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Rokkor/Leica 35-70/3.5 Macro

kevistopheles

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I picked this lens up from a reseller in England (that I like a lot) for a great price. Even with rather pricey shipping it ended up being a bit cheaper than buying from KEH. It arrived today and the vendor wasn't kidding when they said in 95% shape. It's gorgeous. So i popped it on my MD adapter and scrambled out into the gray rainy afternoon to my mostly dead vegetable beds and got this

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tmayters by dixeyk, on Flickr

This is SOOC (with some cropping) 1/60th handheld using the 1:4 macro option (close focuses to about 8 inches or so). The 1:7 macro appears to be about 18 inches and normal MFD is a bit under a meter. It focus peaks well and I am quite impressed with the color and sharpness (we're talking a $40 zoom lens here). It has the same build as my MC Rokkors and I think this could be a really useful lens. I understand that this lens also was sold as a Leica as well. I had someone on another board offer to sell me their Leica branded one for $400.
 

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Glad to hear it arrived safely. Bit of a heavy thing isn't it? :) They don't build them like that anymore (well at least not for $40!). When you say reseller do you mean as in a camera shop that also sells second hand stuff or an ebay seller?
 

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I picked this lens up from a reseller in England (that I like a lot) for a great price. Even with rather pricey shipping it ended up being a bit cheaper than buying from KEH. It arrived today and the vendor wasn't kidding when they said in 95% shape. It's gorgeous. So i popped it on my MD adapter and scrambled out into the gray rainy afternoon to my mostly dead vegetable beds and got this

8191204987_927f07a139_b.jpg
tmayters by dixeyk, on Flickr

This is SOOC (with some cropping) 1/60th handheld using the 1:4 macro option (close focuses to about 8 inches or so). The 1:7 macro appears to be about 18 inches and normal MFD is a bit under a meter. It focus peaks well and I am quite impressed with the color and sharpness (we're talking a $40 zoom lens here). It has the same build as my MC Rokkors and I think this could be a really useful lens. I understand that this lens also was sold as a Leica as well. I had someone on another board offer to sell me their Leica branded one for $400.

It looks very sharp, looks like a good lens for 40 doloares works great, the picture is very good and without PP, wow is beautiful. I would like to see more pictures soon.
almost forgot congrats friend. : D
 

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It is sharp, as you would expect, but the way it handles that very busy background is really nice.
 

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Glad to hear it arrived safely. Bit of a heavy thing isn't it? :) They don't build them like that anymore (well at least not for $40!). When you say reseller do you mean as in a camera shop that also sells second hand stuff or an ebay seller?

It's not a small lens no, but it feels very good in hand. It's a brick and mortar store that sells on the web as well. Vintage & Classic Camera Co.. It was my first time buying from them and I am very pleased. I got it in less than a week form the UK.

It looks very sharp, looks like a good lens for 40 doloares works great, the picture is very good and without PP, wow is beautiful. I would like to see more pictures soon.
almost forgot congrats friend. : D

You can say that again. It really is a super bargain. That said, it is also a heck of a lens as well. I would go so far as to say that it's performance at between 35-50 is very close to what primes can do (albeit slower). I'll give it a go tomorrow and post more.

It is sharp, as you would expect, but the way it handles that very busy background is really nice.

I was pretty surprised (and pleased) when I saw that as well.

Judging from my experience thus far with the Minoltas I think they are vastly undervalued and represent a heck of deal. Of course they have been steadily gaining in price over the past few years as more folks discover them. The Minolta/Leitz 24/2.8 could be had for around $100 a few years ago and now it commands $200-$300. BTW, that and the 100/2.5 are on my acquire list for the future. I'll be keeping an eye out for good deals on them.
 

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Thanks for posting, the ridiculous cheapness of macro capable zooms has also piqued my interest. Unfortunately it's just more stuff I won't have the time to do justice to :( Hope you catch some critters! (is 70mm long enough for that?)
 

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Thanks for posting, the ridiculous cheapness of macro capable zooms has also piqued my interest. Unfortunately it's just more stuff I won't have the time to do justice to :( Hope you catch some critters! (is 70mm long enough for that?)

It depends on what kind of critters...maybe (my dogs, yes). MFD is about .8 meters when not in macro mode. I have a Konica 135/3.2 and 200/3.5 for things like birds, that but this could be pretty useful. I think the macro abilities really put it over the top for me. I'll give it a proper test drive tomorrow and report back.
 

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Macro mode, handheld @ f4 - 1/6th of a second @ ISO 3200 in really dark conditions (major illumination was a fireplace and the TV).
 

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Nice contrasts here, well done. Looks like there might be a little extra protein in a couple of those. ;)
 

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Nice contrasts here, well done. Looks like there might be a little extra protein in a couple of those. ;)

Yes, that's one way of describing it. This a a picnic table in my yard that I left "offerings" for the local wildlife on.
 

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Great photos.beautiful shot of the dog, slightly melancholy if I may say. Your photos often have intense mood, which I love.
 

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