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PostPosted: Tue Jul 10, 2018 7:04 pm    Post subject: Re: Damn I love this lens Reply with quote

BnG_Murphy wrote:
Super Takumar 55mm f1.8 which has amazed me so much that other lenses with less character are ruined for me now. E.g. the Nikon 1.4 above (although it was stunning stopped down), Pentax f2 is just meh now, even an 85mm Jupiter couldn't excite me yesterday. Need to find more lenses with character; I have a Mir 1b 37mm ordered from the Ukraine and a Helios 44m back in the UK, but the Helios was nowhere near as good as this Super Tak. Love the size of it too.
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Hi, I am interested to know about the Mir 1b 37mm, what do you like about it?


PostPosted: Tue Jul 10, 2018 8:44 pm    Post subject: Re: Damn I love this lens Reply with quote

vanylapep wrote:
BnG_Murphy wrote:
.... Need to find more lenses with character; I have a Mir 1b 37mm ordered from the Ukraine ..... Love the size of it too.
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Hi, I am interested to know about the Mir 1b 37mm, what do you like about it?


I read that it has character and saw images with funky bokeh. Might be a while until I get it but a friend got his today so I may be able to give it a try soon. He said it is great, crisp blacks and whites.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 10, 2018 11:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

vivaldibow wrote:


Nice condition. Looks like in CT, goodwill stores and flea markets still have some good stuff left. In northern CA, nothing left...Smile


Well, for the Good Will it strongly depends on the location, you have to know the places. Flea markets are plenty of lenses. Our state has been rich and prosperous a couple of decades ago, now it close to the bottom of the list. An Old Glory is for sale now.


PostPosted: Tue Jul 10, 2018 11:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK vanylapep.

This topic has 163573 views! I'm pretty sure that does not include bots.

Congrats and Thank you! for starting it!


PostPosted: Sat Jul 14, 2018 3:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Today on flea market, do not know why, seems for altruistic reason, I took two Star-D for $15 both. It is mediocre glass, but the guy desperately asked me to take it.
135mm f2,8 and Macro zoom 28-80 f3,5-4,5 both made in Japan. Probably good for nothing, but I will try, who knows...


PostPosted: Sat Jul 14, 2018 9:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

zuiko om 24mm f2 and zuiko om auto macro 135mm f4,5 with extender!!


PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2018 12:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My most recent finds:



2x Canon nFD 35-105/3.5 & 1x Canon nFD 24/2.8

Another 24/2.8 is on it's way along with an nFD 300/5.6. I'll have two copies of the 24/2.8, 300/5.6 & 35-105/3.5, so I'll pick the better copies (going by cosmetics if I can't find optical differences) and sell the others (one of the 35-105's is already on sale, there was very little difference between the two).

Overall, I paid ~170€ for all 5 new lenses, it shouldn't be hard to recoup that selling 3...


PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2018 6:55 am    Post subject: Re: Damn I love this lens Reply with quote

vanylapep wrote:

Hi, I am interested to know about the Mir 1b 37mm, what do you like about it?


I got to try my friends the other day. Nicely built lens, very nice. But we both disliked using it. It had a very dampened focus ring and focus peaking just didnt seem to be anywhere near as easy as the Yashica 50mm I was using. After he tried my Yashica he couldnt put the Mir back on, it just wasn't enjoyable. But when i got home I realized the photos were to my liking when converted to B&W, something my friend had advised it was supposed to be good for. Looking forward to getting mine and trying to "get into it".


PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2018 8:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just reacquired a lens I used to own back in the 80s -- a Sigma 600mm f/8 mirror. I picked it up from an eBay seller for $60, a decent deal. It has a couple of small spots of fungus on the primary mirror, but they're minor and nothing really to be concerned over. I'll kill the fungus with a lot of light. The Sigma 600 came new with a hood, set of filters, and a case. Mine came with just the case. I can live without the filterrs, and I can make a hood out of heavy black construction paper.

I took it out for a test a couple of days ago and I pitted it against my Tamron 500 mirror, a lens of excellent known quality. It isn't quite as good as the Tamron, unfortunately, but I think I can correct some of its issues. One thing I noticed when shooting with it was its images looked very hazy compared to the Tamron's. My old Sigma didn't have this problem. Slides I have from it are crystal clear. Just from visual examination of the Sigma, I can see some light dust inside, but I haven't yet shined a bright light source through it, which will indicate other issues, such as haze buildup. I'm thinking that this might be the case with this lens, so I plan to dismantle it and thoroughly clean it. Hopefully that will take care of this haze problem.


PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2018 8:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

cooltouch wrote:
I just reacquired a lens I used to own back in the 80s -- a Sigma 600mm f/8 mirror. I picked it up from an eBay seller for $60, a decent deal. It has a couple of small spots of fungus on the primary mirror, but they're minor and nothing really to be concerned over. I'll kill the fungus with a lot of light. The Sigma 600 came new with a hood, set of filters, and a case. Mine came with just the case. I can live without the filterrs, and I can make a hood out of heavy black construction paper.

I took it out for a test a couple of days ago and I pitted it against my Tamron 500 mirror, a lens of excellent known quality. It isn't quite as good as the Tamron, unfortunately, but I think I can correct some of its issues. One thing I noticed when shooting with it was its images looked very hazy compared to the Tamron's. My old Sigma didn't have this problem. Slides I have from it are crystal clear. Just from visual examination of the Sigma, I can see some light dust inside, but I haven't yet shined a bright light source through it, which will indicate other issues, such as haze buildup. I'm thinking that this might be the case with this lens, so I plan to dismantle it and thoroughly clean it. Hopefully that will take care of this haze problem.


My son has this lens and it is excellent. He uses it on full frame - Sony a7 and the results are splendid.
I'm sure he has posted some here somewhere.
Found it.
Here we go:
http://forum.mflenses.com/userpix/20155/big_8131__DSC9255_1.jpg