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PostPosted: Tue Jul 05, 2011 11:03 pm 
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I don't know where this thread might fit better... "Off Topic" or "Third party lenses". If you think it's wrong here, I guess there are moderators who know what to do. :oops:

Well... today I visited my aunt and was just shooting some pictures in her garden when she brought an old lens.
Her brother, my uncle, died in an motorbike accident more than 20 years ago and she found that lens between his stuff while cleaning his old room.
Now she gave it to me as I'm the only one doing "serious" photography in the family. My elder brother takes quite some (good!) shots, too. But well... his main lens is the Tamron 18-270mm VC if you know what I mean :D

I have different lenses here - M42, Canon EF, Canon FD and my aunt has an old Revue camera - and the mount of this lens fit's none of them.

So then I thought one of you might know what mount it is - maybe an adapter is affordable.
Here is the mount:

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I tried to do some shots holding it in front of my Canon EOS but as it was quite difficult to hold the camera, the lens, focus manually and press the shutter... well - after taking some "not so good" shots of a street lamp I stopped trying it.
But as the lens has a tripod mount (yes - I even tried that in order to need one hand less) I managed to take a shot of this lens's aperture blades - hell! Count them! Thirteen! Imagine the bokeh of this lens!

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Wow, look at those aperture blades!

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Pictures of the lens itself, especially with any possibly identifying marks, will probably help to identify it.

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OK, I just tried to get some acceptable light into my bedroom :lol: and shot some more pictures:

Sorry for the dust - I was too tired to clean the front lens. ;)

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 06, 2011 5:07 am 
Never seen it before, but I did find this link which shows a very similar looking lens. Same 'company' (tele-universa....seems to be a Cosina), and same shape etc.

Pictures from that page show a canon mount that is separate from the lens itself, so I think that you can interchange the mount between systems.


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Can't tell from these pics, but is the mount ring (easily) removable?

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Hi Jiko,

That was an interesting half an hour of Googling. It seems (source) that this 400mm f/6.3 lens turned up under a number of labels and may actually have been made by Tamron, though I've not found proof of that. For example the "Spiratone" version looks almost identical:
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popo wrote:
Can't tell from these pics, but is the mount ring (easily) removable?
The outer ring is screwed on - just protected by a single screw. The next "layer" is hold by three very tiny screws.
But as far as I remember it looks a bit different from what I can see here (picture from Bob's link): https://picasaweb.google.com/olympuscam ... 6921747378
The light is better now here so I'll take it apart again and shoot some better pictures of the mount today.

It would be nice to compare the sharpness of this old 400mm prime against the newer 100-400mm L-lens I have here. :lol:

Thanks for the help!

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Ive got almost exactly the same lens, although another company has made it (Beroflex) and mine's 500 f/8... Im almost 100% sure it's a M42-mount.
Im sure though the results are quite bad compared to the L you have, mine isnt that sharp too!;)

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Here's mine: http://www.kamera-boerse.com/store/image/data/P1010014_.JPG

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 06, 2011 10:58 am 
well most old telephoto primes were rather mediocre in terms of sharpness,even with their big apertures :) as far as I know from many reviews (both pro & non-pro) for a vaste array of lenses


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Well here's its bigger brother sticking out of an old Praktica 35mm body.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/49848010@N ... otostream/


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jiko could you make a shot of the mount but from a bit of angle instead of direct front shot.. i could compare it to the mount of my other practica lenses, although i seriously doubt it is the same...

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Praktica uses M42 though, right?

If I had to hazard a guess, I'd say Yashica mount (2nd gen)

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It's no M42 - I have a M42 compatible old body with two lenses but that lens definitely doesn't fit in any way.

I just created a little animation of the three "layers":
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Maybe it's a T-mount plus adaptor? That might tie in with the suspected Tamron manufacture.

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