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04-20-2012, 01:29 PM   #1
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mystery lens

so i got a kaligar f135 2.8 today only to find it wont fit my m42 mount. a quick google search on my laptop and not my phone turns up this picture

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now the difference between my lens and that lens is, im missing the rear silver piece....

am i SOL?

04-20-2012, 01:37 PM   #2
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If it is missing those m42 threads then yeah, unless it is for another mount and needs an adapter, then you simply have to get one. Of course that does look like it's part of the lens itself.

Can you get a picture for us and post it?
04-20-2012, 01:38 PM   #3
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theres suppost to be set screws on it and it unscrews off the actual barrel i believe.
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Its a little hard to tell from that picture, but it looks like it might be a t-mount lens.

The t-mount is a system of interchangeable lens mounts that allow a lens to be mounted on many different brands of cameras, by simply replacing the adapter. No camera will accept a t-mount lens without an adapter.

Does your lens have threads at the camera end, that appear to be about the same diameter as M42 threads? The t-mount threads are, in fact, 42mm x 0.75 threads/mm, while M42 is 42mm x 1.0 tpm. A t-mount lens also needs the extra thickness of the adapter to mount it the proper distance from the film/sensor plane.

Whatever you do, DO NOT attempt to force the t-mount lens onto an M42 camera without the proper adapter. It will damage the threads on the camera, the lens or both. It won't focus properly, even if you did force it, because, without the adapter, it will be too close to the sensor plane.

T-mount lenses are all either fully manual aperture control or are "pre-set". In a preset lens, there are two aperture rings. Usually one ring has the usual click-stops for the various settings, while the other ring turns freely and operates the aperture from wide-open down to whatever stop is selected on the other ring.

The good news is that t-mount adapters are still readily available. A good, full-service camera store might even have one. They're plentiful on eBay and usually cost less than $10 US. Adapters are available for M42 (Pentax universal screwmount), Pentax K-mount, Nikon, and so on.

Most adapters have three small set screws around the edge. These can be loosened to allow the lens to be rotated so that the focus and aperture markings are on the top of the lens. Simply mount the lens/adapter, loosen the screws, turn the lens in the adapter until the markings are on top and then tighten the screws.

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04-20-2012, 02:10 PM   #5
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thanks! t mount eh? yeah i tried to force it in my m42 adapter and i thought "this is too tight and its not right" so i stopped.
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Yes, it definitely looks like T-mount. Yes, T2-PK adapters are plentiful and cheap -- I got 4 or 5 for US$20 shipped last year. Yes, trying to force a T or T2 base into an M42 mount or adapter WILL mung the threads. Enjoy your lens!
04-20-2012, 06:36 PM   #7
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so ran down to the photo store just now and got myself an adapter for 10 bucks (i know its not cheap but whatever i wanted to play with my new lens)

there was a bit of hazing in the inside and i took it appart to clean it, very easy to take appart you just unscrew it. well long story short, the haze wont come off and i think its the actual finish of the element itself, any ideas what i can do to clear it up? i only paid 25 bucks on the lens so im open to anything.

shot a couple of test shots on my k5 gonna review em now.

oh man is it ugly, loss of contrast from f2.8 wide open to about f4. the rest is okayish.

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