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11-27-2012, 03:01 AM   #1
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M42 SMC Takumar 17mm F4 or save for DA 15mm Ltd F4

Hi Guys,

I have been after a nice wide lens for a while and have always thought my next wide purchase would be the 15mm Ltd, though I was in an old wares shop near me the other day and the owner showed me an old M42 Takumar 17mm that on brief inspection looked to be in great condition and he wanted $300 for it. I'm pretty certain it was the F4 version and SMC coated.. but I'll go back and confirm later.

I'm now waiting for a M42 - K adapter to arrive so I can test it on the camera to see if I really like it, but I just thought I'd see what people thought before I get too attached to the idea of owning it.

I think I can get him down at least $50 on price if I go for it... or I could try and keep saving to eventually get me that DA 15mm Ltd..

On a DSLR I believe the 17mm has a 120 FOV, what about on the 15mm? 80?

Essentially the 15 would be more practical I guess... just more time saving.


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Check the latest posts on the Takumar Club thread, there are a set of pictues by the 17/4 fisheye. Gives a view of how it works on DSLR.
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By the time you've defished the 17mm, it won't be that wide any more.
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If you are thinking. Fisheye, (the 17mm is a full frame fisheye) why not look at the zenitar 16/2.8, or for a relatively cheap price the sampans 14/2.8 rectilinear lens

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But isn't the crazy perspective half the fun of playing with a fisheye?

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