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PostPosted: Fri Oct 04, 2019 7:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congrats


PostPosted: Fri Oct 04, 2019 10:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Canon Lens 50mm f:1,8 M39 by Mr TTT, on Flickr


PostPosted: Fri Oct 04, 2019 12:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A replacement for my crooked mounted copy The extremely compact Vivitar 70-150mm 1:3.8
Vivitar 70-150mm 1:3.8 Macro Focusing Zoom by The lens profile, on Flickr Vivitar 70-150mm 1:3.8 Macro Focusing Zoom by The lens profile, on Flickr

My old copy:
Crooked barrel by The lens profile, on Flickr


PostPosted: Fri Oct 04, 2019 3:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

1967 Schneider-Kreuznach Symmar 5,6/150, 12/265 Convertible.



Ken Rockwell, on his website, says this is the sharpest lens he owns. Well, the sharpest lens I own is still a Schneider, but it's the Componon-S 2.8/50. Of course, Ken has his fitted in a beautiful Linhof shutter, whereas mine is suffering the indignity of a digital apsc. Also, although not evident in the shot above, there are substantial cleaning marks on both the front and rear elements and internal dust/slight haze that I need to attend to. That may go some way to explaining why converting the lens to a 265mm triplet, therefore with a non-scratched rear element, appears only a little less sharp than in 150mm 6/4 guise. This is not what I've read on the internet, the triplet apparently being noticeably less sharp. There is also my ignorance of course which may be muddying things, and I hope to get to know this lens better as time allows.

Regardless, initial test shots indicate a really nice render coming from this enlarger lens. Due to this I suspect the design may always have been as equally at home as a taking lens or enlarger. Something I'll need to look into.

Onward...


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 04, 2019 7:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A new acquisition.




PostPosted: Sun Oct 06, 2019 2:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

the mystery lenses arrived!


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*drumroll*


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I am not really surprised that they're both 135mm, but the proportions of each are funny.. the spiratone is about the proportions of a rokkor 58mm/1.4, and the vivitar is a t-mount and is skinny like an older rangefinder lens or something..

anyone hazard a guess as to who manufactured? the vivitar SN doesn't seem to fall in the mfr chart.


PostPosted: Tue Oct 08, 2019 10:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

quidam wrote:
A new acquisition.




Certainly an interesting and rather rare lens! I used to have access to one sample for a few days, but sadly didn't have a suitable adapter - so its performance still is unknown to me. It's optical construction was finished in 1976, and i would guess that not the most expensive glass was used. This doesn't mean "bad performance", since glass with lower refractive index (nD) usually also results in less CAs.

Stephan


PostPosted: Thu Oct 10, 2019 9:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

stevemark wrote:
quidam wrote:
A new acquisition.




Certainly an interesting and rather rare lens! I used to have access to one sample for a few days, but sadly didn't have a suitable adapter - so its performance still is unknown to me. It's optical construction was finished in 1976, and i would guess that not the most expensive glass was used. This doesn't mean "bad performance", since glass with lower refractive index (nD) usually also results in less CAs.

Stephan


I'm pretty convinced you'll going to love it, great lens, I have two of them Wink


PostPosted: Thu Oct 10, 2019 9:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, couldn't resist: another UV-Nikkor 105mm should arrive today... Happy Dog


PostPosted: Fri Oct 11, 2019 2:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote





I just received the lens on the left, a Soligor 'Y' code 35/3.5

It says 135mm on the name ring, this has somehow incorrectly ended up on this lens, either at the factory (my pick) or somewhere down the line. I even got excited and took a picture with the Wirgar/Fujita 135/4.5 on the right, to compare sizes of this very small 135/3.5


Then I went outside and took a picture. Hmm, that doesn't look like 135mm...


PostPosted: Fri Oct 11, 2019 6:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Olympus G.Zuiko Auto-S 40mm f1.4



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 11, 2019 8:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oldhand wrote:
Olympus G.Zuiko Auto-S 40mm f1.4



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Congrats Tom! A well known wonderful lens!! Like 1 Like 1 Like 1


PostPosted: Fri Oct 11, 2019 10:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

DSC01761 by Mr TTT, on Flickr

many thanks to the UK.


PostPosted: Fri Oct 11, 2019 1:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A nice Pancolar from Ebay everybody had missed because it was in Spain for €28
Carl Zeiss Jena DDR Pancolar 1.8/50 by The lens profile, on Flickr

Carl Zeiss Jena DDR Pancolar 1.8/50 by The lens profile, on Flickr


PostPosted: Fri Oct 11, 2019 4:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

1962 Schneider-Kreuznach Componon 1:5,6/150.

s'Groovier than a groovy thing from Groovesville, Groovelandia… or Bad Kreuznach. One of the two.



What more is there to say!

Umm... well, a couple of things. I need to get to the sides of the front lens block and ink in those pretty 'star lights' surrounding the elements. And it has the mass of an asteroid. Trust me, you don't want to drop it. Not because you'll damage it, but because it will likely go through your floor. And as per another 1960s Schneider enlarging lens I have, it seems to be able to render like a taking lens, including providing a bokeh that is easy on the eye. I've not had time to look into this apparent phenomenon yet and I may prove to be talking rubbish.

I'll go and get the winch now, and take it off the bellows. 'You've had your close-up, Mr Schneider.'

