No definitely don't force it on. I guess it's like mine made in a back-street machine shop in Hong Kong or China & the tolerances aren't that good. Mine goes on fully and the pin locks. The problem is getting it off as there's nothing to grip, that's quite different.
Thanks for all your help. Mine does go on now. The reason I couldn't get it off was because of a pin that only my N55 body has- the rest do not. Instructions I have found say to take the mount off with the lens- so you have something to grip. If you don't want to do that due to a fragile lens a rubber glove works like a charm.
never heard of a 120mm, sounds like a bit of an oddity.
Pentex made 42mm lens from 35mm to 150, for the most part, in 15mm increments, although from some reason they jumped to 105 rather than 100: 35, 50, 85, 105, 120 135, and 150. The 120 is somewhat rare, the 150 is easy to find. I find the 150 to be a better fit than the 180, I have a sologair 180 in 42mm as well, fast but just close to a 200. I dont think the 120 and 150 were carried over in the K lineup.
The 120 mm f 2.8 was carried over into the " K " mount
The 150 mm was not.
What was great about the 120 was for an f 2.8 lens, it was tiny.
The 135 mm f 2.8, ( or f 2.5, I don't remember ), was huge by comparison.
I had a friend who suffered from Screwmountitis. I call it that because it seems ridiculous to me NOT to have a camera with open aperture metering.
I found him a Spotmatic F, & updated his lenses to S.M.C.T., which included a 120 mm f 2.8.
He loaned it someone, who promptly stole it.
Another vote for the 135mm f/3.5 SMC Takumar, I used to have a Spotmatic with this lens and a 55mm f/1.8 Super Takumar. These are sharp lenses, and they are not very expensive.
Another vote for the 135mm f/3.5 SMC Takumar. Very sharp with moderate contrast and it handles great. And despite the fact that it's a "budget" lens that did not receive SMC on all lens surfaces - it's more flare resistant than ANY Canon EF lens that I own.
These can be had for about $40-$65 on eBay or KEH, quite easily.
The only downside to the lens, IMO, is it's generally poor bokeh.
The 135mm f/2.5 SMC Takumar is even better, but it will set you back around $150 these days due to all sorts of digiFools attempting to fit them to their DSLRs (only to complain that they don't focus at infinity).
Digital Photography is just "why-tech" not "high tech"..
I use an M-42 Helios lens. It's called an 44M-6 and is 58mm focal length. They have M-2 to M-7 versions and are just older to newer types. The later types having more coatings etc. That said, my M-6 is just outstanding. It's razor sharp but has that lovely out of focus swirly bokeh that a lot of Russian lenses can exhibit. It's f2 wide open. I understand this lens design is a copy of the Zeiss Biotar.
I found mine for $20 on E'Bay and I am blown away at the results I am getting with this lens. These two shots were done in the last few weeks and shot wide open with the Helios and a beaten up 30 year old Vivitar sl220 camera body.
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Takumar M42 f/4, 17mm "Fisheye": a desirable lens?
Originally Posted by wayne naughton
i just got a hold of some m42 adapters for both minolta af and manual bodies and while i've been reading up on the different lenses, i'd be curious to get people's opinions and recommendations on what to look out for. my only experience with screwmounts has been with a spotmatic and a couple of takumars (and that was about 30 years ago...grin)
I have just obtained -haven't had time to use it yet- an M42, Takumar Super-Multi-Coated f/4, 17mm "Fisheye" lens.
Does anyone have any experience of, or opinions about, this lens they would be willing to share, please?
(I will be using it in an Asahi Pentax M42 film body)
The Minolta's Is the CLE and uses an electronically controlled shutter.
The CL is Mechanical.
Well there were three, the Leica Cl, the Leitz-Minolta Cl (essentially the same camera with a different badge) and the Minolta CLE... sweet Cl size with what appeared to be Minolta XG series electronics.