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Janet
30th January 2010, 09:13 AM
Hello guys,

Apologies if this is a dumb question, but I HAVE to ask!

My friend has just discovered an old (but pristine) Zenit EM camera in the loft, along with a selection of Carl Zeiss Jena lenses. They have been stored in clean, dry conditions and appear to be in superb condition, although I haven't actually seen them myself as yet.

Is there any sort of adaptor that would allow me to use them on my Olympus e520? Also, do you think the flash would be of any use to me? I don't want him selling them at a car boot sale if I can use them!

Not a very good picture, but here's the photo he sent.

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4068/4315743556_e23c44ce34_o.jpg

Thanks for looking.

Janet

snaarman
30th January 2010, 09:20 AM
Yes, you can buy a suitable adapter on ebay: As far as I recall the Zenit was M42 screw thread, so a M42/fourthirds adapter is item you need.

There is one niggle: Most M42 lenses have a pin on the back and many need this pressed in to use the aperture manually. Best to check the adapter will press this pin in (mine doesn't)

Jena lenses are generally well regarded in the manual lens world

Pete

skyman1
30th January 2010, 09:24 AM
Hi Janet
I believe they are a M42 screw thread so a visit to fleebay will get you a M42 to 4/3rds adaptor for about 10 upwards from Hong Kong

Janet
30th January 2010, 09:40 AM
Thanks for the incredibly fast responses!

It's going to be another couple of weeks before I can get over and have a look at them, but I'm hoping he'll send me some better pictures soon so I can find out exactly what they are.

Meanwhile, I'll check out the adaptors on e-Bay. Thanks again! Hopefully this will mean I have a few more lenses to play with!

Janet

NSS
30th January 2010, 09:53 AM
I am wating on one of these from China.

Only 3.80 posted..

http://shop.ebay.co.uk/abestsolution888/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_from=&_ipg=&_trksid=p4340

Not expecting fantastic quality and have no idea if the pin is going to be pushed in on my sigma lens. If not for 3.80 a drop of silver solder in any hole on the adaptor will soon cure that.

peak4
30th January 2010, 10:03 AM
Janet, a bit of a warning about the flash though.
Firstly, it will only work in a fully manual mode, i.e. the old fashioned way. More importantly, the trigger voltage may damage your camera's internal circuitry.:eek:
The trigger voltage is measured across the hot shoe contacts on the flash when it fires. Many modern cameras are only designed to work with trigger voltages of 6 volts or so. I've yet to see a definitive answer from anyone official as to what Oly cameras will stand; bear in mind it may be different with each model.
Don't assume it will be low, just because there's only 6Vs worth of batteries in there. The tube in the flash needs a much higher voltage to fire it; there's some electronic wizardry in the flash which steps the voltage up much higher, hence a higher voltage may be presented to the flash's hot shoe contacts. (sometimes up to 240V, with the very old units, though I doubt they would be sold these days.)
All's not lost, as whilst you are looking on ebay you can get little isolators which protect the camera from the higher voltages.

There's nothing to stop you using Bulb exposure mode, and using any old flash to paint the scene with light.

Janet
30th January 2010, 10:12 AM
Thanks for that warning Bill. I'm not very technically minded, so I think I'll give the flash a miss, or do a lot more research first!

I can't wait to see the lenses though, or at least the pics of them so I can see what there is. I've found loads of adaptors on e-Bay (many thanks to the guys who helped there!)

I've done a bit of Googling, and it seems that these may be rather nice lenses, so I'm getting as much information about them as I can. I think I may have to sell a couple of my fishing rods/reels to pay for them!

Janet

snaarman
30th January 2010, 10:26 AM
Yes there is a lot of fun to be had with old glass - just have a lurk here

http://forum.manualfocus.org/index.php

to meet some real enthusiasts :)

I will admit each time I see an image taken with (for example) "a 1893 Cooke triplet on a Canon 5D" (or whatever) I find myself thinking - blimey, its in colour !

