What is your most recent (alt) lens purchase?
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Lee Saxon
Registered: Jun 07, 2012
Total Posts: 1001
Country: United States

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.



Mike Ganz
Registered: Sep 06, 2006
Total Posts: 1965
Country: United States

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



LightShow
Registered: Aug 03, 2009
Total Posts: 5150
Country: Canada

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?



Kingfishphoto
Registered: Nov 26, 2005
Total Posts: 6866
Country: United States

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



LightShow
Registered: Aug 03, 2009
Total Posts: 5150
Country: Canada

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



W.T. Jones
Registered: Jan 03, 2009
Total Posts: 153
Country: United States

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



molson
Registered: Oct 30, 2002
Total Posts: 10885
Country: Canada

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.



Rich M
Registered: Jul 15, 2002
Total Posts: 260
Country: United States

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.



rico
Registered: Jul 13, 2003
Total Posts: 3896
Country: United States

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



sebboh
Registered: Nov 02, 2009
Total Posts: 10720
Country: United States

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:








SoulNibbler
Registered: Oct 12, 2012
Total Posts: 259
Country: Austria

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.



carstenw
Registered: Dec 26, 2005
Total Posts: 15973
Country: Germany

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.



Jochenb
Registered: May 25, 2010
Total Posts: 1826
Country: Belgium

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.



sebboh
Registered: Nov 02, 2009
Total Posts: 10720
Country: United States

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.



physicsdude
Registered: Jun 27, 2014
Total Posts: 1
Country: United States

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



molson
Registered: Oct 30, 2002
Total Posts: 10885
Country: Canada

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


Depends what you mean by "enough"...



kosmoskatten
Registered: Oct 11, 2005
Total Posts: 3029
Country: Sweden

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.



mawz
Registered: Sep 11, 2005
Total Posts: 8325
Country: Canada

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)



rattymouse
Registered: Feb 04, 2006
Total Posts: 4932
Country: China

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!



dswiger
Registered: Feb 24, 2006
Total Posts: 6541
Country: United States

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



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