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05-25-2009, 07:55 AM   #76
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Well done!

Very goods ones, you have not MC version (it's pentacon Multi coated), so the contrast not very high but in your pics it is very natural.

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the Meyer looks very good indeed.



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Soligor 2.8 / 105mm - a T4 mount lens, but I only have M42 adapters
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Ok please bear with my ignorance. I remember having a Yashica with a screw mount but I also hear the term Yashica /Contax mount. I know that Mamiya used screw mounts and that not all screw mounts are M42. Some of the Russian lenses intrigue me but I don't know which ones are M42 and which are something else. Is there some concise list of manufacturers who made M42 screw mount lenses ? Also whats up with this "T Mount" thing? Sorry but I just can't remember who's stuff fit what back in the 70's , up until buying into the Pentax line a year ago I shot exclusively with Canon FD bayonet mounts for a whole bunch of years.


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Hi Seacapt,

you've opened a can of worms :-) In short yes, if you have a screw mount Yashica or Mamiya SLR it is M42.

Here's a good lens list of M42 lenses to start with: M42 is a site dedicated to M42 adaptator lenses. Oldies, but goldies!
and a general intro:M42 lens mount - Wikipedia

Many manufacturers have - in a certain era - used a 42mm thread with a 1.0mm pitch (=M42) and later switched to their proprietary bayonet mount.
Among these are Yashica (Contax), Mamiya, Praktica, Pentax and many more.

The T2-mount is hard to distinguish cause it's 42mm also but has a 0.75mm pitch. It's quite rare though.

The other thread mount which had a mass output like M42 was the earlier M39 for Leica and other rangefinder cameras.

Understanding lens register (the Flange Focal Distance) makes the whole thing much easier. Here's a list of the mounts with their respective register: Lens mount - Wikipedia

Have fun with those M42,
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Thanks Georg
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QuoteOriginally posted by georgweb Quote
Hi Seacapt,

you've opened a can of worms :-)
Have fun with those M42,
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Yup, LBA worms!
I've allways been a fan of the "Blue Collar Comedy Tour " so to paraphrase Jeff Foxworthy; YOU MIGHT HAVE LBA IF-
I heard about an old Pentacon Praktica with 2 unidentified lenses and a strobe and bought it sight unseen for $18.00 US delivered.
I haven't even gotten my M42 adapter from Pentax yet!

So Here is what $18.00 got me
1) Praktica LTL3 in rough working condition
1) Pentacon auto 1.8/50 lens clean , clear and smooth
1) Hanimex Automatic 200/3.5 lens very clean for it's age
1) Sunpack Strobe

Who has Knowledge of or experience with these lenses? Are they good, ok or crap?
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Captain... I have the pentacon 1.8 50 and it is a "looker". Sort of 'perfectly' soft at 1.8 for softer portrait stuff...
definately looks different wide open than any of my bucket full of 50ish lenses. I look for one of my test shots to post for you...

The others are outside of my limited knowledge

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For $18 not a bad pile of stuff. The Pentacon's a decent lens, with the advantage it focuses very close. The Hanimex probably isn't very good, probably made by Makinon, possibly Cosina.
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Capt... here are the Pentacon 50-1.8 test shots

These are from my first test with the Pentacon 50 1.8 all wide open I believe.

Nester is right it does focus close up.








I would say it is almost a 'delicate' look... vs say my smc 50 1.4 or helios 44









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Thanks Gus, I see what you mean about the "delicate "look almost a crisp/ soft hybrid. I'm looking forward to playing with it when the adapter shows up.
By the way , real cute kid you got there!
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QuoteOriginally posted by noel Quote
Look at the thumbnail and tell me what you see. "That" wasn't PPed in.
Awesome effect... Not that I don't trust you but it does look like it's shopped in

@Gus: The last one is a really nice shot
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CZJ Auto Pancolar 50mm f1.8,
both close to or wide open:




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QuoteOriginally posted by Igilligan Quote
These are from my first test with the Pentacon 50 1.8 all wide open I believe.

Nester is right it does focus close up.

{...snip...}
Adorable...what a great shot!! In fact all of them are nicely done...I am loving this whole "old glass" thing more and more!
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