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2018-34

New gear! ๐Ÿ™‚ Test shots!

I got another vintage lens: Pentacon 135 2.8. Itโ€™s a telephoto lens made in GDR (East Germany), I found one in mint condition and got it super cheap.

There are two versions of this lens, and I got the second version which is inferior to the first as it only has 6 blades and the diaphragm can close to f/22 (the first version has 15 blades and can close to f/32), but still a very nice and sharp lens which is fun to use. The minimum focusing distance is 170 cm, something that will take a bit getting used to for me, especially since Iโ€™ve mainly shot with a 60 mm macro lens the past year. Anyway, today I went for a little walk and took some first test shots with my new (although itโ€™s older than me) lens. It can of course only be used in full manual mode, but the focus ring is smooth and easy to use so it’s not really a problem I think.

Fast manual focus! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Never seen so many wasps as I’ve done this summer! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

21 responses

  1. Sweet shots! You have a great lens! ๐Ÿ™‚

    August 26, 2018 at 8:10 PM

    • Thanks Tom! ๐Ÿ™‚ Yes, I do! And for only ~50 USD.

      August 26, 2018 at 8:38 PM

  2. It may be a bit retro but the sharpness, detail and colour rendition seem spot on. You may be starting a new trend!

    August 26, 2018 at 8:41 PM

    • Iโ€™m actually surprised why not more people are using these lenses! They cost next to nothing and have very good build quality ๐Ÿ™‚

      August 26, 2018 at 8:53 PM

      • But if word gets out the price will rocket! ๐Ÿ™‚

        August 26, 2018 at 8:55 PM

        • Thatโ€™s true! Itโ€™s already happened with some other old lenses, like Trioplan that used to go for less than โ‚ฌ 100 a couple of years ago is now 10x as expensive! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

          August 27, 2018 at 4:21 AM

  3. Spectacular!!!

    August 26, 2018 at 8:50 PM

  4. Wow! Fantastic results. Have fun with your new lens. ๐Ÿ˜Š

    August 26, 2018 at 10:16 PM

  5. Great photos, Regards

    August 28, 2018 at 12:22 AM

  6. How exciting! I like what you’re doing with it. Congrats on getting a great deal. I need to look into that now… ๐Ÿ˜‰

    August 28, 2018 at 2:11 AM

    • Thanks Lynn! Itโ€™s amazing that so many of these lenses still are around in great shape and not sold for more than ~50 ๐Ÿ™‚

      August 28, 2018 at 5:11 AM

      • Yes, and I just saw one yesterday at a thrift shop. When I came home and read about it, I decided I want it, but I have to wait til Friday, when the shop is open again, to see if it’s still there. If so, and if it’s in decent working order, chances are you’ll hear about it again. ๐Ÿ˜‰

        August 29, 2018 at 6:53 PM

        • How exciting! ๐Ÿ˜€ Which lens is it? I certainly hope to hear and see more!

          August 29, 2018 at 8:14 PM

          • ๐Ÿ™‚ i forgot I told you that, so funny. So now you know which lens it was. It’s a 3.5 so it’s not going to do great bokeh and it’s not real bright, but it’s quite sharp and has nice colors and contrast. I like the 28mm size, which is like 55 I guess on my M4/3 camera. The build of course is wonderful, the action is too, and it’s heavy but not too terribly big. So I’m having fun with it on different levels. I hope you took your new lens to Sweden….

            September 6, 2018 at 5:53 PM

  7. The greens look so rich and dark in the first one. Late summer I guess! Beautiful as always๐Ÿ˜Š

    August 29, 2018 at 12:10 AM

    • Thanks so much, Tony! ๐Ÿ™‚ Both images slightly underexposed!

      August 29, 2018 at 7:22 AM

  8. Very sweet shots! You seem to be handling the new equipment very well! Always fun getting used to it ๐Ÿ™‚

    September 16, 2018 at 8:30 PM

    • Thanks so much Pete! ๐Ÿ™‚ Itโ€™s so much fun!

      September 17, 2018 at 5:20 AM

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