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09-28-2012, 01:35 AM   #1
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Super Takumar 50mm, 1.4 focus ring makes jolt when moving from left to right, normal?

I received my Super Takumar lens today, it's in mint condition and I love it!

I'd just like to reassure myself if the focus ring feels normal.

When I am focusing from left to right (or right to left) there is a slight jolt/movement in the feel of it. I can feel it through the camera too.
It's even more apparent when it's stationary and I subtly apply very light pressure in either direction. It's like there is the tiniest bit of play.

So, do others experience this?

Thanks in advance.

09-28-2012, 08:08 AM   #2
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I had an issue similar to this with my Super Multi Coated 50 1.4 tak. I removed the faceplate, pulled the focusing ring, dinked around a little bit, and of all things, a pepper seed fell out. I didn't even need to remove the front element. Now, I don't necessarily think that the SEED was the culprit, (but it was of the odd gumminess, i'm sure...), but putting everything back together with careful attention to alignment resolved the little hitch it had. I'm guessing something in there is just out of alignment and catching at a certain point. These are very easy to take apart from the front, especially if you don't need to go much past the focusing ring.

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09-28-2012, 09:00 AM   #3
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Not normal, but probably not fatal either. Relube of the focus helicoid may well fix things.


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