Category Archives: Fujifilm X-E1

Cosinon 50mm f1.8 M42

Found this beautiful little lens on an Argus/Cosina STL 1000. As I understand it, Cosina manufactured most of their own lenses, except a few 1.2 and 1.4 lenses made by Tomioka. In test shots, this looks like a great combination of features for a nifty fifty lens. At 1.8, images are sharp in the middle, with a slight glow to the highlights, and going to somewhat soft around the edges (even with an APS-C digital sensor). Stop down to 5.6, and sharpness is great from edge to edge. I would guess this is the standard kit lens for this camera. It’s a winner on digital!

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Montgomery Ward 200mm f3.5 M42

Got this along with a camera kit I bought, just for the camera strap.

This lens is super clean, I’m guessing it was hardly used, and kept in a clean location. It’s not super sharp, nor super contrasty. The colors look good, and the bokeh is interesting. The biggest disadvantage is that the minimum focusing distance is about 11 feet. So you would need a macro extension to get close to anything small.

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Asahi Pentax Auto 110 System

I lived through the 70’s and 80’s, but never heard of the Auto-110 system until 2015, when I started looking for interesting lenses to connect to my Fujifilm X-E1. The Auto 110 is one of only a few SLR cameras designed for the 110 cartridge film format. Because the registration distance is very small, and the lenses are only made to cover the film size of 110 (13 mm × 17 mm), the lenses will only work on smaller digital cameras, like the X-E1, or MicroFourThirds cameras.

Here is the first set that I bought, which included the camera, a flash, auto-winder, and 3 lenses 18mm, 24mm and 50mm. Now if you want to use the Auto-110 system with film, you can still purchase new 110 film cartridges from Amazon and eBay.

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