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PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2018 9:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sjak wrote:
I ordered a 1948 Carl Zeiss Jena Triotar 135mm f/4.0 in LTM with RF-coupling Whoo Turtle
And today it's going back to the seller Laugh 1


PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2018 7:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Olympus E.Zuiko AUTO-T 100mm F2.8 in a stunning condition.
Shiny Zuiko and battered Canon FDn now have a matter to settle: who's the ultimate 100/2.8 glass in the ultra-lightweight division?

Make your bets Smile


PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2018 8:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Battered Canon FDn... pleonasm Wink ...


PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2018 10:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Antoine wrote:
Battered Canon FDn... pleonasm Wink ...

Sort of true, but it's a bit more than usual this time.

I got it with heavily damaged bayonet.
Lens took a nasty fall mount first, which nearly separated said mount from the body.
I don't know how high the dive was, nor how much G's it pulled coming to a stop, but rear group coatings began to flake off a little when I took it apart.

Anyway, I repaired it, and it became one of the two of my most used lens.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/curry-hexagon/albums/72157668886440327

Since "lightweight 100/2.8" formula proved to be so useful to me, I'd really like to have something in this focal length as impressive as my all time favourite Canon FDn 50/1.4.


PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2018 10:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

But an early series 1, 70-210 of course.

I still haven't ad a chance to use it properly, hopefully there will be some time over Christmas Smile


PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2018 10:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

tromboads wrote:
But an early series 1, 70-210 of course.

I still haven't ad a chance to use it properly, hopefully there will be some time over Christmas Smile


Did you once have this lens before Daniel?
I have vague recollections Smile
Tom


PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2018 11:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No actually, perhaps I always spoke of it fondly.

Experimented with some of those Pentax zooms 70-150 M I think it was, and some soligor thing, but never got to the vivitar.

Looking forward to it.


PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2018 11:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had the Kiron version which was very good. Also very heavy Smile
Tom


PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2018 7:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A relatively cheap CZ Jena 135 f/3.5 MC Sonnar, in like new condition.

It's got five digits for the serial number, so I'm presuming it's a late production version then?

Coating tint is purple/blueish..

Only had a chance to shoot with it at lunchtime yesterday, but it's already knocked my socks off. Contrast is heavenly and shots only really require a stop of exposure at most, with the midtones tweaked on occasion.





Here's some of the shots from yesterday, generally at 400, handheld. Aperture I can't vouch for as I i might had the auto switch on...

https://flic.kr/s/aHsmvwBLev


PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2018 8:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very nice rendering Darryl.
You have a good one there
Tom


PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2018 9:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oldhand wrote:
Very nice rendering Darryl.
You have a good one there
Tom


Thanks! I'm really stunned by this lens. It's a pain to focus (I wear glasses for a start) as it's hard to determine how precise youve got it - I wasn't using an AF assist mount so that might help in future but possible mirror/rear issues - , but the 3.5 cuts some slack with a greater DOF.. it really needs a light touch, however at 400 ISO, I think it gets quite close to film for grain and feel and that contrast is unbelievable; It might well be I'm underexposing a little - I work on keeping it at 1/125, and shift ISO from 400 down, and adjust aperture - it just seems more intuitive manually, given you effectively get DOF preview.. - but I rarely see overblown highlights and I've noticed that with the Zeiss Jena glass I'm using now..

So here's colour; the PP is a film emulation (forgot what type; it's either provia or an agfa, possibly with a slight blue shift; also ups contrast a little - good for correcting warm temps)



and as for contrast.... o.0



I really can't wait to try this lens for a few other types of shots - portraits a must, and landscape as well (specially at 1x1 format)


PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2018 9:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks pretty good. Really reminds me of the 37A I had ages ago.

Contrast for days. Enjoy Like 1 small


PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2018 1:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Christmas has come slightly early with the postman bringing my new stiff Pancolar 50mm f/1.8 (quite a late one, serial number is in the 10 millions..)

Fits the DSLR like a glove, thought it IS stiff but I got it at a decent price as a consequence..

Just playing around with it a little to get a feel of it and I'm already impressed..

Gonna be a great weekend! Very Happy


PostPosted: Mon Dec 24, 2018 9:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My latest acquisition: Rodenstock APO-Rodagon 50mm/F2.8 M39 enlarger/macro lens (EUR 80.- = bargain).



PostPosted: Tue Dec 25, 2018 11:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nikkor ED 4.5/300mm and Canon FD 4.5/85-300mm SSC.

Both lenses deserve a place in history; the former for being the first lightweight and IF 300mm lens with ED glass, the latter as an early (relativetly) fast sports/news zoom.

I have checked both lenses against the first ever fluorite lens for 35mm cameras, the Canon FL-F 5.6/300mm (1968), and there's no doubt about the winner: The Canon fluorite lens is way better than the (much younger!) ED Nikkor.

