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  • 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...
  • Miranda Repair

    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...
  • Pentax Lens Samples

    Pentax-M SMC 80-200mm 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. Images of the Pentax-M SMC 80-200mm 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...
  • Pentacon Samples

    Pentacon electric 50mm f/1.8 review on Sony Nex 6

    A few weeks ago I wrote a post about stripping and cleaning a Pentacon Electric 50mm f/1.8 manual lens and I included a few sample pictures with that post but I thought it would be interesting to do a more in-depth review of this readily available lens. I actually have two copies of this lens. The first, which was the subject of the post I mentioned above, and another one which came with a very good condition Praktica PLC3 35mm...

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