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Old Jun 11, 2008, 5:05 AM   #11
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man, somebody got a good deal on that vivitar 90 series 1 i posted above. slipped thru the cracks.
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Old Jun 11, 2008, 7:33 AM   #12
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Those original Series 1 lenses are quite spectacular. There was a time when I had a whole set in F-mount for a Nikon F2....the 28mm f1.9, a 35-85mm f2.8 and 90-180 f4.5 flat field that was possibly as sharp as anything I've ever used, new or old.

You don't see nearly as many in someother mounts, but they do show up from time to time, and when you miss them, it can sometimes be a while before you see another. Fortunately, you can buy adaptors to use almost anymount with a four-thirds camera.
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Old Jun 11, 2008, 9:07 AM   #13
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this would be a good way to start:
http://cgi.ebay.com/Olympus-by-Vivit...QQcmdZViewItem


lol nothing like that....bidding got out of hand for my budget at the time. I figured 20 bucks was nothing to lose just to have something to play around with. I will have to catch another deal later on. You know they pay us military folks with peanuts. :?


If you guys see more worthwhile stuff on ebay please post it up for me. I great appreaciate the advise....your the experts and this rookie is as greatful as he can be.
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Old Jun 12, 2008, 1:48 PM   #14
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Too my surpise I got an early Father Day gift from a friend....Here I get handed a SOLIGOR 35-70mm F2.5-3.5 at least thats what is on the box however its not written in the lens anywhere. On the lens it says Asanuma 58mm. So I am like where in the blue blazes did you get this? Some pawn shop in Long Beach. Oh well lets see what it can do. Not to bad though whatever this lens is....have a look for yourselves.

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I'm stupid thats just the filter that reads Asanuma it is indeed an Soligor 35-70mm


I bothced the focus on this one.





This one is ok



Going to fool around with this glass some more (whatever the heck it is:?) Not bad for $5 I guess the pawn shop guy didnt know what it was either. I am still in the market for better macro glass though


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Old Jun 12, 2008, 5:00 PM   #15
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nice. i have some old 35-70's, zeiss & rokkor, that are pretty good & fun to use. with some dial a distortion, barrel to pincushion/wide to telephoto. the only old zooms i use. some 35-70's were considered as sharp as primes.

come to think of it, leica liked the rokkor 35-70 3.5 so much, they rebadged it.
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Old Jun 13, 2008, 6:51 PM   #16
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glass isnt have bad at all.


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Old Jun 17, 2008, 11:06 AM   #17
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Auto bellows?

Anybody have experience...I been reading up on them and so on. Worth the time?

Found a cheap one on craigslist

http://orangecounty.craigslist.org/pho/720247242.html
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Old Jun 17, 2008, 11:12 AM   #18
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my advice is: just get one
















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Old Jun 17, 2008, 11:31 AM   #19
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Auto bellows?

Anybody have experience...I been reading up on them and so on. Worth the time?

Found a cheap one on craigslist

http://orangecounty.craigslist.org/pho/720247242.html
thats not cheap. i converted my konicabellows to 4/3 mount, which takes some machining. keep in mind youwill need a focus rail if not built in. check out old canon fd bellows, cheap because theres no use for fd mount,but it needs converting. got any machining resources?
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Old Jun 17, 2008, 12:28 PM   #20
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I can barely holda wrench steady.. Judging by that ballpoint they are worth the weight in gold.
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