Some samples with an E. Ludwig Meritar 50mm lens on Fuji X-T1

The E. Ludwig Meritar 50mm f/2.9 lens was one of a number of standard lenses supplied on several different cameras made in East Germany in the post war years. In this article, I’m going to show a few examples of the sort of performance you can expect with this lens when fitted to a modern mirrorless camera, the Fuji X-T1. My copy of the lens is fitted with an Exakta bayonet mount, and I used a simple Exakta to Fuji […]

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Samyang 12mm f/2 lens on Fuji X-T1

The Fuji X-T1┬áis one of the top cameras in Fuji’s pro level mirrorless camera range, and there is a very good selection of professional quality lenses available for it. From zooms of all ranges to stunning quality prime lenses, it is possible to pick up a lens for virtually any purpose, with only one barrier for the amateur photographer working on a limited budget – price. I’ve recently been thinking about buying one of these lenses, the Fuji 10-24mm f/4 […]

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Carl Zeiss Jena Pancolar 50mm f/2 on Fuji X-T1

A few weeks ago I bought an Exakta Varex IIa 35mm slr which came with a Carl Zeiss Jena Pancolar 50mm f/2 lens in Exakta mount. While I’m cleaning and servicing the Exakta camera, I decided to try the lens out on my Fuji X-T1 mirror-less to see how it performs. Carl Zeiss Jena Pancolar Sample Pictures Carl Zeiss Pancolar on Fuji X-T1 The Car Zeiss Jena Pancolar has a reputation for being an excellent lens and I wondered if […]

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Vivitar 75 – 205mm f/3.8 zoom with Fuji X-T1

Vivitar were a popular manufacturer of third party, add on lenses in the 1970s and 1980s. They produced some fantastic quality lenses, and some of more dubious quality, but were a popular choice for those of us that couldn’t afford the camera manufacture’s home produced lenses. These pictures can also be viewed full sized here. Because they are now generally cheap to buy, I like to see how these old lenses perform when they are used on a modern camera […]

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Super Paragon PMC 28mm f/2.8 lens on Fuji X-T1 mirrorless camera

The Super Paragon PMC lenses were made in Japan in the early 1970s by a company called Cimko and were sold with a number of different manufacturer’s names on. They were a typical third party lens and could be purchased with a variety of different lens mounts to fit cameras from Pentax, Minolta, Nikon etc. A post on the manual-focus forum suggests that the actual optical design was licensed from Topcon, which would put them in quite good company. These […]

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Mamiya-Sekor 50mm f/2.0 M42 lens on Fuji X-T1

The Mamiya-Sekor 50mm f/2.0 M42 lens was a standard lens supplied on several Mamiya 35mm slr bodies in the 1960s, and is available for not too much money either as a stand alone lens or, more frequently when suppled as a complete camera kit bought second hand. These pictures can be viewed full size here. I acquired my copy when I purchased a Mamiya 500TL recently for a couple of pounds. It turned out that the camera body wasn’t in […]

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Topcon UV Topcor 28mm f/4 lens on Sony Nex

A 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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Auto Chinon 200mm f/3.5 telephoto lens on Fuji X-T1

The Auto Chinon 200mm f/3.5 telephoto lens is an M42 mount lens made originally for use on the Chinon CS and CX range of film cameras. An example can be picked up for almost no money on well known on-line auction sites and are easily adapted to use with a modern mirror-less camera like the Fuji X-T1. Auto Chinon 200mm f/3.5 Sample Pictures Auto Chinon 200mm f/3.5 Description The lens, like most of its vintage, is a heavy unit being […]

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Zuiko 50mm f/1.8 on Fuji X-T1 mirror-less

The great thing about mirror-less cameras is that they make it easy to use a variety of classic lenses from the golden era of primary lenses – the days when every camera was supplied with a 50mm fast lens instead of a slow zoom. As a collector of vintage cameras, I have many of these lenses and over the last couple of days I’ve been trying a vintage Olympus lens, the Zuiko 50mm f/1.8, on my new Fuji X-T1 camera. […]

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Making a Topcor UV to Nex mount adapter

A 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 […]

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Sigma Mini-Wide 28mm f/2.8 on Fuji X-T1

This post describes the Sigma Mini-Wide manual focus lens from the 1970’s and its use on a modern APS-C sensor, Fuji X-T1 camera. These pictures can also be viewed full size here. 28mm is a great focal length to use on a crop sensor camera like the X-T1 because with its equivalent focal length of 42mm it’s a cheap way to get a fast ‘std lens’ setup. This focal length lens is also generally readily available because there were lots […]

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Some samples from an SMC Pentax-M 28mm f/2.8 lens

This 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 […]

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Tokina RMC 75 – 260 f/4.5 zoom lens

The 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 […]

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Agfa Color-Telinear 90mm f/4.0 aperture repair

Last year I bought an Agfa Ambi Silette 35mm rangefinder which is unique in the silette range because it has interchangeable lenses. At the time it was manufactured, there were a series of lenses made for it, but when I purchased my camera it came with just the 50mm standard lens. These pictures can also be viewed in full size here. I’ve been on the look out for a reasonably priced copy of the 35mm wide angle and 90mm portrait […]

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Some samples from a Helios 85 – 210 Auto Zoom lens

This short post is to show some sample pictures taken with the Helios 85 – 210 Auto Zoom lens on a digital camera. My particular copy is fitted with an M42 mount, and I used it on a Sony Nex6 mirror-less camera. My Helios 85 – 210 Auto Zoom Lens This lens was included in a job lot purchase of cameras I bought a few weeks ago. It was fitted to a black Spotmatic SPII and since the total price […]

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