Xpres
30th January 2010, 01:49 PM
I'm one of those 'real enthusiasts'! If you need any advice on what they are or their value I'd be happy to help - or even register at the forum Pete suggested and ask there where you may find buyers too.
Trigger voltage is OK up to 250v but you need to measure yours to make sure its lower. I wouldn't bother with that one though.

Janet
30th January 2010, 02:40 PM
Many thanks for that Xpres.

A bit more information on the lenses...unfortunately my friend knows even less about photography than I do, so these descriptions may not be too good!

This is what he's given me after looking at the lenses - just what's written on the front.

Carl Zeiss Jena Sonnar 1-2 f=4.5cm 3209260

Prinzflex MC zoom 1-3.5 f70-162 800551

Zodel 1-3.5 f=135m 670092

I presume the long numbers are serial numbers?

I think I've managed to identify the Prinzflex on Google, but I'm stumped with the others!

Does that make any sense to anyone?

Thanks for your time! I may register at the forum suggested, just for more information.

Janet

Xpres
30th January 2010, 06:03 PM
the Jena 45mm f2 looks interesting. Serial number puts it around 1950. quite fast for it's time. Should work nicely on your 520 with an adapter as a portrait lens.

Janet
31st January 2010, 04:05 PM
Thanks for all your help guys, but I'm afraid I made a bit of a boob.

The Carl Zeiss lens should read Carl Zeiss Jena Sonnar 1-2 f=8.5cm 3209260

Sorry for any confusion!

Janet

Xpres
31st January 2010, 04:17 PM
That makes much more sense and is quite rare. -Lucky you!

Janet
5th February 2010, 08:35 PM
Just a quick update..

Following information I received on here and on another forum, I emailed Zeiss, who passed my questions onto the director of the Zeiss archives.

At first it was bad news, as he told me that the serial number related to a lens made in 1909...which obviously isn't right. I assumed then that my friend had a fake.

However, I then received a second e-mail saying that a mistake had been made and it was indeed manufactured in 1949, and with the history we have, it appears that there is no reason to doubt that it's genuine.

Not quite sure where we go from here, but I'll pass all the info on to my friend, and then it's up to him. I've tried Googling, but despite days of going square-eyed, I have only come up with one lens matching the description. I'm guessing he's going to have to have it properly valued before he decides what to do with it.

I'm still going to order an adaptor and have a play with it first!

Thanks again for all your help.

Janet

Janet
13th April 2010, 05:32 PM
Hi guys!

Hope you don't mind me resurrecting an old thread?

Well, we still have the lens, and my research seems to show that it is a particularly good one. My friend is in no rush to sell, so it's mine to play with!

Due to one thing and another I never got round to ordering the adaptor - to be honest I was totally flummoxed with all the different ones available, and also very wary of buying cheap ones on E-Bay from Japan and China.

Anyway, I'm shortly going away for a month's holiday and would really like the chance to play around with it and see what it can do...

Is anyone here using one of these adaptors with M42 fit lenses, and if so, can you recommend a supplier? I'd prefer something reasonably cheap, but I don't mind paying a premium for something that I know will work with my Oly and not do any damage.

Thanks!

Janet

PS. Here's a link to the pictures I took, if it will help http://s159.photobucket.com/albums/t143/Janet_S_photos/Carl%20Zeiss%20Jena%20Sonnar%20lens/

BobS
13th April 2010, 06:10 PM
Hi Janet,

Have a look at item 110514006805 on eBay. It's 10.99 from China and is post free. You'll find quite a few adapters if you search for M42 to Olympus 4/3rds adapter. Just remember that it may take a few weeks to reach you.

Mind you don't order one that is designed for the micro 4/3rds. I have been trying out an adapter for my Rokkor lenses and have been achieving some success I have posted a picture today under the thread "Resurrected Rokkor". This adapter came from China and when you bear in mind that that's where many Olys are made................!!

Good luck
Bob

BobS
13th April 2010, 06:17 PM
Hi Janet, it's me again.

