Earlier this year, Nikon announced that it had manufactured more than 85 million F-mount lenses. Combined with all the other manufacturers, the number of lenses produced in the world, in all their different variations, is mind-boggling. A fair amount of these end up listed in the ads at the back of AP, and the advent of the compact system camera has given a new lease of life to many older lenses that would have once been left unloved and unsold. On pages 14-17, we explain how you can use conversion adapters to attach SLR lenses onto compact system cameras. This opens up a whole new world of possibilities, allowing you to use older lenses, or those for your existing DSLR, on your new CSC. By using a simple adapter, you can build up an entire kit at a very affordable price.
If you shoot with a DSLR, on pages 4-9 we bring together 17 second-hand, third-party lenses, available in a number of different mounts, including Canon, Nikon, Pentax and Sony. Again, these lenses can all be found at a fraction of the price of their new counterparts, particularly proprietary models. Hopefully, there will be something in there that will tempt you – and you might find some inspiration on pages 20-23, where we find out which are the preferred lenses of some of our favourite photographers.
Finally, on pages 11-13, our photo-science consultant, Professor Bob Newman, charts the development of a series of Nikkor lenses, starting with a 5.8cm f/1.4 from 1959. He tracks the evolution in the design and technology used, up until the current 50mm f/1.4G, and he explains how each lens reacts when used with a modern DSLR.
I hope you all enjoy reading this supplement and remember to browse the ads at the back of AP. You never know when you’ll spot a bargain!
Richard Sibley, Deputy Editor
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