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Old Jun 13, 2012, 10:19 AM   #1
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I inherited a bunch of old glass from my dad - all M42 mount. So far my absolute favorite is the original Super-Takumar 50/1.4, followed closely by Chinon 35/2.8.

Here's a wide open shot of the Takumar. I find it much easier to focus in live view than through the viewfinder. This was done via the latter so it could be crisper. Truthfully, I wanted to test the hype of the bokeh that this lens can produce. I love it.



Here's a shot of the Chinon, also wide opened...

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Old Jun 14, 2012, 3:42 AM   #2
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Hi,

Welcome !, I like both shots. Yes M42 lenses can produce outstanding results, I have a few from my film camera days that get pressed into use occasionally.

My favourite is a more recently acquired Vivitar 90mm/2.8 macro lens, difficult to use manually for macro shots, but results are superb when used on a tripod and with a slide rail.

http://forums.steves-digicams.com/cl...liderails.html

You may find the link below of interest, good insight in shooting with manual lenses. ... Jack.

http://www.robertsdonovan.com/?p=1181
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The only time a non-manual lenses is on my camera these days is for macro or if one of the kids wants to use my camera. I simply couldn't afford K-AF equivalents of the 50mm f/1.5, 28mm f/2.4, 500mm f/8, etc etc, and to be honest I don't even think about manual focus or stopping down any more.

I blame BigDawg, he always got such great results with his manual lenses, I just ran with it and never looked back.
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Hi,

Welcome !, I like both shots. Yes M42 lenses can produce outstanding results, I have a few from my film camera days that get pressed into use occasionally.

My favourite is a more recently acquired Vivitar 90mm/2.8 macro lens, difficult to use manually for macro shots, but results are superb when used on a tripod and with a slide rail.

http://forums.steves-digicams.com/cl...liderails.html

You may find the link below of interest, good insight in shooting with manual lenses. ... Jack.

http://www.robertsdonovan.com/?p=1181
Great pictures, Jack, and thanks for the link. I am looking at adding either a K-5 or K-7 body to my collection at some point to use my dad's old K Mount lenses on. In the meantime, I find it very easy to just use Live View on my 550D when using these old M42s lens. It makes manual focusing effortless and very accurate.
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My 4 most used M42s in order of preference ...

1. Vivitar 90/2.8 Macro

2. Carl Zeiss Flektogon 35/2.8 superb closeups

3. Russian Industar - 61LZ 50/2.8 again superb closeups

4. Chinon 135/2.8 good fo closeups when you want to stand off from your subject some ie. Stinging beasties
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