I've just had a look at your link and it doesn't look as if the Sonnar lens is an M42 screw thread. I have a Contax with a Sonnar 50mm F2 lens and it has a bayonet fitting, so be careful.

Bob

Janet
13th April 2010, 06:44 PM
Thanks for that Bob.

The lens is most definitely M42 screw fit...it is not a bayonet fitting.

It was discovered with a Zenit camera and a couple of other M42 lenses.

Janet

Janet
27th November 2010, 10:27 AM
Resurrecting an old thread again!

It really is time I got my act together and DID something with this lens instead of it sitting gathering dust at my friend's house.

With this in mind, I've had a look on Fleabay and found this...

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/AF-Confirm-m42-lens-Olympus-4-3-adapter-e620-e520-/120544941323?pt=UK_Photography_CameraLenses_Lens_c aps_hoods_adaptors_ET&hash=item1c1109d50b

Bearing in mind that I'm a total technical dummy, am I right in thinking that I would still have auto-focus on my e520 if I used it with the Zeiss lens? I know it says it does, but I've been told previously that whichever adapter I buy, I'll only ever be able to use manual focus...

I'd really appreciate the thoughts of anyone who's used one of these adapters - I've been into my local camera shop and their price for something similar is over 100....they're joking, right?

Whatever, I really must do something with this lens before Christmas as otherwise it's going on Fleabay and I don't want him to sell it for less than it's worth.

I did register earlier this year at the manual focus forum as Pete suggested, and got some excellent advice, but then they deleted my account after my forum post asking for information and advice on the lens, assuming that I was simply joining to sell, despite my telling them that it wasn't mine to dispose of. I explained the circumstances, but they weren't interested...not the most welcoming of forums, unlike this one!

I'd appreciate any advice and if anyone can provide a link to an adapter that they've found safe and reliable to allow me to use M42 mount lenses on my e520 at a reasonable cost then I'll order it today.

After purchasing a set of reversing rings last year and getting them stuck on my 35mm macro lens when a screw fell out, I'm very wary of anything which may damage my beloved Oly!

Janet

Nick Temple-Fry
27th November 2010, 11:14 AM
Bearing in mind that I'm a total technical dummy, am I right in thinking that I would still have auto-focus on my e520 if I used it with the Zeiss lens? I know it says it does, but I've been told previously that whichever adapter I buy, I'll only ever be able to use manual focus...

Janet

Well you wont have autofocus because there is nothing to drive the lens element in/out, so you will still have to focus manually. What you will have is focus confirm in the viewfinder and the bleep (if you haven't disabled it), once you've got the subject in focus by twiddling the ring on the lens.

Nick

Xpres
27th November 2010, 01:28 PM
The M42 adapters are very simple so are unlikely to do any damage. I wouldn't bother with the chipped version for af confirm, just use your eyes. Good quality adapters can be found from srb griturn for about 25 or the cheap 5 -10 type will do from ebay.
If you need any advice or help in selling for the best price let me know.

Janet
27th November 2010, 08:24 PM
Thanks for the replies...sorry I'm late in responding, but I've been out with Nelson Brass Band again for the switch on of the Christmas lights....man, I'm SOOOoooooo cold!

Nick, you've cleared up the AF thing for me....thanks! I don't think I'll bother with that version - as Xpres says, I can just use my eyes...I'm just not used to manual focus, so I guess that's something I could do with learning about. I've just ordered one from SRB-Griturn as recommended. I'd rather buy from a UK based company where I can. Hopefully it will be here before next weekend when I visit my friends again.

Xpres, if you can point me in the right direction of where they can go to try and get a valuation for the lens, I'd appreciate it, and will pass them the details.

I'm looking forward to playing around with it - hopefully it will produce images as good as I've been lead to expect, in which case, once it's been valued, I may well be making them an offer myself!

Janet

BobS
27th November 2010, 09:11 PM
Xpres, if you can point me in the right direction of where they can go to try and get a valuation for the lens, I'd appreciate it, and will pass them the details.

