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Mayer-Optick

DSC00738well 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 theDSC00737 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.

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