Well I was browsing amazon during my afternoon break the other day and I saw a Pentacon 2.8 29mm M42 mount lens for sale. Well it was a ridiculously low price so I thought I may as well have it. I had front and rear caps and a hoya skylight, well you really could not go wrong for the price. At 29mm its very nearly a 45mm on a APS-C sensor, so its very close to the field of vision of the human eye.
So how does it perform? Well not bad, I’m not blown away, but I didn’t expect to be for the price, and I have only walked around the back garden with it as yet. I am looking forward to taking some shots of architecture with it though. So here are some shots with it attached to the front of the a6000. The first is straight on the camera. I am not sure I like the bokeh that is being produced, I guess I will have to wait until I use the lens with some stronger light sources behind.
The second is with both 16mm and 10mm extension tubes as well. I quite like the way the lens has rendered the background in this picture.
And finally with only the 10mm extension tube. Its not regarded as being the sharpest of lenses, but its sharp enough for playing around with given I am only using the centre of the lens on an APS-C.
well I thought I would take another of the old M42 lenses out for a play today. This time it is a Mayer-Optick 2.8/50 that has been lying around on the front of an old Practica nova 1B that a friend gave me a number of years ago. It was a nice clean lens so I did not have to take it apart to clean the elements, I am not sure I would manage with this one either. The only thing I had to do was disable the auto aperture thus turning it into a manual aperture lens. This was achieved with the usual off-cut from a cotton bud and a lot of fiddling with a pair of tweezers.
Well I nipped out into the garden and took a couple pictures, I have posted two below for your delectation, its not the sharpest of lenses, but I really like the colour that this lens captures. It is a 50mm lens therefore on the a6000 it is the equivalent of a 75mm, so I am looking forward to a portrait or two with this to see how much it warms skin tones up. The photos below where taken with in one case the aperture fully open at f2.8, and in the other fully stopped down at f22. Perhaps a walk around the town with this is called for.
Well I thought I would get one of my old M42 lenses out and give it a bit of a try. It is a Helios 44M-4 2/58 which has sat on the front of my trusty old Zenit 11 since about 1985.
It was a bit dusty so I disassembled it, and
gave the lenses a good clean, and disabled the auto aperture so I could set it manually. This was not as scary as it sounds, though in the heat we have had recently I did sweat a little.
So once the 44M had had a good overhaul, I strapped the adapter on to the a6000 and headed outside to take a few snaps.
So here they are in lieu of this weeks picture of the week, I have to say I love the speed of this lens on this camera. Below is a close crop of one of the caterpillars in “Two” just to give you an idea of how nice this cheap Russian lens is.