Stefano’s Stuffs

New (old) lenses

Chinon CS4

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During 2008 I bought a wonderful, 28 years old, Revueflex SD1 (also called Chinon CS4), a very affordable manual camera with a wonderful M42 mount; this means that on Ebay there are a lot of possibilities to find some VERY good lenses at very good price. I immediately bought a 20 years old beautiful-perfect condition-great bokeh-cheap Revuenon f/2,8 135mm, ideal for portrait. I’m looking hard, also with the precious help of some webisites devoted to this camera mount, for the right lenses to buy and the results are incredible. Here my top3 (obiouvsly “cheap edition”!) updated:

3 – The always interesting and cheap Zenitar Fisheye f/2,8 16mm; it is produced with various mount and adapters (Canon, Nikon, Sigma…even M39!)but the original one is made for M42 cameras. This cheap fisheye takes excellent shots, it’s fully manual and it’s “not-so-circular” like some others “pushed” fisheye.

2 – The very useful Tomioka f/1,4 55mm. Some f/1,4 Super Takumars are better and cheaper but for example mine is damn yellow and a little radioactive (the rear element was treated with Thorium) so I must find a good alternative, always at f/1,4:-). The best idea is the “Tomi-lux”, the Tomioka f/1,2 but it’s not really cheap…

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1 – The really interesting Carl Zeiss Jena Flektogon f/4 20mm (ok, there’s also the f/2,8 but it’s always the same problem…:-)), I saw some wonderful shots taken with this lens and the DDR “Zebra” edition is SO cool…;-)

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The “not-so-cheap” list includes a lot of other lenses…


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