Vega-11U lens on Sony NEX 5

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by Streltcov, Jan 21, 2013.

  1. Streltcov

    Streltcov TalkEmount Rookie

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    Hi guys!

    Let me introduce you a Vega-11U lens. It's lens from photo enlarger made in USSR. Lens can be separeted from other parts and then can be used throught m39-NEX adapter. Lens don't have a focus ring, because focusing were made throught photo enlarger. It's not a big problem, you need to focus by your hands. But with it, lens weight is only 0,09kg and size is just 39mm. It's really tiny!

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    I get my lens from ebay for 29$ + you need a adapter (10$) + i get steel macrorings (17$). With this price i got sharp macro ring, damn! really sharp macro ring. It's 50mm (54mm if really) with f2.8-11 aperture. With macrorings you can get 1:1 macro and this is crazy :)

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    Lens test with coin. I used Sony NEX-5R with Vega-11U and standart flash.

    Then i tested bokeh. My lens had broken aperture ring (broke after first day of use) on f5.6, but lens had 11 iris, so bokeh can be good enough.

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    Lens have unreal resolution 70/40 (lp/mm). For exemple, good modern lenses had some like 40/20. So picture is really sharp and have good local contrast.

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    I'm impressed with picture quality on my Nex-5R and hope to see this lens someday on Nex-7 with his tons of pixels.
    I got lens from ebay and recommend to try it for yourself. It can be interesting and very cheap.

    Also, i found review on english here and uploading my photos to flickr.
     
  2. Dioptrick

    Dioptrick TalkEmount All-Pro

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    Very interesting lens and a great macro performer!

    Thank you for sharing, Streltcov :)
     
  3. Bimjo

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    Interesting. I always though you needed a bellows to use an enlarger lens. Learn something new every day. :)
     
  4. davect01

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    Ya, looks like a nice set up.
     
  5. Streltcov

    Streltcov TalkEmount Rookie

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    That's not day-to-day lens. It's to easy to focus right, or may be it's just inusual for me for the first day. But it's cheap lens to test macro. I think everyone can buy it to test macro style of shooting before get expensive lens.
     
  6. Streltcov

    Streltcov TalkEmount Rookie

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    Found on russian site couple of photos (in the end of the page, if you will check it):

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    End the crooooop issss:

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  7. Streltcov

    Streltcov TalkEmount Rookie

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    pomegranate test

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  8. xXx1

    xXx1 TalkEmount Top Veteran Subscribing Member

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    There are M42 helicoids available in Ebay. That way you can build even focusing to that lens. I have a Meopta Meogon in 50mm and Vivitar LU 90 mm. 50mm is bit short outside but ok inside for macro work.
     
  9. Streltcov

    Streltcov TalkEmount Rookie

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    Vega-11U is m39. It's still possible to make it focusing?

    It's looks like that?

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  10. xXx1

    xXx1 TalkEmount Top Veteran Subscribing Member

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    Yes. You put M39 to M42 adapter to Vega and attach that to M42 helicoid and attach that to Nex M42 adapter.

    I have to get one of these Vega 11:s for summer, it works ok and I think that with a helicoid it would suit my needs very well.

    Unfortunately there is quite lot to be purchased before summer and this isn't a top priority for me.
     
  11. Streltcov

    Streltcov TalkEmount Rookie

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    Aperture ring now work fine. I do nothing for it. Focusing without helicoid is normal, already habit. Lens is cool. Couple of new shoots:

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