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PostPosted: Mon Mar 04, 2019 4:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

frenched wrote:
Topcor RE Auto Zoom 87-205/4.7. Not much info about it out there but, hey, it’s Topcor. I read an old post in another forum it was actually made by Sun?

I’ll post samples in a new thread shortly.


At least it was licenced from Sun. There are contradictionary informations around. I don't know what's right.
I have this lens myself but don't use it. Don't expect too much from it.


PostPosted: Mon Mar 04, 2019 8:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Topcon lenses are a mixed bag anyway.
Some are excellent, others are average at best.
By the way, the current Voigtlander 58mm f/1.4 is a Topcon design.


PostPosted: Mon Mar 04, 2019 10:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

caspert79 wrote:
Topcon lenses are a mixed bag anyway.
Some are excellent, others are average at best.
By the way, the current Voigtlander 58mm f/1.4 is a Topcon design.


Well, the Topcon 58/1.4 and it's Voigtlaender copy are actually enhanced Biotar/Xenon designs (7/5) like the Zeiss Pancolar 55/1.4 or the Nikkor-S 55/1.2 or the Contarex Planar 55/1.4, etc.. I don't really know which was first, most probably the Contarex in 1959.


PostPosted: Tue Mar 05, 2019 5:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Today my MD W.Rokkor 17mm f/4 arrived.

It was a gamble when I bought it because I only saw a few very fuzzy pictures of it ... taken in the dark from a distance (in an advertisement).
Besides the poor quality of the pictures the lens was hidden between the other lenses of a set.
But that was probably the reason why nobody else had seen this lens in that ad.

On request the man told me that the lens was fine, apart from a few "very weak" scratches in the frontglass.

Well, the lens I got was not beauty. Far from being even.
It's not really damaged, but it must have seen a lot of action, that's for sure.
But the worst thing is that the scratches in the frontglass are anything but faint. They are big and there are more than a few.

The good news, however, is that the lens is clean inside and that everything works as it should.
I tested it and the pictures look good, but the scratches start to appear very vaguely from f/8 onwards.
(But to able te see this I did photograph a white wall).

So, all in all it could have been better but it isn't a total loss either I guess.


PostPosted: Tue Mar 05, 2019 6:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Flektogon 20/4 arrived and it is well.. quite interesting to say the least... Shot some night and some portrait with it but it needs some practice..

I also had a Pentacon 29/2.8 arrive that was meant to be working and looked optically great in the ad; turns out the aperture was screwed.. So eBay refund time... To console myself I ended up using that cash to buy an old Zenit 3M, attached to which is a first (metal) version of the Helios 44 - 13 blades from what I've read?

That inspired me to dig out the Helios I had stored, which has lain resting for quite some time as using it on the DSLR was a bit of a pain... Turns out it was a 44-2, and just having a quick feel of it on the A6000 - it is sharp as in the centre... even wide open...


PostPosted: Tue Mar 05, 2019 7:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gott23 wrote:

... To console myself I ended up using that cash to buy an old Zenit 3M, attached to which is a first (metal) version of the Helios 44 - 13 blades from what I've read?


They made those silver versions also with 8 blades.

I hope you are lucky and it will be the 13-bladed version that arrives.


PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2019 6:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Konica Hexanon 57mm f/1.2 and 57mm f/1.4 are on the way.


PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2019 10:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

caspert79 wrote:
Konica Hexanon 57mm f/1.4

Would be great to see some long distance infinity shots (or full body portraits) wide open.
The bokeh is pretty enticing, but so far, every full size photo I stumbled upon in the wild wasnt remotely sharp.

Perhaps your copy will break the mould.


PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2019 10:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tokina ATX SD 80-200mm f2.8 Nikon AI mount.
Won it for US$11 and the shipping cost US$27.50 Tuzki with lens


PostPosted: Thu Mar 07, 2019 2:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

heheheheheh



it's pristine! might have even been NOS, still has original unopened lenscloth.. might even be a decent lens? going to be a few days before I can try it out in full daylight, but sharpness stopped down under poor indoor lighting seemed potentially decent.


PostPosted: Thu Mar 07, 2019 12:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nikon Nikkor 28mm f/2.8 AI-s will be with me within a week. I was led to it, indirectly, by a post in this forum.


PostPosted: Thu Mar 07, 2019 1:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Soon to arrive two legacy Pentax Zooms The SMC Pentax 45-125mm F4 and the SMC Pentax-m 80-200mm F4.5


PostPosted: Thu Mar 07, 2019 3:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

aidaho wrote:
caspert79 wrote:
Konica Hexanon 57mm f/1.4

Would be great to see some long distance infinity shots (or full body portraits) wide open.
The bokeh is pretty enticing, but so far, every full size photo I stumbled upon in the wild wasnt remotely sharp.

