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06-17-2010, 10:52 AM   #1
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Macro-Tak 50mm f4 @ f4 on eos bodies

I would like to share my experience with the Macro-tak 50mm f4 on EOS bodies which is a sharp, robust, no visible vignetting wide open from full-frame to aps-h and aps-c, incredible little lens. The only thing I did not like is the barrel extending quite alot when focusing and of course no AF.

What I used to adapt the lens is an ebay adapter (m42->eos) which can be found from 5usd. I keep infinity focus and works well on 550d and 5d2 but on 1d2n I had to use an adapter with AF confirmation. Otherwise I wouldn't be able to take a picture and get error msgs.

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How well does it behave in canon? For example, how do you meter? I've been curious to ask since sometimes I want to lend my takumar to friends using other brands.

I really like the second photo.
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QuoteOriginally posted by xiff Quote
I would like to share my experience with the Macro-tak 50mm f4 on EOS bodies which is a sharp, robust, no visible vignetting wide open from full-frame to aps-h and aps-c, incredible little lens. The only thing I did not like is the barrel extending quite alot when focusing and of course no AF.

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The lens was made for 24X36 so why would you expect vignetting on aps-h or C?

I have the can FD 50mm f 3.5 AND the EF 50mm f2.5 macro lenses and both extend quite a lot for macro work and they even require the special tube to get them to 1:1 while the macro-Tak is 1:1. The reason macro lenses extend during focusing is in a large part due to the built in helicoid that essentially serves as an extension tube. That said the Canon macro lenses I mentioned are quite good and the only Canon lenses I currently own with exception of the 20mm macro that goes with the FD bellows.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Blue Quote
The lens was made for 24X36 so why would you expect vignetting on aps-h or C?
I'm not saying that I was expecting it to vignette on aps-h or C, I knew from the moment that it didn't vignette at all after taking a test picture wide open on my 5d2, so it was only a full statement that it doesn't vignette on any Canon bodies if anybody wonders. I could've written that it doesn't vignette on Canon ff so it would basically neither on aps-h or C.

To summonbaka:
The lens behaves like any other mf lens on a canon body which means all focus operations are manual and stop down metering is prefered unless you have a lightmeter.

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