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05-03-2011, 09:56 AM   #1
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What are some of the best m 42 mount 85mm lenses?

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I want to get a 85mm portrait lens for the m 42 mount to round out my m42 mount collection. I was looking at the jupiter-9 85mm f2 lens. What are some of the best 85mm lenses for that mount?

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I am willing to spend about $250 for it.
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Check the lens db: Super-Multi-Coated TAKUMAR/Super-Takumar 85mm F1.9 Reviews - Pentax Lens Reviews & Pentax Lens Database
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For $250, I would think about the Pentax 85/1.9 Super Tak, the SMC will most likely run your more. The Jupiter 85/2 is also a good one, some softness at wide aperture but for portrait it's very nice. What about the new batches of 85/1.4's (Samyang and the gang)? Do they come in m42 as well as all the other mounts?

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With Jupiter lenses you need to be careful to check that these are M42 indeed. So made for Zenit cameras. Jupiters are manufactured for other mounts as well and for instance M39 may not work on Pentax at all. Because much shorter(28mm) register. So it is usable for macro close-ups only. Or reversed for fun.
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the J-9 is a great 85mm lens of it's own.

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The Helios 40 85/1.5 is a very cool lens. Huge, metal, and a little bizarre to operate, it's a f/1.5 lens too.

There were 2 versions, the original M39 version which is chrome and often adapted to M42 (often at the loss of infinity focus, but I had one that focused to at least 50 ft), and the 40-2 M42 version which gives you infinity focus.

They're both very cool lenses, if a little clunky. I think they run $350 or more now though.

Here are some from my 40-2 version:






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Thanks everybody for the advice. The deal is this: Although putting in the m42 adapter is not difficult once you put it in you don't want to take it out right away. It is not something you want to put in and take out in the field (outside your house) in order to minimize the chance of dust getting into your camera. Because of this I am getting enough of these prime lenses to cover a good working range. So far I have a tak 35mm f3.5, a SMC Tak 55mm f1.8, Chinon 55mm f1.7, Helios 44m 58mm f2, and a Jupiter 37A M42 135mm f 3.5 lenses. So I wanted to get a 85mm m42 mount lens to fill the gap.

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QuoteOriginally posted by kathyk Quote
For $250, I would think about the Pentax 85/1.9 Super Tak, the SMC will most likely run your more. The Jupiter 85/2 is also a good one, some softness at wide aperture but for portrait it's very nice. What about the new batches of 85/1.4's (Samyang and the gang)? Do they come in m42 as well as all the other mounts?
although the OP asked for M42 mounts you would be a fool to get the samyang in M42 when it is available in KA mount giving you all exposure modes and P-TTL flash, unless, that is, you got it for about $150 or less. in my opinion any way
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QuoteOriginally posted by jusfun21 Quote
Thanks everybody for the advice. The deal is this: Although putting in the m42 adapter is not difficult once you put it in you don't want to take it out right away. It is not something you want to put in and take out in the field (outside your house) in order to minimize the chance of dust getting into your camera. Because of this I am getting enough of these prime lenses to cover a good working range. So far I have a tak 35mm f3.5, a SMC Tak 55mm f1.8, Chinon 55mm f1.7, Helios 44m 58mm f2, and a Jupiter 37A M42 135mm f 3.5 lenses. So I wanted to get a 85mm m42 mount lens to fill the gap.
there is a russian 85mmF1.5 (I forget the exact designation, but they go for as much as the Tak's. I have a super tak F1.9 and the vivitar (samyang F1.4 in KA mount) I, know what you mean about the adaptor, I have kept all my old bodies as I upgrade so I have *istD and K10D as well as my K7, Both "spare" bodies have split image focusing screens and one of them always has the M42 adaptor in it. I shoot either K mount or M42 as I wish, and have 24, 28, 35, 50, 85, 105, 135 and 200mm primes in both mounts, except for the 105 and 135's all lenses are faster than F2.8.
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The Russian 85/1.5 mentioned is the Helios-40. I hear it's a beast, with its own tripod mount (needed) and a Takumar-level price.

My Jupiter-9 85/2 and Jupiter-11 135/4 are both M39, not L39/LTM (Leica threadmount). M39 lenses work quite well on Pentax cameras. A little research shows that of Jupiter-9 variants, the LTM version is thinner than the M39 version. If an x39 lens is said to be for Zenit or Praktica or Pentax, great! If it's for Fed or Zorki or Kiev, avoid it.

My favorite 85mm lens is non-M42. It's a Nikkor 85/2 that I modded to fit a PK mount. It cost me US$9 shipped. Yes, I was lucky. It's not quite as mystical wide-open as the Jupiter-9, and it weighs a little less, and I love it. I'm now in Santa Fe NM for a month. Today was K50/1.2 day. Tomorrow will be Nikkor 85/2 day (and evening). An 85/1.4 would be nice, but I'm happy with what I have.
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