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PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2018 6:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice lenses. I like my Soligor 200mm f/2.8 very much. I have yet compared with the Vivitar 200mm f/3. I have two Soligor 200mm f/2.8, one with red P; one without. I've also seen a G/S series 200mm f/2.8.


PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2018 8:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pentax-A 200/2.8. Great lens, cheap, in very physically beat-up condition. But even with a Canon "S" screen, manual focus on Pentax K-1 is just too painful, so I recently wimped out and got a Pentax-FA 200/2.8. (So I suppose that's treachery on this forum!)

I think I'll go back to the stock screen on the K-1, the exposure metering issues with the Canon "S" screen is too much of a pain.

When I want to use the Komura 100/1.8, I just will have to use Live View.


PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2018 9:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Canon FL 85/1.8


I haven't seen much written about this lens. Is it rare or just not popular?


PostPosted: Tue Nov 20, 2018 5:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My latest lens. It came today.
Roeschlein Kreuznach 135mm f4.5 Luxon, marked with the red C.
It does have haze which I will need to clean.
It has a 12 blade aperture.
Size wise about the same as a Jupiter 11, but the Luxon has smaller optics.


PostPosted: Tue Nov 20, 2018 5:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pontus wrote:
Canon FL 85/1.8


I haven't seen much written about this lens. Is it rare or just not popular?


It was made for about ten years so should not be uncommon.
But you are right - they don't appear very often, and all 85mm lenses seem popularly sought after.
Perhaps those who own it don't want to give it up.
Tom


PostPosted: Fri Nov 23, 2018 12:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Black Friday even for classic lenses. Pulled the trigger on a Auto-Chinon MC 50mm 1.4 and a replacement for my broken Domiplan. Like I didn't have enough fifties. But hey 25% off.


PostPosted: Sat Nov 24, 2018 9:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My Black Friday purchase was a MOG 200mm Orestegor f/4 zebra. I'm sure it's going to need some cleaning, but I won't know for sure how bad it is until I see it. As long as it's mechanically sound (and I believe it is) I don't mind cleaning the elements.


PostPosted: Sun Nov 25, 2018 1:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Finally got a Zenitar ME-1!



Fun lens, not a cheap one but I did not pay the 400 dollars normally asked for.


PostPosted: Sat Dec 01, 2018 3:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Domiplan and Chinon 50 1.4 by The lens profile, on Flickr


PostPosted: Sun Dec 02, 2018 4:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My first ever name brand zoom was a two-ring Soligor 85-300mm f/5 that I bought back in 1984. I used it for about a year, then replaced it with a Tamron SP 60-300mm f/3.8-5.4. I found that I much preferred the Tamron.

Ok, fast forward some 35 years or so and I find that I've become curious of that old Soligor. So I found one on eBay with the original box, selling for dirt cheap -- $17 and change. So I went ahead and bought it. It arrived yesterday afternoon, too late for me to try it out in natural light.




As you can see it is in very clean condition. Almost mint, in fact. There's some very light haze in the interior. I have no interest right now in dismantling this lens to see if I can clean away the haze. Maybe some time in the indeterminate future.

I plan to do a comparison test between this Soligor and the other something to 300mm zooms I own. They include the above Tamron 60-300 I mentioned above, a Tokina AT-X 100-300mm f/4, an Albinar 100-300mm f/5.6, and a Nikon AF-D 70-300mm f/4-5.6. I'll be using my Sony NEX 7 as the test camera. I also own a Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6, and even though I own an EOS adapter for my NEX, I have no way to control its aperture. It stays fixed at some middle value. So I won't include it with these tests. Should be interesting. I'll post the results here in a separate thread.


PostPosted: Sun Dec 02, 2018 5:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

VISIONAR 1.9/200mm at a Foto fair - a steal!!



PostPosted: Fri Dec 07, 2018 11:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A nice and compact SMC Pentax-M 100mm F2.8
SMC Pentax-M 100mm 1:2.8 by The lens profile, on Flickr


PostPosted: Fri Dec 07, 2018 4:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Aviator wrote:
Finally got a Zenitar ME-1!

Fun lens, not a cheap one but I did not pay the 400 dollars normally asked for.


Whoa! I didn't know about this one. Cool! The sample images look so strange. The OOF rendering looks like fabric or something, I assume due to the perpendicular nature of the shape of that aperture. Wild.


