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So, I've been buying lens on whims, and here's what I've got so far:

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  • Helios 44-2 Zebra
  • Helios 44-2 modified w/ square aperture
  • Zeiss Zebra Tessar
  • Pentax SMCP-FA 1:4-5.6 70-200mm


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QuoteOriginally posted by timw4mail Quote
So, what under-rated gems/ overrated junk do I have
I was hoping you would tell us. .. preferably in pictures.
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If the Tamron SP 60-300mm (23A) has a P-KA adapter you have a good long lens with a sort of macro capability. I rate it as slightly better than my budget Sigma 70-300mm and 100-300mm zooms and my budget Tamron 70-300mm.
I have been slowly adding some budget manual lenses to the database. You might like to add some of your oddities, like the Sun Hi-tele zoom.
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you missed the pentax-m primes! Especially 28/2,8 50/1,7 100/2,8 135/3,5 and 200/4,0

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Might we know which body/s these will be used on?
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Might we know which body/s these will be used on?

K-S1?


I'm surprised there is a lack of Helios -44 primes, a must have as they can be found very cheap and can provide bokeh fun.
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The F35/80 is OK...as is 18/55.....60/300 is nice. I've copies of those.

There no review of the AF tamron 70/210 so it'd be good to see what it can do,someone may stumble across one.
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K-S1?


I'm surprised there is a lack of Helios -44 primes, a must have as they can be found very cheap and can provide bokeh fun.
Those haven't arrived yet

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QuoteOriginally posted by Skodadriver Quote
If the Tamron SP 60-300mm (23A) has a P-KA adapter you have a good long lens with a sort of macro capability. I rate it as slightly better than my budget Sigma 70-300mm and 100-300mm zooms and my budget Tamron 70-300mm.
I have been slowly adding some budget manual lenses to the database. You might like to add some of your oddities, like the Sun Hi-tele zoom.
Sun Review

Yeah, I have a P-KA adapter with the 60-200mm macro zoom. It's more versatile than the Takumar, and is currently my favorite zoom lens, and my favorite macro lens.

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The F35/80 is OK...as is 18/55.....60/300 is nice. I've copies of those.

There no review of the AF tamron 70/210 so it'd be good to see what it can do,someone may stumble across one.
I have yet to do enough with that AF Tamron... the autofocus seems to require strong light, so it only really works outside.
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QuoteOriginally posted by timw4mail Quote
Those haven't arrived yet

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Sun Review

Yeah, I have a P-KA adapter with the 60-200mm macro zoom. It's more versatile than the Takumar, and is currently my favorite zoom lens, and my favorite macro lens.
Probably my favourite zoom lens too.
I should have looked for the review of your Sun lens.



I have a few lenses, some a bit obscure.
CARENAR 28mm f2 52mm threadHANIMEX 28mm F2.8 (Doesn't stop down?)PHOTAX-PARAGON 28mm F2.8 58mm filter threadCHINON 28mm F2.8 (M42, A/M switch) 52mm filter threadCOSINON AUTO MC 35mm F2.8 49mm filter threadUNISTAR 35mm F3.5 46mm filter thread?ZODEL 35mm F2.8CARL ZEISS JENA DDR 50mm F2.8 49mm filter threadCARL ZEISS JENA DDR 50mm F2.8 49mm filter threadINDUSTAR 50mm F3.5 (very stiff grease?)MERITAR (E.LUDWIG) 50mm f2.9YASHICA ML 50mm F2 52mm filter thread C/Y bayonetYASHINON-DS 50mm F1.9 52mm filter threadSUPER REFLECTA 55mm F:1.4 (Very stiff focus ring)HELIOS-44-2 58mm F2 KMZ made 49mm filter threadHELIOS-44-2 58mm F2 VALDAI made 49mm filter threadHELIOS-44-2 58mm F2 KMZ made 49mm filter threadHELIOS-44M 58mm F2 KMZ made 52mm filter threadHELIOS-44M 58mm F2 KMZ made 52mm filter threadHELIOS-44M-4 58mm F2 KMZ made 52mm filter threadHANIMEX TELE-LENS 100mm F:4 Preset 10 bladesGALAXY 135mm F3.5 46mm filter thread? 15 bladesMAKINON MC 135mm F2.8 MACRO 55mm filter threadOPTOMAX 135mm F2.8PENTACON 135mm F2.8 58mm filter thread (15 blades)PETRI 135mm f2.8 55mm filter threadPRINZFLEX 135mm F2.8SUPER-PARAGON 135mm F2.8 55mm filter threadSUPER-TAKUMAR 135mm F3.5 49mm filter threadSOLIGOR 135mm F3.5 (fungus? Missing screw) 49mm FT with caseCHINON 200MM F3.5 62mm filter threadPHOTAX-PARAGON 200mm F3.5SOLIGOR 300mm F5.5 62mm filter threadPRAKTICA 70-200mm F5.6 49MM Filter threadSUN 70-210mm F4 55mm filter threadHANIMEX HMC 80-200mm F4.5 (fungus?HELIOS MC 85-210mm MACRO F3.8 58mm filter thread (fungus?)TAMRON 85-210mm F4.5 Model CZ-210 55mm filter threadSIGMA 100-300mm F4.5 M42 (fungus) 55mm filter thread


Super-takumar 55MM F2 49mm filter thread
Super-takumar 55MM F1.8 49mm filter thread

