Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Meyer-Optik Gorlitz Primotar 180mm f3.5 - Close Up Samples

Normally, the Meyer-Optik Primotar 180mm f3.5 (Exakta mount) has a two meter minimum focus distance. Not exactly good for close ups. But, I put this lens on the Yeenon 18-32mm focusing helicoid and is able to shorten the minimum focus distance by more than half, while still retains infinity focus capability. I like the results quite a bit, though it's not an easy lens to use, due to the size and weight.

This lens has a single coating of bluish colour, while my other Primotar 18cm f3.5 lens, that's meant to be mounted on a lensboard for medium/large format cameras. Interestingly, both lenses are Primotar but obviously they are physically different, and it's not just the missing lens barrel. I haven't gotten the barrelless version of this lens to work well on the home brew barrel plus helicoid. The Exakta version is just so much easier to work with.

All pictures below were taken with the NEX-6 and the Meyer-Optik Gorlitz Primotar 180mm f3.5 with helicoid.

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