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PostPosted: Sun Jun 02, 2019 3:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

stevemark wrote:
Ernst Dinkla wrote:

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There is a wide variety of adapters with that description. ... the extra aperture ring acting on the lens aperture mechanism (easiest approach for E/EF) ...

Here we are:
https://www.ebay.it/itm/Fotodiox-Pro-Lens-Mount-Adapter-Mamiya-35mm-ZE-SLR-Lens-to-Sony-Alpha-E-Mount/352670796572?hash=item521cd14b1c:g:TAoAAOSwMpFcBWjz


Ernst Dinkla wrote:

I think CS lenses have been manufactured in higher quantities than the E/EF ...

If properly made, this "Mamiya E => NEX" adapter should also work for Mamiya CS lenses.

Stephan


Still available I see. I thought it was gone. Better fixate the original aperture ring to avoid mistakes then.


PostPosted: Sun Jun 02, 2019 4:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Universal Japanese Camera Lens.

This iteration is the mid to late 60s? Palinar Telephoto 3.5/135mm...



...although I've read it can be obtained in Soligor, Hanimex, Sears, Lentar, Solitel and no doubt other guises. I've also read that it was manufactured by Tokyo Koki (Tokina), although considering the esteemed company that may be reading this post, that is a bold statement to make. I'll put my steel hat on just in case I'm way off the mark.


But if it is Tokyo Koki, then that would make some sense to what I'm finding with this recent purchase. It's actually not too shabby -


Taken with Fujifilm X-E1. 5.6 @ 5m. Std setting, all parameters zeroed, no pp. Or indeed lens hood, which would have helped with the slightest of flare I can see coming from the facing window just out of shot. The light is coming from the right, but being a bay, a window is also providing light directly to the lens. Pretty good resistance I'd say.


The 'budget' lens owners best friend (or at least mine) - a touch of dehaze -


1:1


1:1 (From dehazed version)




The ST prefix in the serial number gives the clue. Charles Strasser had an eventful enough life to have a book written about him (from Refugee to OBE). But for us, he was a photographer who in 1947 borrowed £350 and with his single camera, set up a photographic studio in Newcastle Under Lyme, UK. Import restrictions on Japanse photographic equipment was lifted in 1957 in the UK and Mr Strassr was there to take one more adventure. By 1963 we find him being feted as a business 'go-getter', and presiding over a photographic empire that included Photopia International Ltd, Photopia Ltd, and Japanese Cameras Ltd. And this is where we find the Palinar, as part of a Mr Strasser's importation & wholesale national distribution business. Photopia itself is an interesting subject, having survived the slings and arrows of outragous fortune and surviving to this day. As I believe, does Mr Strasser, although in the 1970s he had sold the businesses as going concerns.



The lens is a relatively small, well made, easy to use short telephoto that, I have to say, I'm rather enjoying. Thanks Mr Strasser. Have one on me.



And I must namecheck Ashley Pomeroy's quite excellent blog http://women-and-dreams.blogspot.com/2015/08/palinar-135mm-f35.html whom I've borrowed information from.


A brief history of Photopia - https://www.photomemorabilia.co.uk/Photopia_history.html


PostPosted: Mon Jun 03, 2019 1:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Two lenses arrived today. First a Vivitar 35-70mm 1:3.5 by Komine (project Komine). Attempt two. The first one was broken and extremely fungussy. This one looks pristine but zoom action is annoyingly uneven (probably why it was barely used).
Vivitar 35-70mm 1:3.5 MC Zoom by The lens profile, on Flickr

Vivitar 35-70mm 1:3.5 MC Zoom by The lens profile, on Flickr

And the Auto-Panagor Zoom 1:4 75-150mm (made by I don't know who, maybe anybody here knows). Part of project Panagor and I want to try a few portrait range zooms (also want to get the Pentax-m 75-150 and the Vivitar 70-150 Kino version) Project Panagor was supposed to have only primes, but because of the range I got this one anyway. It also is quite big for a zoom of this range. As big as a 70-210 type lens. It has a 62mm front filter, while the Pentax and Vivitar are respectively. 49mm and 52mm. Maybe if there is a Komine Panagor zoom I will get it as well unless I already have the Vivitar version.
Auto-Panagor Zoom 1:4 75-150mm by The lens profile, on Flickr

Auto-Panagor Zoom 1:4 75-150mm by The lens profile, on Flickr

Both are K-mount.


