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Use an old and manual lens for the first time can be some difficult. The correctly measure of the exposure and to make focus properly may become frustrating. I explain some tips in this article, which can be useful for you.
Normally, the first shots that you take with a manual lens are out of focus, especially if you use large apertures. I recommend use the Liveview and the magnification for the first shots if you have this technology in your camera.
Also you should adjust the focus confirmation. If you have purchased and EMF adapter as I recommended; now you have to do different tests to do a perfect focus. Other alternative is using a micro focus adjustment if your camera has this performance.
The definitive way to make focus is buying a focussing screen, this enables to know the perfect focus because it has microprism ring which blurs the image unless the lens setting is in focus.
There are two ways to measure correctly the exposure.
In the Manual Mode you have to choose the maximum aperture at the lens and select the aperture that you want in your camera. Then you have to select the correct shutter time to do the correct exposure. Finally select the aperture that you want at the lens and take the photo.
If you have and EMF lens adapter you can use the Priority Exposure Mode. You have to choose the maximum aperture at the lens and select the aperture that you want in the camera. The camera selects the correct exposure and you only have to lock the exposure. Finally select the aperture that you want at the lens and take the photo. This is the simplest way and which I recommend.