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Forum: General Talk 7 Hours Ago  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By Marcus Rowland
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A microscope for one of my grand-nephews for Christmas, like this one

Microscope Biology Experiment Kit Thames Kosmos TK2 Scope Science Age 10+ 857853001704 | eBay

Got it for 10 in a charity shop and it appears to be unused so I am VERY pleased!

Also a USB floppy disk drive for 2 from a car boot sale, a giant magnifying glass on a stand for 3 in Portobello Road, and an Olympus 4/3 (not micro 4/3) 40-150 ED for 20 from a CEX shop. All working well.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 1 Day Ago  
Whats your favorite lens around 50mm
Posted By Marcus Rowland
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My all time favourite was probably the 50/1.4 Canon FD, but there are practical difficulties using them on modern cameras. Of the lenses I own probably the 50mm 1.4 Nikkor (on my Nikon obviously). The other one I like is the Helios-44-2 - built like a tank and they're often badly battered, but I've rarely seen one that didn't produce good results.
Forum: General Talk 1 Day Ago  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By Marcus Rowland
Replies: 18,083
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Another Pentacon 30mm, the one that's a rebadged Meyer Optik Lydith, in very nice condition. I paid 29 including postage, more than usual because it's in its original box and came with a tilt adapter - unfortunately for Sony Nex, but it's a model that's ridiculously expensive, listing at 100+ new on eBay for no readily apparent reason. I'll probably list it at 24.99 and see what happens - but not until the new year, I want to take a break after my current listings end at the end of next week.

Weirdly I was supposed to be looking at another 30mm today but left it too late and missed the seller. Possibly tomorrow... I say weirdly because until a few weeks ago I'd only ever seen one of these lenses, now three have come along in a couple of weeks.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 1 Day Ago  
Micro Four Thirds Club
Posted By Marcus Rowland
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Just bought my second M4/3 camera in less than a month! Since I find it easier to work with a bridge camera or SLR than I do with the rear screen of the GF2, I went looking for the add-on viewfinder (which turns out to be VERY expensive), but found Cash Converters web site selling a DMC-G1, which has it built in, for considerably less. With a bit of luck selling on the GF2 will pay for most of it. Fingers crossed anyway!
Forum: General Talk 1 Day Ago  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By Marcus Rowland
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Just got a Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1 body for 39 - this one's for me, I'll be selling on the DMC-GF2 I got a few weeks ago. Basically the GF2 doesn't have an eye level electronic viewfinder, I decided I needed one and went looking for the add-on viewfinder (which turns out to be VERY expensive), but found Cash Converters selling the G1, which has it built in, for considerably less. Hopefully the G1 will be more to my liking, I compose photos a lot better with a bridge camera or SLR than I do with the rear screen of the GF2. Fingers crossed anyway!
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 2 Days Ago  
Micro Four Thirds Club
Posted By Marcus Rowland
Replies: 2,927
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I got my Lumix DMC-GF2 primarily for testing lenses that won't work on other digital bodies. So naturally I took a Russian Jupiter-8 50/2 lens (intended for their Fed Leica copy) for a stroll. Needless to say this is the first time I've tried to use this camera with a manual lens, and one that is NOT designed for use on an SLR, and I went out way too late. I took about 30 pictures, these are the best of a bad bunch.


Jupiter-8 50/2 on Micro 4/3 | Flickr



Forum: General Talk 4 Days Ago  
Your latest de-acquisition
Posted By Marcus Rowland
Replies: 456
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Five old camera cases, none especially nice, donated to the nearest charity shop. I get them occasionally when I buy old cameras and lenses, unless they're really good they're not worth the hassle of trying to sell them.
Forum: General Talk 11-30-2019, 05:39 PM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By Marcus Rowland
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Received the other M4/3 adapter I ordered, this one for Canon EF lenses; it may sound superfluous since I have a Canon DSLR, but the adapter has a built-in iris and can take any of the lenses I already have Eos adapters for, which makes it perfect for testing lenses with damaged / defective / non-working irises. And for EF-compatible lenses that give the dreaded Error 99, such as early Sigmas that simply aren't compatible with modern bodies. I have several, if I can sell some on to M4/3 users I will be very pleased.

Cost 16 and arrived from China in 9 days, which I think is pretty good.
Forum: General Talk 11-29-2019, 12:38 PM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By Marcus Rowland
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Got a Meyer-Optik Orestegor 4/200 in very nice optical condition with M42 mount. it's pretty much the same as this:



Cosmetic condition isn't quite as good, it's obviously had a lot of use, but it's working well and for me that's what counts, and still has the original hood (like the one under the lens in the photo). This was the trade for the Minolta Vectis SLR I had a couple of weeks ago, so I can't give a price as such; say 20 or so.

