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PostPosted: Fri Jan 03, 2020 8:59 pm    Post subject: Which lens could that be? Reply with quote

Beginning of the year is time for quirky questions. After the fisheye enigme I have one more.

I bid for a cheap lot of filters and small accessories which included this lens:



I decided to let some space for surprise and did not ask the seller to send me more info from the beauty ring. But curiosity is stronger than a well tempered waiting. Looking at the distance mark I say to myself I never saw such a flashy symbol before. The whole lens style looks like it is a 135mm Korean (Sun) piece from the 1980s, is not it?


PostPosted: Fri Jan 03, 2020 9:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

seems to me it could be russian


PostPosted: Fri Jan 03, 2020 9:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That was my second guess. But I searched online and found nothing that could really match.

The barrel of Industar-61 LZ looks alike, but I don't find anywhere that flashy distance mark.


PostPosted: Fri Jan 03, 2020 10:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

benadamx wrote:
seems to me it could be russian

It could not. Because of feet distance scale.


PostPosted: Sat Jan 04, 2020 12:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's a strong point. Even in export versions?


PostPosted: Sat Jan 04, 2020 12:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Alex TG wrote:
benadamx wrote:
seems to me it could be russian

It could not. Because of feet distance scale.


rubinar have both feet and meters, in a similar font and arrangement


PostPosted: Sat Jan 04, 2020 10:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

alex ph wrote:
That's a strong point. Even in export versions?

I don't know a single Soviet-era lens that has feet marks, even in export versions (USSR was not exactly friends with USA and UK).
Apparently, some post-Soviet lenses (like Rubinars mentioned above) have feet scale, I wasn't aware of that (thank you benadamx)
Still it's not Rubinar as those are all mirror lenses with fixed aperture.


PostPosted: Sat Jan 04, 2020 11:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks like some creatively designed store brand 135mm from the early eighties.


PostPosted: Sat Jan 04, 2020 2:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some "noname" lens probably: Albinar, Mitakon, Beroflex etc.


PostPosted: Sat Jan 04, 2020 4:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Chinon?


PostPosted: Sat Jan 04, 2020 6:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Judging by the blocky font it's one of those Hanimex lenses you see bundled with latter days East German cameras.


PostPosted: Sat Jan 04, 2020 6:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gardener wrote:
Judging by the blocky font it's one of those Hanimex lenses you see bundled with latter days East German cameras.

Bingo.
Hanimex Automatic 135mm f/2.8 (one of dozens of types)



https://www.pentaxforums.com/userreviews/hanimex-135mm-f2-8.html


PostPosted: Sat Jan 04, 2020 8:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So why does it have two DOF scales?


PostPosted: Sat Jan 04, 2020 8:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

D1N0 wrote:
So why does it have two DOF scales?

The marks in red are just a weird way of labeling the aperture ring.


PostPosted: Sat Jan 04, 2020 8:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's couple more pics from current eBay listing:





PostPosted: Mon Jan 06, 2020 2:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you, Alex, that's your well focused find! And congrats, Gardener, for your perfect equipment intuition.

Now I know what to expect. There are some comments on the lens and a couple of test close-up shots on Pentaxforums showing the lens as a pretty decent performer.

When Benadamx mentioned Rubinar, the situation with my recent purchases lit up with a perfectly comic ilght. If the lens was Rubinar, it could only be an uncoplete copy, without the front element. That is not the case, still that could have been a hilarious situation when I would first got an unknown fisheye front group, and then, from a completely independent buy I was risking to get a Rubinar rear group. That could have been be a pretty strange hybrid...