I'm looking forward to playing around with it - hopefully it will produce images as good as I've been lead to expect, in which case, once it's been valued, I may well be making them an offer myself!

Janet

I reckon that a search on eBay for similar lenses would give you an idea what they are worth. In other words, an article is only worth what the market will pay for it. That doesn't take into account any sentimental, etc., value you attach to it. If you ask a dealer to value a lens, he will probably give you a figure that he would pay if he bought it from you (and also say that there's no market for that type of lens).

Xpres
28th November 2010, 12:41 AM
As Bob says, a dealer will only tell you what he thinks he'd pay, you'd get a lot more at auction, but Simon Chesterman of collectable cameras would be a good place to start if you wanted to go that way.
I've just found your thread on TP - looks like you're going to have some fun... Good luck and post some of the results here too. :)

Janet
28th November 2010, 01:54 PM
I got a great deal of help on TP, but I tend not to go there much now...too big and busy for me and too much bitching!

I've found the details for Collectable Cameras, so I'll pass the details on, thanks! If this lens peforms as well as I've been lead to believe it should, then I'm secretly hoping that it turns out to be worth bobbins so I can keep it myself!

Janet

Janet
30th November 2010, 06:28 PM
Xpres,

Thanks very much for the tip about SRB-Griturn. I ordered late on Saturday night and it arrived this morning. Excellent service!

I'm looking forward to playing around with the lens at the weekend - that's if the weather clears up enough for me to go over to my friends!

Janet

Xpres
30th November 2010, 07:57 PM
You're welcome, have fun!
I've just thought of another dealer they could talk to - Peter Loy. He seems to specialise in the older rarer stuff.

Janet
6th December 2010, 11:52 AM
Well, I had an interesting weekend trying out the Carl Zeiss Jena Sonnar. I'm not used to manual focus, so it was a bit of a learning curve, but I was quite impressed with the results.

Just a few random test shots - all straight from the camera with no tweaks.

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5126/5234906862_1a9c30edf9_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/janetstansfield/5234906862/)

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5203/5234948758_aa6c5f684b_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/janetstansfield/5234948758/)

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5169/5234941866_935604a566_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/janetstansfield/5234941866/)

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5045/5234954046_1ba2f9976f_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/janetstansfield/5234954046/)

This one is rather poignant - the grave of the guy who owned the lens...

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5010/5234924796_222377aa7b_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/janetstansfield/5234924796/)

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5170/5234930080_70383f9050_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/janetstansfield/5234930080/)

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5045/5234932572_257b878ed3_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/janetstansfield/5234932572/)

The rest of the test shots are here...

http://www.flickr.com/photos/janetstansfield/sets/72157625415223205/with/5234932572/

I'd really appreciate if some of you knowledgeable guys could take a quick look and tell me what you think? I don't expect any detailed C&C, as these were just quick test shots to try and see how good (or bad!) the lens performs after all this time. I thought it was pretty damned good for a 61 year old lens!

Janet

BobS
6th December 2010, 04:18 PM
I'm far from being a knowledgeable guy but these shots look good to me. In fact, your experimenting with a old Zeiss lens has made me wonder whether I can get an adapter for my 50mm F2 Sonnar. It has a bayonet fitting to fit a Contax camera and I doubt whether an adapter is available for this.

Bikie John
6th December 2010, 04:30 PM
Looks like you can get Contax adapters for both big and micro 4/3rds from our friends at SRB-Griturn - see http://www.srb-griturn.com/camera-body-adaptors-eg-nikon-lens-onto-a-canon-body-324-c.asp

They make their own at around GBP40 for micro or GBP25 for big 4/3, and import Novoflex ones for a hundred or so. I've dealt with them a couple of times and found them excellent, and would have no hesitation in using their own adapters. I've just got a few bits and bobs from them for joining cameras to telescopes and everything seems fine.