And received a Leica M39 to Micro 4/3 adapter I ordered on Sunday, cost 4.99 - I was going to take it out for some photos with the Jupiter 8 I got last weekend but I ended up waiting until nearly 3 PM for a courier to deliver it, it then turned out that a signature wasn't needed - it seems to work OK with the quick tests I've made anyway.

later - just took the 200mm to find a filter and realised I have a nice set of zebra-style M42 extension tubes I was going to include in the next lot of auctions. I think that I'll throw them in with the lens, makes a nice little outfit.
Forum: General Talk 11-28-2019, 04:09 PM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By Marcus Rowland
Replies: 18,083
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Not a very good day - I bought two items but both of them had faults I didn't see until I got them home, and neither is quite worth the trouble of returning...

Sigma 18-50 Sigma lens for Canon (their alternative to Canon's 18-55, and a very nice lens as a rule) I found on Cash Converters web site. I went to the shop (about three miles away by bus but due to ridiculous traffic took me an hour to get there) to pick it up - working, but it turns out there's quite a lot of fungus on one of the inner elements, which I didn't spot in the shop. I paid 15, I'll probably get a tenner or so and I really don't want to waste more of my life taking it back to save a fiver..

On the way there I noticed that a stall that sometimes has old cameras was back at a very small street market the bus passed, so I stopped there on the way back and bought a Canon FTb with a damaged 50/2 for 10. But it turned out the damage was worse than I thought - the lens is probably only good for parts - and there's a small hole in the cloth shutter of the camera. Which is particularly annoying because it's pretty good in other respects and the meter works, which isn't that common. I'll probably get my money back, but won't make much of a profit.

On the other hand I've just listed two lenses from the job lot I got earlier this week and they've already got bids, so at least sometimes I get it right. And the old Kodak 35 I got for a fiver a couple of weeks ago has passed 35 with three days to go, which is fairly promising...
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-26-2019, 06:02 PM  
How many 50mm lenses do you own? Favorite? What have you let go?
Posted By Marcus Rowland
Replies: 257
Views: 22,782
I'm primarily a Nikon user for my own work (also use a Fujifilm bridge camera and a Sony Cybershot with infra-red capability occasionally) - but I buy and sell old photographic gear and try to include test shots from everything I sell, which is often the fun part of trading. Because of this I own several other DSLRs including a K200D, which I use as my test-bed for K-mount lenses. See my profile for the full list (which doesn't include a dozen or so old 35mm bodies I use for testing metering etc.), it's very silly...
Forum: General Talk 11-26-2019, 12:08 PM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By Marcus Rowland
Replies: 18,083
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Received the second job lot I was expecting, all M42 gear - a bit slow arriving but I only paid 23 including postage so I'm not going to complain

Prinz galaxy 135mm 2.8 - T2 lens with M42 mount, some fungus front and rear and a stuck hood but usable and everything works.
Domiplan 2.8/50 - some fungus in front, rear is OK and the iris is OK
Pentacon 1.8/50 - looks OK and working well
Helios 44-2 2/58 - looks OK and working well
Pentacon 3.5/30 - basically a rebadged Lydith - OK and working well

They need a better clean but if there's nothing else wrong i've got some very saleable stuff and should turn a reasonable profit
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-25-2019, 06:13 PM  
How many 50mm lenses do you own? Favorite? What have you let go?
Posted By Marcus Rowland
Replies: 257
Views: 22,782
Just got a Jupiter-8 50mm/2 in M39 mount, which I will be playing with on a Panasonic DMC-GF2 Micro 4/3 camera I recently picked up. Not sure if I'll be keeping it. Also a Fujinon 55/2.2 in M42 last week, which I probably won't be keeping, it isn't especially nice. So my only other 50mm lenses will probably continue to be my 50/1.4 Nikkor, the horrible little Itorex Pan-focus 50mm f40 (yes, really 40), a body cap design except that it fits into a T-mount, which I have made some stops for so it can actually be used at other aperture, and a damaged Pentax KM 50/1.7 I use to test extension tubes and teleconverters for Pentax.

