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p.183 #1 · p.183 #1 · What is your most recent (alt) lens purchase?


I just found a LNIB Contax Zeiss 135/2.8 MMJ on eBay for $275. I don't know a thing about this lens, but for that price I couldn't resist giving it a try.


Jul 23, 2014 at 07:02 PM
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p.183 #2 · p.183 #2 · What is your most recent (alt) lens purchase?


Canon FD 55/1.2 SSC...all I can say is, sa-weet!


Jul 24, 2014 at 12:05 AM
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p.183 #3 · p.183 #3 · What is your most recent (alt) lens purchase?


sceptic wrote:
I use a M42 focusing helicoid/adapter (with Fuji X mount at one end and M42 at the other) and a M39-M42 "step-up ring" screwed onto my enlarger lens. Works great. However, the M42 adapter will not give infinity focus, since the M39 enlarger (EL-Nikkor) apparently has a shorter flange distance than M42 lenses.

Enlarger lenses have a flange distance close to their focal length in my experience.

On that topic, I just bought 2 enlarger lenses: Neotar-N 75/4.5 & Special 75/3.5, both 5 blade, & M39 with flange distances between 70 & 75mm (focused to about 20m).

Also:
SMC M 40/2.8 pancake
CZJ Tessar 80/2.8 T preset Exakta ~16 blade

On a side note, anyone have the FD SSC 50/3.5 life size adapter? the one that doesn't flip your lens upside down, and want to trade for the earlier FL version that does flip the lens?




Jul 24, 2014 at 12:06 AM
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p.183 #4 · p.183 #4 · What is your most recent (alt) lens purchase?


Lightshow.
I have that lens and use a vivitar FD mount 2X macro-focusing converter ( glass elements removed) . The lens index stays at the top/12 Oclock position. KEH Camera sells t hem for about $15/16 in EX+/LN condition. Converter is about 47MM collasped and about 62MM extended. So you have a variable helicoid extension tube that gets you closer t han the Canon 50MM tube. This works well on longer lenses such as 300 and 400 MM.
Harry Palmer



Jul 24, 2014 at 05:38 AM
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p.183 #5 · p.183 #5 · What is your most recent (alt) lens purchase?


Thanks, but I'm looking to have a matched set I'm my collection.


Jul 24, 2014 at 11:28 AM
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p.183 #6 · p.183 #6 · What is your most recent (alt) lens purchase?


Just received my Zeiss 2.8/ 50M Touit Macro lens.



Jul 24, 2014 at 04:03 PM
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p.183 #7 · p.183 #7 · What is your most recent (alt) lens purchase?


Not a lens this time, but I bought a Contax RX from eBay so I can play around with my growing collection of C/Y Zeiss lenses without resorting to the kludge adapters.


Jul 24, 2014 at 05:21 PM
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p.183 #8 · p.183 #8 · What is your most recent (alt) lens purchase?


molson wrote:
Not a lens this time, but I bought a Contax RX from eBay so I can play around with my growing collection of C/Y Zeiss lenses without resorting to the kludge adapters.


Me TOO!! Just received a mint condition Contax RX and loaded my first roll of Tri-X.



Jul 24, 2014 at 06:40 PM
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p.183 #9 · p.183 #9 · What is your most recent (alt) lens purchase?


Bastards! I always wanted an RX, but seven Contax bodies is enough, right?


Jul 25, 2014 at 01:51 AM
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p.183 #10 · p.183 #10 · What is your most recent (alt) lens purchase?


finally got the smaller late version of the rokkor 28/2, fits much nicer on the a7. will have to see how it compares to my older MD W version:





i also got my first non alt lens in forever:









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p.183 #11 · p.183 #11 · What is your most recent (alt) lens purchase?


Sebboh-
how is the focus feel on the DO 70-300? There is one in a shop window near me and I've always been interested in giving one a try because I like the concept of diffractive optics.



Jul 25, 2014 at 08:01 AM
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p.183 #12 · p.183 #12 · What is your most recent (alt) lens purchase?


