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05-12-2010, 08:10 AM   #1
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Do you own multiple copies of the same lens?

I must admit, for lenses I really love, I am always tempted to own a second and
usually 'better' condition copy

I wonder if any one else does the same

Perhaps you own a second or third copy........ for some good reasons :ugh:

Can you please share them with us

Is this LBA or is it worse than LBA

05-12-2010, 08:17 AM   #2
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I own 160 different 50mm lenses, some of them are quite rare*. All from different makers, made for 35mm format. ranging in aperture ranges of f/4.5 to f/1.0

- I wouldn't call it LBA, I collect these stalwarts of photography. I use them as often as I am able.well, at least the good ones. There are some pretty spectacular dogs amongst them.

*I own a rather bizarre Angenieaux 5cm T=2.2 with a freakish 20 aperture blades. unfortunately, it's an early C-mount lens, so I have no body to use it on.

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On Friday, I will get a second SMC Takumar 135/3.5. First one did not have a lenshood and no case, so hope that this one is complete. Couldn't let it go for the price (Yashica TL Electro, 3 lenses, teleconverter for approx US$40)
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I own a bunch of different 50mm and an bunch of different 35mm, but none that are exactly the same. However I am on the lookout for good copies for both the Pentax A 35-105 and the Pentax K 135 F2.5 as my copies of both have developed problems. When I do get replacements, I will have two copies for each as the problems with the lenses are too big to sell, but I hate to throw them away.

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I have:

2x s-m-c Takumar 35mm 3.5
2x s-m-c Takumar 55mm 1.8
2x SMC Pentax 135mm 3.5 (K-version)
2x SMC Pentax 50mm 1.4 (K-version)
2x 645-A 55mm 2.8
2x 645-A 75mm 2.8
2x 645-A 200mm 4.0


I bougt a second copy only if my first copy is in bad shape or if it was a very good bargain.
05-12-2010, 09:44 AM   #6
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QuoteOriginally posted by Digitalis Quote
All from different makers, made for 35mm format. ranging in aperture ranges of f/4.5 to f/1.0
1.0?! I don't mean to hijack but could you tell me more about that lens? Is it the Leica Noctilux?
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QuoteOriginally posted by Digitalis Quote
*I own a rather bizarre Angenieaux 5cm T=2.2 with a freakish 20 aperture blades. unfortunately, it's an early C-mount lens, so I have no body to use it on.

Use it on a GF1. Or, you can give it to me so that I can use it on a GF1 :-D
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I have multiple copies of Helios-44 (though, different versions): Helios-44 58/2 (13-blades), Helios-44M, and Helios-44-6 MC. I also had a 44-7, but I gave it away.

In a slightly different way, I own multiple copies of Carl Zeiss Planar 80/2.8 in the form of: CFE Planar 80/2.8 for my 503CW, Planar 80/2.8 for my Rolleiflex SL66, 2.8C Planar on my Rolleiflex TLR, and as the optics used in my Hartblei Superrotator 80mm f2.8 (tilt/shift lens).

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I have 7 or 8 different 55mm f1.8 Taks ranging from the Auto Tak 'Zebra' to the SMC version. I also have a Super Tak 50mm f1.4 and S-M-C version.The only other example I can think of is the FA 50mm f1.4 and M 50mm f1.4.

If you bring up focal length duplication, that's a different story.

I also have an Auto Tak 105, Super Tak 105 (and a preset version on loan), but the 2 earlier ones are optically different than the S.T. I have a preset 135 Tak and Super Tak version but they are actually different optically.
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I have multiple same focal lengths and some times even apertures,, but no absolute duplicates.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Lowell Goudge Quote
I have multiple same focal lengths and some times even apertures,, but no absolute duplicates.
Now that you mention it, the various 55mm taks in my collection have different aperture mechanism and/or coatings even though they share the same optical formula.
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I sometimes collect the same focal range, but not duplicate copies of the exact same lens. For example, I have the 83/1.9 Takumar, 85/1.8 AutoTak 85/1.8 SMCT, K85/1.8, and FA77. I have a really like the copy of the K85 that I have, but it is not "mint", so perhaps one day I'll end up with 2 copies. Eventually I would like to add a Super Tak 1.9 and the M 2.0, but I'll be bargain hunting for a while.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Digitalis Quote
I own 160 different 50mm lenses, some of them are quite rare*.
:anyword: now that is what I call LBA
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A pair of 28's

I have two of the same lenses, as close to identical as I could find.

You see, I love stereo photography. Two identical lenses on a pair of SLRs or DSLRs give the best stereo quality.

I asked the chap at the local used camera store (Paul, at the Henry's outlet) to keep an eye out for a matched pair of 28's. I assumed that would mean only the same brand, hopefully the same model. Within a week, Paul called me back -- he had a pair of Vivitar 28 2.8's. The best part -- their serial numbers were seperated by less than 100. This is the holy grail of stereo lenses.

I love the 28mm on a DSLR -- giving a perfect 42mm equivalent FOV. Just right for stereo photography.

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