My Little Ukrainian LensJune 4, 2021
I recently bought a 1954 Leica IIIf red dial which is the Leica that my Dad had when he taught me photography. I had a hankering to get back into a really basic setup. This is the camera that my father had when he taught me photography. It is a rangefinder which means you don’t actually see what the lens sees. And in fact the LTM ( Leica Thread Mount) Leica has a separate viewfinder from the split screen rangefinder focusing. The modern Leica M cameras including the digital ones combine the viewfinder with the rangefinder.
The LTM is off getting a CLA ( cleaning, lube and adjustment). In the meantime I had very few lenses that are LTM - a crappy Russian lens that I had once took apart just to get it to work - no sure that it focuses correctly. The other was a more modern Cosina 21/4.
This lead me to ETSY to find some Ukrainian LTM which are ridiculously cheap - like $38 cheap
This link will describe more about this specific lens. While I await the return of the IIIf I can mount this lens on my Fuji X-T2 with adapters. Here are some of the photos
Not really bad all things considered. Given that sharpness is over-rated1