time.
Definitely don’t expect ultra-sharp photos that’ll compare with the best (technically speaking) glass of today. But you should expect unique and interesting looking photos that might just inspire you to pick up some of these cheap old lenses on eBay and have some fun. Here’s a sample photo captured with each lens:
If you’re into the vintage look, the nice thing about these lenses is that they usually don’t cost you much to try out for yourself. Just do a quick eBay search and you’ll see that you can grab a Helios 103 53mm f/1.8 for less than $40, a Canon FD 50mm f/1.4 S.S.C. for about $80, and the most expensive of the bunch, the Soligor 21mm f/3.8, for $275.
For more vintage lens reviews and other oddball videos, check out Mathieu’s YouTube Channel.