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01-25-2011, 01:54 AM   #1
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Questions about keeping my Super Takumar 50 1,4 first version 8 elements

I got my hands on the first version of the super tak with 8 elements in good condition. Some color wear off on the rings and maybe some tiny dust inside.

I'm not sure if I'm going to keep it, because I alredy got a 3rd generation super-multi-coated takumar 50 1,4. Haven't compared them yet but I still want your opinions.

If the 8 element takumar is worth something I might sell it because of the money.

How much is it worth, and why should I sell/keep it? Should I sell the 7 element one instead, or keep both?

LBA is killing me.

01-25-2011, 03:00 AM   #2
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I think you could get $150 to $200 U.S. and beyond these days, but I would hold onto it. That price will only go up.
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As Ira rightly points out, it looks like the price is only going to go up, so hang onto it if you can afford to. I've got an early 8 element version and an SMC, and while I can barely tell the images from them apart, the SMC is definitely less prone to flair - as a result it's the one I turn to more often. If I was going to get rid of one it would probably be the 8 element version. I hang onto it more for collector's sake than anything else.
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The biggest advantage the 8-element has is that there is no Thorium in the rear element. No yellowing. The biggest advantage the SMC has, aside from the coatings, is that it has 8 aperture blades. There are also those who say that the 8-element is significantly sharper at 1.4 than the 7-element versions.

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Thanks, I think I'll keep it for now.

The yellowing in my 7 element one is stealing light, but I managed to get rid of most with an UV light.

Could do a comparison between 8 and 7 one at f1,4 this week if anyone's interested.
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Two hundred bucks?!?!? Man, no wonder the one I listed in the Marketplace sold so fast... at less than $100. :-s
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note that although the coatings are supposed to be superior on the SMC tak, the 8 element version are pretty good against flair,

I tried mine out on a winter night shoot, and had no ghosting of bright lights against black subjects. Even with a skylight filter (SMC pentax of course)
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QuoteOriginally posted by Nick Siebers Quote
Two hundred bucks?!?!? Man, no wonder the one I listed in the Marketplace sold so fast... at less than $100. :-s
Check out what's been going on on eBay these days. The regular Super Tak prices are auctioning at $125 for the lucky winners, and the BINs are through the roof.

As the first generation, at 8 elements and the legend behind it, add at least a hundred bucks to that at auction price.

For a BIN, you could offer it at $250 to $300, and someone will bite.

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Hehe.

I'll provide some test shots with them tomorrow (IF I got time).

Mine is yours for 500 dollar$
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QuoteOriginally posted by fikkser Quote
Hehe.

I'll provide some test shots with them tomorrow (IF I got time).

Mine is yours for 500 dollar$
Did you check eBay yet?

If I was working now, I would spend bucks.

I have the regular Super, and want the standard coated, but the prices are above my financial situation right now.
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Fikkser - I have an as-new SMC 55mm f/1.8 I'll reluctantly swap you for an as-new K-R body.....

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