Didn't know that about Tech-pan - how sad.
The 55mm Industar 61 has a reputation of being very sharp as it has
rare earth (Lanthanum) elements. It was made for the awful Fed 5 body
and is exceptional if you get a good one. There are many around as
the Fed 5 would self-destruct fairly quickly. I paid about $8 for
mine off ebay, plus about $10 postage. One of the real bargains. The
problem is that the lubricants in it turn to glue so they are a bit
lumpy in focussing - there are instructions on the net on how to
clean it yourself though.
It lack the charm of the collapsible design but outperforms it in
every way. However, avoid the 52mm and 53mm versions.
On 28/02/2006, at 11:37 PM, Peter Leyssens wrote:
> Hi Andrew,
> Andrew Fildes wrote:
>> Tech-Pan? Or a faster lens? You can get the 55mm f2.8 Industar 61 L/D
>> for $10-20 and it's a very good lens - if you get a good one that's
>> not too gummed up.
> Well, I'll just stick to what I have now, because it'd be a hassle to
> try to acquire another lens here. And the 50/f3.5 collapsible is
> charming: I liked the colours it produced on my test roll. But it
> feels like the camera would be great to do B/W on, so I'll give that a
> try first.
> About Technical Pan: you know it's been discontinued ? They advise
> 100 as an alternative (with selected developers :-S). I don't want to
> develop the film myself, as I need my time for other things. So I'll
> probably try FP4 as Patrick suggested. Still open for other
> suggestions, though.
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