Please contribute - M42 manual lens list.

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Please contribute - M42 manual lens list.

Since there are about a million m42 lenses out there I thought it was about time to start a m42 lens list. There are quite a few jewels out there but a whole lot of dogs especially when used on a Sigma SD_.

Post them here or email them to me.
I will compile it and put it on the Web somewhere.

Here is my beginning list and the format if you are interested in contributing ....

Lens - Helios 85mm F1.5
Does it work (Y,N) - Y

Reviewer - (tammons)
Lens manuf/name - Helios
Focal length - 85mm
Aperture - F1.5 - F22
Auto aperture or preset - preset

  1. aperture blades - 10

Series (if there is one) - series II, black
Manual switch (Y or N) - NA
Does the aperture pin retract - NA
Focus to infinity - Y
Adapter used - PK-m42
Interfence with protector - N
Coatings - Single I think
Tint - blue
Bought on - Ebay (from Ukraine)
Price paid - $80
Brightness - above average
Where does it show a significant jump in sharpness - F2.8

Sharpness from 1-10 (10 is the best) or pixel edge if you have time. Zero would be perfect.

Sharpness WO - rtg 2/pe 4-5 (very soft portrait lens WO)
Sharpness F4 - rtg 9/pe 1
Sharpness F8 - rtg 9/pe 1
Sharpness F11 - rtg 8/pe 1-2
Sharpness totally stopped down - rtg 7/pe 2

From 1-10 (10 is the best)

Overall rating (personal rating) - 9
Color - 9
Contrast - 7
Bokah - 6
General CA - 7

General comments

Russian made tank. Very heavy and well made, maybe about a pound. Originally designed as an oscilloscope lens. My favorite portrait lens. Not the absolute best I have seen, but good bokah, and has a very even drop off. The bokah can donut WO and is better at F2 or F2.8. Gets very sharp at F2.8 through F11.

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Lens - Pentax Takumar 200mm F3.5
Does it work (Y,N) - Y

Reviewer - (tammons)
Lens manuf/name - Pentax
Focal length - 200mm
Aperture - F3.5 - F22
Auto aperture or preset - preset

  1. aperture blades - too many to count. Maybe around 20

Series (if there is one) -
Manual switch (Y or N) - NA
Does the aperture pin retract - NA
Focus to infinity - Y
Adapter used - PK-m42
Interfence with protector - N
Coatings - Single I think, non SMC
Tint - very slight yellow
Bought on - Ebay
Price paid - $80
Brightness - average
Where does it show a significant jump in sharpness - F8 No sharp jump up.

From 1-10 (10 is the best) or pixel edge if you have time.

Sharpness WO - rtg 5/pe 3-4
Sharpness F4 - rtg 6/pe 2-3
Sharpness F8 - rtg 7/pe 1-2
Sharpness F11 - rtg 7/pe 1-2
Sharpness totally stopped down - rtg 7/pe 1-2
From 1-10 (10 is the best)

Overall rating (personal rating) - 7, mostly because of the excellent bokah.
Color - 9
Contrast - 8
Bokah - 10,
General CA - 4

General comments

Metal preset lens. Not too heavy and well made. Extremely good bokah, with a very even drop off. Never gets super super sharp and is slightly soft. Fairly heavy CA. Promotes blooming.

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