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06-02-2016, 09:56 PM - 1 Like   #4231
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QuoteOriginally posted by g026r Quote
I see the viewing lens is 75/2.8, but can't quite make out the aperture on the taking lens. 75/3.5?
It's f/3.5.

Same as the Yashica Mats - viewing lens is half a stop faster than the taking lens.

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QuoteOriginally posted by g026r Quote
I see the viewing lens is 75/2.8, but can't quite make out the aperture on the taking lens. 75/3.5?
Yes, it is a 75/3.5.
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In search of the fabled 8 element Super Tak 50 1.4

Success!!!!!! (well sort of)







Lots of dust and qute a large chip to the rear glass.
Doesnt show on crop sensor. Not sure how well it would fare on full frame.
30 from fleebay on a fully functional Spotmatic F

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Ouch! 😲

Someone used it on a camera that didn't have enough mirror clearance is my guess.

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Ouch! ��

Someone used it on a camera that didn't have enough mirror clearance is my guess.
I'm not sure if it had ever been taken off the Spotmatic. I think the user may have been heavy handed and slammed it in to the lens mount and not even realised. Own/owned quite a bit of M42 glass and NEVER seen this before. Shame because it kinda halves the resale value. These things sell in excess of 100 GBP normally
Theres one on Ebay UK. Buyer wants 199 plus 8 postage for it

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/50mm-f-1-4-Pentax-Super-Takumar-8-element-lens-M42...4AAOSwUUdXD2Mt
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The BC 3 has arrived:



It looks unused and brand new, probably the unwanted gift for a teenager in the late 80s or early 90s, it came with a strap that was never installed, a bag, quite a lot of accessories including the original warranty.

The BC3 is the sister of the Jenaflex so basically a Praktica BC1 with a small grip and it was produced for a brief time in 1987 before the arrived of the Flash TTL capable BX20, I like these cameras, they are slightly smaller than a LX but all the controls are the same.


While not as well built as a Pentax they are capable camera and they also have AE lock unlike the LX!
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Very nice, @Cuthbert !
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Very nice, @Cuthbert !
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The bag gave the idea of a time machine.

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The bag gave the idea of a time machine.


Wow. A real "time-warp" find... well done!
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The BC 3 has arrived:
That's a great find and not common on this side. Paperwork is another great bonus too!
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That's a great find and not common on this side. Paperwork is another great bonus too!
You should get one of these, Les. You would like them,
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That's a great find and not common on this side. Paperwork is another great bonus too!
They're PRAKTICALLY (sic) giving these away over this side of the pond as Praktica mount isnt readily adaptable to a lot of other mounts. Shame, because the lenses are, by all accounts, first rate.
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QuoteOriginally posted by doggy1972 Quote
They're PRAKTICALLY (sic) giving these away over this side of the pond as Praktica mount isnt readily adaptable to a lot of other mounts. Shame, because the lenses are, by all accounts, first rate.
I've read somewhere Pentax was developing the K mount with Zeiss, some people say Zeiss West Germany but other people Zeiss Jena, and I found interesting as the way to transfer the information on the aperture on their M42 mount to the bodies of "developed" Praktica Ls looks a lot like the then future Pentax A.

Talking about M42 electric today I cleaned (or at least tried) the VLC3 I receveid in the weekend..interesting camera, the last of the "professional" or better system Prakticas, it uses a very difficult to find battery, but I found out that putting two Px28s in series the lightmeter works as well and it's aligned with my LX.

Also, the circuit is so wonderfully rudimental that if you invert the polarity of the batteries it keeps on working but the needle of the lightmeter works on the OPPOSITE, that means that if you close the diaphragm the needle goes UP and indicates overexposure!
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QuoteOriginally posted by Cuthbert Quote
I've read somewhere Pentax was developing the K mount with Zeiss, some people say Zeiss West Germany but other people Zeiss Jena, and I found interesting as the way to transfer the information on the aperture on their M42 mount to the bodies of "developed" Praktica Ls looks a lot like the then future Pentax A.

Talking about M42 electric today I cleaned (or at least tried) the VLC3 I receveid in the weekend..interesting camera, the last of the "professional" or better system Prakticas, it uses a very difficult to find battery, but I found out that putting two Px28s in series the lightmeter works as well and it's aligned with my LX.

Also, the circuit is so wonderfully rudimental that if you invert the polarity of the batteries it keeps on working but the needle of the lightmeter works on the OPPOSITE, that means that if you close the diaphragm the needle goes UP and indicates overexposure!
Nice work! Every Praktica I have bought has either had a stuck shutter or immovable battery cover. Lenses are also pretty bad mechanically. Usually stiff focus or stuck iris (or both) I have performed minor repairs on these with some success but, the different variants of the same lens seem VERY different construction wise and great care must be taken to be methodical. There's usually a nasty surprise in there somewhere. I'm very wary of buying them these days as, what seems to be a bargain usually ends up as a paperweight.
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QuoteOriginally posted by doggy1972 Quote
Nice work! Every Praktica I have bought has either had a stuck shutter or immovable battery cover. Lenses are also pretty bad mechanically. Usually stiff focus or stuck iris (or both) I have performed minor repairs on these with some success but, the different variants of the same lens seem VERY different construction wise and great care must be taken to be methodical. There's usually a nasty surprise in there somewhere. I'm very wary of buying them these days as, what seems to be a bargain usually ends up as a paperweight.
In their day, at least here, Prakti cameras and lenses had poor reputations. We don't don't appreciate good mechanical parts, machining rather that stamping, until we come across something more cheaply made. OTOH, so long as the latter work, they can be totally satisfactory.
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