Surprisingly, the color correction of the Nikkor 4.5/300mm ED isn't that much better than the color correction of the Minolta MD 4.5/300mm IF.

In the "slow 300mm lens" department (f4, f4.5 and f5.6 lenses), the Mamiya Secor C 5.6/300mm and the Canon FL-F 5.6/300mm are still the best performers I know (see table below for lenses I've tested). The Canon FL-F has slightly less lateral CAs than the Mamiya; the Mamiya has better corner resolution and contrast at f5.6. Both are excellent performers if low weight is essential.


Canon nFD 4/300mm IF, nFD 4/300mm IF L, FL-F 5.6/300mm Fluorite, FD 5.6/300mm SSC, nFD 5.6/300mm IF, nFD 5.6/100-300mm L
Konica AR 4.5/300mm
Mamiya Sekor CS 4/300mm, Sekor C 5.6/300mm
Minolta MC/MD 5.6/300mm, MC 4.5/300mm, MD 4.5/300mm IF
Nikkor 4.5/300mm IF-ED
Olympus Zuiko Auto-T 4.5/300mm
Pentax M* 4/300mm ED
Carl Zeiss Jena Sonnar 4/300mm (early 1950s Exakta bayonet version)

Of course, lenses such as the Leitz 4/280mm will outperform all of these lenses, but the Apo Telyt 4/280mm is much newer and, of course, much more expensive.

Stephan


PostPosted: Tue Dec 25, 2018 12:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

stevemark wrote:
Of course, lenses such as the Leitz 4/280mm will outperform all of these lenses, but the Apo Telyt 4/280mm is much newer and, of course, much more expensive.


Agree, that CA's are the biggest problem with these legacy lenses. However, even my old Telyt (version II) 280/4.8 in LTM/Visoflex is totally free of disturbing CA's and sufficient "sharp".


PostPosted: Tue Dec 25, 2018 10:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I recently ordered two K-mount-lenses:

A relatively standard Helios 44K-4 and, much less common, and first time I buy a zoom for a camera: the MC Variozenitar 2.8-3.5/25-45mm Whoo Turtle

In addition, I threw in a Moskva-2 camera, allegedly working, but it's cheap enough, so it's OK if it turns out to be display-only Wink


PostPosted: Thu Dec 27, 2018 12:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, got
    - two in EX++ condition ISCO Cinelux Ultra HD f2/100mm projection lenses
    - a very solid looking 180degree Soligor fisheye adapter
    - a Meopta Mirar 3.5/35mm


PostPosted: Thu Dec 27, 2018 11:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was out in the yard with the early Series 1 (70-210), a friendly butcher bird came to remind me about cool it is to be a butcher bird.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/oCn7abUfD5KEQGvE8

at 210mm and f3.5, on my new love the photocopier 5D


PostPosted: Thu Dec 27, 2018 11:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

tb_a wrote:
stevemark wrote:
Of course, lenses such as the Leitz 4/280mm will outperform all of these lenses, but the Apo Telyt 4/280mm is much newer and, of course, much more expensive.


Agree, that CA's are the biggest problem with these legacy lenses. However, even my old Telyt (version II) 280/4.8 in LTM/Visoflex is totally free of disturbing CA's and sufficient "sharp".


That's an interesting information - since i'm not into Leitz lenses, could you post a sample comparing the Telyt (version II) 280/4.8 with one of the lenses i mentioned above?

Thanks in advance Wink
Stephan


PostPosted: Thu Dec 27, 2018 1:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

stevemark wrote:
That's an interesting information - since i'm not into Leitz lenses, could you post a sample comparing the Telyt (version II) 280/4.8 with one of the lenses i mentioned above?


You're welcome: http://forum.mflenses.com/viewtopic,p,1520131.html#1520131


PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2018 12:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mamiya Macro Sekor 60mm f2.8... should arrive in the next day or so...


PostPosted: Sun Dec 30, 2018 9:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Was at the local photo-store yesterday to deliver some negatives... couldn't resist to take a few Pentax-goodies home, as I'm often playing with my K100D.

A PK 2* teleconverter from Panagon, and the SMC Pentax-M zoom 1:2.8-4.0 40-80mm. I like to use both 40 and 80mm on APSC, so maybe this is a lens that will get some actual use Smile


PostPosted: Sun Dec 30, 2018 10:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Locally found: GOI MC Telegoir 2.8/200mm, Rubinar MC 8/500mm


PostPosted: Mon Dec 31, 2018 3:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Today I received my Laowa 10-18mm for Sony E.

There was a bit of confusion and slight panic when I could not get it in focus. Then I removed it from the Nikon AI to Sony E adapter, which it fitted quite well, and attached it directly to the camera. It worked so much better! (My other Laowas are all AI fit).

It's dull, depressing weather so I won't be trying it out for some time. It comes with a magnetic filter holder for 100mm wide filters. It also takes 37mm rear filters. I have, from my film days, a considerable collection of Formatt Hitech ones, including grads.