Perhaps your copy will break the mould.


I will give it a shot!


PostPosted: Thu Mar 07, 2019 9:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

aidaho wrote:
caspert79 wrote:
Konica Hexanon 57mm f/1.4

Would be great to see some long distance infinity shots (or full body portraits) wide open.
The bokeh is pretty enticing, but so far, every full size photo I stumbled upon in the wild wasnt remotely sharp.

Perhaps your copy will break the mould.


I can't imagine why anyone would want to take infinity shots at widest aperture.
f1.4 can be used in portraits although f2 is probably more useful.
I don't have a model handy, but here is a shot with the 1.4/57 Hexanon AR at full aperture.
Sharpness is very good
Tom


#1


PostPosted: Thu Mar 07, 2019 11:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oldhand wrote:
I can't imagine why anyone would want to take infinity shots at widest aperture.


Agreed. Not best practice usually. Unless you’re going for something. . . I don’t know. But I did once use a hammer to drive a screw into a piece of wood. It worked. Kinda.


PostPosted: Fri Mar 08, 2019 12:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So the Zenit 3M has arrived and I've check the Helios 44.. Its a 13 blade, but in m39 mount.. Serial number 106668..

Going to test it on the Dslr later....


PostPosted: Fri Mar 08, 2019 4:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So a quick walkaround and the realisation this thing doesn't focus to infinity...o.0 Up close though I imagine it'll be great.. dull day so hard to get much in the way of highlights but its character shows..

These are all unprocessed.







PostPosted: Fri Mar 08, 2019 4:24 pm    Post subject: arrived Reply with quote

SMC Pentax 45-125mm F4 and SMC Pentax-M 80-200mm F4.5 by The lens profile, on Flickr


PostPosted: Fri Mar 08, 2019 4:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gott23 wrote:
So a quick walkaround and the realisation this thing doesn't focus to infinity...o.0


Obviously wrongly adapted. Zenit/M39 is 45.2 mm register distance; i.e. M42 is too long (45.46 mm).
Correct adaption for infinity focus on mirrorless cameras would be on a M39/LTM to camera adapter with additional M39 16.4 mm distance ring betw. adapter and lens.


PostPosted: Fri Mar 08, 2019 4:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

tb_a wrote:
Gott23 wrote:
So a quick walkaround and the realisation this thing doesn't focus to infinity...o.0


Obviously wrongly adapted. Zenit/M39 is 45.2 mm register distance; i.e. M42 is too long (45.46 mm).
Correct adaption for infinity focus on mirrorless cameras would be on a M39/LTM to camera adapter with additional 16.4 mm distance ring betw. adapter and lens.


yeah it was literally chucked on a M39/EOS adapter to mainly check it worked; I'd read about the distance rings before - with actual Zenit ones being mentioned..


PostPosted: Fri Mar 08, 2019 6:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gott23 wrote:
So the Zenit 3M has arrived and I've check the Helios 44.. Its a 13 blade, but in m39 mount.. Serial number 106668..

Going to test it on the Dslr later....


Congratulations!
I bought two, both for a cheap price but neither had 13 blades.
They are both silvery though and perform well.


PostPosted: Fri Mar 08, 2019 8:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Three Germans.



PostPosted: Fri Mar 08, 2019 9:17 pm    Post subject: Re: arrived Reply with quote

D1N0 wrote:
SMC Pentax 45-125mm F4 and SMC Pentax-M 80-200mm F4.5 by The lens profile, on Flickr


Two excellent, underrated and still available for cheap lenses.
I think that you will like these
Tom


PostPosted: Fri Mar 08, 2019 9:29 pm    Post subject: Re: arrived Reply with quote

Oldhand wrote:

Two excellent, underrated and still available for cheap lenses.
I think that you will like these
Tom


I am especially happy with the 45-125. An uncommon range and an old takumar design.


From Pentaxforums.com.


PostPosted: Fri Mar 08, 2019 10:11 pm    Post subject: Re: arrived Reply with quote

D1N0 wrote:
Oldhand wrote:

Two excellent, underrated and still available for cheap lenses.
I think that you will like these
Tom


I am especially happy with the 45-125. An uncommon range and an old takumar design.


From Pentaxforums.com.


Nice angle of view range on crop sensor equivalent to ~70-220mm on full frame view.