GAS: Please Share your Latest Acquisitions Big and Small

ErichH

Veteran
Jun 11, 2020
Regrettably, I don't have the money for this kind of luxury Q's, because I spent what limited funds available to me on old glass....

The latest acquisitions:

Konica Hexanon AR f:3.5/135 mm and
Itorex MC f:2.8/28 mm, both in Konica AR mount.

Pentacon auto f:2.8/29 mm MC in M42 mount.

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The Pentacon auto was made by VEB Pentacon in the former Deutsche Demokratische Republik, and has a short focus distance of 25 centimetres. Which is nice. And an all metal construction, like most of the DDR lenses.

It's basically the same lens as the Meyer Görlitz Optik Orestogon f:2.8/29 mm.

When the DDR government rolled all of the smaller optical companies together into VEB Pentacon, they also renamed most of their lenses to Pentacon.

Prone to flare, this lens definitely has a case of Photoaugliaphobia - from the Greek words photo [light], and aug [increase], which is the fear of glaring lights, a branch of Photophobia [fear of light].

Which I hope no one here is suffering from 😁.

But then, on the other hand, maybe a Photophobia sufferer could specialise in IR photography, as I would assume that the condition only applies to visible light.

Optical design: 7 elements in 7 groups
Max. aperture: 2.8
Min. aperture: 22
Iris: 6 blades
DOF push button
Multicoated glass
Min. focus: 0,25 m
Filter diameter: 55 mm
Weight: 240 g

The Itorex MC f:2.8/28 mm is difficult to find any information about. But it's labelled Macro, which is interesting. And has about the same short focus distance as the Pentacon.

If anyone has any information on this lens, please advise!

The Konica Hexanon AR f:3.5/135 mm is a pretty bog standard 135 mm, mostly known for being slightly better than the Hexar.

The Pentacon auto has already found its place on my Lumix. The cat was not included in this purchase.

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To start using the other two, I'll first have to find my Konica AR adapter...

Total, inc shipping, US$ 15. That's what I can afford. 😌
 
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ErichH

Veteran
Jun 11, 2020
So, now I've started the culling of my Minolta Dynax heap. But it's obvious that it's going to be a long game... 😁

This culling starts with the acquisition of this Minolta Dynax 5000i in mint condition.

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With it I also got my first Minolta Creative Expansion Card, the A/S Mode expansion card!

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And a metal bayonet 35-80 mm. Which frees up one of the plastic bayoneted kit lenses for sale!

Complete with all the documentation.

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And a nice bag.

But the high point is the B+W skylight filter, made by Schneider-Kreuznach.

This filter, alone, is worth more than three times what I paid for this auction.

But I'm not doing this for myself!

If I can get the Sony α-230, belonging to my brother, up and running from its battery concerns, I'll have some lenses for him.

And a bag, maybe. If he's nice.

And if it comes to the worst, I can throw out everything, but the B+W filter, and still have tripled my investment.

As previously mentioned, this is a long game!

The Minolta Dynax 5000i, also known as the Maxxum 5000i in North America, and the α-5700i in Japan, is a 35mm SLR belonging to the second generation of bodies in Minolta's autofocus SLR system, fitting between the cheaper 3000i, and the more expensive semi-pro 7000i, and replacing the 5000. The "i" in the names of the new camera range stands for "intelligence".

Like the 7000i, the 5000i supports Minolta's Creative Expansion Cards, plug-in electronic modules that added new functionality to the camera.

The 5000i uses Minolta's second generation wide-area autofocus sensor, giving single-shot autofocus, including predictive autofocus on a moving subject.

Continuous AF is available with the optional Sports Action expansion card.

The available exposure modes out of the box are Program, using a 2-area evaluative metering system, and Manual, with a center-weighted averaging meter.

Aperture priority and shutter priority are also available with the aforementioned A/S Mode expansion card.

Unlike the 7000i, the 5000i includes a built-in flash, mounted on top of the pentaprism. Minolta claimed that this was "the world's most compact AF SLR camera with built-in flash".

The flash fires automatically in Program mode if the camera determines that the shutter speed will be too low to hand-hold, or if the main subject is backlit.

The flash can be turned off, and can be manually selected in Manual mode.
 
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ErichH

Veteran
Jun 11, 2020
Now, this is a strange fellow!

NEC MT13ZL Short Focus Zoom Lens for DLP projector

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A truly heavy metal piece of gear. I'm having some doubt as to the feasibility of the plan, but, still, I'm going to try to adapt this Godzilla type lens to M4/3!

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Or, rather, adapt M4/3 to the lens😁
 
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MiguelATF

Hall of Famer
Aug 27, 2013
Talent, Oregon (far from the madding crowd)
Miguel Tejada-Flores
Technically a bicycle isn't photo gear, I know that - but over the years, many of my favorite photographs and images have come while I was taking bike rides, so that's my justification for including this. It's a 'gravel' bicycle - a Salsa Journeyman - which I purchased, lightly used and beautifully maintained, from a cool individual who is both a hardcore cyclist himself, and a certified Mercedes diesel engine mechanic - which means he knows how to take care of gear.

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The only problem with getting another bicycle....means reordering how they (it and my other bikes) are stored my old outbuilding-garage. Problems, problems, problems ;)

A minor note: I've never ridden or owned a bicycle with 650b-sized wheels and tires before - the classic diameter of old-school French randonneur cycles - and it's really a rather fun size to bike on: surprisingly nimble, considering their girth.
 
