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. These […]

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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. These pictures can be viewed full size here. I acquired my copy when I purchased a Mamiya 500TL recently for a couple of pounds. It turned out that the camera body wasn’t in […]

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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 mm f/3.8 M42 Auto Zoom lens on a digital camera. My 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 of cameras was £9-49 and it consisted of four cameras and three lenses, I guess I would estimate the cost of […]

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Some samples from a Helios 44M lens

The Russian Helios 44 lens was suppled 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 mirrorless 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 […]

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Auto Chinon 28mm f/2.8 M42 lens on a 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. My 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 variety of different lenses, but for the last […]

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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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Soligor TM 35mm SLR

This is a relatively short post about the Soligor TM 35mm slr camera because it is virtually identical to the Miranda Sensomat which I have already covered in one of my other vintage camera posts. The pictures in this gallery can also be viewed full sized here My Camera I bought this camera because I wanted to see how different it was from the Sensomat. It was a version produced for Soligor by Miranda with the usual Miranda dual mount replaced […]

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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 Mayer-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 […]

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Edixa Reflex D 35mm slr camera

This is another Edixa 35mm slr camera, the Edixa Reflex D, which is very similar in appearance to the other Edixa models in my collection. One thing that is a bit different from those cameras however is the method by which I acquired it. Normally I buy my vintage cameras from eBay, but this one was bought from another secondhand site called preloved.co.uk. I found it by doing a search on the site for edixa and this camera came up. […]

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Some samples from a Steinheil Munchen Cassar S prime lens

This post is one of the series of posts I’ve written which just gives a short description and a collection of sample pictures from a vintage  manual lens used on a modern digital camera. Other posts in this series covered the Pentax 50mm f/1.7 prime, the Minolta 50mm f/1.7 prime and the Meyer-Optik Domiplan. The lens was acquired by me as part of a purchase of a west German Edixa flex 35mm slr. It’s a 50mm M42 mount lens, with a click-less […]

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Soligor 200mm f/3.5 Tele Auto on Sony Nex

The Soligor lens which is the subject for this post is quite an easy lens to pick up in a variety of different camera mounts at a low price – the example I have cost me £3.20 + £6.00 for post. Lens Description and use on the Sony Nex 6 At f/3.5 maximum aperture this is quite a fast lens for a 200mm focal length which increases it’s usefulness by allowing you to reduce the shutter speed if handheld or […]

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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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