EDIT:

f:11 No PP. I'm so lazy, I've taken the shot from my couch. A 30 second exposure brought out the detail and colour missing in the inky blackness. I've calculated focus beginning at around 50m from sensor and running through to infinity, hence the two chimneys in the foreground are soft.


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 12, 2019 8:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

DSC01769 by Mr TTT, on Flickr


PostPosted: Sat Oct 12, 2019 10:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

sergtum wrote:
DSC01769 by Mr TTT, on Flickr


So what's the story behind this oddball?


PostPosted: Sat Oct 12, 2019 3:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks a bit like Helios 44-3.


PostPosted: Sat Oct 12, 2019 4:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Helios 44-7 is a lens from the Zenit-7 camera. designers of the plant KMZ tried to create something interesting. this attempt was not very successful. but it gave collectors a rather rare camera and lens. photo sites say that the release did not exceed 4000 pieces.

some links

http://forum.mflenses.com/zenit-7-t8210,highlight,%2Bzenit.html

http://camera-wiki.org/wiki/Zenit_7

http://sovietcams.com/index.php?1464930868

russian links

http://www.zenitcamera.com/archive/zenit-7/index.html

https://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D0%97%D0%B5%D0%BD%D0%B8%D1%82-7

https://fotoussr.ru/cameras/zenit-7/


PostPosted: Sat Oct 12, 2019 5:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

sergtum wrote:
Helios 44-7 is a lens from the Zenit-7 camera. designers of the plant KMZ tried to create something interesting. this attempt was not very successful. but it gave collectors a rather rare camera and lens. photo sites say that the release did not exceed 4000 pieces.

some links

http://forum.mflenses.com/zenit-7-t8210,highlight,%2Bzenit.html

http://camera-wiki.org/wiki/Zenit_7

http://sovietcams.com/index.php?1464930868

russian links

http://www.zenitcamera.com/archive/zenit-7/index.html

https://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D0%97%D0%B5%D0%BD%D0%B8%D1%82-7

https://fotoussr.ru/cameras/zenit-7/


Very cool, great find! I've never seen this one!

It seems that it was made long before the more known Helios 44-7. And that the 7 refers to the camera name and not typical model evolution of the m42 variants.


PostPosted: Sat Oct 12, 2019 7:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Excellent condition Steinheil 135mm Culminar f/4.5 in LTM:



My good impression of the Quinar 135 and the rock-bottom pricing made me pick up one of these. I also like LTM for my X-T2 because the adapter is so thin. It's an attractive little 135, very simple and easy to use, though slightly heavier than I was expecting from the size. That's Steinheil construction for you.

After a couple of outings with it I'm favorably impressed. It's very sharp stopped down, and it's got 16 or 17 blades (I don't remember the exact number) so it has nice highlights at any aperture.

I read that it's 4 elements in 2 groups. I don't know if that's right, but it has interesting bokeh characteristics wide-open - lots of soft rings with decent soap bubbles on harder lights. Generally I don't love that kind of bokeh, but from this lens I think it looks nice.

The little triangle near the base is a "Tower" logo, which is somewhat interesting.


PostPosted: Sat Oct 12, 2019 9:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

blotafton wrote:
sergtum wrote:
Helios 44-7 is a lens from the Zenit-7 camera. designers of the plant KMZ tried to create something interesting. this attempt was not very successful. but it gave collectors a rather rare camera and lens. photo sites say that the release did not exceed 4000 pieces.

some links

http://forum.mflenses.com/zenit-7-t8210,highlight,%2Bzenit.html

http://camera-wiki.org/wiki/Zenit_7

http://sovietcams.com/index.php?1464930868

russian links

http://www.zenitcamera.com/archive/zenit-7/index.html

https://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D0%97%D0%B5%D0%BD%D0%B8%D1%82-7

https://fotoussr.ru/cameras/zenit-7/


Very cool, great find! I've never seen this one!

It seems that it was made long before the more known Helios 44-7. And that the 7 refers to the camera name and not typical model evolution of the m42 variants.


The more known 7 is 44M7, not 44-7. The 7 is naturely rarer, congratz Sergtum!


PostPosted: Sat Oct 12, 2019 9:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

KEO wrote:
Excellent condition Steinheil 135mm Culminar f/4.5 in LTM:



And a bit of a looker too. Nice find KEO Like 1 .


PostPosted: Sat Oct 12, 2019 9:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

BurstMox wrote:
blotafton wrote:
sergtum wrote:
Helios 44-7 is a lens from the Zenit-7 camera. designers of the plant KMZ tried to create something interesting. this attempt was not very successful. but it gave collectors a rather rare camera and lens. photo sites say that the release did not exceed 4000 pieces.

some links

http://forum.mflenses.com/zenit-7-t8210,highlight,%2Bzenit.html

http://camera-wiki.org/wiki/Zenit_7

http://sovietcams.com/index.php?1464930868

russian links

http://www.zenitcamera.com/archive/zenit-7/index.html

https://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D0%97%D0%B5%D0%BD%D0%B8%D1%82-7

https://fotoussr.ru/cameras/zenit-7/


Very cool, great find! I've never seen this one!

It seems that it was made long before the more known Helios 44-7. And that the 7 refers to the camera name and not typical model evolution of the m42 variants.


The more known 7 is 44M7, not 44-7. The 7 is naturely rarer, congratz Sergtum!


True, my mistake.


PostPosted: Sun Oct 13, 2019 6:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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