Ciao ... John

BobS
6th December 2010, 05:25 PM
Looks like you can get Contax adapters for both big and micro 4/3rds from our friends at SRB-Griturn - see http://www.srb-griturn.com/camera-body-adaptors-eg-nikon-lens-onto-a-canon-body-324-c.asp

They make their own at around GBP40 for micro or GBP25 for big 4/3, and import Novoflex ones for a hundred or so. I've dealt with them a couple of times and found them excellent, and would have no hesitation in using their own adapters. I've just got a few bits and bobs from them for joining cameras to telescopes and everything seems fine.

Ciao ... John

Thanks John. I may well have a go at this after Christmas. It all depends whether or not I sell my Contax 11A (not used for the last 40 years!) one went for 325 recently which would go a little way towards getting an E5.

Xpres
6th December 2010, 06:16 PM
I think you can see from your results that it's a great lens. Only time and more play will tell you how and when you'd want to use it. If it were mine I'd hang on to it as an investment and a good user. Are your friends going to let you have it, or will they sell?

Janet
6th December 2010, 06:52 PM
I really was seriously impressed with it! The results were far, far better than I thought I'd get, considering they were all taken hand held on a very overcast and rainy day. The few I took indoors I managed to take at ISO 400, which is a first in that room without flash!

I found the focussing particularly difficult in dim light, so I had a few wasted shots, but I think that was more down to my eyesight than the lens. As I was on a day out with my friends, I couldn't spend time messing around with a tripod, so I had to grab them as and when I could. I think if I used my tripod and spent some more time setting the shots up then I could achieve much better results with it. They do very well at humouring me with my camera obsession, but there are limits to their patience, especially on what was supposed to be a family day out! All in all though, I was pretty pleased with my first outing using a manual lens.

I found the focussing ring rather stiff compared with my Oly lenses, or indeed the other Prinzflex lens that they found with the camera - it was certainly very smooth though, so I'm not sure if that's the way it's supposed to be or if perhaps the lens would benefit from a service? I can whizz the focus ring round quickly on all my other lenses, but this was a tad slower. I also found the lens rather heavy, but that's only a minor niggle...it really was a pleasure to use.

I have the lens now and I'm going to try and take some more considered shots with it at the weekend. I have to admit I've fallen in love with it, but if it does turn out to be valuable/collectible then I think my friends would be foolish not to sell for the best return they can get.

Basically I'm hoping to try and find out the going rate for this lens, and then take it from there. I'm sure they'll be open to negotiations to keep it in the family!

Janet

Xpres
6th December 2010, 10:38 PM
I really was seriously impressed with it! The results were far, far better than I thought I'd get, considering they were all taken hand held on a very overcast and rainy day. The few I took indoors I managed to take at ISO 400, which is a first in that room without flash!

I found the focussing particularly difficult in dim light, so I had a few wasted shots, but I think that was more down to my eyesight than the lens. As I was on a day out with my friends, I couldn't spend time messing around with a tripod, so I had to grab them as and when I could. I think if I used my tripod and spent some more time setting the shots up then I could achieve much better results with it. They do very well at humouring me with my camera obsession, but there are limits to their patience, especially on what was supposed to be a family day out! All in all though, I was pretty pleased with my first outing using a manual lens.

I found the focussing ring rather stiff compared with my Oly lenses, or indeed the other Prinzflex lens that they found with the camera - it was certainly very smooth though, so I'm not sure if that's the way it's supposed to be or if perhaps the lens would benefit from a service? I can whizz the focus ring round quickly on all my other lenses, but this was a tad slower. I also found the lens rather heavy, but that's only a minor niggle...it really was a pleasure to use.

I have the lens now and I'm going to try and take some more considered shots with it at the weekend. I have to admit I've fallen in love with it, but if it does turn out to be valuable/collectible then I think my friends would be foolish not to sell for the best return they can get.

Basically I'm hoping to try and find out the going rate for this lens, and then take it from there. I'm sure they'll be open to negotiations to keep it in the family!

