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12-15-2011, 09:52 PM   #1
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Scored a Takumar 200mm F3.5 (Updated With Sample Pics)

I had to pull the trigger, I just bought a pristine Takumar 200mm F3.5 off ebay for $60.00!

Man, this LBA is getting BAD, I just won a Super Tak 35mm F3.5 last night, now I'm buying another

I couldn't help myself though. Seeing that many diaphragm blades and the great bokeh this lens has, I had to have it.

This will be the last lens for a while though, can't let the LBA take hold (my wallet can't support it )


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12-15-2011, 09:59 PM   #2
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You've never met Rico Rico or some others, I'm assuming.
12-16-2011, 12:55 AM   #3
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Moi? I'm a piker compared to many. One member had (until recently) more Fifties than I have lenses total. My BIL has more classic CAMERAS than I have lenses. (My count will drop some with this week's sales.) But no, one can never have too many lenses, as long as there's space for them.

Now you can look for more Takumars -- don't miss the Macro-Tak 50/4 or the Tele-Tak 200/5.6 -- and some Meyers and Jupiters and Tomiokas and maybe even a Kilfit from Lichtenstein. And if you get a small bellows, there are all those enlarger-projector-copy lenses awaiting you. Fun fun fun.
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And fast glasses too. It happens that one can get it for cheap.

I am almost pull the trigger for D700, with complete lens setup (12-24,24-70,70-200,35/2,50/1.4,85/1.4, flashes) cheaply. I could just grab them and release back to the market and may get some $. Risk is relatively low, but the investment is still too high...

12-16-2011, 06:48 AM   #5
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Glad to see anouter Tak 200/3.5 shooter in the forum. Check out the sample photo arrchives and feel free to add to it.
https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/lens-sample-photo-archive/168414-takumar-...t-samples.html

Also check out the "definitely not the flat earth society" thread, which I started for discussion about lenses with round apertures.
https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-slr-lens-discussion/87425-definite...h-society.html

p.s. if the mods are listening, move the thread into the lens club please
12-16-2011, 04:05 PM   #6
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Nice! One of my favorite lenses for sure. And you got it for a good price!

I didn't know there was a samples thread -- I just posted a little something there.
12-16-2011, 05:55 PM   #7
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Yeah, I can't wait to get it. It will be my first telephoto prime, just been using an old sigma 7-200 and sigma 70-300 DG for my tele lenses. I've looked at as many photos as I could find with this lens on the internet (there aren't too many) and it looks like this is a great lens to have. It is HUGE, but it should work with the pack I have for hikes.

I'll definitely keep an eye out for the 200 F5.6, but for now, I think I'll be satisfied with what I have
12-16-2011, 06:44 PM   #8
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I like the lens more than the SMC tak 200/4. Don't know why but I find it much nicer to use, maybe it is the half stop, or maybe the presets are just nicer to use than later lenses. It makes a great long distance outdoor portrait lens too. As with all tele lenses of the day minimum focus distance is a little on the long side but it still is a good porting lens

12-20-2011, 06:10 PM   #9
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Well I received the lens. It is absolutely brand new looking. Both the lens and the leather case look fresh from the factory. I can't believe you can get this quality of lens for such a price. I'd gladly spend $300+ for this lens and I got it for $60.00.

Here it is next to my SMC Takumar 55mm F1.8 and new Super Takumar 35mm F3.5




Such a smooth and wide focus ring, and at F3.5 it is very bright for a tele lens. I can't wait to get this lens out in the mountains for some wildlife photography!

I took a couple of shots at my shop today, being curious how it will work. Here is a sample. Note, this isn't a fancy shot, just of a small bird out in my sandblasting yard. There isn't much to photograph out there, but this will do. Just a quick and dirty shot.

This shot was wide open at f3.5 and 100 ISO. This lens is so bright that this was shot at 1/640 sec.




And here is a 100" crop of the above image. Pretty good for a wide open lens!




I really think this lens is a keeper. I can't wait to try it out in the mountains (I know where I'll be Christmas Eve )
12-20-2011, 06:24 PM   #10
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These old telephoto lenses have great sharpness, but those CA's can get really bad...
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Yeah, there is some CA, but for the background I was shooting against (many bare branches and twigs) and for how bright it was out, I think the CA here isn't bad at all. I did not process any CA out of this image, but it wouldn't be to hard to process the CA out to non detectable levels.
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Your picture is great! I was just saying in general, my K 135 f2.5 is quite prone to CA's, didn't even bother getting the K 200, think I'll just get the DA 55-300.
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I see you are missing the mount too! Nice Robin shots. For the background CA I don't bother. You can best remove it with a fringe removal tool if you want

Glad you like the lens,
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Yeah, it was missing the mount and original front metal cap. It has the original hood and leather case though and looks to be in new condition. I figured for $60.00, I couldn't go wrong.

I'll probably look for an aftermarket tripod mount in the local camera stores. I do use a monopod pretty regularly, and I don't think I'd want to mount my monopod to the cameras mount, it would put too much stress on the m42 adapter I think.
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Actually this is small enough that with SR who needs a tripod mount? I have been toying with the idea of making one for mine but never got around to it.
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