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04-09-2012, 11:09 AM   #1
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What 50mm lens did I have?

My first new camera, Spotmatic II, had a very god lens, but I can't find something abut it anymore!
I was very young and did not know so much abut photo at that time.
It was a SMC Takumar 50mm, and it was a f1.2 or f1.4, but all those I have seen only goes up to f16, and I am 100% sure mine went up to f22, becourse I was the only one at the photocourse with a 50mm f22.
It was stolen from me, so I bought a Olympus OM1 (had it for 3 month, then bought a Pentax again) with a 50mm 1.8 and I knew it was not so fast as my old.
But the point is, what lens did I have on my Spotmatic?
Can anyone help me?
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50mm

Pentax smc P-FA 50mm F1.4
04-09-2012, 11:47 AM   #3
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Another possibility would have been the SMC 55/1.8. I believe this was the standard lens for the Spotmatic II and the 50/1.4 was optional. Neither went to f22.

http://www.aohc.it/tak03e.htm
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No, no, it was same age as the camera, middel-late sixties

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QuoteOriginally posted by pearsaab Quote
Pentax smc P-FA 50mm F1.4
How come I didn't think of that?
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QuoteOriginally posted by erikro Quote
No, no, it was same age as the camera, middel-late sixties
The Spotmatic II was released in 1971, manufactured through 1973 and discontinued in 1976. Regardless, none of the 50/1.4 lenses went to f22 including the 8-element version.

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Also verified via Gerjan van Oosten's book.
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How come I didn't think of that?
Maybe because the P FA 50/1.4 is an auto focus lens released in the early 90s.
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That is correct, it's driven me crazy that I can't find anything abut it.
It was certenly not a 1.8 there was glass all over the surface (allmost no metal around the glass),
My father got it as a special gift from Pentax in Denmark.

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QuoteOriginally posted by erikro Quote
That is correct, it's driven me crazy that I can't find anything abut it.
It was certenly not a 1.8 there was glass all over the surface (allmost no metal around the glass),
My father got it as a special gift from Pentax in Denmark.

Erik
There were S-M-C and SMC 50mm macro lenses that went to f22 but they started at f4. Could it have been an S-M-C 85mm/1.8? They are surprisingly compact for an 85mm and the size of much of the competition's from that era fast 50s. They only went to f16, though.
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Correction, it was not a Spotmatic II, it was an earlier model, sorry, no hotshue on mine.
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QuoteOriginally posted by erikro Quote
Correction, it was not a Spotmatic II, it was an earlier model, sorry, no hotshue on mine.
In that case, there was a Takumar 55/1.8 that went to f22. It had a 6/5 optical arrangement and was a preset lens. There was an auto-Takumar 55/1.8 that went to f22 and came in the Zebra style.

Here is the Zebra on my K.



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it WAS a Spotmatic.
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QuoteOriginally posted by erikro Quote
it WAS a Spotmatic.
If it was a 50 and a Spotmatic without the shoe, it could have been the 8-element 50mm/1.4 Super Tak. It has the most protruding rear element of any m42 50 or 55mm lenses Asahi made. All of the Super Tak, S-m-C Tak and SMC Tak 50mm/1.4 went to f16 as did the 55mm lens.

Check it out here:

https://www.pentaxforums.com/lensreviews/Super-Takumar-50mm-F1.4-Early.html



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The first version of the Super Tak 35/3.5 went to f/22
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1/1000 sec. and lightmeter in the viewfinder. ( my best camera ever)
Wondering if it could have been a special lens, as we got it from Pentax Denmark?

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