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Took a Pako f5 71mm printer lens to the park
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 20, 2018 12:21 pm    Post subject: Took a Pako f5 71mm printer lens to the park Reply with quote

Haven't heard from that before, but company PAKO was (still is, as PAKOR Inc) an American company from Minnesota, which had invented the photo printer machine and was working for and with Disney etc. https://www.pakor.com/ourhistory

First time I ever saw such a printing lens and bought it out of curiosity a while ago. It has a built in aperture with a set screw to fix that position and a barrel with outside M40 thread (the same which a COPAL 1 shutter uses). It is a asymmetrical 4e/4g lens design and has nicely coated lens elements. I was lucky and found a clamping ring which allowed me to use it on a focusing helicoid and also found a clamp-on sun shade for it.

So here some results, all shot at f5 fully open on Panasonic GH4. Full set is here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kds315/albums/72157669255079557

Part I: The blue series...











Has some pleasant bokeh, shows very impressive sharpness and is one of the very few lenses
I have which reproduces rich colors, right as I have seen and memorized them!


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 20, 2018 12:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Part II: The yellow series







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Part III: The red series









PostPosted: Fri Jul 20, 2018 12:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

some killer sharpness


PostPosted: Fri Jul 20, 2018 12:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Part IV: some architectural shots







hardly any CA visible, very sharp, high contrast


PostPosted: Fri Jul 20, 2018 12:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

oh well and a macro shot...



very, very impressed with this lens, looked around and found another one, a 91mm,
which I bought right away, after having scanned through my results Wink


PostPosted: Fri Jul 20, 2018 12:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fantastic Klaus.. Like 1 Like 1


PostPosted: Fri Jul 20, 2018 1:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Like 1 Happy Dog


PostPosted: Fri Jul 20, 2018 2:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice!

Often these "curiosity experiments" yield nice psychedlic close-ups, but this one also does really nice on distant subjects!


PostPosted: Fri Jul 20, 2018 5:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The master of flowers, Klaus!


PostPosted: Fri Jul 20, 2018 7:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is impressive performance!


PostPosted: Sat Jul 21, 2018 12:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The flower photos are simply gorgeous, Klaus!
I have never heard of this impressive sharp lens before.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 21, 2018 10:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you guys!

I have also never heard of this printer lens before, but I followed my curiosity
and here came the surprise! Came home with so many good shots and hardly
any to dump, amazing! Great lens from infinity to close up and even macro!



It even resolves the finest of details easily...



and has an amazing 3D pop...



PostPosted: Sat Jul 21, 2018 3:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

great find, nice pictures!
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 21, 2018 4:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

% Like 1 Like 1 amazing. Even for you, Klaus.


PostPosted: Sat Jul 21, 2018 5:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you guys, I'm still in awe, admittedly, about my find and those results!


PostPosted: Sun Jul 22, 2018 6:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

kds315* wrote:
Thank you guys, I'm still in awe, admittedly, about my find and those results!


Very sharp lens. Nice finding! Do you use any extension tube for your macro work?


PostPosted: Mon Jul 23, 2018 5:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

vivaldibow wrote:
kds315* wrote:
Thank you guys, I'm still in awe, admittedly, about my find and those results!


Very sharp lens. Nice finding! Do you use any extension tube for your macro work?


Thank you, No, I use a M42 adjustable Helicoid for that (have many of them).


PostPosted: Mon Jul 23, 2018 6:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

kds315* wrote:
vivaldibow wrote:
kds315* wrote:
Thank you guys, I'm still in awe, admittedly, about my find and those results!


Very sharp lens. Nice finding! Do you use any extension tube for your macro work?


Thank you, No, I use a M42 adjustable Helicoid for that (have many of them).


Thanks. That looks very close focus distance to me. I checked on ebay for a copy of this lens but nothing showed up.


PostPosted: Mon Jul 23, 2018 6:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

vivaldibow wrote:
kds315* wrote:
vivaldibow wrote:
kds315* wrote:
Thank you guys, I'm still in awe, admittedly, about my find and those results!


Very sharp lens. Nice finding! Do you use any extension tube for your macro work?


Thank you, No, I use a M42 adjustable Helicoid for that (have many of them).


Thanks. That looks very close focus distance to me. I checked on ebay for a copy of this lens but nothing showed up.


Not really at 71mm focal length, but I always adapt my lenses in a way to allow for close-ups.
Of course, I bought 'em all (there was only this one I have ever seen...) Wink


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 23, 2018 6:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

kds315* wrote:
vivaldibow wrote:
kds315* wrote:
vivaldibow wrote:
kds315* wrote:
Thank you guys, I'm still in awe, admittedly, about my find and those results!


Very sharp lens. Nice finding! Do you use any extension tube for your macro work?


Thank you, No, I use a M42 adjustable Helicoid for that (have many of them).


Thanks. That looks very close focus distance to me. I checked on ebay for a copy of this lens but nothing showed up.


Of course, I bought all Wink


Haha, you said it.