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09-08-2009, 02:04 PM - 1 Like   #1
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A lens you won't find often: M42 80mm f/1.8 Komura

Let me start with the following statement: for a collector me it's VERY HARD to resist a lens that comes in such a pristine shape, it looks like it just left the factory... Quality like that is not common nowadays; I would not compare a Canon L lens with the fine workmanship of the Komura. I'd say it's on the same level as the FA Limiteds.

I hope you like my product shots. Photos taken with this lens are too large to post here, but can be found here: Manual Focus Lenses :: View topic - Sankyo Koki Komura f=80mm 1:1.8 first test shots

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Preset!

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Black Spotmatic!

Droooool.
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Excellent for dreamy shots focused very close. Very messy and hectic bokeh for focus farther away. Gorgeous condition! Gotta love pre-set lenses too.
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Looking down the throat at all those aperture blades reminds me of the innards of my Jupiter-9

Any idea when it was made?

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QuoteOriginally posted by Fixcinater Quote
Preset!

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I did it on purpose, sorry

To the other responders: indeed, the lens works best for subjects up close (especially portraits; the optical design is quite old and based on the Ernostar) but not so much for focus farther away (unless the lens is stopped down in which case it gets much better).

I have seen the lens appear on a 1965 Komura Price List. It was rather shortlived; a few years later it was not available anymore. Komura also had a 85/1.4; that one can be found more often.
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wow! now that is a real beauty.
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Pretty indeed...and sweet spottie as well.
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Never heard of it before. But looks to be a quality product

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QuoteOriginally posted by Asahiflex Quote
I did it on purpose, sorry

To the other responders: indeed, the lens works best for subjects up close (especially portraits; the optical design is quite old and based on the Ernostar) but not so much for focus farther away (unless the lens is stopped down in which case it gets much better).

I have seen the lens appear on a 1965 Komura Price List. It was rather shortlived; a few years later it was not available anymore. Komura also had a 85/1.4; that one can be found more often.
Funny that you mention the 85mm f1.4 lens. I was looking at this lens on Captain Jack's Exakta page the other day.

Capt Jacks Komura 85mm f1.4 Exakta Lens

I think the only Komura I have is a 2x m42 tele-converter that I use on my 500mm f4.5.

Edit: And the point is that the lens is rare enough but there are almost no Komura in exakta mount.
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Here is the Komura next to his brothers and sisters from other brands



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Wow! Got enough portrait lenses there?

I'm not sure which one to drool over first! That's a fine collection.
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At least I have bid or made offers on several of those before. The taks seem to get bidding wars started.
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Thanks guys, by the way, the Pancolar is the best lens of the bunch (IMHO). Yes, it's better than the SMC Tak...
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QuoteOriginally posted by Asahiflex Quote
Thanks guys, by the way, the Pancolar is the best lens of the bunch (IMHO). Yes, it's better than the SMC Tak...
I am seriously jealous...you have TWO CJZ Pancolar 80/1.8. I became interested in that lens just before the price went sky high and they all magically disappeared from the market. My Jupiter-9 was purchased when I finally figured out that I would not be able to find a good Pancolar that I could afford. I was lucky though. I bought my J-9 before the prices went up on those as well!

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I am with Steve

I am absolutely drooling... I want that lens! I need that lens... I gotta have that lens!
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