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08-04-2012, 10:59 AM   #1
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Help identify 8-element super takumar

I'm looking into a CL ad for an old spotmatic in really good condition and it has a super tak 50/1.4 attached.

The seller has really bad pics of it up and all i can really make out is the fact that the serial number starts with 22, however I emailed him and asked about the "auto/man" switch and he claimed that the switch was abbreviated simply with an "A" and an "M" which points to an 8 element tak.

Id go look at it but it's an hour and a half away and hes pretty firm at $100 which would just barley be worth buying even if it is an 8-element.

Have any of you ever seen 7-element lenses with the abbreviated switch?


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QuoteOriginally posted by dmbaile2 Quote
Have any of you ever seen 7-element lenses with the abbreviated switch?
Yes...mine has the abbreviated switch.

The only reliable indicators are IR mark between the diamond and 4 and the protruding rear element.

If the serial starts with 22 it is a 7 element. The highest serial I have ever seen on an 8-element is mine, 1549846.
08-04-2012, 11:05 AM   #3
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Ok thank you for your prompt reply. Judging by the serial number im thinking this definitely is not an 8-element tak.

Much appreciated.
08-04-2012, 01:17 PM   #4
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Ask the seller to weigh it in grams. Look in the lens database, or other threads for the weight, the 8 e,lament tak is heavier by a considerable amount. This is the most reliable way


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