Ode to old lenses ...

#1 Jun 17th, 2015, 14:20
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Starting a thread FOR EVERYONE to shoot with old manual focus/cheap to buy lenses and to show the output here . A FUN thread really


Few days back was fiddling with Legendary Nikkor 28 mm f2 lens which is a small petite thing and extremely highly rated by Bjørn Rørslett. I bought this used for Rs.2000/= . A particularly ugly copy , bent filter ring , two mount changing operations suffered ( one a failed venture ). The output is here for you to see , all SOOC images , casual type images. Your feedback will be much appreciated


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#2 Jun 17th, 2015, 19:38
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Old Lenses.

I thought you meant Tessar and Apo Lanthar, and those of that ilk
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I thought you meant Tessar and Apo Lanthar, and those of that ilk
None of them , would love if you share some
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I will have to look out my 6x7 Baby Linhof and see what resides there, as well as other bits and bobs......... old Weston iv meter?.

I have a couple of Daguerreotypes etc.

Ill have to think!

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I should see if I can dig out my 1000 mm lens which I thought would be useful in India not to mention the right angle lense. However, that thread, most useless things taken to India, would be more appropriate..
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I still have my old Pentax ME Super and lenses and am very tempted to take to India. a photographer friends shoots with an old Mamiya (sp?) medium format SLR.
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Originally Posted by Sama View Post I still have my old Pentax ME Super and lenses and am very tempted to take to India. a photographer friends shoots with an old Mamiya (sp?) medium format SLR.
Me too. I love that camera. I have taken it to India few time in the past. That was before I swapped over to Nikon.
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Great pics, Somnath! What camera did you use to take those pics of the vintage camera?


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Originally Posted by Sama View Post I still have my old Pentax ME Super and lenses and am very tempted to take to India. a photographer friends shoots with an old Mamiya (sp?) medium format SLR.
Gosh! That was my first ever SLR camera! Then I moved on to the Pentax LX, which was swell. Then to Nikon FM2 but craved FM3, and never got that. Then the digital age caught up and now I only have my smart phone and old Panasonic FZ-28 and LX-3.

('Mamiya' is the correct spelling). ('Hasselblad' would have been a better spelling!)
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I was going to start a new thread when I found this one... [ once again iamsomnath's pics are off-puttingly good 8-( ]

I am quite ridiculously pleased with myself having successfully stripped, de-fungused; and AI mod'd my Nikon 55mm 3.5 micro - so I had to come and brag about it <g>. Many thanks for online help.

This sort of work is amazingly good for testing your patience - I spent 10 - 15 minutes replacing some of the tiny screws!
Finally finished - so of course I photographed my work table! :-


Here's the end result on the camera:


and here is the modified bayonet ring - I've done the AI tag and had a go at the minimum aperture (EE) signal post (can't check that with my camera)


and here's the confirmation the camera is reading the aperture OK:


.... and finally - the proof of the pudding (1/5th size)....

... and a 100% crop:


I don't think that's at all bad for a lens that I've had since I bought my first Nikon SLR - Nikkormat EL 197? (and it was a good age when I bought it - 1963 - I just checked the serial no.!).

Has anyone else tried these jobs themselves?

AndyD 8-)₹
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Excellent work AFD. No , I have contemplated many a times but have never undertaken the job of opening a lens myself. may be I will start with a Vivitar or Hanimex lying somewhere.BTW that 55 is a great lens, shoot some flowers etc.
One from a great old legend , Nikon 105 2.5 ais , with a Nikon soft filter on.
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Has anyone else tried these jobs themselves?

AndyD 8-)₹
You gave me inspiration to revive my old Minolta lens. It caught flu in Rio Negro few years back....
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Originally Posted by iamsomnath View Post ....BTW that 55 is a great lens, shoot some flowers etc.
I often used this lens for flowers with film cameras, here are some with the D3:
South African Daisy


...and a 100% crop



at f11 there is a good depth of field


but at f3.5...

the depth of field for sharp focus is very shallow


the 55mm is also fine as a standard lens:


My main reason for doing the AI conversion was to be able to fit it to Nikon DSLRs safely, but I also found it was very convenient not to have to stop-down for focusing (using an E2 extension** does make that a bit easier but you lose distant focus).

AndyD 8-)


** any Nikon users with old Non-AI lenses in the attic that they would like to use an a DSLR could do worse that get an E2 ring - they're reasonably cheap on eBay and are safe on most DSLRs so you can try out your old lens (on Manual) before spending time/money on it.

- of course you can also get cheap adapters to fit old Nikon lenses on most Canon bodies 8-(₹
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Originally Posted by a_f_d View Post ..... get an E2 ring - t... so you can try out your old lens (on Manual) before spending time/money on it. 8-(₹
55mm Micro + E2 before cleaning and AI conversion (handheld)

100% crop
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Andy, great pics! I think that, in this context, you mean macro rather than micro?

I bought a budget macro slide thingy (Neewer, Aliexpress) but, at the moment, it has not spent enough time in the garden, pointed at flowers, to have anything to show off!

I have a second-hand Tamron SP 90mm/f/2.5 1:2.5 macro, with an OM mount which works, fully manual with the e-mount adapter for my a6000. I had hoped to also use it as a concert-photography lens... but it is one heavy chunk of metal and glass, and I have no chance whatsoever of getting good pics with my shaky hands. They don't make them like this any longer!

(I also have a set of two auto extension tubes which work very simply and easily with modern native lenses.)

This is 100% crop* of an E14 light-bulb thread taken with the Tamron. That is, the size is 14mm dia. It's not as pretty as a flower, but hey, I like metal and threads, and everything I needed to take this was within arm's reach of my chair!

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*well it was, but I then scaled the image down, and it doesn't do it justice.
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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post Andy, great pics! I think that, in this context, you mean macro rather than micro?
In the dim dark long-ago Nikon were worried that 'macro' would be associated with macrophotography - which was done through a microscope (!) to achieve magnifications >> 1:1 - they therefore called their lenses (which offered 1:1 or 1:2) Micro lenses. Everyone else called them 'macro'.
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...I have a second-hand Tamron SP 90mm/f/2.5 1:2.5 macro, with an OM mount which works, fully manual with the e-mount adapter for my a6000.
Since I've just moved up to a grand-piano sized DSLR at some expense, I am not allowed to even think about mirror-less (though I did get a touch of gadget fever when I saw a pic of a mirror-less with a collapsible LEICA ELMAR 50mm in front).
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I had hoped to also use it as a concert-photography lens... but it is one heavy chunk of metal and glass, and I have no chance whatsoever of getting good pics with my shaky hands. They don't make them like this any longer!
My latest extravagance was a Sigma 150-600, it's about the size of a wwII mortar - but it does have Vibration Reduction for shaky hands when it's not on its tripod!
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...This is 100% crop* of an E14 light-bulb thread taken with the Tamron. That is, the size is 14mm dia. It's not as pretty as a flower, but hey, I like metal
... and you can braze metal - if you've got a brazing torch <g>
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and threads, and everything I needed to take this was within arm's reach of my chair!


*well it was, but I then scaled the image down, and it doesn't do it justice.
Well I'm impressed - but I do wonder what lenses these birders use - for example iamsomnath's "Black Naped Monarch" showed as much detail as if he'd used a macro lens from a few inches away!

AndyD 8-)

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