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| p.6 #11 · Medium format lenses converted on 35mm digitals. |
Hi Contas, really nice lens you have there.
I have been using medium format lenses on my SD10 and SD14 for about 10 years now.
I started with the excellent M645 80mm f2.8 N (which I bought used for £50 from a camera shop in Guildford) then I got the M645 45mm f2.8 N, then the M645 150mm f3.5 N and finally the M645 210mm f4 N. I was dissapointed with the 45mm, as it could not even match the cheap Pentacon 50mm f1.8 for sharpness. The 150mm and 210mm were really nothing special either.
I ended up selling all of them except the 80mm, which still is the best of the lot, even though it was the cheapest!
I also have the Helios 40 and now the Canon FD 85mm f1.2 L, so the 80mm doesn't really get much use these days, if at all, but I dought I will ever want to sell it.
I also had the Pentacon 6 mount Carl Zeiss Jena 180mm f2.8 "Olympic" Sonnar, which I used via a P6-M42 adapter plus an M42-SA adapter. It had great bokeh but it wasn't really that sharp so I ended up selling it.
Oh, I also had a large format Taylor-Hobson 12" (304.8mm) f4 too.
It was originally an RAF aerial reconnaisance lens, used on Vinten F95 aerial reconnaisance cameras on Jaguars and other RAF reconnaisance aircraft. I converted it to M42 mount, via a helicoid section taken from an old Mirage 135mm f2.8 lens and used it via an M42-SA adapter...It was an outstanding lens...Very sharp for such a large format lens and with very good contrast.
It was never intended to be used with colour film though so colours could get a bit funky in some situations.
I picked it up in almost mint condition for a paltry £41.50, inc postage on ebay, back in 2005.
Stupidly I decided to sell it after buying a faster Tamron Adaptall SP 300mm f2.8 LD IF. The Tamron was faster but I wouldn't say it was sharper.
I sold the T-H for over £180 back in 2008 so I made a fair profit, but I still miss it. I had to sell the Tamron last year to pay my bills (at a slight loss) and this has left me without a decent prime lens of over 135mm focal length currently.