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What the hell have i bought????

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by andyw, Mar 9, 2010.

  1. andyw

    andyw Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jan 27, 2010
    Surrey. UK
    Leitz Hektor 135mm f4.5

    Bought this on e of the bay last night. I believe it's pre WW2 and from the limited image examples i have seen it could be the sharpest lens i have ever seen. We will see when it get's here. It only cost me £20 so i'm not expecting much, in fact i don't really care. It will look good in my collection.

    Some numpty has converted it from M39 Leica to M42 fitting so it looks like a dog's dinner! At least i won't need to buy another adapter! :biggrin:





     
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  2. BillN

    BillN Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 19, 2010
    SW France
    Andy

    maybe mid 50's

    http://www.forloren.dk/lbf/leica_lens_serial.htm

    I think the table cover the 135mm Hektor
    but I have some more info somewhere so I'll have a look later in the day

    quite a few were made

    difficult to keep still on the M4/3 - I've tried - tripod makes it a lot better and you should get a good image
     
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  3. Justified_Sinner

    Justified_Sinner Mu-43 Regular

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    Feb 11, 2010
    Scotland, UK
    Dauvit Alexander
    Wonderful Lens!

    It IS incredibly sharp. I'll be uploading some of the photographs I took with mine over the next few days. As it effectively becomes 270mm at f4.5, it is a lens for bright days or a tripod, but it is lovely with excellent contrast (for me, lack of contrast is a major issue in a long lens). Mine cost me about £90 from Clock Tower Cameras in Brighton, but is the Leica R fit, rather than the M39/botch. No idea what date that makes mine.
     
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  4. andyw

    andyw Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jan 27, 2010
    Surrey. UK
    Thanks, Can't wait to see some examples!
     
  5. OzRay

    OzRay Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 29, 2010
    South Gippsland, Australia
    Ray, not Oz
    Probably the best source for a quick review of Leica, and other M mount, lenses is Camera Quest: http://www.cameraquest.com/mlenses.htm.

    Cheers

    Ray
     
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  6. Justified_Sinner

    Justified_Sinner Mu-43 Regular

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    Feb 11, 2010
    Scotland, UK
    Dauvit Alexander
  7. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus

    Dec 15, 2009
    Phila, Pa USA
    That's a great lens. I have one I bought in 1971. It's tack sharp but the real visual quality is in the irradiation you get in back lighting...... dreamy..... It seems you have the Viso Flex version...good stuff
    enjoy, it's a gem....
     
  8. Justified_Sinner

    Justified_Sinner Mu-43 Regular

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    Feb 11, 2010
    Scotland, UK
    Dauvit Alexander
    Can I ask what that means? I've never heard this term before.
     
  9. wilson.c

    wilson.c Mu-43 Regular

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    Mar 1, 2010
    That's a great lens, very sharp!! I sold mine a few years back though.
     
  10. andyw

    andyw Mu-43 Veteran

    410
    Jan 27, 2010
    Surrey. UK
    Ok i have taken a few images and wide open (f4.5) it's pretty poor to say the least. I have Cleaned the lens and taken another shot which was better - See below. I tried at F8 and it was better still. I will wait for a decent sunny day with my Tripod for further tests. Again the light was very dull.

    1: Attached to the GF1


    2: @ f4.5


    3: @ f8


    4: After some post processing in Elements 6


    Overall impressions... Pretty bad but i will conduct further testing on a better day.

    Watch this space!
     
  11. andyw

    andyw Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jan 27, 2010
    Surrey. UK
    Just had another look at the lens and there is either fungus or clouding in the lens where i can't get to it. Hey ho! Looks good in my line up!
     
  12. jesse

    jesse Mu-43 Regular

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    Dec 16, 2009
    Hong Kong
    I have this lens too and I put it on my Hasselblad 2000FC/M, the image quality is really good
     
  13. Justified_Sinner

    Justified_Sinner Mu-43 Regular

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    Feb 11, 2010
    Scotland, UK
    Dauvit Alexander
    At that price, it might be worth asking a decent camera place if they can clean and restore it.
     
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  14. BillN

    BillN Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 19, 2010
    SW France
    Brian S will know what the problem is
     
  15. mabelsound

    mabelsound Guest

    Keep in mind, old uncoated glass will always give you low contrast!
     
  16. andyw

    andyw Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jan 27, 2010
    Surrey. UK
    Yeah good call, I'll get a quote.