Later - forgot to say that the results from the damaged 50/1.4 Cosinon weren't very good, I sold it on.
Forum: General Talk 11-24-2019, 09:52 AM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By Marcus Rowland
Replies: 18,083
Views: 1,233,230
Not too bad a day in the car boot mines:

A Lomography 4-lens action camera for 0.50
A Diana+ 120 camera with the 42x42mm frame but no other accessories for 1.50
and a nice clean Zorki 4 Leica clone with the Jupiter 8 50/2 lens and a leather case for 20

Also a copy of iWork 09 for 1.50, I've already got it but there are enough Macs in the family that I'm sure someone will want it. A nice simple office suite without the clunkiness of Microsoft.

In less good news the deal I was doing to get another Cinemascope lens has fallen through, it's in poorer condition that I was expecting and I'd rather not take a chance on it. Shame, because I did well on the last one.
Forum: General Talk 11-23-2019, 01:29 PM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By Marcus Rowland
Replies: 18,083
Views: 1,233,230
A fairly crappy car boot fair, but I did pick up a working 100mb Zip drive for a fiver, that's always a good seller. Amazing how many people are still using the things, or trying to recover data from the disks!
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 11-22-2019, 07:50 PM  
Micro Four Thirds Club
Posted By Marcus Rowland
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Another question about 4/3 to Micro 4/3 adapters:

I got an Olympus e-500 a while ago mainly to use as a test bed for 4/3 lenses and accessories I buy and sell on eBay (a long story that began with me buying a dead camera with a good lens and trying to find a way to test the lens before selling it on). A couple of weeks ago I picked up a 14-42 Zuiko very cheaply, and was astonished when it arrived with an Olympus MMF-2 adapter attached. As it happens I'd been thinking of getting some sort of mirrorless camera, mostly for testing things like Leica-mount lenses, the main stumbling block was the cost of the actual lenses in this format - I needed a lens for it because I usually try to take pictures of the thing I'm selling with the same camera as the test shots so that I don't end up mixing up which shots go with which lens. The lens and adapter meant that I could look for a cheap body without worrying about lenses, and I ended up getting a Lumix GF2 for 20 on eBay UK.

If anyone doesn't know this lens, here's an album of shots with another on my e-500
https://www.flickr.com/photos/150868539@N02/albums/72157711164155762

Bearing in mind that my main use for both cameras is for testing lenses, and that I don't particularly want to use the e-500 for anything else, is there any reason why I shouldn't sell the e-500 on and use the Lumix with the adapter as my test body for 4/3 lenses?

And a question about the Lumix - is it supported by any tethering software, preferably for Mac? One other use I might have for it is photomicroscopy, but I'd really like to connect it to my laptop and use the live view to focus etc. on a bigger screen.
Forum: General Talk 11-22-2019, 10:33 AM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By Marcus Rowland
Replies: 18,083
Views: 1,233,230
Received the USB cable for the Panasonic Lumix GF2 - and it turned out to be completely wrong, it's for a fujitsu - the same as my bridge camera. So I made a claim through eBay and they (ebay, not the seller) immediately gave me a refund and said to keep the cable - it's presumably cheaper than returning it. So I've just ordered another, at about twice the cost of the first one...

In happier news, today's Portobello Road bargain was a Zodel 35/2.8 in M42 mount with auto stopdown for a fiver. Seems to be in good condition and should be reasonably sellable, I think its the same as this one:

Zodel 35mm f/2.8-22 - M42 Lens Database
Forum: General Talk 11-19-2019, 11:59 AM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By Marcus Rowland
Replies: 18,083
Views: 1,233,230
Got the big job lot, some nice stuff - not incredibly well packed but nothing seems to be damaged:

Minolta Vectis S-1 (their APS film SLR) with 25-150mm lens, cap, and hood - has batteries in it and working well so far as I can tell without film. This will probably be swapped for something from a dealer I know that collects APS.
A nice Jessop nylon bag the right size for the above.
Centon 70-210 4.5-5.6 for Minolta MD - OK except a filter is stuck on at present, with case and caps.
Makinon 300mm f4 for Minolta MD - slight dust, otherwise good, with case and caps.
Helios-44-2 58/2 - dust, possible fungus but looks fixable
Jessop Extension tubes for Minolta MD
Vivitar SB4 electronic flash (not tested yet, no corrosion)
Soligor 135/2.8 (t-mount) - not stopping down but may be fixable.
Aico manual M42 tubes
Soligor slide viewer - rubbish, full of corrosion
A Topman tripod, usable but a bit light weight
A 58mm Zeiss rubber hood for their push-on filter system, also a 58mm polariser and 55-58mm adapter / skylight filter for the system, both boxed with cases.
a Jessop fake Cokin filter holder and some gel filters
also a generic rubber hood, a 55mm Y2 filter, a 55mm polariser, two cable releases, a couple of cables that don't fit anything, and a kit for adapting M42 lenses to MD which has the key tool and an M42 rear cap but not the actual adapter.

