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    Ok, update.

    I stole a Pentax Spotmatic this weekend (at least it felt like a steal.... perfect condition with a Super Takumar 50mm 1.4 for $35!).

    Does this change things? I've found a Industar pancake on eBay.

    As I understand it, having an M42 camera makes my options much more plentiful.

    What are your fave M42 lenses, regardless of pancake-ness?

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    Quote Originally Posted by holmburgers View Post
    Ok, update.

    I stole a Pentax Spotmatic this weekend (at least it felt like a steal.... perfect condition with a Super Takumar 50mm 1.4 for $35!).

    Does this change things? I've found a Industar pancake on eBay.

    As I understand it, having an M42 camera makes my options much more plentiful.

    What are your fave M42 lenses, regardless of pancake-ness?
    Some of these may be hard to find in the U.S., but:
    Meyer Lydith 30mm
    Schneider Curtagon 35mm
    Pentax Takumar 35mm f/3.5 (nearly identical signature - massive look - as the Schneider Curtagon)
    Just about any Zeiss Jena lens (apart from the Triotar and some Tessars - unless you like soft)*
    Zeiss Jena Sonnar 180mm f/2.8 with a P6=>M42 adapter. Huge & mythical lens. Very nice results if you can stand the weight!
    Most Pentacon lenses*
    Schacht-Ulm 90mm f/2.8 (most other Schachts should be very good, just little personal experience)
    Vivitar (=Tokina) 17mm f/3.5
    Zenitar 16mm fisheye
    Many Steinheil lenses*
    Most Mamiya M42 lenses*
    Vivitar/Tokina 400mmm f/5.6 (not the very best FL of its kind, but quite good & cheap)
    Meyer Telemegor 300mm f/4.5 & 400mm f/5.5 (not the very best FLs of their kind, but quite good & cheap)

    Also many, many others, but a good number are likely to be too rare, expensive and/or specialistic to be of interest.

    * In the cases where I say "many" or "most", ask again if you're interested in a particular lens.

    P.S. I assume your "Spotmatic" isn't an ES, ES II, or F... In which cases, a number of the lenses I mentioned might not be mountable.
    Last edited by Rol_Lei Nut; 05-10-2010 at 02:16 PM. Click to view previous post history. Reason: Added info
    M6, SL, SL2, R5, P6x7, SL3003, SL35-E, F, F2, FM, FE-2, Varex IIa

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    Hey, thanks for the list. Yeah, it's an SP spotmatic. Such a beauty! Has a really buttery feel, especially the film advance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by holmburgers View Post
    haha!

    The thorium lens is big, but I want it irregardless.

    And yes, I see a rangefinder in my future.... the far, distant future....
    I hope you are as lucky as I was then holmburgers, I came across mine by accident attached to an absolutely mint EF body in a small local camera store for a price that was cheap even for just the lens, and it was for the whole shooting match.
    Ben

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    Dang... that'd be nice. I have the EF too, but paid fair market value on eBay. Such a great camera...

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    I wrote previously that FD 35mm f2 is a nine element lens, I was wrong, it Isn't It's ten, which figures because it's very heavy.
    Ben

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    Even though I'm a Canon aficionado, I reckon that the Spotmatic will serve you better for the compact camera and lens that you are after. There are so many screw mount lenses available so cheaply that you can keep yourself amused for years just trying them all. The 50mm 1.4 Takumar is hardly bigger than the 1.8 and is of legendary status. Also agree with the 35mm 3.5, a tad slow yes, but great quality and very compact. The Industars that you mention can be really good, or really crap, I have three examples that cover all those bases! They are really cheap however, so just keep buying them until you find a good example, and they are really compact
    I currently own two "pancake" lenses, a Minolta and a Konica, the Konica seems better. Funny how these have attained a cult status as both were sold as basic el cheapo lenses for the less prestigious cameras in the model lineup. Good luck with your quest.

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    I personally find pancake lenses very fiddly to use because the the focus and aperture rings are so narrow to make them very awkward to use, the new type bayonet mount Canon FD 50mm f1.8 and f1.4 lenses are light because they have plastic barrels, and much easier to use
    Ben

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