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 200mm telephoto lens on Sony Nex 6This is a short review of the vintage M42 mount Auto Optomax 200mm f/3.5 telephoto lens when used on a Sony Nex 6 mirrorless camera. Although this lens is relatively cheap to purchase, the overall results obtained suggest that it is not a good buy.
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 review of the Pentacon Electric 50mm f/1.8 prime lens when it is used on a modern digital mirror-less camera, in this case the Sony Nex 6.
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. It is an 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.
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. It covers the construction of the lens, and features lots of sample pictures.
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 NexThis is a short look a the Pentacon 200mm f/4 M42 lens when used on a modern digital mirror-less camera. As well as some impressions of using the lens, there are also some sample pictures taken with the lens.
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 is a short descriptive post featureing a manual focus vintage lens - the XR Rikenon 50mm f/2.0 lens sold with several Ricoh SLR cameras during the 1970's and 1980's. There were apparently several versions of this lens and this post covers the 'S' variant.
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 6A review of the Sigma 100-200mm Zoom K lens on a modern digital mirror-less camera. This lens has a slightly reduced zoom range from the more standard 70 to 210 but has the advantages of a constant maximum aperture of f/4.5 and a macro facility.
Lenses made by Soligor
Soligor 28mm C/D sample - stevenage old town
Posted: 17 Mar 14
Soligor 28mm C/D on Sony NexA look at a Soligor 28mm C/D macro lens on a modern digital mirror-less camera, specifically a Sony Nex 6. I was expecting this lens to be average, but discovered a real gem of a lens.
Soligor 200mm f/3.5 samples - The moon in early evening
Posted: 12 May 15
Soligor 200mm f/3.5 Tele Auto on Sony NexThis is a review of a Soligor 200mm f/3.5 telephoto lens on a modern digital mirror-less camera the Sony Nex 6. Although I wasn't expecting great things from this lens it turned out to be a very capable performer and well worth the £10 I paid for it.
Lenses made by Star D
Star D/Image lens - Both 'Image MC' lenses
Posted: 07 Jun 14
Star-D/Image lens review on Sony Nex 6This is a short review of two Star D/Image 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.
Lenses made by Steinheil Munchen
Steinheil Munchen Cassar S sample pictures - Market stall prices
Posted: 07 Jun 15
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, in this case the Steinheil Munchen Cassar S lens.
Lenses made by Takumar/Pentax
Pentax SMC 50mm f/1.7 prime lens samples - Street Light
Posted: 13 Mar 14
Samples from an SMC Pentax A f/1.7 50mm primeThis short post features some sample pictures taken with my Sony Nex 6 mirror less camera fitted with an SMC Pentax A f/1.7 50mm lens. Although I only took a few pictures, the lens turns out to be rather a star and I would certainly recommend it, especially considering the low price they available for.
takumar 28mm f/3.5 M42 front view
Posted: 23 Mar 14
Takumar 28mm f/3.5 wide angle M42 mount lensThis post reviews a classic vintage M42 mount lens, the Takumar 28mm f/3.5 wide angle lens which was used on the Spotmatic series of cameras. In this review I show how it performs on a modern digital mirrorless camera, the Sony Nex 6
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 135mm f/3.5 - sample picture flower in Mum's garden
Posted: 06 Jul 14
Takumar 135mm f/3.5 on NexThis is a short review of the vintage Takumar 135mm f/3.5 short telephoto lens when used on a modern mirrorless digital camera.
Pentax-M SMC 80-200mm f/4.5 zoom lens sample picture - Cropped blackbird
Posted: 10 Feb 15
Pentax-M SMC 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.
Auto Takumar 55mm sample pictures - Jolly roger
Posted: 08 Mar 16
Auto Takumar 55mm sample pictures 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 Takumar 55mm, so this post features some Auto Takumar 55mm sample pictures.
Pentax-M SMC 28mm f/2.8 samples - the road to Hertford
Posted: 17 Jun 16
Some samples from an Pentax-M SMC 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 Pentax-M SMC 28mm lens fitted to a Pentax K5 DSLR.
Pentax 28 to 90mm zoom - Winter flowers
Posted: 18 Mar 18
Pentax 28 to 90mm zoom sample picturesIf you are the owner of a Pentax DSLR there are many options available for vintage lenses to fit to your camera. In this post I try out one of those options and show some images from a plastic construction, std zoom Pentax 28 to 90mm lens.
Lenses made by Tamron
Tamron BBar 28mm f/2.8 sample picture - Canal path and narrow boat
Posted: 25 Oct 14
Tamron BBar 28mm f/2.8 on Sony NexA review of a classic lens from the 1970 which sold in large numbers, the Tamron BBar 28mm f/2.8 wide angel lens. Sold with an adaptall mount, these lenses were used by photographers on many different camera bodies as a less expensive alternative to the camera manufacturers own brand offerings.
Lenses made by Tokina
Tokina RMC 75 - 260 f/4.5 zoom sample pictures - portrait
Posted: 05 Jun 16
Tokina RMC 75 - 260 f/4.5 zoom lensA review of the Tokina RMC 75 - 260 f/4.5 zoom lens fitted with a Pentax K mount and used on a Pentax K5 DSLR
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 vintage camera lens, the M42 mount Vivitar 135mm f/2.8 auto telephoto lens used on a modern mirrorless, crop sensor camera.
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 - 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.
Lenses made by topcor
Topcon UV lens mount adapter - lens fitted to Sony Nex 6
Posted: 21 Jul 16
Making a Topcor UV to Nex mount adapterThis post covers how I constructed a Topcor UV to Nex lens mount adaptor so that I could use my vintage Topcor UV lenses on my Sony Nex 6 mirrorless camera.
Topcon UV topcor 28mm f/4 on Sony Nex - Trees, sky and cars
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 - the Topcon UV Topcor 28mm f/4.

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