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Dutch Meyer DM sounds great!

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Originally posted by darosa darosa wrote:

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That's how it works. When I joined Dyxum a long time ago I had 5 lenses max (well, maybe 10) and I had never heard of 'bokeh'. Joining Dyxum has made me the photographer I am now (and a lot poorer because I have a lot more than 5 lenses now ...).

Congrats with your anniversary!

Thanks Leo.
Fortunately the membership is for free
Although I have bought some really cheap ones as well, the amount I have spent last year can't be called small money anymore...

Talking about spending money BTW, I saw a reasonable offer for an A7 body. I know I would lose the IBIS, but are there any benefits to use something like that over my current A99 for the manual lenses, (mostly M42, apart from my Altix Trioplan 50mm)? Any views/experiences, or is that too much off topic here?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Snegren Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 January 2018 at 20:18
E-mount allows you to use virtually every lens (photo, film, projection, technical) ever produced because register distance is short. Lens lust on steroids.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Snegren Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 January 2018 at 21:12
Originally posted by darosa darosa wrote:

Inspired by Brian's link to a video about an Altix > M42 conversion, I converted my Telefogar 90/3.5 (afaik only in Altix mount) to M42 with a 7mm M42 extension ring. Works great! And with a M42 helicoid adapter MFD is a lot better (as in closer) too.

I always ignored the Telefogar because of the Altix mount. This is a game changer!
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I was initially confused between two different approaches I had taken with two different Meyer lenses. Today I opened the Oreston rear to take a peek. The funky aperture stop-down switch can be easily defeated with this approach I had originally seen somewhere on the net.

The red piece of plastic is all it takes. It is the plastic wrapping from thin gauge wire. Clip a small length and pull the copper wire out. It should fit snuggly on the stop down pin and will hold the pin in the depressed position, allowing the aperture ring to work as desired. I would expect other materials to work similarly, like a thick tape wrapped around the pin.

When you first remove the back mount, note the spacing of the two slotted prongs (green arrows) as they need to align properly when replacing the mount.mechanisms, It can be a little tricky to align them with the couplings in the lens. If not done properly, the aperture won't work at all, or it won't close and open all the way. It took me two minutes to open the rear and twenty minutes to get it back aligned properly. Try to leave the aperture set to fully open and don't move it.





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Great! Many thanks. I'll give it a try tomorrow. I am aware of the issue around your green arrows
 



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Post Options Post Options   Quote darosa Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 January 2018 at 00:12
Originally posted by Snegren Snegren wrote:

Dutch Meyer DM sounds great!


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Post Options Post Options   Quote darosa Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 January 2018 at 00:38
Originally posted by Roger Rex Roger Rex wrote:

Graphic Glass is superb.


Thanks Roger!

How are you doing with the Oreston?

About your question on Exakta: many Meyer lenses were made for Exakta cameras. Exakta lenses have a special mount. If you have an E-mount camera, it's no problem to get an adapter.
There are adapters for A-mount cameras too, but these adapters need a glass element to make the lenses reach infinity. Adding such an extra glass element to a lens is not ideal as image quality will suffer.

The difference between adapters for E-mount and A-mount has to do with flange focal distance. It's a little bit technical but it's very useful to know when you want to use old lenses on your camera(s).

A quote from the article:
In order to produce an adaptor that permits focus to infinity without corrective optics, the flange-to-film distance the lens is designed for must be greater than that of the camera body it is to be adapted to, giving room for the adaptor


The FFD of A-mount is 44,5mm and the FFD of Exakta is 44,7mm. The FFD of Exakta is greater than that of A-mount but it's only 0,2mm and that means that there is not enough room for an adapter without "corrective optics"
The FFD of E-mount is 18mm so there is plenty of room for an adapter without corrective optics.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Roger Rex Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 January 2018 at 00:58
darosa -

Thanks or the information. I had noticed that there are far more Exacta mount Meyer lenses available and, thus, my question. Since asking I had located an Exacta to Sony A mount adapter and noticed its bulk and glass element - I guess not unlike a tele-converter in terms of degrading the image. Oreston is in hand but won't have adapter until Tuesday. An added bonus is that I first took up photography in 1964 with a used, pawn shop purchased, Pentax and still have several Pentax/Takumar lenses - maybe have a little nostalgia fun with them.

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bet the Pentax will fit A-mount flawlessly :-)

love that graphic glass!!

Originally posted by Snegren Snegren wrote:

Originally posted by angora angora wrote:


a little birdy told me you'll soon treat us to India pics again?

Indeed Ine. I arrive in the night, short sleep, two day meeting, fly out in the night. The only good thing about these trips that I do not have jet-lag back in the NL as I don't get used to the time difference. I will take A7R2 with Oreston and possibly even my travelpod, but my experience with such trips is all work, no play. And something I struggle with is the way the locals see me as a source of income the moment I take to the streets. For photography I need peace of mind and tranquility.

err.. it was a big bird, you! -who mentioned visa-. ;-)
(jetlag prevention? neurotransmitters: melatonin! (thus serotonin 1st) and on my planet homeo +/or detox stuff such as activated charcoal, glutathione and other anti-oxidants n stuff. before all water! (+ enough salt), tiredness/fatigue is the 1st sign of dehydration. btw, flying westward 'helps' too ;-)).

want me to find you rags?
this is so not funny!!
(and the more exotic the location, the more I tended to leave the gear on board. (also had a 35mm Nikon compact, hidden under my clothes, that didn't look as expensive as it was). on our very last trip, we thought Poland w/b civilized enough to take M.8000i ashore. (husband being quite tall and broad). but were followed by a group of skinheads and cornered in 'an alley'. don't speak polish, still able to understand they were talking about a certain 'kamera'? (chased them off by telling them a story in polish + chinese + whatever). saw that Gdansk alley again on Dyxum. considered us lucky? beggars sounds familiar too (even in the UK!), but in some countries it seemed like 'everybody' needed something we owned? :-S). hope this will be a great trip for a change!!

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About time I contributed something to this fine thread. Here are a few from last night and this morning's dog walk with the Meyer-Optik-Görlitz Trioplan 50mm F2.9 on the NEX-6

1. Inspired by Grover Washington Jr's "Winelight":


2. Our cooker splash back panel:


(We like wine )

3. Orton inspired glove on a bush:


About time Ollie and Rosie put in an appearance on Dyxum this year:

4. Ollie:


5. Rosie:


6. Together:

<< AYW >> Sony a7ii | SamYang 35 f2.8 FE AF | Zeiss Batis 18 & 135 f2.8 | Sony FE 12-24 f4 G | FE 24-70 f4 ZA OSS | FE 70-200 f4 G OSS
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Welcome Brian. Indeed, a fine thread. Beer and wine shots in bar light always work well. I also like your splash, wasteful as it may be. Our thread is pet friendly, post as much views of your lovely dogs as you like.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Snegren Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 January 2018 at 14:15
Spelling correction is frustrating when I type english.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote svjetlana Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 January 2018 at 16:51
Wow, this thread is growing really fast! It is on its 11th page for 12 days only. I am looking at these ugly (read:great) smooth images created by Meyer lenses here and I repeat to myself: No more lenses Svjetlana! Ehough is enough. I have been a good girl for long time already and now this challenge. It is not because of cost but because of principle I have.
I enjoy looking at your images gentleman and gentle-ladies ; just keep them coming. I will be happy with that aspect of Meyer lens, for now!
Who started this luring little devil's thread anyway?
Leo? Who is this guy anyway?
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