Vintage & Classic Lens Index

This is the Index page to the classic lenses I own and have reviewed. Follow the links for reviews and sample pictures.

Lenses made by Carl Zeiss
Carl Zeiss Jena Pancolar 50mm f/2 on Fuji X-T1 - Garden Rabbit
Posted: 12 May 17
Carl Zeiss Jena Pancolar 50mm f/2 on Fuji X-T1This post shows some sample pictures and my impressions of using the Carl Zeiss Jena Pancolar 50mm f/2 manual lens on my Fuji X-T1 mirror-less camera.
Lenses made by Chinon
Chinon 28mm f/2.8 M42 lens samples - Daffodils with backlit sunshine
Posted: 03 Mar 16
Auto Chinon 28mm f/2.8 M42 lens on digital cameraThe Auto Chinon 28mm f/2.8 lens is an M42 mount lens with a manual/auto diaphragm switch and a pin in the mount to close the aperture at the point of taking a picture. In this post, I review its use with two reasonably modern digital cameras, a Sony Nex 6 and a Ricoh GXR.
Lenses made by Helios
Helios 44M sample pictures - Daffodil
Posted: 27 Mar 16
Some samples from a Helios 44M lensThis post shows some sample pictures with the popular Russian lens from the 1960s, the Helios 44M when used on a modern digital mirror-less camera.
Helios 85 - 210 Auto Zoom sample picture - spring pink tree blossom in macro mode at f/8
Posted: 20 Apr 16
Some samples from a Helios 85 - 210 Auto Zoom lensA post showing sample pictures taken with the Helios 85 - 210 Auto Zoom lens when used on a modern digital mirror-less camera the Sony Nex 6.
Lenses made by Jupiter/Industar
Jupiter 11 M39 lens
Posted: 08 Feb 14
Jupiter 11 135mm f/4.0 telephoto lens on Sony NEX 6 - with samplesThis post describes my experiences with a Jupiter 11 telephoto lens fitted to my sony NEX 6 which, hopefully will be useful to anyone who owns this camera and is thinking of purchasing one of these lenses.
Jupiter 8 and jupiter 11 compared to sony kit lens - Jupiter 8 @ f/2.0
Posted: 09 Feb 14
Jupiter 8 and Jupiter 11 compared to the Sony NEX kit lensThis post provides some comparisons between a modern Sony Kit lens and 60 year old Soviet Jupiter 8 and Jupiter 11 lenses from the 1960s.
Jupiter 8 50mm f/2.0 fitted on the Sony Nex 6 with lens hood
Posted: 04 Oct 14
Jupiter 8 50mm f/2.0 lens on Sony NEX 6This is a short post about using the Jupiter 8, an M39 mount, 50mm manual lens, on a modern mirror-less camera to show how the classic, '1960s look' can be achieved with one of these low cost Russian lenses which were produced in their millions for Zorki and Zenit cameras.
Industar 50 on Sony Nex 6 sample pictures - Sailing lake
Posted: 19 Oct 14
Industar 50 m42 mount 50mm f/3.5 lens on Sony NexThis Industar 50 is a classic Russian made lens from the 1960's and I was interested to see how it performed on a modern mirror less camera, since I've used other Industar & Jupiter lenses to good effect on my Sony Nex 6. In this post I find however, that the Industar 50 is not such a capable performer.
Lenses made by Minolta
Minolta 50mm f/1.7 sample pictures - Duck
Posted: 29 May 14
Samples with a Minolta 50mm f/1.7 primeThis post briefly looks at the Minolta 50mm f/1.7 prime lens which was supplied with many manual focus Minolta SLR cameras in the 1970s and highlights a few sample pictures when it is used on a modern mirror-less camera.
Lenses made by Optomax
Auto Optomax 200mm f/3.5
Posted: 19 May 14
Auto Optomax telephoto lens on Sony Nex 6This is a review of the vintage m42 Auto Optomax 200mm f/3.5 telephoto lens when used on a Sony Nex 6 mirrorless camera. This was another cheap lens which I picked up from EBay UK a few weeks ago. It’s a fixed focal length 200mm telephoto lens with a maximum aperture of f3.5 and a minimum aperture of f/22. The aperture is made of 6 blades so any bokeh will be less than perfectly circular. I found a technical description [...]
Optomax 300mm f/5.6
Posted: 22 Jan 15
Optomax 300mm f/5.6 M42 lens on Sony NexThis post describes the use of a vintage telephoto lens, the Optomax 300mm f/5.6 lens when used on a modern digital mirror-less camera
Optomax 35mm f/3.5 sample pictures - Spring blossom
Posted: 24 Apr 15
Optomax 35mm f/3.5 preset lens on Sony NexThis post covers using this vintage lens, an Optomax 35mm f/3.5 preset, on a modern digital mirror-less camera. As well as my impressions of using the lens, there are some sample pictures taken with it.
Lenses made by Pentacon/Meyer Optic