PostPosted: Mon Jun 03, 2019 10:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I received a 500mm f/8 Panagor mirror lens today. It was listed as having fungus & I'd got it with the intention of just using the helicoid from it. But when I saw it it was significantly smaller than the other 500mm mirrors I've seen & I can't see any fungus at all!

The small size makes it unsuitable for the lens I was going to put in it, but does make it a more appealing lens to use as it is & the condition makes it a shame to scrap it.

Here's a quick test shot with it near MFD on my Nex6:
http://forum.mflenses.com/userpix/20196/3065_panagor_cat_near_MFD_2.jpg

IMO well worth the £20 cost
Whoo Turtle [/img]


PostPosted: Wed Jun 05, 2019 6:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Flek has arrived. Let's hope it can live up it's fame,
Carl Zeiss Jena DDR Flektogon 2.4/35 MC by The lens profile, on Flickr

Carl Zeiss Jena DDR Flektogon 2.4/35 MC by The lens profile, on Flickr


PostPosted: Thu Jun 06, 2019 9:45 pm    Post subject: Vivitar Komine 35/2.8 Reply with quote



Nothing very out of the ordinary, but one of the less common Vivitar lenses, especially if compared to the very widespread Komine 28. Like the 28, it goes about its business with minimum fuss and a reasonable degree of competence. It's also reasonably compact.


PostPosted: Thu Jun 06, 2019 10:12 pm    Post subject: Re: Vivitar Komine 35/2.8 Reply with quote

Alun Thomas wrote:

Nothing very out of the ordinary, but one of the less common Vivitar lenses, especially if compared to the very widespread Komine 28. Like the 28, it goes about its business with minimum fuss and a reasonable degree of competence. It's also reasonably compact.



It looks right on that camera too, which I think counts for a bit if you are going to be looking at it all day.


PostPosted: Fri Jun 07, 2019 8:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I found a Vivitar 28mm 1:2.0 Close focussing for sale on ebay for just 25 pounds (Komine made). Imagine how fast I clicked the buy now button. It is looking like new.

Vivitar 28 1:2.0 MC Close Focus Wide Angle (Komine) by The lens profile, on Flickr

Vivitar 28 1:2.0 MC Close Focus Wide Angle (Komine) by The lens profile, on Flickr


PostPosted: Sat Jun 08, 2019 12:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

First lens purchase in several years! Scored a virtually unused Tamron SP 55BB 500/8 for $109 in case with filters including 82mm filter for the front, red orange yellow & ND 4x 30.5mm filters, and a 30.5mm aperture reducer, plus 2 hoods, one short, one long.

Click here to see on Ebay


photo by eBay seller shawn54638ppj


PostPosted: Tue Jun 11, 2019 7:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

M42 Pentacon Auto MC 135/2.8 Click here to see on Ebay


Photo ebay seller caman90


PostPosted: Tue Jun 11, 2019 7:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

well speaking of vivitar wides, i went up north last weekend and forgot to bring a wide angle lens, but i found an older Vivitar M42 28mm/2.8 (serial 6XXXX, is that olympus?) at the thrift store for $5 and it's totally good enough



PostPosted: Tue Jun 11, 2019 8:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

benadamx wrote:
well speaking of vivitar wides, i went up north last weekend and forgot to bring a wide angle lens, but i found an older Vivitar M42 28mm/2.8 (serial 6XXXX, is that olympus?) at the thrift store for $5 and it's totally good enough


Samyang. Good enough? Look at those corners.


