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.
So what else have I bought since getting the camera?
Well I had a couple of old M42 lenses knocking about so an M42 to nex body adapter was a must. Of course I might end up buying a few more M42 lenses as well as they tend to be dirt cheap on ebay. And I am not afraid of manual focusing.
I have a few filters with 58mm threads that I used on the HS20 so I got a couple of step up rings so I could use them on the A6000 lenses.
I realised that I would probably lose the lens caps from the SELP1650 and the SEL55210, I actually had dropped one one the floor and had to go back and look for it within the first few days. So I purchased this nifty device. You attach it to your camera strap and the Caps just clip in like they would on the front of the lens.
The SELP1650 does not come with a lens hood so I got a 40.5mm threaded hood. There is a bit of Vignetting between 16mm – 18mm but that may be due to the added depth of the UV filters I also purchased for the lenses.
Finally an e mount end cap and body cap, as the a6000 and SELP1650 package deal do not include them, the SEL55210 did as it was not part of the package. Also a couple of end caps and lens caps for the M42 lenses I own.
So I better quit writing and go and take some photos.