Posted: 26 Apr 14
Stripping and cleaning a Pentacon electric 50mm f/1.8A post which covers the repairs I carried out on a Pentacon Electric 50mm prime lens, along with some sample pictures I took with it on a modern mirror-less digital camera.
Pentacon 30mm f/3.5 Pre-set lens
Posted: 14 May 14
Pentacon 30mm f/3.5 M42 lens on Sony NexThis is a brief review of the Pentacon 30mm f/3.5 prime lens fitted with an M42 screw thread lens fitted to my Sony Nex 6 camera.
Pentacon electric 50mm f/1.8 sample lightroom processed - Flats
Posted: 10 Jun 14
Pentacon electric 50mm f/1.8 review on Sony Nex 6A few weeks ago I wrote a post about stripping and cleaning a Pentacon Electric 50mm f/1.8 manual lens and I included a few sample pictures with that post but I thought it would be interesting to do a more in-depth review of this readily available lens. I actually have two copies of this lens. The first, which was the subject of the post I mentioned above, and another one which came with a very good condition Praktica PLC3 35mm [...]
Pentacon 29mm f/2.8 samples - Close up plant
Posted: 24 Jun 14
Pentacon 29mm f/2.8 lens on NexThis is a short pictorial review of the Pentacon 29mm f/2.8 Multi Coated manual lens on the Sony Nex 6 camera. This is another M42 mount lens which represents incredible value for money if you are prepared to do a little more setup and manual intervention in your photography. You won’t get lots of automatic settings, but you can get some brilliant images if you just apply a little thought and can use the focus ring! The normal cost for [...]
Meyer-Optik Gorlitz Lydith sample picture - Old town
Posted: 17 Aug 14
Meyer-Optik Lydith 30mm f3.5 on Sony NexThis a a short review of the Meyer-Optik Lydith 30mm manual focus lens on a sony Nex 6 mirrorless camera. First here are some pictures of the lens Meyer-Optik Lydith Images I bought this lens from Ebay for £25 which I consider to be a bit of a bargain. I have seen these lenses for up to £60 so I was amazed to find this one for only £25 in a ‘buy it now’ sale and snapped it up at [...]
Meyer-Optik Domiplan sample pictures - Boating
Posted: 29 Aug 14
A few samples from a Meyer-Optik DomiplanThis post shares a few sample pictures and a video I took with my Sony Nex 6 camera fitted with an M42 mount Meyer-Optik Domiplan 50mm f/2.8 manual lens.
Pentacon 200mm f/4.0
Posted: 20 Sep 14
Pentacon 200mm f/4.0 M42 lens on Sony NexA review of a classic M42 mount lens, the Pentacon 200mm f/4.0 used on a modern crop sensor mirrorless camera, the Sony Nex 6
Meyer-Optik Primotar sample picture - Autumn leaves
Posted: 21 Oct 15
Some samples from a Meyer-Optik Primotar f/2.8 50mmThis post shows some samples from an M42 mount, Meyer-Optik Primotar preset lens from the 1960s when used on a modern digital mirror-less camera.
Lenses made by Rikenon
Rikenon 50mm f/2.0 S sample pictures - Morning sky at f/2
Posted: 25 Nov 14
Some samples from a Rikenon 50mm f/2 prime lensThis post is a short description and a few samples from another manual focus vintage lens – the XR Rikenon 50mm f/2.0 S lens sold with several Ricoh SLR cameras during the 1970’s and 1980’s. There were apparently several versions of this lens made with different letters following the lens name i.e. ‘S’ in this case, ‘L’ and ‘P’ and also a model without the XR. I actually have two copies of this lens – both were supplied with Ricoh [...]
Lenses made by Sigma
Sigma 100-200 zoom K sample raw - Seagulls at 200mm f/8.0
Posted: 27 Dec 14
Sigma 100-200mm Zoom K M42 lens on Sony Nex 6I received this lens as part of a camera bundle on ebay when I purchased a Praktica Nova 1B 35mm slr a few months ago. Since the whole bundle of camera + std lens and this lens in a custom made leather case were all bought for £10 it was quite a bargain, but to buy one on it’s own would probably cost no more than about £20. Description The lens has a slightly odd focal length range of 100 to [...]
Lenses made by Soligor
Soligor 28mm C/D sample - stevenage old town
Posted: 17 Mar 14
Soligor C/D Wide auto 28mm f/2.8 macro on nexThe lens I’ve had fitted to my Nex 6 today is a Soligor 28mm f/2.8 k mount lens from about 1980 which is another of the lenses my father bought to use on his Pentax P30. To make a change I wandered down to Stevenage old town this lunchtime to try a few shots in less familiar surroundings. I don’t think this was a particularly expensive lens when my father bought it, in fact I think it must have been [...]
Soligor 200mm f/3.5 samples - The moon in early evening
Posted: 12 May 15
Soligor 200mm f/3.5 Tele Auto on Sony NexThe Soligor lens which is the subject for this post is quite an easy lens to pick up in a variety of different camera mounts at a low price – the example I have cost me £3.20 + £6.00 for post. Lens Description and use on the Sony Nex 6 At f/3.5 maximum aperture this is quite a fast lens for a 200mm focal length which increases it’s usefulness by allowing you to reduce the shutter speed if handheld or [...]
Lenses made by Star D

