How to Breathe New Life Into an Old Telephoto Lens

How to Breathe New Life Into an Old Telephoto Lens

Joelle Alcaidinho
Oct 26, 2010

We love our dSLRs. Although we have both film and digital cameras, we do find that we use the digital far more. Since they are the same brand (Nikon if you're curious) our lenses do work on both cameras (when using an old lens on the dSLR not all features are present), like any photog we're always on the lookout for more lenses... and they are not cheap! We're inspired by this tutorial found on Instructables that shows how to repair an old broken lens and mount it on a new dSLR.

Telephoto lenses are not cheap, so in an effort to save money Instructables user Tholopotami opted to breathe new life into an old lens that he found at a street market and adapt it for use with his digital SLR.

The most important factor to the success of the project is to choose the right lens to work with. The lens that was used for the project was practically separated in two and full of dust, but the external lenses did not seem to have any scratches. A lens that is scratched or rife with mechanical issues is not going to be salvageable. Another key to the success of this project is finding out the camera- lens distance and then purchasing the proper adapter.

We think this guide is very handy and we appreciate the time that it took to pull it together. We know we will be referencing this Instructable the next time we spot a lens at Goodwill that has promise.

Check out the post on Instructables, for the complete instructions.

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[Images: Instructables user Tholopotami]

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