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MiguelATF

Hall of Famer
Aug 27, 2013
Talent, Oregon (far from the madding crowd)
Miguel Tejada-Flores
Another entry here but this one is strictly photographic: I purchased a wonderful old Olympus VF-2 viewfinder from fellow Cameraderie member and photographer extraordinaire @mnhoj and it arrived today!--



The silver color matches the original silver of the E-P2--



I've always liked the classic lines and design of this finder which seem to match those of the camera--



The big soft eyecup on the rear is functional for the viewing experience--



It rotates up a full 90 degrees - just like the EVF's on my GX8 (and also its predecessor, the GX7) - a feature which can come in very handy for certain shooting angles--



And looking through the EVF instead of the rear screen....well, let's just say it's a different experience--



I had a VF-2 years and years ago which I used with my old Olympus E-PL2, but I'd forgotten what a fine viewfinder it is :) having this one for my E-P1 is going to expand some horizons for me---

If you read this post, John --- my thanks again!
 

mnhoj

gee aahrr
Jan 27, 2012
Los Angeles
John
Another entry here but this one is strictly photographic: I purchased a wonderful old Olympus VF-2 viewfinder from fellow Cameraderie member and photographer extraordinaire @mnhoj and it arrived today!--

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The silver color matches the original silver of the E-P2--

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I've always liked the classic lines and design of this finder which seem to match those of the camera--

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The big soft eyecup on the rear is functional for the viewing experience--

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It rotates up a full 90 degrees - just like the EVF's on my GX8 (and also its predecessor, the GX7) - a feature which can come in very handy for certain shooting angles--

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And looking through the EVF instead of the rear screen....well, let's just say it's a different experience--

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I had a VF-2 years and years ago which I used with my old Olympus E-PL2, but I'd forgotten what a fine viewfinder it is :) having this one for my E-P1 is going to expand some horizons for me---

If you read this post, John --- my thanks again!
Looks great Miguel.
And it looks happy - getting the attention it deserves. ( :
 

MoonMind

Hall of Famer
Dec 29, 2013
Switzerland
Matt
I've talked about this before: I'm determined to flesh out the Nikon Z system. But I want it to stay reasonably compact, not as bulky as my outgoing DSLR systems (thankfully, you can shoot somewhat bigger lenses comfortably on the Z bodies - handling is great). So, after reading and watching many reviews, I opted for two more zooms: the 24-200mm f/4-6.3 and the pleasantly compact 14-30mm f/4 S.



Also, as you can see from the EXIF, I also decided to hang on to the 24-70mm f/4 S (many sell that zoom for the 24-200mm) - because it's just such a reliable performer and nice and easy to carry; furthermore, I recently tested its weather-sealing (as well as the Z6's) the hard and direct way during an extended (and deliberate) walk in the rain, camera in hand. Left me feeling completely at ease with the situation - a first, as these things go.

M.
 
Dec 31, 2013
Louisville, Ky
What type of solution are you going to use with it? I've got one of the cheap units sold at Halloween time but the literature mentions that the fog "may" leave a film on things.
I got Fogworx Extreme High Density Fog Juice. Which is what Amazon had listed as most frequently bought with the machine I got. I'll let you know how it works out.


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tonyturley

Legend
Nov 24, 2014
Scott Depot, WV, USA
Tony
Technically a bicycle isn't photo gear, I know that - but over the years, many of my favorite photographs and images have come while I was taking bike rides, so that's my justification for including this. It's a 'gravel' bicycle - a Salsa Journeyman - which I purchased, lightly used and beautifully maintained, from a cool individual who is both a hardcore cyclist himself, and a certified Mercedes diesel engine mechanic - which means he knows how to take care of gear.

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The only problem with getting another bicycle....means reordering how they (it and my other bikes) are stored my old outbuilding-garage. Problems, problems, problems ;)

A minor note: I've never ridden or owned a bicycle with 650b-sized wheels and tires before - the classic diameter of old-school French randonneur cycles - and it's really a rather fun size to bike on: surprisingly nimble, considering their girth.
I am glad to hear that I'm not the only one with more than one camera and more than one bike. :D
 
Dec 31, 2013
Louisville, Ky
What type of solution are you going to use with it? I've got one of the cheap units sold at Halloween time but the literature mentions that the fog "may" leave a film on things.
I got Fogworx Extreme High Density Fog Juice. Which is what Amazon had listed as most frequently bought with the machine I got. I'll let you know how it works out.


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First run through today. No residue. Lots and lots of fog in around 30 seconds indoors.
 

mike3996

Hall of Famer
Apr 2, 2018
Finland
Will seek to reacquire lens adapters to mount my Leica glass on Panasonic.

I like 70 mm-e view for various things so why not spend $10 to mount my Summicron 35mm on the Panasonic. It's a difficult lens with the ray angles but then again the crop factor probably takes care of the issue. Could be a big win/win situation to squeeze new dimensions out of this lens.

Secondly 50mm Jupiter-8 might get some action in front of the Panasonic better than M240. Mirrorless won't mind frontfocus.


By the way, I noticed that it is soon going to be a full year since I last bought any M/LTM lenses! Big victory for GAS in this department.
 

Jonathan F/2

Top Veteran
Aug 21, 2011
Los Angeles, USA
I thought I was done adapting F-mount glass on Sony, but Neewer released and discontinued an F-mount to E-mount AF adapter, which is basically a clone of the Commlite ENF-E1 Pro adapter, but using different firmware software. I picked up the adapter being sold cheap from an Ebay wholesaler (who probably bought it from an Amazon auction pallet), mainly to use my Nikon 300mm f/4 PF VR and 16-35mm f/4 VR lenses, both of which work great on a Sony body!

Sony A9 + Neewer AF adapter + 300mm f4 PF VR + TC-14E mk.I teleconverter = 420mm f/5.6:
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