Testing a 1952 legendary M42 Screw Mount, Carl Zeiss Jena 58mm f/2 Biotar (red) T lens with a 17-blade aperture, using a derelict Practiflex body without a mirror, which made both focusing and composition a bit of a challenge. The film was Ilford Delta 100 Pro.
this year i’d like to get a bit more portraiture in here. for christmas I got an m42 to x mount adapter meaning all my favorite lenses can come over to the xpro-1 now. that’s an exciting way to end the year.
this shot was from 2011, the day i got my m42 adapter for the pentax. that single purchase set the rest of the year off. I started street only a couple months later.
- Shot with an m42 mount Auto-Rikenon 55mm f2.8 lens that I picked up for $30 on Ebay a couple years ago. I think this was a kit lens for a Ricoh or Sears model camera.. late 60s / early 70s. I haven’t shot with it much, but I always knew it was a keeper and would be good for black and white photography. It’s usually not very fast handheld, but I’m discovering it can be quite sharp on a tripod.
I own a lot of vintage lenses and I’m always impressed and fascinated by how good the old glass can be. They don’t make ‘em like this anymore.