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    Anyone here uses Russian Lenses, Care to comment about it?

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    do a search lah, u will find gems.

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    I had recently acquire a zenitar 16mm fish eye. love the sharpness, color and contrast. If you want to try a russian lens, just call me to arrange to meet up, anytime (less regular working hour).

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    I am using a Minolta Camera .... so which russian lens can I work with? Do I need a M42 -> Minolta AF mount convertor?

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    Try the following:
    Industar 61 LZ MC 50mm f2.8
    Helios 44M-4 58mm f2
    Mir-1b 37mm f2.8
    Jupiter-9 MC 85mm f2
    Jupiter 37A 135mm f3.5

    and ofcos the famous zenitar fisheye.

    These are preset lens meaning not coupling on len mount. That is why it can be use in most SLR with the adapter. With no mechanical likage, your len almost never run out of calibration and shoot at true aperture. The preset work by turning the preset ring to close to the actual aperture and then fire off the shutter. They are cheap and very good, just buy and once u know their characteristic well, u can use them on any SLR and expect consistent result.

    For metering, becos there is no electronics contact, the meter will always assume wide open meaning f1.0. It doesn't matter since u are shooting at the len's real aperture. So, set the meter to "Av", that will do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by whoelse
    Try the following:
    Industar 61 LZ MC 50mm f2.8
    Helios 44M-4 58mm f2
    Mir-1b 37mm f2.8
    Jupiter-9 MC 85mm f2
    Jupiter 37A 135mm f3.5

    and ofcos the famous zenitar fisheye.

    These are preset lens meaning not coupling on len mount. That is why it can be use in most SLR with the adapter. With no mechanical likage, your len almost never run out of calibration and shoot at true aperture. The preset work by turning the preset ring to close to the actual aperture and then fire off the shutter. They are cheap and very good, just buy and once u know their characteristic well, u can use them on any SLR and expect consistent result.

    For metering, becos there is no electronics contact, the meter will always assume wide open meaning f1.0. It doesn't matter since u are shooting at the len's real aperture. So, set the meter to "Av", that will do.
    Since you are using a Pentax K mount, how did you couple the Russian lens onto it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by blurblock
    Since you are using a Pentax K mount, how did you couple the Russian lens onto it?
    How you know I use PK mount? The beauty of screw mount is that u can buy M42->whatever mount convertor. In my case, I have a original Asahi M42-PK adapter. Someone mentioned fotographix at china town got few pieces of original left for sales at $35. Buy them all if u can, K13 is selling OEM at $65 and running out of stock. Get the original cos nothing compares to it.

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    I have a helios 58mm lens and it takes beautiful portraits. It gives the "artistic" kind of look that I can't really describe and can't seem to find in modern affordable optics, which somehow looks a little sterile in comparison...

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    where to get these lenses in singapore? any chance to use for canon? what are the prices like?
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    I got to wait until I have either a Pentax Kx or a SRT 202 for buy Russian lens ...LOL .... I think I will like russian lenses

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    Quote Originally Posted by khairi
    where to get these lenses in singapore? any chance to use for canon? what are the prices like?
    Get a few people together and buy it from the US or Russia ..... Share the transport charges.

    This is wat I am going to do ..... after I got my manual camera

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    Quote Originally Posted by blurblock
    Get a few people together and buy it from the US or Russia ..... Share the transport charges.

    This is wat I am going to do ..... after I got my manual camera
    hmmm that sounds like it cant be found in singapore

    transpsrt charges? Ex or not? one lense..expensive?
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    Quote Originally Posted by khairi
    hmmm that sounds like it cant be found in singapore

    transpsrt charges? Ex or not? one lense..expensive?
    For one lens it will not be quantifiable. Thus I suggest to look for others who are like minded .....

    Anyway, you can take a look at some of the websites :-

    http://www.rugift.com
    http://www.kievcamera.com
    http://www.russiansouvenirs.com

    And others

    Take a look at some pictures taken from russian lenses (The flare control is outstanding !!!!) :-
    http://www.king-2.co.jp/gallery/gallery.htm

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    No need to buy mechanical camera to enjoy the M42 screw mount russian lens. I am using an AF minolta and use a adapter to mount the lens. Just need to add exposure compensation a little for the different aperture values. I believe Canon has an adapter for M42 screw mount too. Set to aperture priority, disable the lens detect function and all you need to do is set the aperture on the lens, focus and fire away.
    Last edited by grado; 1st October 2004 at 12:38 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blurblock
    For one lens it will not be quantifiable. Thus I suggest to look for others who are like minded .....

    Anyway, you can take a look at some of the websites :-

    http://www.rugift.com
    http://www.kievcamera.com
    http://www.russiansouvenirs.com

    And others

    Take a look at some pictures taken from russian lenses (The flare control is outstanding !!!!) :-
    http://www.king-2.co.jp/gallery/gallery.htm
    well, i'm more interested in the Kiev 60 kit set. so if there's a big enuf grp, can i tompang too?
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    Quote Originally Posted by nightwolf75
    well, i'm more interested in the Kiev 60 kit set. so if there's a big enuf grp, can i tompang too?

    Your kit set will be the heaviest .... LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by blurblock
    Your kit set will be the heaviest .... LOL
    yeah... 2kg. oppsss... sorry, blurblock. but i'm really against the wall becos no one carries the kit set in singapore.

    ignore my rantings....
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    Buy from ebay lah and sometime u get a free Zenit too

    There are some photosample sample: click here

    Some intro to Russian optics: click here

    Blurblock, look like we are into same kinda thing

    Grado is correct the Helios 44M is a very special len. If you like it, u will like Jupiter-9 MC 85mm. Similar characteristic.

    Must buy russian lens are:
    MIR-1B 37/2.8 (Grand Prix Brussels 1958 award winning len)
    Industar 61L/Z 50/2.8 MC (Tessar fomula very good, can focus down to 30cm 1:3)
    MC Volna-9 50/2.8 (Macro version of I-61)
    Helios-44 58/2 (Zeiss Biotar formula)
    Jupiter-9 MC 85/2 (Sonnar formula but character like H-44, go for the MC version. Legendary portrait len)
    Jupiter-37A 135/3.5 (Sonnar formula, but improved character like I-61, abit too sharp some feel)
    TAIR-11A 135/2.8 (Grand Prix Brussels 1958 award winning len)
    Jupiter-21M 200/4 (Character very much like J-37A)
    Tair-3 300/4.5 (Grand Prix Brussels 1958 award winning len)

    Learn to use preset correctly and u will find it's a old fashion but reliable methods and it will produce on whatever slr with correct adapter. These manual gear will outlive you.

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    Last edited by whoelse; 2nd October 2004 at 10:20 AM.

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    I was thinking why MC RUBINAR MACRO 300mm f4.5 from the galley produce such soft and funny bokeh .... then I realised it is a mirror lens ....

    Most of the lenses produce very good pictures, either that, or the photographer is outstanding

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