PostPosted: Fri Dec 07, 2018 10:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Aviator wrote:
Finally got a Zenitar ME-1!



Fun lens, not a cheap one but I did not pay the 400 dollars normally asked for.


Nice looking lens.
Apart from the aperture, is there any difference between this lens and the Zenitar-M 1.7/50?
T


PostPosted: Sat Dec 08, 2018 1:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oldhand wrote:

Apart from the aperture, is there any difference between this lens and the Zenitar-M 1.7/50?



Зенитар-М

http://www.zenitcamera.com/archive/lenses/zenitar-1-7-50.html

average price: 3000 ruble

Зенитар-МЕ

http://www.zenitcamera.com/archive/lenses/zenitar-me1-1-7-50.html

today price: 12000-18000 ruble (avito = russian "ebay")


PostPosted: Sat Dec 08, 2018 1:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

@sergtum thank you for links!

@Aviator how is aperture oriented on camera; diamond as shown in your photo or square? I understand the aperture shape is supposed to enhance sharpness in some directions, true?


PostPosted: Sat Dec 08, 2018 7:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

sergtum wrote:
Oldhand wrote:

Apart from the aperture, is there any difference between this lens and the Zenitar-M 1.7/50?



Зенитар-М

http://www.zenitcamera.com/archive/lenses/zenitar-1-7-50.html

average price: 3000 ruble

Зенитар-МЕ

http://www.zenitcamera.com/archive/lenses/zenitar-me1-1-7-50.html

today price: 12000-18000 ruble (avito = russian "ebay")

Thank you
T


PostPosted: Sat Dec 08, 2018 11:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 09, 2018 1:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

visualopsins wrote:


@Aviator how is aperture oriented on camera; diamond as shown in your photo or square? I understand the aperture shape is supposed to enhance sharpness in some directions, true?


Hi visualopsins,

Once the lens is mounted the aperture is oriented as a diamond in my Canon 5D. With the NEX adapter it can be oriented either to diamond or square shape by adjusting the adapter.

To be honest I don't know about the sharpness fact.


PostPosted: Tue Dec 11, 2018 5:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just got a Auto Vivitar 100mm f2.8, with the
408xxxx serial number. This one has the built in hood.
No, I doubt it's Tomoika made.
Still a nice example for a little less then $22 shipped.


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 11, 2018 5:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

One other lens also came today.
Minolta MD iii 28mm f2. I've wanted this lens
for years.
So for my birthday, I decided to treat myself.
Out of my entire Minolta lens collection, I've only
Spent over $30 on one other lens. The Minolta 100 f2.5. That one was $45.
So it was very painful to spend $125 shipped
on one lens, but it is in excellent condition with original caps.
Now the rain just needs to stop so I can take it out shooting. At least we didn't get the snow.


PostPosted: Tue Dec 11, 2018 7:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Beauty Walter - good on you.
Mine is not exactly a lens but an adapter so that I can use my Jupiter 8M and Helios 103 on my Fuji.
Looks like this:

#1


PostPosted: Tue Dec 11, 2018 4:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Aviator wrote:
visualopsins wrote:


@Aviator how is aperture oriented on camera; diamond as shown in your photo or square? I understand the aperture shape is supposed to enhance sharpness in some directions, true?


Hi visualopsins,

Once the lens is mounted the aperture is oriented as a diamond in my Canon 5D. With the NEX adapter it can be oriented either to diamond or square shape by adjusting the adapter.

To be honest I don't know about the sharpness fact.


Thank you!

Found this https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0030402615006531 (Fresnel diffraction by a square aperture with rough edge)


PostPosted: Tue Dec 11, 2018 5:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I ordered a 1948 Carl Zeiss Jena Triotar 135mm f/4.0 in LTM with RF-coupling Whoo Turtle


PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2018 4:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Two lenses came today. Auto Aragon 200mm f3.5, with original caps and hood. Exc+ condition.
I already have the Auto Aragon 100mm f2.8, so I couldn't resist the 200mm.

Another Minolta lens I've wanted for years.
Minolta MD W Rokkor 28mm f3.5 in exc ++ condition, but no caps.this is the MD ii version with 49mm filter thread.
The best part it was in the US and only $25 shipped.
As far as I know this lens was never sold in the North American market. Tho more lenses are starting to show up here.