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07-25-2018, 09:08 AM   #16
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Russian lenses are mostly copies of pre-war German designs. The swirly or soap bubble bokeh many of them have wasn't really planned for, more of an accident...

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QuoteOriginally posted by catwalk Quote
Pentax-A 135mm 1:2.8: DING DING DING we have a winner. I scored big on this one, great condition and great price.
You will always remember that one as the starter of a terrible addiction
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QuoteOriginally posted by catwalk Quote
Anyway this is what I got:
Pentax-M 50mm 1:2 (a little overpriced but it's in good shape)
Sears 28mm F2.8 (price is on par considering no shipping)
Pentax-A 135mm 1:2.8: DING DING DING we have a winner. I scored big on this one, great condition and great price.
Don't forget to try Catch-in-Focus!! It's so fun to use this technique with these old lenses.
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M42 lenses are wonderful but you will need an infinity focus adapter. Go for either a Pentax original or a pixma as they won't jam on your camera body. Many m42 have a stop down lever, ring or mechanism that allows you to focus wide open then shut down to the desired aperture to shoot, which is fun. Some need the aperture pin depressed before they work, for this you need a flanged m42 infinity mount. Word of warning though, they can catch on some levered lenses. There is another m42 adapter. It is generally cheaper but you lose infinity focus. Good cheap lenses to get are Takumar 35/55/135mm, Yashinon 50mm (not DX) f1.7 or f2, Carl Zeiss tessar, Carl Zeiss pancolor, Mamiya sekor 50mm and the cosina 24mm f2.8, I think lol. Pentax-m are nice and really small also the Helios 44-2 is industrial but very nice. I got all of these, the maximum I paid was £45, the minimum was £7 if you have some spare cash, one worth spending a bit on is the Takumar (m42) or Pentax-m 100mm f4 macro. Stunning lens. Good luck

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QuoteOriginally posted by GUB Quote
You will always remember that one as the starter of a terrible addiction
Yes I know... They had 2 other 135mm primes (sears 2.8 and Takumar bayonet 2.5) that I am trying to muster up the willpower to not buy. I have no need to get more lenses at that focal length but I want to compare and try them all! These old lenses are super addicting because each one has its own personality and rendering that I want to experiment with.


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Don't forget to try Catch-in-Focus!! It's so fun to use this technique with these old lenses.
Thanks for the tip, I'll give it a shot!

QuoteOriginally posted by Cerebum Quote
Good cheap lenses to get are Takumar 35/55/135mm, Yashinon 50mm (not DX) f1.7 or f2, Carl Zeiss tessar, Carl Zeiss pancolor, Mamiya sekor 50mm and the cosina 24mm f2.8, I think lol.
I'll keep a lookout for them. I think they had a cosina 24, or was it chinon?
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Another good source is buying old film cameras. The lens on its own may sell for £30 but on a camera it slips under the radar and you may get it for £20. I have picked up e Ludwig's, steinheil munchen cassars, isco Göttingen's. They may not be pin sharp but they are fun to use. Look for Edixa flex (steinheil, Ludwig) early yashika, Asahi for your takumars, Praktica for your Carl Zeiss Tessar and Helios but make sure they are m42 I got an Asahi with a preset takumar 135mm and a takumar 55mm, both fabulous and all for £27
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I can recommended what I use on my beginning with Pentax: Pentax M50 1.7 as portait and Sigma 28/2.8 as wide angle and weak macro (too short for me).

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