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Showcase KMZ Tair 11A 135mm f/2.8

Discussion in 'Lens Sample Image Showcase' started by kilofoxtrott, Oct 18, 2018.

 
 
  1. kilofoxtrott

    kilofoxtrott European Ambassador Moderator

    Dec 29, 2011
    Tettnang, Germany
    Hello my friends,
    my lens park got a new member this week...

    It's an old manual lens produced in the Soviet Union back in 1986.

    The Tair 11A was built from 1965 to 1995 at Krasnogorsk Mechanical Plant (near Moscow/USSR). It is a Sonnar construction - 4 lenses in 3 groups. So nothing special.
    The whole lens is made of glass and Aluminum and weights 600g.

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    The lens is equipped with a M42 thread by default, but the company offers rear caps for Nikon and Canon (it's not an adapter M42 to Nikon). This bajonett is attached with 3 screws to the barrel. My copy is modified with a Dandelion chip to transfer the data to the camera.

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    Some of you will say: "Oh no, not another 135mm"...

    But now we'll come to the specialtiy of this lens - the diaphragm.

    Let's count the aperture blades: 1, 2, 3, ..., 8, 9,... 13, 14, 15, ..., 19, 20.
    Yes, this lens has 20!

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    This construction gives always a round aperture - even at f/22.
    It's the perfect bokeh lens.

    I'll try to shoot some examples over the oncoming weekend.

    Enjoy
    Klaus
     
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  2. kilofoxtrott

    kilofoxtrott European Ambassador Moderator

    Dec 29, 2011
    Tettnang, Germany
  3. kilofoxtrott

    kilofoxtrott European Ambassador Moderator

    Dec 29, 2011
    Tettnang, Germany
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    kilofoxtrott European Ambassador Moderator

    Dec 29, 2011
    Tettnang, Germany
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    kilofoxtrott European Ambassador Moderator

    Dec 29, 2011
    Tettnang, Germany
    In the woods...
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  6. kilofoxtrott

    kilofoxtrott European Ambassador Moderator

    Dec 29, 2011
    Tettnang, Germany
    On a cold winter morning...
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    It's a bit tricky to shoot this lens.
    Turning the aperture ring is not the only thing - I had to learn to synchronize the camera too...

    Regards
    Klaus
     
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  7. How did I miss this for so long?
    Amazingly rich and sharp photos. WOW!
     
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  8. 480sparky

    480sparky

    May 27, 2013
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    One thing to know about this lens: Not all F adapters are equal. Some are ever-so slightly deeper than others and not capable of allowing the lens to focus at infinity. Here's the 'proper' adapter to look for:
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    And to make you REALLY jealous, here is....... a PAIR of TAIRS!

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    I spend an afternoon walking around with mine a few years back.

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    And, as mentioned, the 20 rounded aperture blades makes for VERY creamy bokeh.

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  9. I agree, this looks like a pretty remarkable lens.

    Klaus, I'm not sure what you mean by "synchronize the camera". Can you put it in other words?
     
  10. 480sparky

    480sparky

    May 27, 2013
    Cornpatch
    It tells the camera body the focal length and maximum aperture so you don't have to program it in as a 'non-CPU lens'.
     
  11. As with Nikon AI-S lenses? I have about six of these programmed into my cameras.
     
  12. 480sparky

    480sparky

    May 27, 2013
    Cornpatch
    Yep. Older glass that doesn't have contacts ha to be programmed as a non-CPU lens. By putting on the dandelion chip, you don't need to program it in.
     
  13. Only just seen this thread too. Wonderful results.
     
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  14. kilofoxtrott

    kilofoxtrott European Ambassador Moderator

    Dec 29, 2011
    Tettnang, Germany
    I beg your pardon Jim.
    Let me try it in other words...
    We are spoiled by modern lenses. You choose the aperture on the dial and that's all.
    Because the Tair is fully manual you have to choose the aperture on the adjustment ring of the lens.
    And what I mostly forget with this lens, you have to choose the aperture value on the camera too. Otherwise the exposure wents wrong - to bright or to dark. The camera will calculate the picture with it's own settings.
    In my opinion the lens works best in complete manual mode.

    Thank you
    Klaus
     
  15. kilofoxtrott

    kilofoxtrott European Ambassador Moderator

    Dec 29, 2011
    Tettnang, Germany
    Thumbs up, Ken.
    No, I'm not jealous. These lenses are gems. Simply contructed, built as a tank, but when there's good light the pictures are marvelous.
    I'm still trying to show the bokeh at f/22. With the 20 aperture blades it must be very creamy too.

    ... some years ago? I hope you know where they are now...

    Thank you for showing
    Klaus
     
  16. kilofoxtrott

    kilofoxtrott European Ambassador Moderator

    Dec 29, 2011
    Tettnang, Germany
    Ken, I've just seen in the first picture your lens was built back in 1984...
    Mine is from 1986.

    Klaus
     
  17. Thanks, Klaus. That's just like the Nikkor AI and AI-S lenses. You program in the "non-CPU" lens data, which includes focal length and maximum aperture. The camera will then allows the use of A, S, and P modes with manual aperture control on the lens.
     
  18. 480sparky

    480sparky

    May 27, 2013
    Cornpatch
    These Tairs are a unique type. There's actually two aperture rings. One with the traditional aperture settings (2.8, 5.6, 8, 11....), and a second ring that actually closes the aperture down to that setting. Since there's no electrical or mechanical connection between the body & lens, there's no way for the body to hold the aperture open while focusing and composing, then close it down when the shutter fires. You have to do this manually. Focus and compose, then turn the second ring to close the aperture.

    Metering is another issue. If you meter with the aperture open, then close it down to, say, f/5.6, you'll need to either adjust your shutter speed and/or ISO, or use a aperture-preferred or auto ISO.

    Kilo, I know you know this. I'm just tossing it out for those who might be interested in this type of lens.
     
  19. kilofoxtrott

    kilofoxtrott European Ambassador Moderator

    Dec 29, 2011
    Tettnang, Germany
    Yes Ken, I know it already but never ever heard it that precisely in English language.

    Thanks a lot for explaining
    Klaus
     
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