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Showcase Minox (Minotar) 35mm/2,8

Discussion in 'Adapted Lens Sample Image Showcase' started by petronius, Feb 10, 2013.

  1. petronius

    petronius Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 6, 2011
    The lens was taken from a Minox 35EL and glued into a M4/3 body cap.
    The lens is adjusted to infinity.





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  2. carlosfm

    carlosfm Mu-43 Veteran

    Oct 3, 2015
    Lisbon, Portugal
    I had a Minox 35GT, back in the 90's.
    This lens is fabulous.
    Well done!
  3. gnarlydog australia

    gnarlydog australia Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Feb 23, 2015
    Brisbane, Australia
    Damiano Visocnik
    I only discovered this lens recently and refitted it to MFT via a C-mount adapter

    37541810341_4c8ea5e6f5_b. E-M1 with Minotar 35_2.8 by gnarlydog, on Flickr

    I modified the minimum focus distance to have a closer reach by removing the focusing collar up front and cutting away the "helicoid" travel stop in the groove.
    The focusing action/travel can be adjusted by unscrewing 3 small screws and then grabbing the front element and focus it to infinity (while lens is mounted on camera) and then replacing the cover and set it to infinity mark.

    37494060386_22c46f3f84_b. Minotar refitted on C-mount adapter by gnarlydog, on Flickr

    I used a step-up filter ring 34mm to 37mm to cover the gap in the C-mount adapter and give the lens a clean finish.
    The distance of the lens from the sensor (Back focus) is perfect if the lens is simply placed and secured on a C-mount adapter. I glued it place with epoxy glue (JB-Weld) and then adjusted the focus (as described above)

    37542009381_b89905e53c_b. Minotar rear by gnarlydog, on Flickr

    The lens is tiny but still punches above its weight. It's no M.Zuiko but it's not a dog either. Probably better than your average cheap Russian adapted lens.
    Fist test samples show OK-ish infinity, not much flare/glow and a peculiar bokeh in the speckled highlights when stopped down a bit (f4-f5.6)
    Samples coming soon...
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  4. gnarlydog australia

    gnarlydog australia Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Feb 23, 2015
    Brisbane, Australia
    Damiano Visocnik
    OK, let's get sharpness at infinity out of the way; something that I don't care that much about but means the world to some...
    OOC converted from RAW to jpeg (with Fastone), no tweaks
    You can click on the images and have larger magnification, if you wish

    at f2.8
    36832775354_a8ad6f5ef8_h. Minotar at f2.8 by gnarlydog, on Flickr

    at f5.6
    23690294348_49725be478_h. Minotar at f5.6 by gnarlydog, on Flickr

    at f4, cropped scene from above
    23690285228_80eb0c9269_b. Minotar at f4_crop by gnarlydog, on Flickr

    at f4, cropped and this time edited for sharpness
    37284249660_9a1a3abd84_b. Minotar at f4_crop_edit by gnarlydog, on Flickr

    and one samples of how the speckled highlights are handled at minimum focus, wide open
    edited image
    37511568772_c046160770_h. Minotar at f2.8_2 by gnarlydog, on Flickr

    and then stopped down to f4.5-ish with its 2-blade cat-eye style aperture
    edited image
    37494786706_fa2f5cc95e_h. Minotar at f4.5 by gnarlydog, on Flickr
    Last edited: Oct 6, 2017
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