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06-21-2016, 01:14 PM - 6 Likes   #4336
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Broke down last week and ordered a 67 non-metered prism and SMC Takumar 105/2.4 in an attempt to simplify my 67 shooting. Intend to make it my main camera for July. It's funny because when I first was looking to get into the P67 well over a year ago, this is precisely the setup I intended, however a too-good-to-pass-up local deal came up in my local listings and the seller (who was the owner's father who'd passed away the year prior) drove an hour to me to allow me look everything over carefully so I wound up with WAY more kit than I intended and in some respects it's made me use it less. Simple is good.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Jacchini Quote
Look what the postman brought today! (I was shopping around for a KX, but when I saw this lot, I couldn't resist...)
Irresistible indeed!
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Today I am trying a lens I just restored.
I rarely use a dark cloth.
But I needed one for a close up so I got out the 2012 black PentaxForums Tee shirt.
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QuoteOriginally posted by wombat2go Quote
Today I am trying a lens I just restored.
I rarely use a dark cloth.
But I needed one for a close up so I got out the 2012 black PentaxForums Tee shirt.
Always nice to see another LF shooter! That's a lovely speeder! Must be a short lens, too.

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QuoteOriginally posted by unixrevolution Quote
Must be a short lens, too.
It is a Graflex "PhotoRecord" f/5 84 mm, and so it sits on the fixed rails.
I think it is going to work well from some test photos I already did on the RH-8 6x9 rollfilm back.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Jacchini Quote
Look what the postman brought today! (I was shopping around for a KX, but when I saw this lot, I couldn't resist...)
Beautiful!

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The new (old) glass and finder have given the 67 a distinctly 6x7 look...
now the makeover is complete with wooden grip by Mr Mark Kasper.
She's a born anew.

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My model K circa 1958


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QuoteOriginally posted by wbsmith200 Quote
My model K circa 1958
Looks nice
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I just received two 50mm f1.4, one very rare and another very common:

The first one is the Carl Zeiss Jena Prakticar 50mm f1.4, a marvelous piece of glass:



I've never seen a lens with such curved elements, they are so spherical because the designers tried to "compress" the large Pancolar 55mm f1.4 in a tiny package:



Supposedly, it also has a thoriated element like a SMC Takumar, but this one is not to yellow...unfortunately the high price caused the demise of this lens along with many other CZJ lenses for the Praktica B model that were designed for professional use, but the pros of the era didn't take Prakticas seriously and beginners couldn't afford the price something in the league of the Carl Zeiss West Germany for Contax.

The second one is a Rikenon 50mm f1.4 XR, also very beautiful lens, definitely bigger and more conventional in its design:



At the moment it's on my LX but I am expecting a XR2S...I'm curious to see how it compares with my Pentax 1.4s.
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Got another rare Soviet lens in K mount for my LX:



I wish I could get the Volna f1.4 but they are as rare as white flies while the f1.2s are much like unicorns.
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I just bought this handsome machine from a gentleman in my neighbourhood, with the 50mm f/1.7 (which is the same as the one I already had) for €30. He was the original owner and has obviously taken great care of it, it seems to work perfectly.

When he bought it (late 60s??), he walked over the mountains from Catalunya to Andorra and back to get the camera cheaper and avoid customs.


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QuoteOriginally posted by Jonathan Mac Quote
I just bought this handsome machine from a gentleman in my neighbourhood, with the 50mm f/1.7 (which is the same as the one I already had) for 30. He was the original owner and has obviously taken great care of it, it seems to work perfectly.

When he bought it (late 60s??), he walked over the mountains from Catalunya to Andorra and back to get the camera cheaper and avoid customs.
Don't you just love acquiring gear from original owners - particularly those who took good care of them! The stories that go along with them are a great bonus too!
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QuoteOriginally posted by Jonathan Mac Quote
I just bought this handsome machine from a gentleman in my neighbourhood, with the 50mm f/1.7 (which is the same as the one I already had) for 30. He was the original owner and has obviously taken great care of it, it seems to work perfectly.

When he bought it (late 60s??), he walked over the mountains from Catalunya to Andorra and back to get the camera cheaper and avoid customs.
Beautiful condition, a great story and a very good price. Nice catch!
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QuoteOriginally posted by LesDMess Quote
Don't you just love acquiring gear from original owners - particularly those who took good care of them! The stories that go along with them are a great bonus too!
I kept thinking he was going to change his mind due to his sentimental connection with the camera...

I don't think I have any other camera of this vintage that's aged so well, it really is beautiful. I don't know if the black Minoltas are rarer than the chrome ones (as they often are with Pentax).
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