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How to use a vintage Argus Tele Sandmar 100mm f4.5 on a Nikon or M4/3 Camera?

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I was just wondering what adapter I would need to use an Argus Tele Sandmar 100mm f4.5 on either my Nikon (F or Z) or M4/3 camera? What mount is this lens?
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G'day Ikokomo

It has been many years since I used screw thread lenses - so I hope my memory is up to it!

The lens above has a screw mount that will either be the "Leica M40" thread or maybe the "M42" thread used by Practica and Pentax and many other cameras. In each case there are plenty of 3rd-party suppliers making adapters for modern bayonet-mount cameras. I have one to mount an old Pentax lens onto my Panasonic G-series camera body

Talk to dr Google for precise specs on each thread, carefully measure your lens and once you know which adapter to go for you will be able to get a suitable adapter

Hope this helps
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As far as I can tell, this is an Argus "C-3" mount lens with the gearing for the coupled rangefinder. The screw thread would be 33mm if I'm right. So, we're looking at something similar to this:

 

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Leica uses a 39mm thread, Pentax "universal" is 42mm.

I also have this lens.

I do not see a suitable adapter on Ebay for this lens to go onto the Z-Mount. This lens is not the Argus Geiss mount, and is difefrent from the Argus C44 mount.

This one states it is for the C3 mount lens- should work.


The Argus 50mm F3.5 "Cintar" is a good triplet design.
 

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Leica uses a 39mm thread, Pentax "universal" is 42mm.

I also have this lens.

I do not see a suitable adapter on Ebay for this lens to go onto the Z-Mount. This lens is not the Argus Geiss mount, and is difefrent from the Argus C44 mount.

This one states it is for the C3 mount lens- should work.


The Argus 50mm F3.5 "Cintar" is a good triplet design.
More specifically the Leica screw thread is M39 at 26 tpi (a strange mix of Metric & imperial) M39 threads are used on several other mounts at different registrations (zenit M39 is about 45.2, Leica about 28.8, then there are the rarer variants...)
Pentax/Practika/Universal... is M42x1
But there is also a finer pitch screw thread that is common M42x0.75 often called T2 (but sometimes also called M42 particularly on e-bay)

In the past I saw reports that the Argus C3 uses a M33 thread (while their model 21 has a M38 thread) neither of which seem to be used by anyone else. Some widely varying registrations are quoted for Argus C3 (I've seen 17.7 & 41.9). I gather the Argus C44 uses a bayonet mount.

There are also lens mounts in M36x0.75 (AkArette), M37x1 (Ashaiflex), M40x1 (Practiflex), M44x1 (Miranda), M46x1 (another Miranda), 1" 32tpi (c-mount), 5/8" 32tpi (d-mount) and then some medium format screw mounts & another range for large format.... I've picked up a few lenses that don't match any of them - or don't have a mount at all!

If you have problems finding a suitable adapter it is usually possible to rig something using a stepping ring & a helicoid (so you can adjust the registration or focus). I must have at least a dozen done this way.
 
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