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03-24-2011, 04:24 PM   #31
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I went into a thread just yesterday because I felt the need to defend my Auto Sears 50mm 1.7.

The general consensus in that thread seemed to be that Sears was junk and not worth anything.

I have yet to take a bad picture with this lens that was actually due to the fault of the lens itself. It is probably by far my favorite lens that I own, and I only paid $16 for it.

First the lens in question...

The lens in the background is another qualifier for this club - its a Quantaray 400mm or 500mm prime (I own both).

Now the arguments against it being poor quality...

03-25-2011, 04:51 PM   #32
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Nothing wrong with this sears lens !

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Does Tokina SD 70-210 qualify to join this club? Here's a link to the image I posted on another thread "The Bokeh Club".
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Another lens with very bad user review, Tammy 70-300 LD 1:2 macro

05-30-2011, 11:46 PM - 1 Like   #35
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Pentax FA 28-90 in all its plasticy glory. This is my go to walkabout "replaced the kit lens" lens since it has such a nice range compared to the 18-55.

Shot these in the monochrome setting with the infrared filter on. PP to muck with levels and curves and cropping for my screen ratio and thats about it.

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I got both a Meyer domiplan 50 2,8 and a Meyer 30 3,5. Haven't used the domiplan enough to base judgement, but it's not close to a 10/10, probably 5/10.

The 30 3,5 is another story, one of my favorite m42 lenses, very sharp with soft bookeh (10 aperture blades I think).

Will provide if I remember to. My sigma mini wide blows pretty big .... Will take a few shots with it and a soligor x2 adapter. Can't be good. ^^
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Taken with my free because of gift cards to Ritz lens: Quantaray 70-300 macro. I think it's a copy of the Tamron, but I could be wrong.
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Another with that cheap Quantaray zoom

11-24-2011, 01:33 PM   #39
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Here's one. Sigma Patel 300mm f5.6 came with a spotmatic, a rokinar 135 3.5 and a tak 50 1.4 for $100. Aperture does nothing so it's a fixed 5.6.
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Domiplan 2.8/50 and Meyer 3.5/30

I hope this thread is not dead, as I want to add some comments about the Meyer Domiplan 2.8/50 and the 3.5/30. Both were mentioned in this thread.

The Domiplan was my standard lens (with Exa500 and VX1000 bodies, and 35+135mm lenses) from 1973 through 1981. I had bought this system, as I was a student with very limited funds, and East German optics were quite cheap in West Germany. The Exa500 with the Domiplan as the kit lens were a steal, and the alternatively offered CZJ Tessar 2.8/50 would have doubled the price of the package.

The Domiplan was an improvement compared with my fixed lens cameras I had used before, and I only realized sharpness issues when, in the late seventies, poster sized prints became affordable. Up to A5, the Domiplan seemed to be OK. With slides, I could only compare with friends using Leicas, and comparing to a Summicron or Summilux would not have been a fair competition!

When I changed systems (to get TTL metering) I choose a Porst with a Porst 2/50mm, because they used the K-Bayonet. The Porst lens was a slight improvement over the Domiplan, but I think mainly because of the multi-coating. The real step up was when I changed my standard lens to a SMC Pentax-M 2/50, which was way better in sharpness, and even more in colour rendition!

So I think nowadays, when everyone can crop to pixel size on his computer monitor, you could call the Domiplan crap - in its time (beginning of the seventies), when poster sized prints were not affordable for most people, it was OK. I remember, that in my country, 4-5 of such big prints would have cost you the equivalent of a SLR with kit lens.

But in sharp contrast to all this, the Meyer 3.5/30 had a very special reputation. In East Germany (the home of CZJ!) it was known for extreme centre sharpness, and called a "bokeh king". This was different to the later 3.5/29, which they sold as an improvement, but never got even near to the reputation of the 3.5/30.

At the moment, the 3.5/30 is offered on German eBay 3-4 times every week (about 50% m42, 50% Exakta bayonet); it seems every East German with a SLR also owned it, and now realizes it still has some value. These vastly increased number of offerings may be the only reason why the price has not doubled (yet) over the last 12 months.

I think the Domiplan 2.8/50 may qualify for this thread, the Meyer/Pentacon 3.5/30 (Meyer became integrated to the Pentacon group) certainly not!
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I've re-opened this thread as the other thread created for the same sort of thing got no posts at all. I've therefore deleted that thread and re-opened this one.
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