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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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 […]

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Kowa SE lens & aperture repair

After the strip down of my Kowa SE shutter and body, and the discovery that at least part of the problem is with the aperture assembly, the next stage in getting the camera fully working was to try to get access to the aperture blades to see why they weren’t properly opening. This post therefore covers the Kowa SE lens & aperture repair. From my initial assessment from the outside the lens, it looked as if at least one of […]

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Miranda 50mm f/1.9 focus thread clean up.

Last week I took ownership of a Miranda Automex III 35mm film camera fitted with a Miranda 50mm f/1.9 lens and found that the helicoid was in need of re-greasing. I have already rebuilt the aperture on one of these lenses and found them easier than most to work on, so I thought it would probably not be too hard to re-grease the helicoid as well. The following is a pictorial guide for anyone who may find this useful. The […]

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Miranda/Soligor 50mm PAD lens strip down

I posted last week about the Miranda D-r 35mm SLR I bought from eBay and the condition of the Miranda 50mm PAD lens which was fitted to it. In short the aperture was completely frozen when I received the camera, but started moving after it had warmed up a bit in the house. However, looking at the aperture through the front of the lens it was obviously covered in a film of oil and after a few days the blades […]

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Stripping and cleaning a Meyer-Optik Gorlitz Domiplan 50mm f/2.8 M42 lens

This post describes the procedure to strip down and clean a Meyer-Optik Gorlitz Domiplan lens which had sticky aperture blades

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Praktica Nova 1B SLR

This is a review of one of the latest additions to my collection of 35mm vintage cameras, the Praktica Nova 1B fitted with a Meyer-Optik Gorlitz Domiplan 50mm f/2.8 prime lens. The Nova 1B was manufactured in the G.D.R. by the Pentacon company from between 1967 and 1975 although I can’t find any markings to indicate when my particular copy was made. Praktica Nova 1b images My Praktica Nova 1b camera As with most of my 35mm camera collection, this […]

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Carl Zeiss Jena 50mm f/2.8 strip down and clean

I received another camera and lens combination a couple of days ago – a Praktica LB fitted with a Carl Zeiss Jena 50mm f/2.8 zebra lens. When I received it the focus ring was completely locked and the aperture wouldn’t close so this seemed to be another ideal candidate for a ‘strip down and clean’ post. It turned out this was a considerably more complex problem than the last lens I took apart and cleaned although I’m pretty sure that it’s […]

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Auto Optomax 200mm telephoto lens on Sony Nex 6

This is a short review of the vintage M42 mount Auto Optomax 200mm f/3.5 telephoto lens when used on a Sony Nex 6 mirrorless camera. Although this lens is relatively cheap to purchase, the overall results obtained suggest that it is not a good buy. Auto Optomax 200mm Images 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 […]

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Pentacon 30mm f/3.5 M42 lens on Sony Nex

This is a brief review of the Pentacon 30mm f/3.5 prime lens fitted with an M42 screw thread lens fitted to my Sony Nex 6 camera. Pentacon 30mm f/3.5 Images I bought this lens from E-Bay UK for £7 as a ‘sold as seen’ lens because it had some internal dust. Since lens of this vintage are normally reasonably easy to take apart I thought it was worth while trying it out to see what sort of performance I could […]

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Stripping and cleaning a Pentacon electric 50mm f/1.8

This week I made another purchase for my Nex 6 in the form of a Pentacon Electric 50mm f/1.8 prime lens. It actually came attached to a Praktica PLC3 slr which I purchased as ‘For spares or repair’ from e-bay for £13. When I received the camera I found that the description was quite accurate! The body is in reasonable condition but the shutter speed selection and the iso setting are not working properly, and when I tried to adjust […]

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