I helped a person rehang their front door today – didn’t really know them except to see them around once in a while.
They approached me and said they heard I did such work, explained the problem to me and asked how much I’d want to fix it. Since they didn’t live far from where I was fueling up I said I’d run by and take a look at it if they wanted.
Once there I saw it wasn’t much of a problem and said I could fix it in a half hour or so and didn’t want anything to do so.
They protested a little and I told them if and when an opportunity arose to pay it forward in some way.
I noticed a high end dslr camera setting on a stand and asked if he were into photography, which led to a discussion about the various merits of assorted gear – when I finished fixing the door and demonstrated that all was well he thanked me and said to hold on a minute – when he returned he was toting an old Yashica Electro GSN Rangefinder slr film camera and a Yashica Yashinon DX 50mm f2.0 lens in a small case.
Said it worked perfectly but he wasn’t into film and he’d like me to have it as “payment”.
I told him the lens alone was worth more than the time I had invested and a collector or film buff would probably be interested in the camera, he said it didn’t matter, that the camera had been sitting in the closet for a while, he’d never really gotten the hang of it and figured I’d make good use of it so I accepted and smiled all the way home.
Great vintage camera and a stellar lens, though I’m not sure when it was made, I’ll look up the serial number later to date it but they both look like they just came off the showroom floor.
Already attached it to a dslr via a M42 screw mount adapter, took a few shots, and blown away by the color and sharpness.
This lens comes in “faster” versions as well, as fast as f1.4 I believe, but F2.0 is plenty fast, the “cost” was hard to beat, and I feel this lens would acquit itself well against it’s faster cousins.
Adapters are cheap, some are even AF confirm, for those into dslrs and overwhelmed by the price of new “prime lenses” they might want to consider a “vintage” lens or two.
They’ll have to surrender the auto modes and letting the camera do the thinking for them but the optical rewards not to mention the money saved should more than compensate.
Every lens I have came either as the result of barter, thriftstores, fleamarkets, yardsales, and friends pulling something out of the closet or running across one in the various venues mentioned, it’s taken a while to build the collection and I’m sure some would find it lacking but I’m satisfied.
The lenses I have in my opinion will shoot right alongside the current wave of primes and their combined cost is WELL BELOW that of a single new prime , they include Pentax SMC and Super Takumars, Yashica, Vivitar, Sigma, Canon, and a Zeiss.
I’ve even got an old Sigma 600mm F8 mirror lens the previous owner found so aggravating they couldn’t wait to pass it on – understandably so. Weird bokeh characterized by donuts with holes and a “slow” lens, but if you are mindful of it’s limitations and the conditions you use it in it’s capable of producing some surprising images – I rarely use it but understand it was something of the rage during it’s day and primarily keep it for the oddity and challenge it presents, if nothing else it will keep a person on their toes.
Lenses are subjective, in most cases it’s about what a person likes, their perception, and I assume the common denominator is image and build quality – build quality, one of the reasons I avoid new lenses of which the vast majority are of plastic construction….that and the outrageous price.
I haven’t looked for any reviews on this lens as all reviews related to anything are subjective, just as the opinion I’ve given is, and I’m not one given to color charts, though I may take a look.
Being subjective I’ve found reviews often enough don’t match the personal experience I have with a particular lens, and I don’t believe all complaints can be laid upon “bad copies”, so I never consider them definitive.
If you’re going to put out big bucks for quality glass why should it be encased in plastic?
That’s the same marketing strategy as downsizing screens on cell phones, tablets, etc while convincing everyone it’s advantageous, and once the market has been saturated and people begin to say hey wait a minute the process is reversed with the emphasis on being advantageous again.
A plastic encased lens because it’s “lighter”? Come on now, lifting a camera with a lens isn’t a Herculean task, and the argument of camera shake hardly applies as the new cameras and lenses are image stabilized – then there’s always tripods and monopods or bumping the ISO.
I have an older well used and constructed tripod that may weigh ten pounds or more I won’t hesitate to sling over my shoulder with a strap and head out into the woods.
Inconvenient? Too heavy? Not to my way of thinking if it’s all about taking the best shot available.
An added advantage to the tripod is it’s heavy enough to fend off crazed bloodthirsty bears, Bigfoot, a Calvary patrol, and just about anything else looking for trouble.
I don’t consider myself the Oz of photography or even an “expert” for that matter – I don’t make my living at it and considering the size of the demographic seriously doubt many do – it’s something I enjoy just as I enjoy the work I do and strive to do both to the best of my ability while paying attention to the details.
I’ve got some busy nail pounding days ahead of me this week but first opportunity I’ll be out with this lens and post a few shots.