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Can a Mi­randa take Prak­tica lenses?

QMy daugh­ter has been us­ing my old Prak­tica LTL film SLR for black & white pho­tog­ra­phy as part of her A/S Level pho­tog­ra­phy course. Un­for­tu­nately it’s play­ing up and I was won­der­ing whether a Mi­randa Sen­sorex EE-2 that I’ve seen ad­ver­tised lo­cally would be a suit­able re­place­ment. From a com­pletely per­sonal point of view I think it’s rather cool that the viewfinder can be re­moved so you can use the fo­cus­ing screen as a waist-level viewfinder. I have had a quick look at it, but have not yet com­mit­ted, and al­though it has a bay­o­net mount for its 50mm f/1.8 stan­dard lens, I can see a screw thread as well. Does this mean that my 42mm lenses for the Prak­tica will work on the Mi­randa? Mark Leonard

AMi­randa is an in­ter­est­ing anec­dote in Ja­panese cam­era his­tory. It pro­duced one of the very ear­li­est 35mm SLR cam­eras with a pen­taprism viewfinder, and all but its very last model fea­tured re­mov­able find­ers. Its ear­lier SLRs also had the shut­ter but­ton lo­cated on the front of the body rather than on the top­plate, rather like your Prak­tica. Un­usu­ally, Mi­randa’s bay­o­net mount (four claws rather than the usual three and re­versed, too) also in­cor­po­rated a screw thread. This was al­most cer­tainly in or­der to en­able own­ers to use a wider range of lenses than Mi­randa could sup­ply. The screw thread has a 44mm di­am­e­ter but 42mm adapters are avail­able, as are many other lens adapters. Un­for­tu­nately, Mi­randa failed to match its in­di­vid­u­al­ity and in­no­va­tion with pro­duc­tion ro­bust­ness and re­li­a­bil­ity. Just re­mem­ber to check the cam­era over thor­oughly be­fore de­cid­ing to pur­chase it.

Fen won­ders about depth of field, com­par­ing the EOS M5 with the EOS 5D Mk II full-frame model

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