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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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 […]

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Strip down, clean and lubricate an Auto Takumar 55mm f/2.2 M42 lens

This post describes my experiences stripping down, cleaning, lubricating and repairing an M42 mount Auto Takumar 55mm f/2.2 lens which dates from about 1958. I acquired the lens as part of a purchase of a Pentax S1 35mm slr which had the Auto Takumar fitted as a standard lens. The lens looked in pretty good condition all round apart from a problem with the aperture. The lens wouldn’t stop down using the aperture ring although if I moved the actuation […]

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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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Pentax MZ-30 sample images

I bought a Pentax MZ-30 a while ago to build up my vintage camera collection and to try to obtain a copy of each of the MZ series. Although I’ve subsequently found the series to be quite unreliable and not really suitable for regular use, I did put a roll of Agfa Vista Plus 200 through my copy so I’ve created this post to show the results I obtained. These pictures were mostly taken with the Pentax FA 35-80 zoom […]

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Pentax Z-1 Pro 35mm SLR

This camera is the latest addition to my 35mm vintage camera collections and without a doubt both the most expensive and the most full featured of any 35mm Pentax camera I own. It’s a 2nd generation 35mm Autofocus camera manufactured in the early 1990’s which places it after the SF series and before the MZ series. My Camera I decided to buy one of these cameras after my problems with the Pentax MZ series. I want a good quality, K […]

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Pentax SFXn sample pictures

When we recently when on holiday to Gloucestershire I took some film camera’s with me as well as my Pentax K-5, and these are some of the pictures I took with one of those cameras – a Pentax SFXn 35mm slr. Because I was using the K-5 as my main camera for the trip it made sense to make sure the film cameras I took were also K mount cameras  so the lenses could be shared. For that reason I […]

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Pentax SF10 35mm Autofocus SLR

This Pentax SLR comes from the SF range of cameras which Pentax introduced before the Z and MZ range, and were the first set of autofocus SLR cameras the company made. This model, the Pentax SF10 was also known as the SF7 and is similar in styling to the SFXn camera which I own, but is a rather simpler and more basic model than that. It was manufactured in about 1988. My Pentax SF10 Camera I purchased this camera from […]

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Pentax MZ-60 QD 35mm autofocus slr

The Pentax MZ-60 was the last 35mm camera Pentax produced in the MZ series, and in fact the penultimate 35mm film camera they ever produced – only the *ist followed it. It is similar to other cameras in the series, being light weight plastic construction and quite small and follows the route started with the MZ-50, 30 & 7 models by having several picture modes along with standard Aperture, Shutter, Program mode and manual operation. I bought the camera from […]

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Pentax MZ-M pictures developed in Caffenol C-M

Over the last couple of days I’ve been using my Pentax MZ-M with a fomapan 200 black & white film to get some sample pictures to test the camera. Today I developed those pictures using Caffenol C-M – the pictures are shown below. Since I last developed film in caffenol, I’ve bought a film strip mount for my slide duplicator, so I was able to be a much better copy of the negatives this time, however, I’m a bit disappointed […]

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York Minster pictures

Whilst we were on holiday in York we paid a visit to York Minster where I took a large number of pictures. Although I’ve published some of the pictures of my daughter and some other pictures in and around the Minster,  I haven’t published all my favourite interior shots so I’ve gathered them all here in a single post. Obviously, there are several parts of a church interior which are dark places, so a lot of these pictures were taken […]

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Favourite pictures – my Daughter Emma

This is a picture of my daughter Emma which I took during a recent trip to York Minster. I had been taking some pictures of the rail that she is posing next to using a Takumar 55mm f/1.8 lens fitted on my Camdiox focal reducer and Sony Nex 6 when she jokingly tried to get into the picture by jumping up into shot. I asked her to stay there for a minute and took the picture to the left which […]

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National railway museum York

During a recent trip to York we visited the National Railway Museum which is conveniently situated next to a Park and Ride bus stop in the city. I assumed that I would need to use a fairly wide angle lens to take pictures of the engines, so I packed my Tamron 10-24mm super wide angle along with a Takumar 28mm f/3.5 and Takumar 55mm f/1.8 to use on my Camdiox focal reducer. As it happens I mostly used the longest […]

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A day trip to Bennington Lordship

Today we decided to take a trip to Bennington Lordship to see the Snowdrops. It wasn’t a planned trip – we just looked on the website to see when it was open and discovered that today was one of the days when it was open so we decided to go over and see what the snowdrops were like. It’s only about 3 miles away from our house and only takes about 10 minutes to get there, so once we knew […]

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SMC Pentax-M 80-200 f/4.5 zoom on Sony Nex 6

This 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 […]

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