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07-12-2011, 05:51 AM   #16
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Here is one, if interested
Pentax Super-Takumar 50mm f/1.4 m42 screwmount lens | eBay

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Couldn't resist....

...buying one later variant.

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Finally found one 8-element...

...on Swedish Ebay. Approx. US$ 70 including one Spotmatic!
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Very good deal! Mine was similar, but more at €55. The Spotmatic was not in great shape though, but never mind, I really like this version of the lens. While I've sold almost all my K-bayonet lenses now, I've kept this one and the DA 4/16-45 for general purposes.
They are too cheap I feel, though. We should've paid more.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Smolk Quote
Very good deal! Mine was similar, but more at €55. The Spotmatic was not in great shape though, but never mind, I really like this version of the lens. While I've sold almost all my K-bayonet lenses now, I've kept this one and the DA 4/16-45 for general purposes.
They are too cheap I feel, though. We should've paid more.
More? I have waited for 4 months to find one, so I feel lucky with this price...
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The Super-Takumar 50 F1,4 8-elements has landed!

So today it arrived, in super condition
The Spotmatic had a stuck mirror, but looked real nice anyway. Maybe I could repair it sometime?

Here is a sample pic from the 50 F1,4 8-elements showing the 50 F1,4 7-elements, and the Spotmatic.
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sorry to raise this thread from the depths but I'm looking for a 50mm F1.4 in my price range (which is fairly low). Started looking at the Pentax-A 1.4 but they are now reaching £150 mark on ebay which is pretty steep. So I've now started looking at the Super-Takumar 50mm 1.4. Can someone verify if all variants work with Aperture move through the camera body.
I also notice this thread mentions a 7 or 8 element version. Is one better than the other, should I be avoiding one of them????

any advice gratefully received.
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For the lenses, look at the lens reviews here Pentax M42 Screwmount Normal Primes - Lens Reviews and Specifications - SLR and Interchangeable Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database
The 8-element version has better bokeh, but the late 7-element SMC-lens suffers less from flare due improved coating techniques. There is also a non-SMC 7-element version.
The 1.8/55mm has a great reputation as well (some prefer it over the later 1.4/50mm) and is not much slower.
For the price, all are bargains.

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thks Smolk. I did try and find this but assumed Super Takumar was a 3rd party lens (oop, showing my ignorance now)!!
However I still cant work out if Aperture works through the body or if the A-ring is required. Can anyone confirm?


thanks in advance.
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There is no A-position, but the Takumars are very useful on a pentax-dslr as they support Av-priority when you set the auto/manual switch on the lens to manual, then select the aperture on the lens. You do not have to press the green button in that case.
Takumars do frequently require compensation, for reasons I do not know, and some lenses (two only I believe) can suffer from yellowing due to a mildly radio-active element. This can be cured. Mind, many Takumars do have a coating you might mistake for yellowing.
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