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PostPosted: Tue Nov 28, 2017 11:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Minolta 50mm 1.4 on x-700
Minolta 135mm f2.8 4/4
Minolta 75-210 4.5
Minolta 28mm f2.8
Minolta mirror 250mm f5.6
For 400 GBP
Not the cheapest bargain but the 250mm can easily pay for the lot and my older copy of the same lens:)


PostPosted: Fri Dec 01, 2017 7:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

cyberjunkie wrote:
Just bought from the USA one more Komura:
Sankyo Kohki Komuranon-S f/5 300mm in "auto" M42 mount.

I am getting more and more interested in Komura lenses.
All those i have seen seem to be very well made. I still miss my old 2.8/152mm in Copal 3, the fastest objective that covered the 4x5" format with (some) room for movements. The Schneider Xenotar was the only other lens ever made with similar characteristics. The Zeiss Planar barely covered, IIRC.

I found very little infos about Komura. I've read that the company went bankrupt roughly mid seventies, but i've seen lenses marked Komura Ltd Komuranon that were made a little later (i own a couple of them in PK mount).
Early preset ones were marked Sankyo Koki Komura, while a little later "Koki" became "Kohki", and stayed that way on UNI and UNI Auto lenses till the Komura Ltd days...
Any more infos?



Unfortunately I extracted that when I made a sep. thread, sorry

PostPosted: Sat Dec 02, 2017 6:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Those of you who have the Nikon F2 probably also have -- or want to have -- the MD2/MB1 motor drive and battery pack combination. Several years ago, it was possible to pick up the motor drive for fairly cheap, but more recently I've found its price to be on the rise. Not surprising, really. It's one of the best motor drives Nikon's ever produced, if not the best.

One of the big problems associated with the motor drive, however, is the battery pack. It isn't unusual to find a clean motor drive with a battery pack that has the nicad batteries, and often the seller won't have the charger for the nicads. So what to do? Well, buy the inserts that take "AA" batteries, of course -- the MS-1 battery holders. Problem with the MS-1s is they are getting hard to find, and the folks who have them are asking a lot, I mean a LOT for them. Currently on US eBay, there are only two sellers. One is asking $108 for the battery pack with the two MS-1s, and the other seller is asking $300 for a mint in-the-box set.

Well, I own a couple of F2s and a couple of MD2 motor drives. One has the MB-2 battery pack -- takes 8 "AA"s instead of the MB-1's 10 "AA"s so the MD-2 runs a little slower with that pack. and the other MD-2 lacks the MS-1 inserts for its battery pack. So I've been on the hunt. Well a few days ago, I found an auction at eBay where a guy was selling a complete MD-2/MB-1 set with the MS-1s and he wasn't asking a ton for it because he claimed the motor drive didn't work. The auction was sitting at $65 when I found it. So I decided to play.
And I was the winner at $76. $32 cheaper than the guy with just the MB-1, and I got a nice looking motor (that might not work) in the bargain.

Well the outfit arrived today. Everything is in really nice condition, and I just couldn't believe that an MD-2 that looked that pretty wouldn't work. So I mounted the motor drive to one of my F2s, loaded up the battery inserts and all and tried to get it to work. Nothing. Even the battery check dial showed no charge. Hmmm . . .

So I took out both MS-1s and checked their voltage. One showed a steady 7.5 volts, as it should, and the other showed a steady 3 volts. Well, there's the problem. So I unloaded it and inspected it carefully and found that one of the springs that contact a battery was rusty -- looked like a battery had leaked on it, but only slightly. So I got out an emory board (a nail file made from stiff paper) and thoroughly polished the top of the spring. I also used the file on all the contacts in the MS-1, just to be sure. Loaded it back up with batteries and tested it -- 7.5 volts. So, I loaded up the motor drive again, and bingo!

That supposedly broken motor drive works great! So I wound up with a very clean MD-2/MB-1 with MS-1s for only $76. Now my friends, if you shoot with F2s, you know that is a bargain.

And here are a couple of pics, just for the heck of it. The camera is my 74xxxx F2s. I added the MR-3 vertical shutter release from one of my other MD-2s.

Yay! Happy Dog Whoo Turtle

PostPosted: Tue Dec 05, 2017 5:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

cooltouch wrote:
Those of you who have the Nikon F2 probably also have -- or want to have -- the MD2/MB1 motor drive and battery pack combination.
So I wound up with a very clean MD-2/MB-1 with MS-1s for only $76. Now my friends, if you shoot with F2s, you know that is a bargain.

Nice setup Wink One day i may get one as well. For time being i have to stick with my F3 & Motor ... or the Canon new F-1 Wink.


PostPosted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 3:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The classic komine 70-210mm vivitar series 1, in PKA mount for a negligible price. Smile

PostPosted: Sat Dec 09, 2017 6:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've been meaning to get a copy of he Canon FD 80-200mm f/4 two-ring zoom for a while now. Back in the day, this lens was considered to be a moderately priced pro-quality zoom. As such it sold for more than twice as much as the nFD 70-210 push-pull zoom, which is really a good lens. But supposedly the 80-200/4 is better.

Now, what's really great about the old 80-200 two ring zooms is they're going for dirt cheap on eBay right now (US eBay that is). I found one with a Buy It Now of $25, and FREE shipping. Sold! What[s more, the photos looked as if it were a pretty clean lens. The seller remarked that there were some very light marks on the front element, which I guess scared off most people. But I knew better, so I bought it.

The lens arrived today. Turns out, the "marks" the seller was referring to was just a bit of dirt and smudges on the front element. It cleaned up to reveal a perfect piece of glass. And the overall condition of the lens is a solid Exc+. Wow, what a deal!

I took it for a test drive just a short while ago. I will be posting results in a thread I'll start over in the manual focus lenses sub-forum.

PostPosted: Mon Dec 11, 2017 8:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This kit for $50 last Saturday.
[imgPRT22411 by Paul Rybolt, on Flickr

and this kit today for $20.

[/imgPRT22421 by Paul Rybolt, on Flickr

PostPosted: Tue Dec 12, 2017 2:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow, what a deal on the Nikon F -- and a black one with a 1.2 lens, no less. Geez Looeez.