Posted: 07 Jun 14
Star-D/Image minolta fit manual lens review for sony nexThis is a short review of two lenses I picked up from eBay a couple of weeks ago when I bought a Minolta X300 SLR camera and they were bundled with it. I’ve names the lenses “Star-D/Image” in the title of this post because, although both lenses are labelled as “Image MC Automatic”, I believe they are made by the same company that makes/distributes the Star-D lenses. In physical appearance they certainly seem to be the same, are made in [...]
Lenses made by Steinheil Munchen
Steinheil Munchen Cassar S sample pictures - Market stall prices
Posted: 07 Jun 15
Some samples from a Steinheil Munchen Cassar S prime lensThis post is one of the series of posts I’ve written which just gives a short description and a collection of sample pictures from a vintage  manual lens used on a modern digital camera. Other posts in this series covered the Pentax 50mm f/1.7 prime, the Minolta 50mm f/1.7 prime and the Meyer-Optik Domiplan. The lens was acquired by me as part of a purchase of a west German Edixa flex 35mm slr. It’s a 50mm M42 mount lens, with a click-less [...]
Lenses made by Takumar/Pentax
Street Light
Posted: 13 Mar 14
A few samples with a Pentax 50mm primeThis is a short post with a few pictures I snapped over the last few days with a pentax 50mm prime lens (75mm on aps-c) fitted to my nex 6. I acquired this lens when my Dad gave me his Pentax P30 a couple of years ago. This is the standard lens which was supplied with that camera so it became another candidate for trying on my Nex 6. The formal type number for this lens is the SMC Pentax-A [...]
takumar 28mm f/3.5 M42 front view
Posted: 23 Mar 14
Takumar 28mm f/3.5 wide angle m42 mount lensThis is a post about this classic lens which I bought this week for use on my Pentax and Sony cameras. As I hinted in my last post I bought this lens on eBay last Sunday evening for £34 plus £4 postage. I was amazed that I won the auction for only £34 because I’ve seen these lenses on ebay ‘buy it now’ offers for up to £70. Admittedly this example didn’t come with a lens case or hood so that [...]
A Sony Nex 6 mirrorless camera with Takumar prime lenses
Posted: 05 Apr 14
On holiday with the TakumarsOk – the title of this sounds like a BBC television comedy but in fact it’s a description of the kit I am taking with me on a family holiday in a couple of weeks time. This will be the first occasion when I use the Nex 6 in the primary role I purchased if for – namely as a light, portable camera on family holidays or trips out. When I bought it however I didn’t realise what a catalyst [...]
Takumar 55mm f/1.8 plus extension - Hyacinth in the garden
Posted: 05 Apr 14
Takumar 55mm f/1.8 macrosThis is a short post showing the macro performance of a Takumar 55mm f/1.8 m42 lens when a 16mm extension tube is mounted behind the m42 to nex adapter. With this combination I was able to focus down to about 4 inches away from the objects shown in the pictures which I found around the house and garden. The majority of these shots were taken at F/1.8 to emphasise the shallow depth of field and I carried out my normal [...]
Takumar 135 f/3.5 - sample picture flower in Mum's garden
Posted: 06 Jul 14
Takumar 135mm f/3.5 on NexThis is a review of my Takumar 135mm f/3.5 M42 mount lens on my Sony Nex 6 camera. Description This lens is an M42 mount lens made in about  1973. It has an aperture range of f/3.5 to f/22 and a closest focusing distance of about 1.5 meters, or 5 feet. The aperture ring is controlled by a small pin protruding from the bottom of the mount, and there is an Auto/Manual switch fitted to disable the pin and make the [...]
Pentax-M SMC 80-200mm f/4.5 zoom lens sample picture - Cropped blackbird
Posted: 10 Feb 15
SMC Pentax-M 80-200 f/4.5 zoom on Sony Nex 6This is a review of the Pentax-M SMC 80-200mm f/4.5 zoom lens in K mount when used on a Sony Nex 6 mirrorless camera. This is one of those lenses which I acquired as part of a camera buy on eBay. The camera (a Pentax MZ-7) unfortunately stopped working the same day as I received it but this lens came with it and although it obviously wasn’t originally paired with that camera, since I got the pair for only £4-05 [...]
Auto Takumar 55mm sample pictures - Jolly roger
Posted: 08 Mar 16
Some samples from an Auto Takumar 55mm F/2.2 lens with Pentax K5.A couple of days ago I purchased an M42 to Pentax K-mount adapter so I could use some of my classic M42 mount lenses on my Pentax K5 DSLR. One of the first lenses I wanted to try was my Auto Takumar 55mm f/2.2 which I acquired as part of the Pentax S1 kit I bought. The adapter I purchased wasn’t one of Pentax’s own units and because I’ve read various scare stories about 3rd party K mount to M42 [...]

