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PostPosted: Mon Feb 28, 2011 9:18 pm 
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I found this odd little lens, a Palinar 100mm f/4 telephoto, at a thrift shop. The shop had a lot of old camera gear, all of it ridiculously overpriced (a dirty old Olympus OM10 body with 50mm lens for $150? Come on...)... but they had this weird little lens that they priced at $10, I guess because it was so small that it did not look like any kind of useable SLR lens and they assumed it had no real use.

I put it on a bellows to see how it performed as a macro lens. Here's the result (second is 100% crop):

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The lens is so tiny it's almost ridiculous. Here it is on the macro bellows. It looks shiny and silver because my only other digital camera right now is an infrared conversion and I guess the paint is IR transparent. It's actually painted black.

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It is as sharp in real (non-macro) use as it is as a macro lens, but I think it's going to be my preferred macro lens for now. More versatile than my 70-200 + diopter, and sharper too.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 28, 2011 9:33 pm 
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Holy crap! That was a HUGE bargain!

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 01, 2011 12:27 am 
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very cool ... great find ... hmmm did they have any more for $10.00 :)

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 01, 2011 2:32 am 
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That is an awesome little lens great find Walter.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 01, 2011 3:01 am 
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The thing is ridiculously sharp at normal (non-macro) distances too, but I won't bore you with pictures of chainlink fences and crap that I did today to test it. Just couldn't find anything good to shoot. I was hoping to take a few stunning shots with it and use them to sell it for $45 or something, but now that I see how it works as a macro I'm keeping it!

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 01, 2011 8:19 am 
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And i love the look of the lens too. Nice find!

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 01, 2011 8:52 am 
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There are a couple of 135mm ones from this manufacturer on ebay right now.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 01, 2011 5:07 pm 
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The thing is just razor sharp and virtually zero chromatic aberration. I'd say better than my 70-200L though less contrast (easy to deal with in post-processing) since the coatings are probably a bit simpler. The lens design is very simple and I guess that gives advantages; just a few elements that move in unison to focus.. no internal moving elements as in a zoom, or internal-focus lens, which I guess means fewer optical compromises. It also has a preset aperture which is pretty cool; one ring sets aperture with click stops, the other ring moves smoothly and opens or closes to the preset aperture. So it's easy to walk around shooting at f/11 or whatever, but just takes a fraction of a second to open the aperture to focus and then stop down again to shoot.

Anyway... one day I'll go out and actually take photos instead of just messing with gear ;)

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Anyway, as you can see, it's quite small. Couple of comparisons: with a 120 roll film spool, and some old Konica 50mm I have been using as a magnifying loupe.

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