Janet

For you first outing you certainly started with with a 'gem' - as they say. Focusing is always going to be tricky on the 520, especially in low light, but you get used to it after a while.
The focus is often stiff on these if they've been put a way for a while - the grease dries out. If it's useable I'd leave it as it is, if not it can be re-lubed easily enough.
A word of warning.... if you like this sort of lens it's a slippery slope to a cupboard full of them!
I hope you get to keep it, but if it is the Contax 'S' version your friends should do very nicely from its sale... a couple of E5s worth. :)

Janet
8th December 2010, 06:55 PM
Quick update - I've emailed two dealers, and just had an email from one of them, saying that according to factory records, this lens was originally manufactured in Contax bayonet mount and was part of a batch completed on January 29th 1949. It's obviously been modified for M42 somewhere along the way...

I'd sent some sample pics taken with the lens to show the quality, but now he's asked me to send some photos of the lens so that he can give me an idea of his buying price. At least he didn't simply say that he wasn't interested!

I really hope it's rather low, as I SOOOoooooo don't want to part with it now!

Janet

Janet
18th December 2010, 10:18 AM
One dealer hasn't bothered to reply, and the other one has declined to make an offer as he says it isn't in a good enough condition, despite the quality of the photos taken....still, he's suggested I offer my friend between 75 and 100 and we should both be happy.

Then it gets interesting - my friend has managed to track down the guy who owned the lens originally, and visited him yesterday. He remembered it! Apparently it was sourced in Berlin and put on the Zenit camera as the thread is longer than standard. The damage to the filter thread was caused when it was hit by other cameras in the course of use. (I've only got this info in a text message...will find out more when we chat).

The guy now runs a camera shop dealing in legacy lenses, and valued the lens at between 150 - 200, which is not such good news for me, so I think we'll have to enter into some lengthy negotiations over a few beers...*chr

I just find it amazing that after fifty years, the original owner has been traced and we now know the full history. It makes the lens just a bit more special for me, and I'll do my utmost to "keep it in the family".

Janet

Lord Minty
18th December 2010, 06:34 PM
Quick update - I've emailed two dealers, and just had an email from one of them, saying that according to factory records, this lens was originally manufactured in Contax bayonet mount and was part of a batch completed on January 29th 1949. It's obviously been modified for M42 somewhere along the way...

I'd sent some sample pics taken with the lens to show the quality, but now he's asked me to send some photos of the lens so that he can give me an idea of his buying price. At least he didn't simply say that he wasn't interested!

I really hope it's rather low, as I SOOOoooooo don't want to part with it now!

Janet

Janet, I don't think that can't be right - the Contax/Yashica bayonet as we know it today didn't exist in 1949 - it wasn't introduced until the 1970s. A 1949 Contax camera would have been M42... see Camerapedia (http://www.camerapedia.org/wiki/Contax_S)

It's possible it might be in the pre-war Contax Rangefinder bayonet fitting, but I'd be surprised if anyone converted that to M42 to be honest.

Lastly, I'm a bit concerned that you've referred to them as 'Carl Zeiss Jena' - is that name actually on the lenses? or are they marked 'Carl Zeiss aus Jena'? The 'aus Jena' designation wasn't used until at least the mid-1960s.

Do you have any photos of the lenses? That would ease identification.

It might be an idea if you were to contact Marc James Small, best known as co-author of the Zeiss Compendium. He can usually be contacted via the PUGW (Praktica User Group Worldwide) Yahoo Group or via rangefinderforums.com (http://www.rangefinderforum.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?forumid=156)

It may be you have turned up a genuine 1940s collectible gem, or it may be that your going to get burned for widely available lenses which aren't worth more than 50-100.

Janet
18th December 2010, 07:51 PM
Hi Lord Minty, and thanks for the reply.

I've confirmed with Zeiss that the lens did actually leave the factory in Contax mount in January 1949, and the previous owner confirmed yesterday it was adapted for M42. I don't have any more details about that until I speak to my friend. I do hope he asked what fitting it had originally, but as he knows nothing about cameras, I rather suspect not, However I have compared it to the other two lenses, and the screw thread is indeed slightly longer than the thread on the other two M42 lenses.

