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Lens like Minox Gt's 35mm f/2.8 Color-Minotar
Old 02-04-2012   #1
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Lens like Minox Gt's 35mm f/2.8 Color-Minotar

Hello, fellow RFF-ers!!
I got Minox 35GT, and after running a test roll through it was amazed at the sharpness and contrast of Minotar lens. I am shooting Contaxes, FEDs and Zorkis, Leica screwmounts, Pentax screwmounts and K-mounts, Canon EOS-Mounts and am open to suggestions. I would like to be able to replicate the results of Minotar on other bodies with the ability to have exact focus. I know I can use auxiliary rangefinder with Minox, but I would be interested to receive similar results from my other film systems.
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Fixed lens camera recommendations that make precise focusing available are also welcome.
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Old 02-06-2012   #3
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I'm not sure I understand what you're asking. Are you thinking about putting the Minox lens on a different body? If so, I believe that's impractical. I know of no way to ensure precise focusing on that camera, other than through the old-fashioned way: practice, practice, practice.
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That's not how I read the post. I think Sam is asking which SLR or RF lens gives similar results.

Technically speaking, it's a Tessar type with a rather basic two-blade diaphragm. No idea what else matches that. Not the Oly XA, for example.
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Technically speaking, it's a Tessar type with a rather basic two-blade diaphragm. No idea what else matches that. Not the Oly XA, for example.
Not only is the Minotar a Tessar (4 elements, 3 groups) design, it also doesn't have helicoid focusing, but relies on movement of just the front element (cell focusing), while the rear group of cells remains in the same place. In this way, a very small forward movement will throw the focus from infinity to close up.

This is the same focus mechanism as the Olympus XA2 has, and although the Zuiko 35/3.5 is a slightly different 4 elements in 4 groups design and the shutter/aperture blades are combined, the way it renders images is somewhat comparable.
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You might try an m42 Zeiss Tessar 50/2.8 from an old Practiflex
that would fit on your Pentax. They can be found fairly inexpensively
and are nicely made lenses.
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If you're looking for an entire fixed lens RF camera that's similar in outcome,
there are many Tessar types from Voigtlander Vito with color-skopars to Kodak retina with Xenar's or Ektar's. I've got some nice examples for sale right now in the classifieds.
And of course there are quite a few other Japanese brands that use Tessar type lenses. It's a fairly simple and easy to build lens type if you don't need a fast lens, as 2.8 is about as fast as they go.
Konica C35 has a very sharp contrasty look. Olympus has the Trip 35 zone focus, or Stylus Epic p&s.
Though, I've found that a lot has to do with the particular sample as much as the brand.
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Thanks for all the answers. I apologize for not being clear in my question. English is not my first language after all. I am thinking about a lens with a similar rendition to mount on any other bodies I have. I have Olympus and Voigtlander fixed lens cameras, and I also like them very much. It seems like I will have to look for a modern version of M42 Tessar, that would give me the results I am looking for. I was actually thinking about something like 45mm f/2.8 CZ Tessar in C/Y mount, that should be adaptable to EOS or PK mounts.
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