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04-04-2019, 11:59 PM   #1
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Is there any manufacturer that still makes m42 lenses?

...just like the thread says... any of those on the market today?

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Try a Meyer Optik search

QuoteOriginally posted by Trickortreat Quote
...just like the thread says... any of those on the market today?
I think Meyer Optik has a series between 100mm and 35 mm.
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There are a couple of "specialist" lenses still around in T2 mount, whether they're the same lenses under different brand-names or actually from different manufacturers I don't know.
I'm thinking specifically Samyang mirror telephoto lenses ... I've got an 800mm f/8 (which has it's own problems), and I seem to remember seeing a couple of ultra-wide fisheyes recently, but took little notice 'cos the Peleng 8mm I've got serves my purposes when I feel the need


Be aware, Meyer Optik are (and have been) in a "state of flux". Whilst they do still offer some of their range of six lenses in M42 mount at seemingly attractive "discount" prices, I do wonder if a "modern" 30mm Lydith at 599 euros https://www.meyer-optik-goerlitz.com/en/lenses/lydith-30-f3.5 is that much better than a second-hand "original" from your favourite on-line auction site for about a tenth of the price!

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As I recall Helios still makes production runs now and then.

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There are , or at least were many of the Russian lenses brand new available in both K and M42.

I bought my zenitar 16mm fisheye in M42 mount on line from kremlin optics, but I think they are no longer in business, that does not mean the lens manufacturer is out of business just a reseller
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Chinese and ROK manufacturers still make t-mount lenses, primarily mirrors and long focal length telephotos. Opteka, Jintu, Walimex, Rokinon, Neewer, Bower ... are brand names.

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QuoteOriginally posted by marcusBMG Quote
Chinese manufacturers still make t-mount lenses, primarily mirrors and long focal length telephotos. ... Rokinon, ... Bower ... are brand names.
As the name suggests, Rokinon lenses are made in the ROK (Republic of Korea), not China.
Bower is another label for the same lenses (made by Samyang).

Zeiss-branded M42 lenses (geared towards the industrial market)
are still being made by Cosina in Japan:

ZEISS Interlock Lenses | Automated Imaging

These would probably be your best choice
if you wanted a modern Zeiss lens to use on a Pentax camera.
No hacking needed!
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According to Wikipedia:

M42 lens mount - Wikipedia
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M42 lenses are still in production at KMZ and at Cosina (under the Voigtländer brand and the ZS line for Carl Zeiss).
Camerpedia also states the KMZ still produces screwmount lenses
42mm screw lenses | Camerapedia | FANDOM powered by Wikia

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QuoteOriginally posted by lytrytyr Quote
As the name suggests, Rokinon lenses are made in the ROK (Republic of Korea), not China.
Bower is another label for the same lenses (made by Samyang).

Zeiss-branded M42 lenses (geared towards the industrial market)
are still being made by Cosina in Japan:

ZEISS Interlock Lenses | Automated Imaging

These would probably be your best choice
if you wanted a modern Zeiss lens to use on a Pentax camera.
No hacking needed!
That Zeiss 25/1.4 really looks like a mighty fine lens but wow at almost $3000 price tag, ill opt for the cheaper ones
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