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RE: Eclair Cameras: ACL 2nd Test - LENSES ( long)

Hi Ian
Well the Kinor OPF came on a CA-1 mount already... :-)
I'm in the middle of considering the move up to S16 and so this lens may be for sale in a short while if I decide to go ahead. If not, keep a search on ebay, which is where I got mine. I've used Adaptall lenses too in the past. In a nutshell, as you know, all lenses are different, each has its own percularities and characteristics, if you care to look closely enough. If you have a favourite Adaptall that will outshoot a Nikkor or an SMC Takumar, or a Zeiss Contax/Rollei, then by all means go for it. I'm already itching to try out my older Nikkor 105/2.5Q... I've found that in practice the major differences between the lenses will all start around T5 and faster (i.e. larger lens openings). At around T8 it's hard to tell unless you're on a finer grain stock and a locked off tripod shot or a VERY steady and smooth camera move. So if it's landsacapes and docos by daylight for TV/DVD, you're fairly safe. It's the night portraits for 35mm blowup that you've got to worry about... (just joking). Now I once had a two-touch Nikkor 80-200 zoom lens that had results pretty much indistinguishable (in a poster-sized blowup, anyway) from my Nikkor primes of the time. Wonder how that would perform...

You know that India is #1 in quantity of feature films produced per year, followed by us in #2 slot. How many of you know that Indonesia is in around the #7 slot, and that some of their features are shot in S8 for blowup to 35mm? The audiences don't mind, and still pay, just as long as the story is good and their favorite stars are seen in all their glory...


Ian Marks wrote:

Thank you, Chris, for your *very* informative comments regarding your camera and your lens tests. This is just the kind of thing I was hoping to find on the board (actually, it's better than I had hoped).
My BIG QUESTION: how did you mate the Russian Zoom with your ACL?

I take it that, in general, you found that 35mm stills lenses compared favorably with your zooms - good news for those us who have already made an investment in stills lenses. I too have just picked up a bunch of C-mount adapters (Nikon, Pentax K, and Olympus) but have yet to run a test with them. I wonder if you're familiar with the Tamron Adaptall line of lenses. These lenses have an interchangeable mount system to make them adaptable to most makes of 35mm still cameras. They also make a C-mount to Adaptall unit that eliminates the need to have a stills mount at all. Needless to say, these fit only Tamron's own line of lenses (which in my experience have been very good). I just received mine in the mail today, and seems much more robust and well finished than the other adapters, and it locks very securely into the lens unit. The diaphram in the Adaptall lenses remains stopped down by default, which is helpful, as do the Nikons. I hope to shoot a test with it in the next two or three weeks.

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