Yes, the name Carl Zeiss Jena is on the lens....

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5201/5249172157_d2c3bbfccb.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/janetstansfield/5249172157/)

Here's a link to the full set of photos http://www.flickr.com/photos/janetstansfield/sets/72157625570854842/with/5249172157/

I'll try the contact you mentioned for some more information.

Thanks again.

Janet

Xpres
18th December 2010, 09:54 PM
Nice to see the lens up close and the mystery solved, that dent is an easy fix.
Good luck with the 'negotiations'. They should go well - It's nearly Christmas. ;)

Lord Minty
18th December 2010, 10:08 PM
Hi Janet, yes I found the photos after I'd replied :( I really should read the threads properly!

Yes it certainly looks like a lens from around 1949. Must admit I'm really surprised it was remounted to M42, so it must have been a Contax Rangefinder bayonet lens originally.

Please do contact Marc - I'm sure he'll be able to cast some light on the lens and if not he'll add it to his very extensive knowledge of Zeiss! And it may still be that you've uncovered a real gem of a lens here :)

Janet
18th December 2010, 10:52 PM
I'm going to talk to him very, very nicely and ply him with copious amounts of Guinness! I really, really don't want to part with it now...I'm sure we can come to some sort of arrangement...hopefully!

The dent doesn't worry me in the slightest, as it doesn't affect the image quality and I can't see me wanting to put a filter on the lens. I've cleaned all the dust off, but other than that I've left it alone. If I do end up as the new owner, I'll probably look at finding someone to give it a thorough service.

I've tried contacting Marc as you suggested. It seems he's no longer active on the rangefinder forum, and I'm still waiting to be accepted on the PUGW group. I do hope they're not like the manual focus forum who banned me after one post assuming I'd simply joined to get a price and sell.

It certainly is a gem of a lens, and one that I don't want to part with. However, I'm going to continue with my research for a little while longer, just in case...

It's not always easy getting the focus right, but I'm sure that will come with time and practice...I think I should perhaps have bought the adapter with the AF confirmation to compensate for my poor eyesight, but hey, I'm stuck with it now! However, when I do manage it, the results are outstandingly sharp and clear. When time allows, I'll try and do some comparison shots with my other lenses.

It's far heavier than any of my Oly lenses, but it's an absolute pleasure to use. I'm not sure what it is about it though...is it just a nostalgia thing? Whatever, I'm having a lot of fun trying it out..it's a bit of a faff getting all the settings right, but I'm learning a lot about aperture, exposure and DOF in the process, which can't be a bad thing!

Janet

Janet
2nd January 2011, 09:10 PM
Well, after copious amounts of Guinness and a bit of haggling, the lens is now mine to keep! Yaaaaayyyyy! We've negotiated what we both feel is a fair price, so I can stop my research now, thank goodness!

Janet

PeterBirder
2nd January 2011, 09:57 PM
Pleased you got the lens Janet.*chr
It's been fascinating following your roller coaster journey from first "finding" the lens, researching it, discovering how good it is and even finding it's original owner. You deserve it.*yes

Thanks for sharing a great story.

Janet
2nd January 2011, 10:20 PM
Thanks Peter! Yes, it has been a bit of a roller coaster ride...I so wanted to keep the lens after using it, but felt it only right and proper to try and find out a bit of its history and get a fair price for my friend as it was obvious that this wasn't just an ordinary lens.

I'm sure there are some who would say that it isn't anything special, but I love the results I'm getting from it, and it's a nice feeling to be able to get it back into use after all those years lying forgotten.

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5208/5312002551_046c5c7904_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/janetstansfield/5312002551/)

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5088/5311999603_df3836dde5_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/janetstansfield/5311999603/)

I'm just delighted that we agreed a price and it won't now be sold on e-Bay. Much better to keep it "in the family" and carry on using it. I think I'm going to have a lot of fun!

Janet