What are Your Favorite M42 Lenses?

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by Ossiva, Jan 12, 2018.

  1. Ossiva

    Ossiva Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 31, 2017
    College Station, TX
    I have a LT2 focal reducer and I'm beginning to collect M42 lenses. What M42 screw mount lenses have people found work well with the micro 4/3 mount?

    So far, I've been drawn to the the Helios 44 lineup and the Mir 1B. Lot of old Soviet lenses out there, and they aren't radioactive!!
  2. TNcasual

    TNcasual Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Dec 2, 2014
    Knoxville, TN
    Super Takumar 50 1.4

    Super Takumar 105 2.8

    There is also the Jupiter-9 85 2, but I sold my copy.
  3. edmsnap

    edmsnap Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 20, 2011
    Edmonton, Alberta
    The Helios 44-3 is pretty fantastic and the Mir is lovely, but since you've noticed those already, I'll vote for the Volna-9. It's an intoxicating gem if you like unique bokeh. It's also a decent macro lens.
  4. kurtwist

    kurtwist Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

    Feb 6, 2011
    Southern Calif.
    180mm f2.8 Jena Sonnar
  5. Ossiva

    Ossiva Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 31, 2017
    College Station, TX
    The Jupiter-9 85/2 and the Helios-40 85/2 are both on my list of eventual acquisitions. I had never heard of the Volna-9 before but sample pictures online are astonishing! Impressive macro capabilities with that lens. I was looking into buying an FD 50/3.5 Macro, but the Volna is faster and appears every bit as good... might just have to get both.

    Does anyone use wider (<50mm) M42 mount lenses?