In this article, we will be going over various ways that you are able to find the best vintage lenses for Sony a6000 cameras out there as easily as possible. The use of a vintage lens on a modern style camera is becoming more and more popular and due to the massivly popularity of the Sony a6000, we are constantly seeing people reach out for advice on how to find vintage lenses that work with the a6000.
We have decided to publish this article in an attempt to help as many of our readers in this situation as possible as this can prove to be both an expensive and tricky task. Due to the Sony a6000 using the E mount design and most vintage style lenses that work with Sony cameras coming with the A mount design you can also expect to have to purchase an A mount to E mount lens converter too (Click here to check for product prices and availability) but we will cover a way to get around this.
Native Vintage Style Sony E Mount Lenses
In our opinion, the main advantage of using these lenses rather than an actual vintage lens is that it removes the need to purchase the A mount to E mount adapter we mentioned earlier than can sometimes cost around one hundred dollars and up. Additionally, due to these Rokinon lenses coming with a native E mount lens mount the connection is solid and can improve your image quality when compaired to lenses that require adaptors.
Another advantage of using these vintage style lenses is that you are often going to be the first owner of the lens meaning there is a high chance of you having less problems with it. On top of this, if you do end up having a problem with these lenses then warranties and manufacterure support is available to get the lens fixed or replaced easily.
Voigtlander Vintage Sony Lenses
Next up we have the Voigtlander lens range (Click here to check for product prices and availability) that is kind of a best of both worlds solution to finding vintage lenses for your Sony a6000. Not only are there plenty of Voigtlander vintage lenses available on sites like Amazon (Click here to check for product prices and availability) that are truley vintage lenses but will probably require an A mount to E mount converter but they also product various vintage style lenses that come with an native E mount converter.
The majority of the lenses in the Voigtlander range offer a nice smooth, responsive manual focus with a great focal length, and a suprisingly good image quality with a nice depth of field. Spare parts for these lenses are generally readily available too as well as experienced people who are able to fix the lens if you have any issues with it even if it is out of warranty.
If you are dead set on using an actual vintage lens rather than a vintage style lens we would recommend that you try to pick up something from the Voigtlander range if possible. Their reputation amongst the community is excellent and their range of lenses is large enough to increase the chances of you being able to source the type of lens that you want.
Meike Vintage Sony Lenses
Next up we have the Meike lens range (Click here to check for product prices and availability) that also have both vintage and vintage style lenses available on the market. From what we have seen though, the majority of the actual vintage lenses from Meike have been bought up by collectors or people who then resell them massivley over prices making it easier to souce a Voigtlander vintage lens.
As you would probably expect by now, if you are picking up an actual Meike vintage lens then you will probably need some type of lens mount adaptor to get it to fit your a6000 but many of the modern vintage style lenses by Meike are available with a native E mount connector to fit your a6000 without issue.
Another advantage the Meike vintage style lenses have is that they are often sold at a much fairer price than the old school actual vintage ones as well as coming with some form of warranty or support to ensure you will get a good amount of use out of your investment.
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