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10-23-2010, 08:51 PM   #1
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Takumar A vs Pentax A ?

Can anybody shed some light on the difference between a Takumar-A 1:3.5~4.5 28~80mm Zoom Macro Lens and a Pentax-A 1:3.5~4.5 28~80mm Zoom Macro Lens? I couldn't find specifics on the Tak in the lens data base.

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It's the same lens under a different name. Neither features Super Multi Coating.

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10-29-2010, 09:21 AM   #3
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I thought as much but not knowing for sure I thought I should ask. They say "don't fret the little stuff". Weell, when it comes to photography it's the little stuff that'll git ya! Not all the time, but a lot of the time, well, most of the time, well, maybe not most of the time, but sometimes at least.
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If it helps, I've got the Takumar version if you want to make comparisons.

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Cosmicar, a Pentax subsidiary, ("CPC Phase 2" lenses) made CCTV lenses in Taiwan. They also made budget zoom lenses for 35mm SLR's; there was a 35-70/ f3.5-f4.8 with a polycarbonate body and the metal-bodied Takumar-A 70-200/ f4, later changed to Pentax-A.

The economy "kit-lenses" of the '70's -- coated, but not SMC.

I have a mint copy of the Takumar-A that performs very similar to the non-Series 1 Vivitar/Tokina zooms of that era.

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I have a copy of the Takumar F 28-80, and it performs ok. Not GREAT, but not bad either, here are a few shots I took with it today. Not sure how the optical formula compares to the A version though..


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