|I also use some of the old glass. Two of my fav's are the B&L Zeiss Tessar 140mm f4.5. I mounted it on a bellows macro rail for focusing, and it works great that way. You can also unscrew the front element, and just use the aperture and rear element to get some very interesting soft focus effects. This one was done that way using direct flash, with a Christmas tree about 3 ft behind the subject. With the front element removed, it's focal length is around 60-70 mm. It's a very sharp lens with the front element on, and has a delightful bokeh, having 19 blades in the aperture.
Another that I use is the B&L 32mm f4.5 Macro. It's about the diameter of a quarter, so I made a mount for it from pvc pipe fittings and a camera body cap. It's only good for a tight range of focus distances, yielding aprox 1/1 mag ratio. It works good with on cam flash for macro, because it's small enough that it does not shade the on cam flash from the subject.
The B&W is great for this one.
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