I recently put in a rather modest bid on a decent sized lot of film gear on eBay. In addition to the SRT 101 and a couple of lenses with diaphragm issues (that have since been resolved) that a posted about recently were a couple of tripods, a bunch of random filters, a nice Tamrac bag and a Mamiya MSX 1000 with a 55mm/1.8 lens and a couple of Soligor TC's. All in all not a bad score for 50 bucks plus shipping, I think. While awaiting the arrival of a Vivitar 80-200 for the SRT to arrive I decided to try out the Mamiya. I already had a Hanimar 35/2.8 in M42 mount and I recently picked up a Hanimar 135/3.5 pre-set lens that I bought strictly based on the fact that it had a 15 bladed diaphragm. So off i headed to downtown Memphis. I won't go into a whole lot of detail about the camera. There were 2 MSX versions, a 500 and a 1000. The numbers represent the fastest shutter speed of the respective models. When coupled with an SX lens, which is just a regular M42 lens with a click-stop added to the mount, the camera should give open aperture metering and spot metering in stop-down mode. I say "should" because the meter in mine is very nearly dead. It does respond to light, but only in very bright light and only if you set the ASA dial to 3200. Whereby it gives meter readings that would yield very overexposed pictures even with 100 speed film. Consequently, I used a combination of Sunny 16 and my Gossen Luna Pro light meter in trickier lighting. I'll say a little bit about each lens as I go along. First, the camera porn. _______________________________________________________________________________________ Hanimar 35/2.8 I had previoulsy used this lens with a Practika once before. I wasn't very impressed with it then, but I mainly used it near wide open due to low light. I had hoped that it would get better stopped down, but, alas, it was not to be. Which is unfortunate for me, since 35mm is probably my favorite focal length. Maybe it's just my copy is bad, but there is a significant amount of blurring on the sides. Which is a shame really, because the center is really quite sharp. Confederate Park Court Square- The building at right-center is the D.T. Porter building, which was the first steel frame building built in Memphis. Civic Center Plaza Royal Corner A Window, a Statue, and a Small Door- Detail of Calvary Episcopal Church. Founded in 1832, the chapel is the oldest public building in Memphis. _______________________________________________________________________________________ Mamiya SX 55/1.8 I expected this lens to perform well and it didn't disappoint. Very sharp and contrasty. Cannon detail- A close-up of the cannon in the first picture above. Door of The Pier Handicap Access Condos and Cars- While most older buildings along the waterfront have been knocked down and replaced with glass metal buildings, a few have survived and been converted into condos, while others are still waiting to realize their long-forgotten potential. _______________________________________________________________________________________ Hanimar 135/3.5 pre-set This lens is a bit of a mixed bag. Initially, I was rather surprised at how tiny this lens is. It's much thinner and shorter than my Nikkor 135/3.5. It performed about as well as I expected for a cheap, un-coated 135. It's reasonably sharp at middle apertures. The 15 bladed diaphragm does yield rather pleasant bokeh. I've read a few reviews and seen some sample pictures in color that show it is quite soft wide open and exhibits a lot of CA. Not something I had to worry with shooting B&W. The handling of the lens, however, leaves a bit to be desired. I could point out that the aperture rings and focus ring are too close together leading to a lot of fumbling around, but instead I'll just say that it encourages a slower, more contemplative approach to photography. I believe that it's a T-mount lens and I'm sure that it was probably marketed under other names since Hanimar only sold re-badged lenses from other makers. Here's a picture of it next to The Nikkor for reference. Zinnias in a Box- This lens doesn't focus very closely. This was shot with a 2x TC added. Flower Bed- This was shot at either F8 or 5.6 Bean Pod- Shot at f8 and at closest focus distance Front Street Corners Larger versions of these pictures and a few more that I left out can be seen on my Flickr account: http://www.flickr.com/photos/47533202@N06/sets/72157633818675125/ Thanks for looking.