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  • Kodak Samples

    Excellent Kodak Retina Ysarex f/2.8 50mm lens on Fuji X-T1

    In this post I’m going to show some pictures I took on my Fuji X-T1 mirrorless camera using a vintage Kodak Retina Ysarex f/2.8 50mm lens, made by Rodenstock, which was supplied as a standard lens on the Retina Reflex series of cameras. Of course, the Kodak Retina Ysarex won’t fit onto a Fuji X-T1 without an adapter, so to shoot these pictures I bought a cheap adapter from eBay to fit the lens on the camera. In fact, the...
  • Pentax Lens Samples

    Pentax 28 to 90mm zoom sample pictures

    For anyone who owns a Pentax DSLR there are a whole host of K-Mount lenses available to use on it dating from the very first Pentax cameras to use the K-Mount, as well as lots of third party lenses which were also made with this almost universal lens mount. I have used several of these lenses and published the results on this site, but they have mostly been manual focus, prime lenses. I thought it would be interesting to see...
  • E Ludwig Meritar Samples

    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...
  • Carl Zeiss Samples

    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 mirrorless 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...
  • Vivitar Samples

    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 manufacturers home produced lenses. In this post, I see how one of the Vivitar range, the Vivitar 75-205mm f/3.8 zoom performs on my Fuji X-T1 mirrorless camera. Vivitar 75-205mm f/3.8 zoom pictures Because they are now generally cheap...
  • Super Paragon Samples

    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. In...
  • Mamiya-Sekor Samples

    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. Mamiya-Sekor 50mm f/2.0 Pictures I acquired my copy of the Mamiya-Sekor 50mm f/2.0 when I purchased a Mamiya 500TL recently for a couple of pounds. It turned out that the camera body wasn’t...
  • Topcon Samples

    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 – the Topcon UV Topcor 28mm f/4. 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 own adapter...
  • Chinnon Samples

    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 mirrorless 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...
  • Olympus Samples

    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....
  • Topcon Samples

    Making a Topcor UV to Nex mount adapter

    This 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. 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...
  • Sigma Samples

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

    This post describes the Sigma Mini-Wide 28mm f/2.8 manual focus lens from the 1970’s and its use on a modern APS-C sensor, Fuji X-T1 camera. Sigma Mini-Wide 28mm f/2.8 sample images 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 made...
  • Pentax Lens Samples

    Some samples from an Pentax-M SMC 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 Pentax-M SMC 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...
  • Tokina Samples

    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 Tokina RMC 75 – 260 f/4.5 zoom in the YMCA charity shop...
  • Helios Samples

    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 Nex 6 mirrorless 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 of the box...
  • Helios Samples

    Some samples from a Helios 44M lens

    The Russian Helios 44M lens was supplied on most of the Zenit 35mm slr cameras produced and, since there were literally millions made, is readily available for a relatively low price. Being M42 screw mount means it’s possible to adapt it to a large number of mirror-less and DSLR cameras. I have a couple of examples, both or which are the 44M version which has the aperture actuation pin in the lens mount to allow the lens to be stopped...
  • Takumar Samples

    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 Auto Takumar 55mm which I acquired as part of the Pentax S1 kit I bought, so this post features some Auto Takumar 55mm sample pictures. Auto Takumar 55mm sample pictures. The adapter I purchased wasn’t one of Pentax’s own units and because...
  • Chinon Samples

    Auto Chinon 28mm f/2.8 M42 lens on digital camera

    This is a review of the Auto Chinon 28mm M42 mount f/2.8 lens when used on Sony Nex 6 and Ricoh GXR APS-C digital cameras. Auto Chinon 28mm f/2.8 Images My Auto Chinon 28mm Lens I was given my copy of this lens by my cousin Therese and her husband Mike when they discovered at a family get-together that I’m a collector of vintage camera equipment. Mike used to be an avid photographer and bought a Chinon CX with a...
  • Meyer-Optik Samples

    Some samples from a Meyer-Optik Primotar f/2.8 50mm

    A few weeks ago I bought a Praktica IV 35mm slr which came fitted with a Meyer-Optik Primotar M42 mount, pre-set lens. As is my usual practice when I discover a new lens, I like to try it on a modern digital camera to see how it performs, so I attached this one to my Ricoh GXR A12 M Mount with a suitable adapter, and took some pictures during one of my morning walks about Stevenage. The Primotar is an...
  • Schneider-Kreuznach Samples

    A few samples from a Schneider-Kreuznach Xenar 50mm f/2.8 lens

    It was a few months ago that I bought an Edixa-Mat Reflex B slr camera which came with a Schneider-Kreuznach Xenar lens fitted and I thought I would try fitting it to my Ricoh GXR A12 module and get a few sample shots to see how it performs. The Xenar lens is an M42 mount unit but it has a somewhat non-standard auto/manual lever which fouls on the mount adapter, so in order to fit the lens it needs to...

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