Vintage & Classic Lens Index

This is the Index page to the classic lenses I own. Follow the links for reviews, repair & clean instructions and/or sample pictures. Chinon lenses Auto Chinon 28mm f/2.8 M42 mount Auto Chinon 55mm f/1.7 M42 mount Auto Chinon 200mm f/3.5 M42 mount Industar and Jupiter Russian lenses Jupiter 8 M39 50mm f/2.0 Industar 61 M39 50mm f/2.8 Industar 69 M39 28mm f/2.8 Industar 50 M39 50mm f/3.5 Jupiter 11 M39 135mm f/4.0 Meyer-Optik Gorlitz Meyer-Optik Gorlitz Lydith M42 30mm […]

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Optomax 35mm f/3.5 preset lens on Sony Nex

This is an M42 lens which I picked up from eBay for £5 a few weeks ago. It’s a lens of simple construction with a fairly slow max aperture of f/3.5 which is controlled with a pre-set aperture ring, and a very large focus adjustment range. The aperture has 6 blades, and the focal length of 35mm equates to a 35mm equivalent of 52.5mm when the APS-C crop factor of 1.5 is taken into account. This makes it about the […]

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Optomax 300mm f/5.6 M42 lens on Sony Nex

The subject of this post is a fixed telephoto lens available quite cheaply in M42 mount – the Optomax 300mm f/5.6. I acquired this lens as part of a bundle with a Pentax S1a slr body and paid a total of £5.50 + £5.00 P&P for the pentax body, this lens and a Hanimex 80 – 200mm zoom. At first I thought this lens had a large fungal growth in the centre of the front element, but when I wiped […]

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Auto Optomax telephoto lens on Sony Nex 6

This 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 […]

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