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12-13-2011, 06:14 PM   #1
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Just Scored a Super Takumar 35mm F3.5!

I just won an Ebay auction for a Super Takumar 35mm F3.5! The lens looks brand new in the photos and comes with the metal lens cap and end cap as well as the leather Takumar case.

Ever since getting my SMC Takumar 55mm F1.8, I've been looking for more Takumars, the Takumar bug has bit me, I can't believe the quality of these lenses compared to most modern equivalents.

I'm now on the lookout for a 200mm F4 Takumar and 300mm F4.

Can't wait to get the 35 mm and put it through its paces.

12-13-2011, 06:31 PM   #2
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So YOU'RE the one that won it!


No, just kidding. Congratulations!!
12-13-2011, 06:36 PM   #3
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I have the S-M-C version. It's one of my favorite lenses, though I don't use it much.
12-13-2011, 06:50 PM   #4
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Yup, it's a nice little bugger. Now you can start searching for SuperTaks like the 50/1.4, 105/2.8, 135/2.5 or f/3.5, and the superb little TeleTak 200/5.6. Have fun!

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QuoteOriginally posted by RioRico Quote
Yup, it's a nice little bugger. Now you can start searching for SuperTaks like the 50/1.4, 105/2.8, 135/2.5 or f/3.5, and the superb little TeleTak 200/5.6. Have fun!
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If you get the 50 1.4 make sure it's the 8-element version. Unlike the other versions it doesn't yellow. The S-M-C and SMC versions have 8 blades.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Docrwm Quote
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My Tak assemblage is actually rather small. Let's see:

SuperTak 35/3.5 *
SuperTak 50/1.4 *
MacroTak 50/4 (1x) *
SuperTak 55/1.8 * and f/2
SuperTak 105/2.8 *
S-M-CTak 135/2.5 * and f/3.5 *
SuperTak 200/4
Tele-Tak 200/5.6 *

(An asterisk * means I think it's a superior lens.)

That's not counting a couple Tak-A and Tak-B lenses (including the Tak-B 28/2.8 I'm listing on eBay right now -- my ID is R*M -- and I'm also selling a Sigma 24/2.8, hint hint). Of course, except for the 55/2, they're all pretty much indispensable gems. And the 55/2 cost me more than the 55/1.8, believe it or don't. You would weep if I told you what I paid for all these. [/me gloats]

Just for ducks, I'll compare my Meyer accumulation:

Primagon 35/4.5 *
Helioplan 40/4.5
Oreston 50/1.8 * and Pentacon version
Prakticar 50/2.4 (Pentacon version)
Domiplan 50/2.8
Primotar-E 50/3.5 *
Trioplan 100/2.8 *
Trioplan 100/4.5 (MF)
Telemegor 180/5.5

Much the same coverage; rather different renderings. For both genera, I'd like a few more, both wider (Meyer 29; Tak 24) and mid-long (85, and around 120-150). And anyone with a Meyer or Enna or Exakta-mount lens to sell cheap should PM me. No, my LBA hasn't abated. I don't suffer from LBA; I enjoy every moment of it (that I can afford).

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12-13-2011, 10:08 PM   #8
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Yeah, the next Tak is going to be some version of the 200mm. I like the 200 F4 for the sharp pictures I've seen, but RioRico mentioned the 200 F5.6 and it got me thinking. Which one would be better for wildlife? Is the 5.6 as sharp as the f4?

It seems the days of "cheap" 200mm Taks are gone though. I was reading a few months ago of $20.00 tele taks, and now everyone seems to want $75-100 for them, same for the 200 F4

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QuoteOriginally posted by Colorado CJ Quote
Yeah, the next Tak is going to be some version of the 200mm. I like the 200 F4 for the sharp pictures I've seen, but RioRico mentioned the 200 F5.6 and it got me thinking. Which one would be better for wildlife? Is the 5.6 as sharp as the f4?

It seems the days of "cheap" 200mm Taks are gone though. I was reading a few months ago of $20.00 tele taks, and now everyone seems to want $75-100 for them, same for the 200 F4
I have the f/4 also and it's damn fine -- and weighs 560g. The f/5.6's advantage: it's small and lighter (410g). Not as light as the Meyer Telemegor 180/5.5 (250g) but the TeleTak's optics are better. Both of these lightweights are thought of as backpacker's teles. Shall I make you weep? I got the Meyer for US$27, the 200/5.6 for US$29, and the 200/4 for US$37, shipped. Just a couple years ago, too. And I got an Enna Tele-Ennalyt 240/4.5 (300g) for US$27 also.

Yes, the TeleTak 200/5.6 is very sharp. I haven't done controlled tests but I recall that the f/4 and f/5.6 are about equally sharp and the same apertures. Yes, the f/5.6 DOF will be a bit thicker than the f/4 wide open, but not much. Both have a minimum focus of 2.5m. I'll often mount any of these 180-200-240mm lenses on wide-flange no-infinity-focus M42-PK adapters. Near focus drops to maybe 2m, far focus to 200-300m depending on the lens -- good enough for thinning the DOF a bit and isolating closer subjects.

If light is low, I'll grab my heavy Vivitar-Komine 200/3.5. If weight and reach are important, I reach for the Enna 240/4.5. But if I just want the best image without hauling around heavier glass, I take the TeleTak 200/5.6.
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Congrats. There is one Tak smc 120/2.8 on the market place right now. I just got my copy of the tak 120. This focal is somewhat rare to find.

I also have heard that tak 200/4 and tak 300/4 is not as good as M version. I have both in M version and can tell that M200/4 is very sharp, small/compact. M*300 is my best 300 - so good that I also got the A*300/4 that share the same optical formula.

My interesting found is tak smc 135/3.5 is my best color rending of all 135s i have - i am surprised of the color saturation from this old lady. Sample on my picasa, no PP/color/contrast adjustment, just standard resize and default screen sharpening.
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QuoteOriginally posted by hoanpham Quote
I also have heard that tak 200/4 and tak 300/4 is not as good as M version. I have both in M version and can tell that M200/4 is very sharp, small/compact.
The M200/4 will be on my want list when/if I have money again. If I sell enough stuff on eBay this week, it could happen!

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My interesting found is tak smc 135/3.5 is my best color rending of all 135s i have - i am surprised of the color saturation from this old lady.
That lens is indeed a delight. I have four Pentax 135s: S-M-C Tak f/2.5 and f/3.5; Tak Bayonet f/2.5; and M f/3.5. If those, I rate the SMC/2.5 as the sharpest, the two f/3.5s as the richest -- but the Bayonet as the most usable. Why? The Bayonet and the M/3.5 both have built in hoods; the Bayonet's optics aren't quite up to the others; but it has the closest focus distance of any of my fifteen 135s. I can just use the Bayonet in more situations. If I'm tripodding, I use the S-M-C/2.5. For specific shoots, I'll use one of the f/3.5s. But for just general wandering about, it's the Bayonet.
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