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10-11-2011, 08:44 AM   #1
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Super-Takumar M42 28/3.5 or 35/3.5?

Which one and why? thanks

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The 35mm gets better reviews but they are probably close enough that you should pick the one that is your preferred focal length. Right now I find myself with a nifty 50 on the camera and a 24/28mm handy. My 35mm tak is left at home usually but I keep planning on using it more.
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The 35 *might* be a hair better optically but I find that 28mm is a better focal length for me. Your mileage may vary. As with abacus07, I'm more likely to use a 24/28 and 50/55 than a 35/37; that's just my own taste. But the 35 is small enough to stay in my carry bag, just in case.
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I'd say 35 might be better optically, but it really depends which focal length you prefer as RioRico said. Some times 35 is just great, but in general shooting it can be sometimes too narrow and yet, not tight enough. 28 is quite all around focal in digital. But it is your call. I liked my 35/3.5 straight from beginning. Nice image quality, color and rendering and it is super small. 28/3.5 has great color and rendering, but it is bigger. It is sharp too...but It will not give you as detailed infinity, as s.tak 35(I'm speaking of my copy of course, it is early version with 52 mm thread. with mint shape and all just as it should).

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The 35/3.5 is a great optical formula, but the DA 35/2.4 has to be considered. Optical performance is either extremely close between the two, or better for the new lens (f2.4, coatings). If you really want a 35mm lens, I'd get the new one; the Super-Takumar only if money was really tight or I needed it for an M42 camera.

There are different versions of the Super-Takumar 28/3.5. I've only used the 49mm filter one. Again, I'm tempted to suggest a completely different lens, the Pentax-M 28/3.5 version, often about the same price.

In either case, if I was looking for a lens to use as a normal prime, I would look for more speed. Both Super-Takumars are great lenses but really meant to take wide-angle landscapes at f8. They give you a bit more sharpness than the kit lens and are barely faster, and at focal lengths where the kit is pretty good.
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I like my 35 super tak more than my 28 super tak. Although, the 28mm/f3.5 with the 52mm filter seems sharper than the 49mm filter version, but I think the 35mm is still sharper overall. So far the field of view from the 35 has been very suitable for many conditions and the shoot from the hip is still very flexible. Sure the 28's FOV is wider and more easy going, but too wide for some of my street shooting or crowd shots.
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+1 on the FOV preference - whichever suits you better is the better lens for you (to get first )


As for optics, the two have a different rendering - the 35 I find more concentrated and contrasty color wise, in the manner of many other Pentax lenses. The 28 has resolution but presents the world with slightly less drama, ie. contrast and color concentration. Although, this is a tendency that's dependent on circumstance.
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Thanks all....I have the 28/3.5, 35/3.5, 50/1.4, 55/1.8 ,135/3.5 and a SMC 50/1.4. I am considering getting a K5 and do not need all of these.

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Yes, you need all those. Maybe not the duplicate 50/1.4, but all the others are keepers. Or if you insist, I'll take the 28/3.5 off your hands cheap.
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