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TAIR-3S 300mm F4.5 - Fotosniper 12 ensemble

Sharpness 
 9.8
Aberrations 
 8.5
Bokeh 
 9.5
Handling 
 7.4
Value 
 9.4
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TAIR-3S 300mm F4.5 - Fotosniper 12 ensemble

TAIR-3S 300mm F4.5 - Fotosniper 12 ensemble
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TAIR-3S 300mm F4.5 - Fotosniper 12 ensemble
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TAIR-3S 300mm F4.5 - Fotosniper 12 ensemble
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Description:
There are several versions of the 4 element Tair 300mm f4.5:

Tair 3 This is the original one, different structurally to the later ones, conventional milled focus ring at the front of the lens, no preset. Often found in M39 mount (needs review page).
To adapt original M39 mount tair 3's to eg mirrorless, Thomas Bernardy on mflenses recommends: "a Zenit M39 4 ring set (cheaply available from Russia) and a M39/LTM to mirrorless adapter ...
The Zenit ring set includes a 16.4mm distance ring which is exactly the difference between M39/LTM (28.8mm flange focal distance) and Zenit M39 (45.2mm). Obviously this was done to enable the usage of Zenit/M39 lenses on the old Russian M39/LTM cameras like the Zorkis and FEDs. "

Tair 3S/3C/3 PhS (or FS). This one - the classic "Photosniper" variants of the Tair 300mm f4.5 designed to be mounted on a stock with focus operated by a disk on the underside of the lens.
Tair 3A/ 300-A The most conventional of the variants: preset t-mount lens, focus at the rear end of the lens (reviews here).
Tair 33 This is a larger medium format lens designed for the kiev (= hasselblad bayonet) mount cameras. Lenses for those are very difficult to adapt to other cameras.

The Tair-3 300 mm f/ 4.5 was manufactured at three plants:

Tair-3 4.5/300 S. A. Zverev Krasnogorsk Mechanical Plant (KMZ).
Tair-3A 4.5/300 - Zagorsk Optical Mechanics Plant, Sergiyev Posad (ZOMZ).
Tair-3 4.5/300 Kazan Optical Mechanics Plant (KOMZ).

Optics: 4 elements in 3 groups.
Weight: 1.6 Kg (excluding trigger mechanism and stock)
Length: 24.6 cm
Width (diameter plus focus wheel): 12 cm
Preset Lens: 4.5 to 22 in full stops, but mechanism permits infinite variability between minimum aperture set, and fully open.
Diaphragm: 16 straight blades.
Trigger Mount (can be used for Tripod): 3/8 inch (needs adapter to standard 1/4 inch thread) fixed to body rather than rotatable.
Mount: M42, but can easily take T2-PK instead.
If trigger mount is used for tripod, either the tripod head must allow the lens to be flipped, or the mount needs to be loosened and rotated, to switch between portrait and landscape.

Scan of original user manual posted here.
Mount Type: M42 Screwmount
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Veteran Member

Registered: April, 2012
Location: Sydney
Posts: 1,182

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: December 30, 2012 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $140.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Cheap
Cons: Heavy
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 10    Handling: 7    Value: 10   

My version is the Grand Prix Edition (img stolen from mflenses.com) Optically the same, but cosmetically different in that that it behaves like a standard preset lens. Mine is also has a M39 thread (register distance the same) with a m39-m42 adapter.

Now. Its a big lens. So much so I went and bought a monopod just so I could aim and focus it as the same time. Make no mistake, this thing weighs about 3x your camera body.

With a 3rd arm supporting the weight, using it becomes wonderful. Focus is smooth and quick (despite its age) And as below, its very very usable wide open, The example below was shot with an afternoon sun setting, (hello purple) with no post processing. Focus the thing accurately and its fantastic



Click for much Bigger

I probably paid to much for it, but i wanted something bigger then 200mm "shrugs" and it matchs the other Soviet lens I've been collecting anyway :P

Oh, It will also focus down to 2.8m approx, and the tripod collar is adjustable, Happy Happy Happy
   
Pentaxian

Registered: September, 2010
Location: Colorado
Posts: 1,401

5 users found this helpful
Lens Review Date: July 27, 2012 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $50.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: SHARP, BOKEH, IQ, Preset
Cons: heavy
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 10    Bokeh: 10    Handling: 7    Value: 10   

I bought this lens last year. It came with the photosniper stock setup, which really works well with my Kx. The lens itself takes a little getting used to because of the focus wheel. It focuses more like a telescope than a camera lens. It is also rather heavy at nearly 4 lbs.

All that aside, it is an EXCELLENT lens. The sharpness is unbelievable, right from wide open. The huge amount of aperture blades makes the bokeh extremely smooth at all apertures. The colors are outstanding. This is my go-to lens for wildlife photography.

This lens also renders very 3D images, thanks to its front aperture. Just a GREAT lens, I can't recommend it enough

Here are a few photos taken with this lens.


Mule-Deer-18-Feb-2012-1 by Colorado CJ, on Flickr


Elk-18-Feb-2012-4 by Colorado CJ, on Flickr


Elk-18-Feb-2012-1 by Colorado CJ, on Flickr


Mule-Deer-18-Feb-2012-2 by Colorado CJ, on Flickr


Mule-Deer-18-Feb-2012-6 by Colorado CJ, on Flickr


29-Feb-2012-2 by Colorado CJ, on Flickr


Airport-14-April-2012-3 by Colorado CJ, on Flickr


Diamondback-22-April-2012-1 by Colorado CJ, on Flickr


Eclipse-at-Sunset-v2 by Colorado CJ, on Flickr


Great-Blue-Heron-2 by Colorado CJ, on Flickr


Theodore-Roosevelt-NP-4 by Colorado CJ, on Flickr


Indian-Peaks-Wilderness-11 by Colorado CJ, on Flickr
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