Nikon D40 + M42 to K/AR mount adapter + CZ Jena Biotar 58mm f2, originally uploaded by *jj*.
|Type||Fully automatic 35mm Lens-Shutter autofocus camera|
|Picture Size||24 x 36 mm|
|AF System||Triangulation system with near-infrared beam. Prefocus enabled.|
|Lens||35mm f/2.8 (4 elements in 4 groups)|
|Shutter||Electromagnetic programmed shutter and aperture. EV 6 (f/2.8 at 1/8 sec.) - 17 (f/16 at 1/500 sec.). Built-in electronic self-timer.|
|Viewfinder||Reversed Galilean viewfinder with projected frames. Within the image area are the AF frame, zone focusing marks for near, medium, and far distances, parallax correction marks, and battery check and camera-shake warning. 0.46x magnification,|
|EE||SPC for full-auto program EE. Metering range of EV 6 - 17 (at ISO 100). Film speed range of ISO 64 - 1000.|
|Power Source||Two 1.5 V size-AAA batteries|
|Film Loading &|
|After opening camera back, align film leader at mark then close the camera back for auto loading. Film advance is automatic with the built-in motor. Film advance speed of 1 fps.|
|Frame Counter||Counts up. Resets automatically when camera back is opened. Counts down during rewind.|
|Film Rewind||Automatic rewind with built-in motor. Midroll rewind enabled.|
|Direct attachment with locking feature. Guide No. 11 (at ISO 100 in meters). Fires at full output at all times. Powered separately by two 1.5 V size-AAA batteries.|
|106 x 65 x 42 mm, 255 g (with batteries)|
137 x 65 x 42 mm, 330 g (with MC-S and batteries)
Tony posted @ http://52cameras.blogspot.com/
Taken with Voigtlander Bessa-L camera in week 37 of my 52 film cameras in 52 weeks project: 52cameras.blogspot.com/
At 12mm, this lens claims to be the widest angle rectilinear full frame 35mm lens available.
The front of the lens was only 15cm from the mirror.
Sometimes super wides seem like trick shots but this lens is superb for the self-portrait.
In many ways, the lens captures the way we see familiar environments. By that I mean it conveys what we know is there, even if it is in the periphery of our normal (50mm-like) vision.
Longer focal lengths frame away parts of the world and thereby alter they way we see the world around it. They can even renew how we see the world.
The superwide can confirm our familiar domestic vision - such a weird focal length and yet it may be the best lens to describe the quotidian. Nice work.
I can use my M42 to AR (Konica) adapter to affix the new ancient and dirty East German CZ Jena unbadged "Biotar" 58mm f2 lens to my Nikon D40. It kind of fits but I was to scared to turn the AR adapter on the D40 until it clicked. But it was light tight nonetheless.
The Biotar has bubbles, black flecks and dry grease. The Tessar, however, is perfect and mostly lives behind a Rollei 30.5mm UV filter.
This lens is in rough shape. The classic dried grease problem.
I plan to take it apart and give it a good cleaning. This is the kind of lens I don't mind mucking with.
I just read here about how underneath the first ring, one may find another ring with a scraped off Carl Zeiss. In the post-war period, Carl Zeiss Stuggart took exception the flood of Carl Zeiss Jena product from East Germany. For the East German cameras and lens to be sold in the West, the items were required to stop violating Carl Zeiss in Stuggart's trademark.
I'm glad I've added this as I haven't really put this body in the mix before either. I've decided to make my Konica Autoreflex TC the official M42 body in this household.
What can I say? I'm a gearhead.
The nice thing I can say about this body is it's a metal shutter camera. It won't fire without batteries.
Wonky shutter speed selector. You have to press the up or down button on the top plate. The flash syn is 1/100 which is better than the 1/60 on my Konica TC-X.
It is a very ugly camera. But it's nice to have a K-mount camera around. My first. This is not the body which came with the lens.
Sometimes one comes across a piece of gear that is so intriguing one can't resist it.
While I'm not a stranger to f1.4 primes, this one drew me in. It is a Chinon, not exactly a Takumar or a Hexanon (those are the ones I have) nevertheless, I had to buy it. It wasn't cheap. It was attached to a DAMAGED k1000 and they wouldn't sell it to me separate.
So I bought the whole kit and immediatedly donated the body back. What can you do?
I thought I'd post it because I haven't seen any online and thought it might add to the collective photographica knowledge.
I've had this roll undeveloped in my bag for two weeks.
It had been exposed on my L35AF. Obviously, it was from my day at the beach. I met the gentleman above in my usual patrol of men doing odd things while half-naked.
He made the cut. His kids had covered him in the silty wash from low tide at Locarno Beach. I took two exposures.
I couldn't wait to get the roll developed but it took longer than I thought. I really thought this would be the shot of the summer. One to add as one of my favourites.
As it turns out, it's not. And I'm very disappointed. I only get one or two chances to add a photo to the series every summer. Now, Labour Day has come and gone.
He does have an interesting self-mocking smirk but the composition fails to move me.
I really wanted it to feel like this image:
There are a zillion reasons why mine does approach what's going on in Arbus's Tattooed Man. But what jumps out the most is how the man has his arms spread.
Next year. Again.
|Camera type||35mm autofocus lens-shutter camera|
|Picture format||Normal 24mm x 36mm, Panorama 13mm x 36mm|
|Lens type||Nikon 28mm f/3.5, 3 elements in 3groups|
|Lens cover||Opens/closes automatically with power button ON/OFF|
|Shutter||Programmed electronic shutter; also serves as diaphragm blades|
|Min shutter speed||1/4 sec.|
|Max shutter speed||1/25th sec.|
|Shooting distance||0.35m – infinity (1.1 feet – infinity)|
|Film speed||DX-coded film automatically set to ISO 100, 200, 400 or 1000|
|Focusing||Active autofocus system. Infinity Focus – locks focus at infinity|
|Auto focus lock||Yes.|
|Autofocus confirmation||Yes, red.|
|Hot shoe or pc sync||No.|
|Self timer||One or two self timer shots at 10 second intervals.|
|Viewfinder||Real-image viewfinder; 0.28X magnification; finder coverage (at 3m) approx. 82%|
|Viewfinder display||Normal/panorama format, frame lines.|
|LCD display||Flash, frame counter, low battery indicator, timer, infinity focus|
|Auto rewind||Yes, with mid roll override.|
|Rewind time (24 exp)||n/a|
|Auto shut off||Yes. ~ 3 minutes|
|Built in flash||Yes, GN 7 (ISO 100 in meters). Auto-flash, red eye, slow sync|
|Flash recycle time||~ 3 seconds|
|Battery||One 3V (CR123A)|
|Est. battery life||Approx 23 roll of 24 exp., 18 rolls of 36 exp.|
|Dimensions||(W) 108mm x (H) 62mm x (D) 32mm|
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