Questions tagged [m42]

The M42 was a popular screw thread lens mount used by multiple manufacturers.

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Can I use a 35mm film lenses on Micro 4/3 at the same focal length?

I've been shooting 35mm film for a few months and am now planning on getting a Micro 4/3 Olympus camera soon. One question I have is whether or not I can use my existing M42 mount lenses on the new ...
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Rainbow flare effect on Industar 50-2

I am reproducibly getting the kind of rainbow-streak flare seen in the attached image on my copy of the Industar 50-2 (a russian 50mm f3.5 tessar-ish M42 pancake). The pattern does rotate when ...
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Is an M42-to-Nikon F adapter with focus to infinity really mechanically impossible or just dangerous?

By conservative opinions, such a device is considered impossible. However, given the facts that: Some, especially preset style, M42 lenses have a body that is, on the rearmost few centimetres, no ...
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Using teleconverter to achieve infinity focus with m42 lens on Nikon cameras?

I have a D5300 that I wish to use my Super Takumar 200mm f/4 on for astrophotography. However, I am of course unable to achieve infinity focus with it. If I were to use a teleconverter, would that ...
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Which kinds of lenses can be mounted on or adapted to the Leica M-Mount?

I'm confused by the choice of adapters offered for Leica M cameras. Now obviously Leica M mount lenses can be mounted, but I have also seen the M39 screw mount being mentioned a lot. I guess they are ...
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Panasonic 4K Photo Mode Low-light perfromance

How is panasonic's 4k photo mode low-light performance when compared to simple jpg 4k-resolution still?
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Can I mount my M42 and Sony/Minolta A-mount lenses on a Micro Four Thirds or APS-C mirrorless camera?

I am thinking about buying a digital camera, namely a Panasonic Lumix GX80/GX85 Micro Four Thirds (M4/3). Though, I do not intent to spend money on lenses very soon, and would like to remain using ...
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Which lens adapter do I need to use an auto Sicor-XL lens with a Nikon camera?

I recently got a Nikon D3400 and an old auto Sicor-XL lens and wanted to use both. Only problem is that they don't use the same mounting system. Which lens adapter can I use for my D3400 with a Sicor-...
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M42 body with split-screen focusing and TTL lightmeter?

After my old Zenit 122 has failed (the fabric on the shutter started falling apart), I am looking for a new body to use. I'd like to have something better than the previous camera. I absolutely need ...
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Why is f-stop number 8 in orange on my lens?

I have an old Takumar SMC 28mm lens. On the aperture ring, the marker for f/8 is in orange. Is there any special reason for this? Is it just to mark the middle? Or is it just for style? https://www....
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Are there drawbacks to using a lens adapter?

I am considering buying Super-Takumar 28mm f3.5 M42 and using an M42 to EF adapter to attach it to my Canon Rebel T3. Are there any significant drawbacks I should take into account before doing this? ...
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Helios 44-3 mounted on Canon 5D. Did I get the wrong adapter?

In the mail today I received from eBay a Super Takumar 35mm f/3.5 Helios 44-3 f/2.0 M42 to Canon EF mount I mounted the Super Takumar on my Canon EOS 5D with the adapter, and it operates fine except ...
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Can you identify this M42-mount lens?

I found this lens in our attic, in a box. It is fully functional, all the iris and focus rings are turning smoothly, but it doesn't have the informations piece on its front. I tried so hard to find ...
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Can I use an M42 mount lens on a Minolta AF body? [duplicate]

I have an M42 mount Helios lens that I want to use on a Minolta AF mount body. I've found this adapter online but wanted to verify it is the correct adapter before I purchased it. The lens is a ...
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Got my first vintage lens (Carl Zeiss Jena Pancolar 50mm f/1.8) - what's this lever for?

This was made by the East German incarnation of Carl Zeiss in the 70s. The plastic part to the right is the M42 to E-mount adapter. I'm wondering what the lever in the center of the first image does. ...
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Can I use older screw-type lenses on a Nikon DSLR? [duplicate]

Just purchased a Nikon D3200 DSLR. I have several excellent Pentax (M42) screw mount lenses from my older 35MM. Is there an adaptor available to allow me to mate those lenses with my new D3200?
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How can I use a vintage M42 manual prime on an entry Nikon DSLR?

I have got an old lens Helios 44-2 (58mm f/2 M42 mount) that I want to use for portraits on my Nikon D3100. I used an adapter (without optical element) to mount the lens. I want to really try this ...
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Can I fix a M42 50mm lens myself?

I've been using the Pentacon 50mm f1.8 with pleasure on my Canon 550D with the help of a M42 to EOS adapter. Some weeks ago however the lens housing got damaged in my luggage such that turning the ...
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How to calculate the focal length for old lenses (m42 or m39) mounted on Sony Nex? [duplicate]

As far as I know, it is necessary to multiply the focal length by the crop factor. My Sony Nex 5 has a crop factor = 1.5 For lens Helios 77M-4 1.8/50 focal length will 50 * 1.5 = 75 Is this true for ...
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Which is the best version of Helios 44 series 58mm f/2 M42 mount lens

I'm looking to buy a Helios 44 series 58mm f/2 M42 lens for my Nikon D600 and will be mounting it using an M42 to F-mount adapter. I'm primarily buying this lens for portraits due to the interesting ...