Posted: 17 Jun 16
Some samples from an SMC Pentax-M 28mm f/2.8 lensThis is a post in a series which I’ve written to show sample pictures obtained with inexpensive vintage lenses fitted to a modern digital camera. In this case the lens is an SMC Pentax-M 28mm lens fitted to a Pentax K5 DSLR. I bought this lens as part of a kit with a Pentax Program A camera a few weeks ago. Since I only paid a few pounds for both the camera and the lens I think it certainly fits [...]
Lenses made by Tamron
Tamron BBar 28mm f/2.8 sample picture - Canal path and narrow boat
Posted: 25 Oct 14
Tamron BBar Multi C 28mm f/2.8 on Sony NexA review of a classic prime lens very popular in the 1970's and sold in large quantities, the Tamron BBar Multi-c 28mm f/2.8 on a Sony Nex mirrorless.
Lenses made by Tokina

Posted: 05 Jun 16
Tokina RMC 75 - 260 f/4.5 zoom lensThe Tokina RMC series of lenses was produced in the in the early 1980’s in a variety of different lens mounts as 3rd party alternatives to manufacture’s own lens ranges. The RMC in the name referred to the multi coating used on the lens, Rainbow Multi Coating, and various different focal lengths were made in the RMC series covering a range of prime and zoom options. I found this 75-260mm f/4.5 zoom in the YMCA charity shop in Loughborough with [...]
Lenses made by Vivitar
vivitar series 1 70-210 f2.8-4 samples - walking the dog
Posted: 08 Mar 14
Vivitar series 1 70 - 210 mm Macro ZoomThis post looks at a vintage Vivitar Series 1 70 - 210mm Macro Zoom used on a Pentax K-5 DSLR and a Sony Nex 6 mirror-less camera.
Vivitar 135mm f/2.8
Posted: 15 Sep 14
Vivitar 135mm f/2.8 auto telephoto m42 lens on Sony NexA review of a classic M42 mount lens on a modern crop sensor camera - the Vivitar auto 135mm f/2.8 fitted to the Sony Nex 6.
Vivitar 28 - 85mm F/3.5-4.5 MC Macro Focusing Zoom sample - crocus
Posted: 26 Feb 15
Vivitar 28 - 85mm F/3.5-4.5 MC Macro Focusing Zoom on Sony NexThis is a review of the Vivitar 28 to 85mm compact, variable aperture zoom lens when used on a Sony Nex camera. The version of the lens I have is fitted with a Minolta MD mount, although they were available (as all Vivitar lenses were) with other mounts fitted. This is a small, compact wide angle to short zoom lens made for full frame 35mm film cameras. It is of solid, well made construction being fully metal with push-pull zoom, focus [...]
Lenses made by topcor

Posted: 21 Jul 16
Making a Topcor UV to Nex mount adapterA couple of years ago I purchased a Hanimex Topcon RE Auto camera and a couple of lenses from eBay UK. The camera was sold as ‘For Repair’ and at the time I purchased it I could see by the pictures that it was going to take some work to get it back to working order. These pictures can be viewed full sized here. Well, after I took delivery I found that it was in an even worse state than [...]

Posted: 18 Nov 16
Topcon UV Topcor 28mm f/4 lens on Sony NexA couple of months ago I made myself a Topcon UV adapter for my Sony Nex camera and over the last couple of days I’ve been trying out one of my Topcor UV lenses with it. These pictures can also be viewed full size here. The Topcon UV series are difficult to adapt to modern digital cameras because the aperture adjuster was fitted to the camera body rather than the lens – this is why I needed to make my [...]


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