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Playing around with a stock 18-55 and a Sigma 70-300 ...
Now, with an SMC Takumar 105 and a CZJ Flektogon 35 too ...

Monday, March 24, 2008

Melted snow ...

After a really warm february, after the beginning of spring, the winter seems to be back again ...

Melted Snow - IMGP9761

Shot with a Pentax-M 85mm f/1.8 stopped down to f/4 in cloudy daylight.

C u.

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Saturday, March 22, 2008

Flektogon: The Beginnings ...

Hello, just a few shots of the new toy, a minty Carl Zeiss Jena Flektogon, born about in 1951, which decided to join my vintage lenses collection.

Flektogon 35 f2.8 - Front - IMGP9654

Shot by the eternal Pentax-A 50mm f/1.7, in direct cloudy (snif!) daylight.

Coming soon, a close combat between the Flektogon 35 f/2.8 (the father) and the Flektogon 35 f/2.4 (the son).

Now, going to enjoy a coffee ...

C u

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Monday, March 17, 2008

Some night shots ...

After looking at some night shots from the blog of my friend Novalpha, i decided to try, so here are the results.

The fountain in Place Wilson:
Place Wilson - IMGP9517

Portion of Rue D'Alsace Lorraine, behind the city hall:
Rue D'Alsace Lorraine - IMGP9504

Place du Capitole, detail of the city hall:
Le Capitole - IMGP9479

All shot with a Pentax-A 50 f/1.7 at 1/4 sec. without tripod/monopod (believe it or not) and shake reduction on (thanks Pentax).

More to come ...

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Sunday, March 9, 2008

New orchid ... on the block ;-)

Phaleanopsis shot with a vintage Carl Zeiss Jena Flektogon 35 f/2.4 stopped down to f/8, in cloudy (snif!) daylight ... and my K10D.

Orchid Phaleanopsis - IMGP9151

More to come ...

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Friday, March 7, 2008

Nikkor tests ...

... With the new adapter.

Glass Pen - IMGP9108

Shot with a Micro Nikkor 55 f/3.5 stopped down to f/8 and my K10D in halogen light (color temperature corrected).

C u

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Thursday, March 6, 2008

Nikkors on Pentax ...

Hi all.

Having found a great thread on a forum about mounting vintage Nikkor lenses on Pentax, i managed to get a Micro Nikkor 55 f/3.5 for about 35$. Exactly as shown in the forum, the lenses mounted quite well on my K10D (you can see in a previous post the picture of a ring shot with this lens). It is really sharp and i got infinity focus, thanks to the greater depth of camera body required by Nikkor lenses.
Nevertheless, it didn't lock in, hence the need for an adapter, to allow going out "safely" - i.e. without loosing the lens while focusing or stoping down.
Snooping on eBay, i found a Nikkor to M42 adapter from a well known asian seller (i must confess he is my first source of M42 to Pentax adapters, either flanged or not), and, since it was really cheaper than other branded adapters, i decided to give it a try. So, i bought one from Roxsen, the only eBay seller offering them.
The adapter, shown in the picture below, comes in a plastic bag, without instruction, but they were not really required. The Nikkor lens locks in as on a Nikon body, and the adapter perfectly fits my M42 to Pentax adapter, so that now i can go out doing some macro shots with this lens.

Nikkor Adapter - IMGP9034

The bad news: i have lost infinity focus, since the Nikkor adapter moves the lens too far from the focal plane, but, who knows, maybe the next generation will be thinner (i think 1mm will be good enough) ...

Now going to find a way to replace the Nikkor mount on the lens with a flanged Pentax K adapter ...

C u

P.S.: For the chronicle, the picture has been taken with a CZJ Flektogon 35 and the camera flash.

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Tuesday, March 4, 2008

The Pentax 85 strikes back ...

... Bright lens (f/1.8), fully usable even wide open (see below) ...
This lens is definitively joining the circle-of-preferred-lenses ...

Candle jar - IMGP8976

More to come ...

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