I had the 70-300DO ages ago, but only used it in AF on a 5D, so I do not remember the focus feel. However, it is a heavy lens, and the contrast was weak compared to my other lenses at the time. I would personally buy either the regular 70-300 or the Nikkor instead. Much cheaper and ultimately more satisfying.


Jul 25, 2014 at 08:12 AM
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p.183 #13 · p.183 #13 · What is your most recent (alt) lens purchase?


After sending back my faulty A7 + 55/1.8 about 5 months ago I decided to try that combo again. Better luck this time. I'm also picking up a 50/1.4 planar ZF again this weekend. Hated by many, loved by me Still one of my favorite 50's.


Jul 25, 2014 at 08:54 AM
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p.183 #14 · p.183 #14 · What is your most recent (alt) lens purchase?


SoulNibbler wrote:
Sebboh-
how is the focus feel on the DO 70-300? There is one in a shop window near me and I've always been interested in giving one a try because I like the concept of diffractive optics.


better than expected - it's a bit light but not too loose and decently sized. certainly not like real focus ring but much better than focus by wire.

carstenw wrote:
I had the 70-300DO ages ago, but only used it in AF on a 5D, so I do not remember the focus feel. However, it is a heavy lens, and the contrast was weak compared to my other lenses at the time. I would personally buy either the regular 70-300 or the Nikkor instead. Much cheaper and ultimately more satisfying.


i don't care about weight, but the inch and a half difference in length between the DO and regular means a lot to me. i'll have to see how i feel about the iq still. if i don't like it i'll probably just go with the L version. not interested in the nikkor as its huge and doesn't have VR.




Jul 25, 2014 at 03:37 PM
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p.183 #15 · p.183 #15 · What is your most recent (alt) lens purchase?


Panasonic Lumix 14mm on its way!
Somehow I like wide angles.. the Rokinon Fish is loved by me!
Other wide angles are just plain expensive



Jul 25, 2014 at 04:01 PM
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p.183 #16 · p.183 #16 · What is your most recent (alt) lens purchase?


rico wrote:
Bastards! I always wanted an RX, but seven Contax bodies is enough, right?


Depends what you mean by "enough"...



Jul 25, 2014 at 06:54 PM
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p.183 #17 · p.183 #17 · What is your most recent (alt) lens purchase?


Rico: I was this > < close to picking up an RX for chump change the other week... ...I had many Contax cameras; RX, S2 Titan, 167MT, RTSII, RTSII, 137, 139, 159, Aria and ST - but the RX was the best in my book. I am happy to have done paid work with it for a few years before digital.

You have enough Contax bodies when the cupboard door won't shut. And then you can just pile them up on top.

On topic with recent wallet drainers:
Leica R80/1.4
Leica M50/2.5 Summarit

On the way in next week:
75/2.5 Summarit (had it before)
Leica R 80-200/4 (never tried one before)
Close focus adapter for the M lenses
Leica R28 E55, latest (my former copy).

Seems like most items will arrive by the end of my vacation but hey, got the ball rolling again at least. I will do an evaluation once all lenses arrive and I will try to narrow it down to a 3-4 lens outfit.



Jul 25, 2014 at 07:08 PM
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p.183 #18 · p.183 #18 · What is your most recent (alt) lens purchase?


In the last week I've picked up a Nikkor 135/3.5 AI and a Nikkor 50/2 K (late non-AI), also a Nikon Fm to use them on with film (and until I get around to buying an F-X adapter)


Jul 25, 2014 at 08:26 PM
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p.183 #19 · p.183 #19 · What is your most recent (alt) lens purchase?


mawz wrote:
In the last week I've picked up a Nikkor 135/3.5 AI and a Nikkor 50/2 K (late non-AI), also a Nikon Fm to use them on with film (and until I get around to buying an F-X adapter)


Please join us in the film thread here!



Jul 25, 2014 at 08:32 PM
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p.183 #20 · p.183 #20 · What is your most recent (alt) lens purchase?


Just picked up a Canon FD 35mm Tilt /Shift. A bargain compared to the EOS family of TS.
For now it sits on my Sony A7r, but will get an Ed Mika adapter & using on my 5D.

Dan



Jul 25, 2014 at 11:10 PM
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