m42 lenses – a wishlist

Since I have other things to do finishing the resume for my diploma thesis and I’m even a little bit late with that, now I’m fooling with other stuff. More precisely – a wishlist of m42 thread-mount old lenses. It’s late now, but tomorrow I must finish my text and send it to the professor. Still tonight I can space some time to write down the lens wishlist.

I’ve put it in my wiki in M42LensWishlist. If anyone wants can make additions or write comments at the end. I’ll keep an eye and adjust the formatting, if someone has problems with the wiki syntax. The page is available for viewing and edits.

This list may grow little by little up to be a page with reviews of these and similar lenses. That means anything from the world of m42 that is worth having a separate page with reviews and photos (and also is worth the money, because the price is important nowadays in Bulgaria). This wishlist I made up quickly (for about 20 minutes this evening) may serve as a starting point for searches for m42. Well at least if I manage developing it.


If someone doesn’t like the wiki concept, one is free to leave comments, critiques and additions here, for this article. I still know a little about the m42 lenses, so these listed here may not be the best choices. This is just a working copy of my “letter to Santa” ;)


To ease the reading I’m copying the list here – as it is in it’s present variant. Remember the wiki may be altered in time, so anyone interested in these issues is advised to come by and take a look at the wiki page ;)

Sorted by focal lenght:


Carl Zeiss Jena Flektogon 20mm/f2.8-22.0

Asahi Auto Takumar 35mm/f3.5-22.0

Asahi Super Takumar MC 35mm/f2.0-16.0

Carl Zeiss Jena Flektogon 35mm/f2.4-22.0 !!

Asahi Super Takumar MC 50mm/f1.4-16.0 !!

Asahi Super Takumar 50mm/f1.4-16.0 !!

Canon EF Compact Macro 50mm/f2.5-32.0

Asahi Super Takumar MC 55mm/f1.8-16.0

Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 75mm/f1.5 !!

Carl Zeiss Jena Pancolar 75mm/f1.4-22.0 !!

KMZ Helios 40-2 85mm/f1.5-22.0 !!

Asahi Super Takumar MC 85mm/f1.8-16.0 !!

Asahi Super Takumar 85mm/f1.9-16.0 !!

Canon EF USM 85mm/f1.8-22.0

KMZ Jupiter 9 85mm/f2.0-16.0

Asahi Super Takumar 105mm/f2.8-22.0

Asahi Super Takumar 135mm/f3.5-22.0

KMZ Jupiter 37A 135mm/f3.5-22.0 !!

KMZ MC Jupiter 37AM 135mm/f3.5-22.0 !!

Carl Zeiss Jena Sonnar 135mm/f3.5-22.0

Carl Zeiss Jena Sonnar MC 135mm/f3.5-22.0

Carl Zeiss Jena Sonnar 200mm/f2.8-22.0

Carl Zeiss Jena Sonnar MC 200mm/f2.8-22.0



Now I see something I have misses – there is no folded mirror telephoto lens and I definitely like these for their specific bokeh. So there is still a lot of work to be done on this list… ;)

I intend to use the list to pick lenses for me. Not that I want have all these lenses. It’s more like a “dear Santa” catalogue. I hope it will be useful for you too ;)

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