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Video: Old M42 Lenses On Canon EOS 350D / Digital Rebel XT

I thought it was about time to make a video showing my Canon EOS 350D / Rebel XT with it's arsenal of M42 Manual Focus Lenses, all car-boot bargains.

Thanks, Rob.

Reader Comments (4)

Hi Rob,

Great little video showing a practical demonstration of your M42 kit, (worth every penny of my PAYG modem credit!)

One little tip I could point out with the M42 aperture pin - for those of you that don't get a flange on the adapter mount you could simply use a cut down cotton bud/Q-tip using the little blue pipe you'll obtain as a pin retainer. You'll find that it sits snugly over the aperture pin and should stay in place when pushed into the lens, a cut down matchstick will also give similar results. If you want to remove it afterwards then simply use a good pair of tweezers. (Old trick I used to do when using M42 gear on other film cameras with mounting adapters.)

Great stuff Rob and by the way, are your videos made using the Fuji? (Far better quality than I expected!)

All the best,


June 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterVictor

Hi Victor,

Great tip about the M42 lenses.

Ah. Video. What a pain in the ar%e. The Fuji can take great video, as long as there's lots of light, but I've always had trouble with finding a good (and simple) way to compress the video for uploading and display on youtube.

I've used Moviemaker, Virtualdub, and now Adobe Premier Elements 3.0. It's easy to edit the stuff, and get it looking OK on my PC, but when it comes to deciding which codec to use to compress it, I'm just choosing one that creates smallish (less than 100mb) files, so it doesn't take forever to upload.

I think I used mpeg1 for the m42 vid - but there's lots of artifacts and it's pretty blocky too. My best vids have been shot outdoors, where the great light means there's less noise, which is better for compression. I which it was as simple as choosing the quality of a .jpg!

I'll have to do some research and come up with a better solution, as I really enjoy creating, and posting, the vids.

Cheers, Rob.

June 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRob_Nunn

Great video Rob......good to see the value for money you can get with these M42 lens , be careful with that soligor zoom tho......wave that around and you will be knocking birds out of the sky!!!!



Hi Matt,

You're right about the big zoom - I'll be scouring the car boot sale tomorrow for something a little more usable!

Cheers, Rob.

June 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRob_Nunn

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