50mm MEYER-OPTIK GORLITZ 1.8. (Stiff Iris)
50mm PENTACON AUTO F1.8


Those are all M42 mount.
I have a few with bayonet mounts too.
My friends and family think that I am a bit sad!
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QuoteOriginally posted by Skodadriver Quote
I have a few lenses, some a bit obscure.
CARENAR 28mm f2 52mm threadHANIMEX 28mm F2.8 (Doesn't stop down?)PHOTAX-PARAGON 28mm F2.8 58mm filter threadCHINON 28mm F2.8 (M42, A/M switch) 52mm filter threadCOSINON AUTO MC 35mm F2.8 49mm filter threadUNISTAR 35mm F3.5 46mm filter thread?ZODEL 35mm F2.8CARL ZEISS JENA DDR 50mm F2.8 49mm filter threadCARL ZEISS JENA DDR 50mm F2.8 49mm filter threadINDUSTAR 50mm F3.5 (very stiff grease?)MERITAR (E.LUDWIG) 50mm f2.9YASHICA ML 50mm F2 52mm filter thread C/Y bayonetYASHINON-DS 50mm F1.9 52mm filter threadSUPER REFLECTA 55mm F:1.4 (Very stiff focus ring)HELIOS-44-2 58mm F2 KMZ made 49mm filter threadHELIOS-44-2 58mm F2 VALDAI made 49mm filter threadHELIOS-44-2 58mm F2 KMZ made 49mm filter threadHELIOS-44M 58mm F2 KMZ made 52mm filter threadHELIOS-44M 58mm F2 KMZ made 52mm filter threadHELIOS-44M-4 58mm F2 KMZ made 52mm filter threadHANIMEX TELE-LENS 100mm F:4 Preset 10 bladesGALAXY 135mm F3.5 46mm filter thread? 15 bladesMAKINON MC 135mm F2.8 MACRO 55mm filter threadOPTOMAX 135mm F2.8PENTACON 135mm F2.8 58mm filter thread (15 blades)PETRI 135mm f2.8 55mm filter threadPRINZFLEX 135mm F2.8SUPER-PARAGON 135mm F2.8 55mm filter threadSUPER-TAKUMAR 135mm F3.5 49mm filter threadSOLIGOR 135mm F3.5 (fungus? Missing screw) 49mm FT with caseCHINON 200MM F3.5 62mm filter threadPHOTAX-PARAGON 200mm F3.5SOLIGOR 300mm F5.5 62mm filter threadPRAKTICA 70-200mm F5.6 49MM Filter threadSUN 70-210mm F4 55mm filter threadHANIMEX HMC 80-200mm F4.5 (fungus?HELIOS MC 85-210mm MACRO F3.8 58mm filter thread (fungus?)TAMRON 85-210mm F4.5 Model CZ-210 55mm filter threadSIGMA 100-300mm F4.5 M42 (fungus) 55mm filter thread

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Those are all M42 mount.
I have a few with bayonet mounts too.
My friends and family think that I am a bit sad!
Does anything about the Zeiss lenses really stand out, or is it brand more than anything?
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Does anything about the Zeiss lenses really stand out, or is it brand more than anything?

Not unimpressed with the Zeiss lenses I have, F2.8 50mm lenses were and are cheap I suppose. Some of their better lenses are close to being objects of worship with some photographers.
The Carl Zeiss Jena lens I had and did think was good was the 135mm F3.5 Sonnar, quite sharp and probably as good if not better than my Super Tak 135mm F3.5. However I have other 135mm lenses as sharp and a Pentacon 135mm with F2.8 that provides nice bokeh so I sold my two and did not lose any money.


If you are still looking for lenses, on a budget, Rikenon 50mms are good and sharp, some Petri prime lenses are good, I like my 135mm, actually as you already know there is a wealth of pleasure in old lenses just waiting to be acquired. I keep trying for a Helios 135mm but no luck so far. When I see something new, I check the reviews and hope I can get it without my wife finding out, she keeps telling me to get rid of a lot of what I have and free up some space.
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Not unimpressed with the Zeiss lenses I have, F2.8 50mm lenses were and are cheap I suppose. Some of their better lenses are close to being objects of worship with some photographers.
The Carl Zeiss Jena lens I had and did think was good was the 135mm F3.5 Sonnar, quite sharp and probably as good if not better than my Super Tak 135mm F3.5. However I have other 135mm lenses as sharp and a Pentacon 135mm with F2.8 that provides nice bokeh so I sold my two and did not lose any money.


If you are still looking for lenses, on a budget, Rikenon 50mms are good and sharp, some Petri prime lenses are good, I like my 135mm, actually as you already know there is a wealth of pleasure in old lenses just waiting to be acquired. I keep trying for a Helios 135mm but no luck so far. When I see something new, I check the reviews and hope I can get it without my wife finding out, she keeps telling me to get rid of a lot of what I have and free up some space.
Well, what good are fugus-infested lenses? (Speaking of things to get rid of :P)
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Well, what good are fugus-infested lenses? (Speaking of things to get rid of :P)
As and when I get the time and courage, I might just have a go at dismantling them and cleaning the glass.
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So, I've been buying lens on whims, and here's what I've got so far:

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[*]Sun Hi-Tele Zoom f/4.8-22 85-210mm[/LIST]
So, what under-rated gems/ overrated junk do I have, or what low-price oddities have I missed?

How do you like that Sun 85-210mm?

I recently got an m42 Sun f/2.5 28mm. I wanted to get a cheap 28 to add to my little kit of m42 primes, and this one, from what little I could find out, was one that had some character. My first tests, using it on dslr showed it a bit hit-or-miss when shooting it wide open, but at f/4 it is quite amazing, and dependable. I'm shooting it on a film body now. I really knew nothing about Sun lenses until I started reading up on that one before buying it.
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