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Looking closely at photography blogs on the internet, there seems to be a quiet but growing realization that film and digital cameras may come and go as the technology rapidly changes, but good lenses can stand the test of time. All photographers should take note of this.

Even the least expensive interchangeable lens digital cameras available today often use that same brand’s pre-digital lenses. Perhaps surprising, many older film camera lenses are available on the used market at reasonable prices and inexpensive lens mount adapters are now available that allow photographers to mix and match lenses and camera brands.

Having several older lenses in the bag provides a way to save a dollar or two, but even better is the satisfaction of using a nearly 30-year old optic that has stood the test of time and continues to produce excellent sharpness, contrast and beautiful colors.

On a trip to the Grand Canyon, I carried a so-called "legacy" lens from the early 1980s. The lens,  Minolta 28mm-135mm zoom, is an A mount.
On a trip to the Grand Canyon, I carried a so-called “legacy” lens from the early 1980s. The lens, Minolta 28mm-135mm zoom, is an A mount.
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