total cost was 38.50 which is a bit on the high side, but it's a charity seller and I ought to come out slightly ahead if I do a good swap for the Vectis.
Forum: General Talk 11-19-2019, 07:56 AM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By Marcus Rowland
Replies: 18,083
Views: 1,233,230
Lumix just arrived and works well with the 4/3 to Micro 4/3 adapter and a 14-42mm Olympus lens. No card (wasn't expecting one) so I've bunged in a spare 8gb for no, more importantly no USB cable and the cable turns out to be a weird fitting - just ordered one and should have it by the weekend and it's only 2.34 so I'm not going to complain.

So for about 45 including the card and cable I've got a Micro 4/3 outfit. VERY pleased!

And just had an email that the biggest of the two job lots I was expecting is ready for pickup, hopefully I'll say more about that later.

In other news the opera glasses that turned up in one of the small job lots I got last week turned out to clean up very well - I've decided to keep them for my collection of vintage scientific junk, since they appear to be pretty old.
Forum: General Talk 11-17-2019, 06:52 PM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By Marcus Rowland
Replies: 18,083
Views: 1,233,230
I forgot one of the cameras I bought today - a 1938 Kodak 35, their first 35mm camera, one of these

Kodak 35 | Camerapedia | FANDOM powered by Wikia

Unfortunately the cheaper f5.6 model in fairly poor condition, but not too bad for a fiver.
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 11-17-2019, 03:15 PM  
Sticky: PentaxForums 100 Year Giveaway - November - General Raffle Entry Thread
Posted By Marcus Rowland
Replies: 400
Views: 7,493
Yes please - pick me!
















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Forum: General Talk 11-17-2019, 03:12 PM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By Marcus Rowland
Replies: 18,083
Views: 1,233,230
Just bought a Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GF2 micro 4/3 body on eBay UK for 23 including postage. Claimed to be complete and working with battery and charger - we'll see what happens...

Hoping it's OK since I got the 4/3 to micro 4/3 adapter as an unexpected extra earlier this week, and I really want to give this a try as a test bed for lenses that won't work on anything else - e.g. Sigma lenses for Canon EF that give the dreaded error 99 on Canon bodies but can still be used on Micro 4/3 with the right adapter.
Forum: General Talk 11-17-2019, 11:00 AM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By Marcus Rowland
Replies: 18,083
Views: 1,233,230
This weekend's car boot stuff

Yesterday a Pure Evoke digital radio - for 0.50, but it doesn't have a power supply. I'm going to try a few markets etc. before I give in and pay 8.59 for one...

And today a Fujica ST-605 35mm camera (M42 screw) with a nice clean Fujica 55/2.2, a good Optomax 135/2.8, and a teleconverter - got the lot for 30 which is reasonably good for those lenses - then at the second fair I went to agreed to swap the 55/2.2 for another Cinemascope lens, which I will hopefully get next week.
Forum: General Talk 11-16-2019, 01:28 PM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By Marcus Rowland
Replies: 18,083
Views: 1,233,230
I've got one of these and have been less than enthralled with the results - it's VERY difficult to get the lens rim back to the right shape without damaging the thread. I only use it now for very minor problems, it isn't worth wasting my time with serious damage.
Forum: General Talk 11-16-2019, 03:58 AM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By Marcus Rowland
Replies: 18,083
Views: 1,233,230
Two job lots I got for 17 including postage, from a guy who deals in a lot of old lenses but appears not to want to put in the time needed to sell the odds and ends that often come in with them. Lots of junk, but included three sets of extension tubes (M42 auto, M42 manual, and Exakta Varex), an incomplete set of E-mount autofocus tubes, five add-on telephoto and wide-angle adapters for as-yet unidentified cameras, a Sigma 70-210 for C/Y which rattles slightly but I think is actually more or less OK, some sort of cine/video camera lens which I think will only fit a specific camera, a pair of opera glasses that are unfortunately full of fungus, a battery grip for an as yet unidentified DSLR, and twenty odd filters, hoods, etc.

Last time I got one of these lots I made 20 on a single item I expected to sell for 2 or so, I'm hoping these will be as good or better.
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