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Old 09-25-2008   #21
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Hey Rense, what are your favorite M42 lenses?

Hey Doug, since the 1960's what are your favorite old manual focus lenses?

Both of the above are likely affordable by now. Even the infamous Zeiss is affordable in M42 mount. I look forward to trying one of those.

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Hey Doug, since the 1960's what are your favorite old manual focus lenses?
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I'm not a collector of old lenses for use but just a guy who rarely throws anything out. When I bought my first digital Canon and only owned one lens made for it I posted a page showing results with old stuff:
http://home.comcast.net/~dougsmit/photohome.html

Favorite? Probably my favorite is the Yashica 100mm macro but the 400mm TeleAstranar is OK, too. I am 100% certain that the 400mm Takumar would be better but I was too poor to buy one back then so I don't have one now. Neither is equal to the autofocus, auto diaphragm 'L' lenses Canon offers today. I use none now since I have bought the Canons over the last few years.

Best buy in adaptable lenses in M42 (IMHO) are the 8mm Peleng and 16mm Zenitar fisheyes. Both are available new for a fraction of the price of big name fisheyes and Canon doesn't even offer an 8mm.
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Thanks for the info Doug :) You rox!

As for Canon L lenses ... for $500-$1200 I'm not surprised to hear they are good !!!

(that's how much my car cost)

Have fun :)
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The jupiter 9 (85 mm, portraitlens with wonderfull bokeh).
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Alrighty, my "M42 to Nikon" lens mount adapter came in today - I got to play "Guess the shutter speed" for the first time.

Now I have a clear understanding of the importance of "metering" and look forward to trying the old glass on a Canon in "aperture priority mode". I'd much rather guess the aperture than the shutter speed. That way I can do "bokeh" or "hyperfocal" or "sharpeness" (as each lens has an ideal aperture for those) and not worry about the exposure.

I also see the importance of an adapter that allows "infinity focus" - I think I could only get the lens to focus between 1 foot and 12 feet.
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what i do is mount a lens similar to the m42 i am going to use and meter that and go from there. now that i have a light meter i use it as well
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why are you doing that (mounting a similar lens) badpickev?
I just meter the scene, set camera on manual, put in the values and shoot ...
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here is a shot from today with the jupiter (85mm ISO 200 Av=f/2.0 Tv=1/4000):
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My little boss is out of school and I had more time, and a stationary subject (who is playing her laptop) to test the 36 year old Takumar 55 1.8 against my 13 year old Nikon AF 50mm f/1.8.

First the Takumar - Here is a good one, I said to her "Show me the look of a girl who took $40 from her mother's purse"

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And now the Nikon. They seem similar but I feel the Nikon gathers more light. Both were set at f/1.8. I've drawn this conclusion after comparing many images taken with both lenses at almost the same time. I guess 23 years of technology has resulted in glass coatings that gather light better. But the lenses are similar. Both being from Japan I suppose they would be.

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