Vintage & Classic Lens Index

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

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Favourite pictures – Emma candid portrait

This is a picture which I took almost a year ago when I first got my mirrorless Sony Nex 6 and was experimenting with manual focus lenses. I took it with the Jupiter 8 50mm lens from my Dad’s zorki 4 rangefinder camera. My Daughter Emma was doing some drawing and I snapped this picture whilst I was trying out focus peaking and I just loved the image.

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Industar 50 m42 mount 50mm f/3.5 lens on Sony Nex

A review of the classic and cheap Russian M42 mount lens on a Sony Nex 6 mirrorless camera.

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Jupiter 8 50mm f/2.0 lens on Sony NEX 6

A short review of a classic Russian rangefinder lens used on a modern mirrorless camera.

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Jupiter 8 and Jupiter 11 compared to the Sony NEX kit lens

How do 40 year old prime lenses compare to a modern Sony kit lens ? Well read on and using a soviet Jupiter 8 and Jupiter 11 lens, I’ll provide some examples. Jupiter 8, Jupiter 11 and Sony Kit lens samples Yesterday I was out taking some test pictures with a Jupiter 11 telephoto lens along the bank of a small stream which runs close to our house in Stevenage. Whilst I was out I noticed several bunches of snowdrops […]

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Jupiter 11 135mm f/4.0 telephoto lens on Sony NEX 6 – with samples

A review of the Russian Jupiter 11 telephoto lens on the Sony NEX 6

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Industar 61 f/2.8 50mm lens

This post tells the story of how I discovered that vintage lenses, designed for rangefinder cameras in the 1960s, can be put to renewed use with some of the modern mirror-less cameras. In this particular case the lens in question is the Industar 61 which was supplied as a standard lens on some models of Fed camera. First some pictures of the lens itself. Industar 61 general Images Industar 61 Description The recent acquisition of a Sony NEX 6 has […]

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