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    The portrait lens I would recommend is the 85mm f1.8 Nikkor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eSPhotos View Post
    For M42 I'd recommend Carl Zeiss Jena Sonnar 135mm f3.5 MC.
    I also have one of those. Mine was in a bunch of stuff including five other lenses, a couple of camera bodies and some expired film... all for £10.

    I gave most of the other stuff away but kept the Sonnar 135mm. I would also recommend this one for M42 but there are so many lenses made with this mount that there will be many other good ones too.


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    Quote Originally Posted by eSPhotos View Post
    I think there are enough info for Nikkor so I won't repeat.

    For M42 I'd recommend Carl Zeiss Jena Sonnar 135mm f3.5 MC. You may just get it for $100 because I sold one of my mint cond for that.
    Sharp enough and has very pleasant buttery bokeh.
    Jupiter 9 as mentioned above is sharp stopped down but it also has that 'helios' like distracting bokeh you don't like.
    I wouldn't equate the Jupiter 9 bokeh with that of the Helios. J-9 is a Sonnar copy and to my eye has the smooth Sonnar bokeh, as does the J-3. However bokeh is in the eye of the beholder, so best to see for one's self.

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    M42 - Super Takumar 50mm f/1.4
    M42 - Helios 58mm f/2 - stunningly beautiful portrait lens that changes character when you stop it down.
    M42 - Jupiter 9 85mm f/2 (more than $100 likely)

    Must have lens shade for all of these.
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    Thanks, the info here is amazing. now I can widen my search. Actually it's not that I don't like the bokeh pf the Helios 44 ( i actually use it quite a a lot), But for the look I am going for I want it to be "tame".

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    Do not exclude the 100mm and 75-150mm Nikon Series E lenses from your search. They may do not have the prongs (also called “rabbit ears’) that allow the Nikkormat’s built-in light meter to work; however, if you are using a hand-held light meter, you do not need the built-in light meter. Also, if you are shooting portraits using flash under studio conditions, you do not need the built-in light meter.

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    Hard to beat the 105/2.5. And as mentioned, pre-AI are pretty cheap.
    I do use a digital device in my photographic pursuits when necessary.
    When someone rags on me for using film, I use a middle digit, upraised.

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    Actually I use a Series E 50mm in my nikkormat, I use the DOF button for stop down metering. Plus, Since I started with film a few months almost a year ago all my cameras do not have a meter (busted). The Nikkormat I have now tho has a working one, a nice bonus. I'll look into the zoom, I've always stayed away from zooms (made me very lazy), but I'll consider it.

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    Another thought. How about the Tamron Adaptall-2 135mm f/2.5? I have one and although I haven't had the opportunity to use it in anger yet, the test shots I did were very encouraging. Nice colours and bokeh, and the added bonus that it is cross-platform with the correct adapters.
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    Here are some test shots. Three of the lenses are available on the used market for $100 or less.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/11336821@N00/6012452194/
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