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11-26-2010, 09:50 PM   #1
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cheap shiny chrome lenses?

My question is pretty simple. I'm on the look out for a shiny chrome lens, but I only really want one for show... any ideas for a shiny M42 or K-mount lens that might readily available for bargain prices?

I'm not too concerned about focal length, or even optical quality (soft is good for portraits right?). Just looking for a lens that looks good, is cheap and is easy to find!

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I dont think that this lens is all that good, but it looks BAD ASS

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How cheap is cheap? You should be able to get a Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar 50/2.8 for around $50. The Industar 50 is a capable lens, but it is short, so I don't know about the looks factor. Another favorite one is a Helios-44 in M39 mount. Great chrome body; you'd need a M39-M42 ring, though.
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I'd quite like to find a chrome industar 50... according to the review section, they for for an average of $23, but good luck finding one.

I didn't realise you could simply convert m39 to m42. That does increase my options!

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QuoteOriginally posted by keyser Quote
I'd quite like to find a chrome industar 50... according to the review section, they for for an average of $23, but good luck finding one.

I didn't realise you could simply convert m39 to m42. That does increase my options!
There are a few on ebay from around the world, but they work out to more than 23 dollars due to shipping costs...
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I didn't realise you could simply convert m39 to m42. That does increase my options!
It isn't quite that simple. There's old Russian SLR M39 and then there's the Leica M39 (L39?). The SLR lenses like aforementioned Helios 44 can be used with a simple M39-M42 step-up ring and M42->K adapter because they have the same registration distance as M42/K-mount.

But the Leica 39mm mount has much shorter registration distance and while you can mount lenses the same way they're next to useless because you can only focus them to very short (macro) distances on a DSLR.

To make things even more confusing Russian M39 lenses come in both varieties so make sure for which camera the lens is made for. If they're made for Zenit they're OK but Fed and Zorki (Leica copies) are not.

Sometimes you can find nice lenses cheaper when they come attached to camera. For silver Helios 44 or Industar look for a Zenit 3M if it has a lens you know you can use it.
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This one has the looks but may be more expensive than you want - works well too:

Isco-Gottingen Westanar 150mm preset with heaps of aperture blades.

I purchased mine from Ebay for $120 and really like it for its looks and it does a reasonable job besides.


Thats it in the middle on a spottieII:
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Early Helios 44, Isco Gottingen Westenar 50mm f2.9, Carl Zeiss Biotar 58mm f2, Meyer Optik Trioplan in 50 and 100mm. There's heaps of both Russian and German lenses worthy of a look.

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Cant you sandpaper or paint with chrome spray a "disposable" lens?

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I'd quite like to find a chrome industar 50... according to the review section, they for for an average of $23, but good luck finding one.

I didn't realise you could simply convert m39 to m42. That does increase my options!
Depending on the adapter and lens, it affects your ability for infinity focus.
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QuoteOriginally posted by keyser Quote
I didn't realise you could simply convert m39 to m42. That does increase my options!
In general, you can't. The registration distance for M39 (LTM) is less than that for any SLR, so you give up infinity focus unless there is a correction lens built into the adapter (not good). The one exception is M39 (Zenit SLR). Those lenses have the same registration distance as M42 and Pentax-K.


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QuoteOriginally posted by xjjohnno Quote
There's heaps of both Russian and German lenses worthy of a look.
+1

There are a ton of German and FSU M42 lenses that were made in polished metal trim.


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I have a Jupiter 9 from 1964. It is a M39 - SLR. Not all M39 lenses will work with a SLR - but this one converts to M42 and focuses to infinity on a Canon EOS body. This is an old preset 85mm f2 lens and the lens works. I must say the chrome lens is fun to use, but I have not noticed any extra comments from non photographers when mounted on my camera.

Old Takumars or Nikkors from the 1960's also have a unique look.

There are also chrome nose lenses from the 1960's. I think Vivitar made some and I have a Mamiya 135 2.8 M42 Chrome Nose. 135's are inexpensive.

This is a photo taken with the Jupiter a few weeks ago.


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This isn't exactly cheap but here is the Voigtlander Color Skopar 50mm f2.8 lens from the Voigtlander Bessamatic. In order to use this lens with Pentax cameras, you need to get a DKL to PK mount or DKL to M42 mount + M42 to PK adapter, mine is the latter because DKL to PK mount is more than double the price of DKL to M42 mount. The DKL mount is also compatible with Kodak Retina III and Retina Reflex lenses. I've been checking eBay for DKL mount lenses; while the Voigtlander lenses are priced quite high, the Kodak Retina-Xenar lenses manufactured by Schneider Kreuznach seem much more affordable. DKL to M42 mount feels cheap, made to loose tolerances - I don't know how long the mount will last but I am happy to be experimenting with old German prime lens(es soon).

Thanks,

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