Industar 69 28mm f/2.8 for black and white

2014-07-22
Instead of selling this lens, I renew my interest in keeping it as it has an unique character especially for black and white photos. It is a cute pancake and works reasonably well on aps-c.   My copy does not need any modification and focus at infinity is a non-issue for me.

Industar 69 28mm f/2.8 for black and white
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Industar 69 28mm f/2.8 for black and white
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I have ordered a 24mm to 37mm step up ring attempting to dress it up with a lens hood with 37mm vented Leica style metal hood. I don't exactly know if 24mm will fit the front or if a step-up ring will hinder the aperture adjustment. I will update how it goes in about 3 days.

Industar 69 28mm f/2.8 for black and white
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Aperture ring is in the front of the lens. Lens is prone to flare lowering its contrast. With a hood, this may become a better street shooter in b&w.

Update: It is a shame that 24mm is not the filter thread size but 22.5mm or maybe 22mm is and I don't think I can easily find a step-up ring that can work with a lens hood such as a Leica style vented lens hood in 37mm. 

I just found out the filter size from this blog post and pictures

http://www.lilyandlamb.com/blog/industar-69-28mm-f28

I shot the following in b&w creative with 5N in about f/10. In b&w mode, the peaking focus will help even in strong lit afternoon sun against the LCD. When I shot the following, I was not able to see detail on my LCD because of the Sun and I don't have EVF on my 5N.

I may over-do the processing with Red Hi-Contrast filter on LR.

Industar 69 28mm f/2.8 for black and white
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I want to find the right lens hood so that I can try improving the contrast. When using this lens for color shot, there are scenes that this lens will come up oddly with low contrast and bokeh is not its strength. Size, form factor and ease of use with exception on the aperture selection make up the fondness of this pancake for the budget minded. 

Industar 50-2 50mm f/3.5 -- a Russian M42 pancake

2014-07-20
I cleaned up my Industar 50-2 50mm f/3.5. The lens still has quite a bit of internal dust. A few product shots on the small pancake.

Industar 50-2 50mm f/3.5, a Russian M42 pancake, sony a7
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Industar 50-2 50mm f/3.5, a Russian M42 pancake, sony a7
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Industar 50-2 50mm f/3.5, a Russian M42 pancake, sony a7
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Industar 50-2 50mm f/3.5, a Russian M42 pancake, sony a7
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Industar pancake with companies.


Some casual test shots with Industar 50-2 50mm f/3.5 and Sony A7

Industar 50-2 50mm f/3.5, a Russian M42 pancake, sony a7
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Industar 50-2 50mm f/3.5, a Russian M42 pancake, sony a7
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Industar 50-2 50mm f/3.5, a Russian M42 pancake, sony a7
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Industar 50-2 50mm f/3.5, a Russian M42 pancake, sony a7
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Industar 50-2 50mm f/3.5, a Russian M42 pancake, sony a7
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Industar 50-2 50mm f/3.5 -- a Russian M42 pancake



The lens is decent and it has a film look quality.  

Schneider Kreuznach Xenar 45mm f/2.8 and Kodak Retina Reflex IV

Schneider Kreuznach Xenar 45mm f/2.8 and Kodak Retina Reflex IV
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Schneider Xenar 45mm f/2.8 is a pancake that can be converted to M42 and stays as pancake in terms of size.



Among the three Schneider Xena 45mm f/2.8, Xenon 50mm f/1.9 and the Tele-Xena 135mm f/4.0 that I have tried, the best image quality comes from the Schneider Xenon 50mm f/1.9. The performance on the 135mm f/4.0 is excellent but the long minimal focusing distance at 14 feet make it harder to use unless your subject focus is far. The 45mm f/2.8 is the cutest one as an altearnative pancake with reasonable performance.


A word of caution on the DKL mount, many of the DKL to M42 or DKL to K mount adapters are priced in the $35 to $50 range many of them are poorly made with all sorts of failing issues after few usage. I ran through three DKL to M42 adapters to get one good one out of three. They all work initially and after a few mount, they lose the tight mounting or fail to lock the DKL lens into place. 



Schneider Kreuznach Xenar 45mm f/2.8 and Kodak Retina Reflex IV

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Schneider Kreuznach Xenar 45mm f/2.8 and Kodak Retina Reflex IV

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Xenar pancake on top, M42 to DKL adapter, M42 to Konicar AR, Konicar AR to Sony E, Sony A7 on bottom
A pancake with three adapters .... Oh my but still quite small


Schneider Kreuznach Xenar 45mm f/2.8 and Kodak Retina Reflex IV

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Shot with Schneider Xenar 45mm f/2.8 




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Kodak Retina IV, the film rewind is at the bottom. And the shutter release is not on the top plate but on the body and I find it easy to hit the shutter



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Schneider Xena 45mm f/2.8 pancake was gone


The Schneider Xenon 50mm f/1.9 is very good when I tried it on Sony digital bodies. 


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The body has a leaf shutter and it is amazing to watch the leaf shutter in working with the shutter release. 

Consolation with Yashica Mat 124G for 120 films

2014-07-18
I had let go my excellent+ copy of Pentax 645N and today, I am taking consolation with my Yashica 124mat G. I took some gear pictures on the Yashica Mat 124G when I first got it in 2010. It is a beauty. 

Consolation with Yashica Mat 124G for 120 films




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I had it today with me and contemplating which roll of expired film to use among Ektar, Portra, Acros, Tri-X and Agfa Rollei. I got the roll of Agfa Rollei Retra 80X from Steve and that is the only roll that has not expired. All of my other roll films expired in the range between 2011 and 2013. 


I used to have Rolleiflex Automat and when I researched today, I find this Yashica versus Rollei twin-lens reflex cameras from Frugal Photographer



Quote Originally posted by Frugal Photographer:
If what you have is a 'Mat, LM, EM, C, D, 635, 12, 24, 124, or 124-G, then use it. Don't worry about trading "up" to a Rolleicord or f3.5 Tessar or Xenar Rolleiflex. You have nothing practical to gain, and the spiritual frisson some enthusiasts get from fondling Rollei gear doesn't impress me. Knob wind film advance is just fine, not as sexy or as fast as lever wind and it doesn't automatically cock the shutter, but it's perfectly useful (and it lets you double-expose, if you're into that).

I have a lobe bug with film cameras and I can buy cameras just for the look and gear porn pictures. Look at what I have done to the film gift from Steve -- the Agfa Rollei Retro and it is still unused after 2 years


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I took these product shots earlier contemplating which roll to go first. All of my roll films expired except the Rollei Retro that Steve gave me as a gift. 


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And I found my vintage camera strap working well with my Yashica.


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I will hopefully find time to use my 120 expired films. 

Film alert I go about online recently shopping for some color 135 films and I find fewer places with good discount and I wonder if the Agfa Vista Plus 400 is worth trying as it cost cheaper to test my unused camera with Contax 137MA -- my red camera.

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I will likely buy a roll to test my red camera with Contax 137 MA
 
 

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