PostPosted: Tue Jun 11, 2019 8:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

D1N0 wrote:
benadamx wrote:
well speaking of vivitar wides, i went up north last weekend and forgot to bring a wide angle lens, but i found an older Vivitar M42 28mm/2.8 (serial 6XXXX, is that olympus?) at the thrift store for $5 and it's totally good enough


Samyang. Good enough? Look at those corners.


Good enough in the centre maybe but those corners are awful.


PostPosted: Tue Jun 11, 2019 9:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Might be a flipped element.

Otherwise I refuse to believe some company had an audacity to sell a wide lens with those corners and huge coma clearly visible in daytime.


PostPosted: Wed Jun 12, 2019 1:04 am    Post subject: Vivitar Samyang 28/2.8 Reply with quote

I actually have one on its way to me now, $13 with a Pentax M 50/2 and Takumar-A 70-210. I don't have high expectations, but am curious to see if it is a Vivitar design, or similar to the widely available Samyang 28 'macro' which I tried under an Albinar badge, which did struggle somewhat in the corners, but had quite good coatings.


PostPosted: Wed Jun 12, 2019 4:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

D1N0 wrote:

Samyang. Good enough? Look at those corners.


well, that's wide open on a full-frame sensor, at f8 it's not bad .. but i rather like the soft corners for this sort of thing, and the colors are nice


PostPosted: Wed Jun 12, 2019 5:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

benadamx wrote:
D1N0 wrote:

Samyang. Good enough? Look at those corners.


well, that's wide open on a full-frame sensor, at f8 it's not bad .. but i rather like the soft corners for this sort of thing, and the colors are nice


well this got me thinking about it, so i dug around a bit and found a relevant entry in the Great Vivitar 28mm Bestiary: http://photografica.robinparmar.com/vivitar28detail.html#M21

the build details looks pretty comparable to me - can anyone confirm or deny whether its a kiron?


#1


#2


PostPosted: Wed Jun 12, 2019 11:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The build looks like a Kiron:
http://photografica.robinparmar.com/vivitar28detail.html#M12
But it isn't this one http://photografica.robinparmar.com/vivitar28detail.html#M21 speculated to be a Kiron because that is 2.5 and doesn't have a widened filter ring.

It is this lens, but without silver nose. http://m42lens.com/m42-lens-database/527-vivitar-auto-28mm-f-2-8-22

I can see it is made in Japan, so not Samyang, which means it predates Vivitar manufacturer related serial numbering. I've got a Panagor that is made by Kiron that also has a similar build.


Focus marks are the same. screws seem to be in the same spots.

So it is probably a predecessor to the 2.5 lens


PostPosted: Wed Jun 12, 2019 6:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

D1N0 wrote:
So it is probably a predecessor to the 2.5 lens


or a lower-priced contemporary, was my thought.. wouldn't be shocked to find the same build style in an f2 as well


PostPosted: Wed Jun 12, 2019 11:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

benadamx wrote:
D1N0 wrote:
So it is probably a predecessor to the 2.5 lens


or a lower-priced contemporary, was my thought.. wouldn't be shocked to find the same build style in an f2 as well


A contemporary would have a 22xxx serial number. The F2 looks different. Eighties design


PostPosted: Thu Jun 13, 2019 10:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This one:

#1


I have toyed with acquiring this lens so many times, but this one came along and was irresistible.
Tom


PostPosted: Fri Jun 14, 2019 7:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Size isn't everything....



PostPosted: Fri Jun 14, 2019 7:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gott23 wrote:
Size isn't everything....



CZJ?


PostPosted: Fri Jun 14, 2019 7:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

benadamx wrote:


CZJ?


Officially Pentacon but its essentially a Meyer Optik Orestor 200mm f/4

Got it cheap as it had a Leica R adapter stuck to it but a cheap R to NEX adapter soon fixed that..

😆


PostPosted: Fri Jun 14, 2019 5:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not had too much of a chance to play with it but the contrast is quite something;