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Tair-3 300mm f/4.5

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    Posted: 07 November 2010 at 21:00
I recently bought a big old Soviet Tair-3 fixed 300mm lens from Ebay for 25 GBP. I also got a cheap M42 to A mount converter as I want to get a Helios at some point.

I have to say that on Dyxum ratings it would get a 5 for build quality. I have a feeling they fired these out of T-34s when they ran out of explosive shells.

I'm just getting used the size and the weight of the lens so I'll post some more photos when I get the chance.

The lens looks like this on an old Zenit.



One test shot so far. Shot at f/4.5



I'd be interested to hear if any other Dyxum member has one and has any advice for using it. I'm using it on an A300.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Dunadan Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 November 2010 at 22:27
I was playing with Tair 300/4.5 for a while - a decent lens - it produced really nice images on my KM D7D. But I just played around for few minutes, that's all. Anyway 25 GBP is a bargain for that lens!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote CuriousOne Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 November 2013 at 05:33
I got that lens too, for free. lens are ok, but front element hasd some dust from inside. any guides for dismantling?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Macca Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 November 2013 at 12:39
I don`t have one but it`s rated as one of the best MF 300mm over on mflenses some members show some very nice BIF with them, it`s big though!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote pdeley Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 November 2013 at 15:15
My very first photo gear I got at 12 yrs old included a Zenit sniper shoulder stock with this lens and a Zenit TTL body. I remember at the time that it sometimes produced vignetting (on film so presumably not nearly as much of an issue on aps-c). Alfred Klomp has a detailed feature on it here and points out that the lens was really intended for B&W photography and its design dates back to 1965, so color rendering and CA are no strong points.

Haven't used mine for decades but it's still tucked away somewhere in the house. From what I know now as far as bird photography goes, the design is not nearly as user friendly as it might look at first, because the fairly small focus dial positioned horizontally under the lens barrel was even harder to manually focus precisely than a big traditional vertical focus ring on the barrel. The shoulder stock is quite short, which was ok for me as a child but for adults I doubt that it would allow you to accurately track BIF, all the more if you have to twirl the focus dial in the midst of the action (note that the sample shots on mflenses are "Birds On Twigs" - not BIF )

A few years ago I tried out a Novoflex Noflexar assembly, the "follow focus" squeeze grip focusing mechanism on that one was a more useful design imho and it came with a 400 f5.6 tube that was relatively more useful for wildlife, or a 600 f8 bazooka that was more likely to get you arrested than anything else. As with the Tair, the lenses were basically just hollow tubes with a compound front element, so sharpness is good but colors are very sixties-esque.

Edited by pdeley - 27 November 2013 at 15:18
a450, a500, a700, a57, a65, 600si, 700si & other 35 mm bodies, 11-18, Sig 20 1.8, 30 2.8 macro, 24-85, Quanty 50 f2.8 macro, mf Viv 90 f2.8 macro, 70-300G, 300 f4, 500 f8, 600 f4
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Post Options Post Options   Quote norland Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 December 2013 at 04:13
Tair 300A (the non-photosniper version) works very nicely on a Sony A57 ... but as a manual telephoto for going up hills and the like, Tamron's 300mm (54B) and 60-300mm (23A) lenses have a certain appeal, despite being noticeably inferior to the 300A especially at long distance.
 



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Post Options Post Options   Quote CuriousOne Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 December 2013 at 06:46
Some Tair-3 sample images can be also seen here:

http://fotkidepo.ru/?id=album:51743
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