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09-21-2008, 04:15 AM - 2 Likes   #1
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Sears Lens Club

Well, it appears that there quite few of our members mentioned that they have Sears lenses. I think these are some of the best bargains out there (no Takumars indeed, but...), so let's see your takes with any Sears lenses that you own?

These are from m42 50mm f1.4 EE (meters very well on K100D/K10D in my experience) I also find this one to be a little sharper than K-mound version I had, and tends to have a little better contrast too.

All wide open











135mm f2.8, K-mount "A" with "macro" mode. This is the "unique" one with character for me. In non-macro mode, sharp and contrasty, but as you turn the front element to one of the 3 "macro" positions (more like close focus, since max is 1:5), wide open, it adds a soft focus and/or glow effect depending on the subject and lighting, and I like it.

All wide open with shortest ext. tubes:











Dusted this one off, 135mm f2.8 m42 EE. I like it, smooth focus, sharp, and the price So wide open too. Fist one - little windy, but I liked the "painting like" appearance I got...











So please join me to in "celebration" of the sears club and post your takes on life with any of their old lenses! Look forward seeing all of your photos!

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09-21-2008, 06:35 AM - 2 Likes   #2
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Sears 135mm f/2.8

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Very nice shots, D.

I've posted these before, but they belong in the Sears Club thread!












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Nice colors! M42 or K mount?

I'm getting to enjoy this 50mm f1.4, specially on the subjects I pass on as a subject (all wide open). This large aperture can be addictive!













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There's not a thing wrong with any of these shots, nice work guys!

DV you're right about the soft glow effect, quite pleasing, esp #7 from your first post. If I didn't already suffer from option paralysis before selecting a lens to shoot I'd scoop up one of those in a heartbeat. I'll keep my eye open for it nonetheless...

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Thanks, I really like that 135mm, definitely has character!

Here are few more with it:







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A few months ago I wanted to try a fast prime, I have the GX10 and kit lens, along with the Pentax 55-300mm and a Sigma 17-70mm; but never had a prime. I bid on eBay for an "Auto Sears MC" 50mm 1:1.7, it stated the lip for the filter threads where bent so no one bid on it and I got it for $10. First thing I did was unbent the lip, took 10 seconds with some pliers and 52mm filters fit no problem. I then tested it and was quickly blown away by how much difference even a 1.7 makes compared to 2.8 for low light shooting, and how sharp this lens was at f4, at f5.6 it can out resolve any of my other lens. It was a great bargain. Its usable at f1.7 and has less dust in it than my new zooms. I also love manual focus.

Excuse the poor pic this is the first time I have tried a pic on this forum and it seemed to downsize my pic quite a lot, dont know, but dont go by this pic just IMO the Sears can outgun the Sigma 17-70mm at 50mm and f5.6 for sure.
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Got motivated to go out this morning and take some pics with the Sears 50mm, to add to my rabbit pic above. I had to use my 52mm ND filter because at f1.7 (these pics are at f1.7) and iso100/1/4000 its still too much light. This is also kinda a test to see how to post pics from my Photobucket account.

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Auto Sears 55/1.4 with shortest extension tube, wide open I want to say...notice the bokeh for a 50-ish lens:


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Sharp, contrasty, cheap, love these lenses...

And few more from PK-A 135mm f2.8 with ext tubes:







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Sears 50mm f1.4 wide open

When you can't sleep late at night - personally, I go straight to the kitchen

So here few abstracts from 50mm at f1.4:













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Duh, Your play of DOF is always so unique. Really outstanding photography here and glad that you are still participating in the forum.

I have never used this lens and it seems to be a good tool in your capable hands
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I spy a 135/2.8 pretty much NIB on an auction site...
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Thank you very much James, specially coming from someone who's photography work I've always admired, it is much appreciated indeed!

Few more... This time back to the nature, just in time - rain for the next 3-4 days! Still the same 50mm at f1.4










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How many aperture blades does that 50 1.4 have? These are some amazing shots.
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I love me some sears lenses as well - I have a screwmount 28mm f2.8 and a km mount 135 f2.8. Both are good lenses.
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From the 135mm f2.8 @ f8 I think


and the 28mm - only shot I can find that I have posted on the computer.
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