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Hiker Mama
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PostWed Jan 11, 2017 8:07 am 
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I have a bunch of pre-digital camera lenses that I somehow acquired from my dad. Tamron, Sigma, and other brands. We've sold what we could to Kenmore Camera. They do technically work with digital cameras, with the proper adapters, but you can only shoot on manual of course. Does anyone want to look at them? Is there any place I can donate them? Or are they just to go to a thrift store where they'll languish? Some of them are really nice telephotos, I think there is even a wide-angle lens.

Any ideas on what to do with these?

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PostWed Jan 11, 2017 9:59 am 
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What kind of mount do they have? I love old lenses, and actually prefer shooting manual.

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PostWed Jan 11, 2017 10:28 am 
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contact KEH and see what they'll give you. Maybe Kenmore took everything worthwhile or maybe not.
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NacMacFeegle, I'm kind of embarrassed, but I'm not sure what you mean? They are all different brands that fit on older 35mm film cameras. I remember that some of them never fit the Minolta camera I had, and for others we had to get an adapter to get them to fit. I'm not sure how in the world we got so many! I've been holding onto them for years because my husband liked looking at them, but we haven't even used most of them ever. One or two of them fit our Sony DSLR, not sure about our Nikons. I do know when we switched to digital, we looked into what it would take to get adapter rings for them, and it seems it was possible at that time to buy rings for them. Does this help? If you're anywhere near the Seattle area, I'd be happy to meet you somewhere so you can see them.

Mike, thank you, I will check that site out. Looks cool! Have you used them before?

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PostFri Jan 13, 2017 5:42 pm 
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If you wanted to post pictures of them, I bet there are enough here that could identify them for you (plus it might spur interest from possible buyers too).  Just be sure as many markings and brandings are visible as possible (the lens mount itself is helpful too in many cases).

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PostFri Jan 13, 2017 9:56 pm 
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Hiker Mama wrote:
NacMacFeegle, I'm kind of embarrassed, but I'm not sure what you mean?

Nothing to be embarrassed about! Every camera maker has its own system with which lenses are attached to the camera body, and to complicate things further they periodically change that mount. For example, in the days of film Canon had their FD and FL lenses, but later switched to the EF mount seen today.

Hiker Mama wrote:
One or two of them fit our Sony DSLR

That makes sense seeing as you had a Minolta camera. Minolta sold off its DSLR business to Sony in 2006, and I think Sony may have adopted their lens mount for their DSLR's.

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we looked into what it would take to get adapter rings for them, and it seems it was possible at that time to buy rings for them.

Yeah, most old lenses are fairly easy and cheap to adapt to modern cameras - except for those lenses with bayonet mounts (such as Canon FD).

Hiker Mama wrote:
If you're anywhere near the Seattle area, I'd be happy to meet you somewhere so you can see them.

Unfortunately Seattle is several hours drive away, otherwise I'd love to take a look!

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If you wanted to post pictures of them, I bet there are enough here that could identify them for you (plus it might spur interest from possible buyers too).  Just be sure as many markings and brandings are visible as possible (the lens mount itself is helpful too in many cases).

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