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04-14-2008, 05:34 PM   #1
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SuperTakumar 105mm f/2.8 in M42 Test Shots

I sold this lens to a friend of mine. It is a shame that I only manage to use it for the weekend before I mail it out today. Here are some test shots with K100D mostly in f/2.8


If you have a Super Takumar that is your favroite, please share with us.

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04-14-2008, 07:53 PM   #2
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Great shots, hin, as usual.


This isn't anything artistic - it's a tight crop of a handheld jpeg taken with a Super Tak,
but look below the image to see why I think it's significant:





It was taken with a Super Takumar 200 f.4 - stuck wide open! The thing is broken, the aperture blades don't close. I bought it for $10, was going to throw it away until I took some shots with it.

I just wonder how sharp it would be if I could stop it down to... anything but wide open!

Just a testament to the Super Tak quality, I guess.


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@hinman: some strange branch bokeh there but i'm not sure if any other lens could do better in that spot. nice photos overall

@jsherman: holy crap that's a fat cat!
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Nice shots Hin, I really like the colors from that lens. Since you asked, I'll share a few shots from my Super Takumars. I have 5 of them. 28mm f3.5, 35mm f3.5, 55mm f1.8, 85mm f1.9, and a 135mm f3.5. I like em all!

Super Takumar 28mm f3.5





Super Takumar 35mm f3.5





Super Takumar 55mm f1.8





Super Takumar 85mm f1.9, my most recent purchase.





Super Takumar 135mm f3.5



I really enjoy shooting with these old lenses.

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Once I had this beaten Takumar 105/2.8 lens:





Thought about opening it up and see how its inside looked like, but couldn't get the screws out probably due to its age. Ended up I passed it to a friend for free.


Never seen a lens that bad. But it still took some decent photos:








The Super Multi Coated one is supposed to be an even better performer.
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@jsherman999, the shot is very sharp wide open, thanks for the kind words

@K100D, yes, the branch shot in #2 is odd in the bokeh and color, not natural. I think it comes from my bad pp in Picasa using 'I am felling lucky'

@Fritz, those shots are absolutely fantastic in sharpness and color. I am starting the grief of selling out my copies of 35mm and 105mm. If I have the spare money and time, I would revisit the thoughts of having 3 supertakumar as a complete set as in 28mm, 55mm, and perhaps 105 or 135mm. They are small and compact, extremely great for traveling. I also wonder how well they do with manual film cameras.

@Frank, thanks for showing us the great pictures from a dated SuperTak lens, nobody can tell a clean shot such as yours can come from a lens that seems so worn out. Amazing!

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QuoteOriginally posted by jsherman999 Quote
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This isn't anything artistic - it's a tight crop of a handheld jpeg taken with a Super Tak,
but look below the image to see why I think it's significant:
Oi! What the hell are you doing on my backyard?
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*sigh*

OK, now I REALLY have to shell out for one of those M42-K adapters...I've got a 35 3.5 that's just begging to be used.

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*sigh*

OK, now I REALLY have to shell out for one of those M42-K adapters...I've got a 35 3.5 that's just begging to be used.
There are several ways to use with M42 lens
  • Use a Pentax Genuine adapter (cost around $30 to $40) -- highly recommened
  • Use a 3rd party M42 adapter ( ~ 10 to 20) -- lots of issues in worn out adapter
  • Modify a cheap adapter with no spring plate -- recommended

I reccommend option 1 and 3 for the SuperTakumar. Option 1 using Pentax genuine adapter is obvious.

Option3 with pluses and minues:
As for 3, the super tak is small enough to be held securely in the adapter. Lighter lens like the supertak is less likely to thread out from the modified adapter upon focusing ring turning. That said, their lens base is small and the K pin lock won't provide extra friction to secure the lens in place



Bower Adapter's spring plate is removed
adapter mounted directly onto lens



I have a blog post warning against using 3rd party M42 adapter.

And I have since purchased a used but genuine Pentax adapter, I can remove the adapter in and out without tool, just with two fingers and some practice.
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QuoteOriginally posted by hinman Quote

@Fritz, those shots are absolutely fantastic in sharpness and color. I am starting the grief of selling out my copies of 35mm and 105mm. If I have the spare money and time, I would revisit the thoughts of having 3 supertakumar as a complete set as in 28mm, 55mm, and perhaps 105 or 135mm. They are small and compact, extremely great for traveling. I also wonder how well they do with manual film cameras.
Thanks Hin. They do make a nice compact "kit" of prime lenses. I tried them on film for the first time this last weekend. I'm afraid my skills with film are not that great, and I really messed up most of the exposures. I'll try again and hopefully get better results. Operator error, not the lenses fault!

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*sigh*

OK, now I REALLY have to shell out for one of those M42-K adapters...I've got a 35 3.5 that's just begging to be used.
That Super Tak 35mm f3.5 is a sharpie, right from wide open and excellent by f8.0. Get that adapter and try it! You won't regret it.
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Fritz,

Your pet shots are really outstanding. And I just found out you are using K100D + gimp on your exif. Very nicely done, I like all of your posted pictures, especially the last cat shot and that of your dog. The first cat shot with your SuperTak 85mm f/1.9 is tack sharp to me and your cat is a perfect model who knows how to post. And I love your last shot, I assume some post processing in gimp. Your coast picture is silky smooth like a poster, you have an admirer for your pictures

I have launched an unofficial LBA/CBA challenge -- the Seinfield style myself with some of my other forum buddies from photo.net in not having new lens/camera/ebay watchlist from end of today April 15 till July 15 for three months. Seeing these shots make it tough to stay away from ebay. Great work, and it is tempting.
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Thanks very much Hin, and I'm glad you enjoyed my photos. It means a lot to me. I have followed your posts with interest, and have enjoyed your photography as well.

The last photo of Cleo (the cat) I converted to b&w using Gimp. Then I used a simulated duo toning script with a gold tone. I have just started playing around with this effect, and I like how it has turned out on the pictures I have tried it on.
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I forget whom was a tad upset that I posted these pic's once when he was bidding on the 300mm f4. I understand that it helped drive the price up




the cropped version.


I wish that I remembered what landscape photos were taken with my 35mm f2.0, and I'd post them.
However there's a good chance that I'll have it outside today and will hopefully have some keepers
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QuoteQuote:
There are several ways to use with M42 lens

Use a Pentax Genuine adapter (cost around $30 to $40) -- highly recommened
Use a 3rd party M42 adapter ( ~ 10 to 20) -- lots of issues in worn out adapter
Modify a cheap adapter with no spring plate -- recommended
Of course there's a 4th option: buy a Spotmatic!

I have two 50/1.4's (one is stuck on wide open), the 35/3.5, and the 55/1.8. I'd be hard put to name a favorite between the three working ones. S-M-C's except the working 50, which is one of the radioactive ones.
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Of course there's a 4th option: buy a Spotmatic!

I have two 50/1.4's (one is stuck on wide open), the 35/3.5, and the 55/1.8. I'd be hard put to name a favorite between the three working ones. S-M-C's except the working 50, which is one of the radioactive ones.
Thanks for the comment. I do have a spotomatic like camera that uses M42 lens. I am fascinated with the nostalgic feeling on old gear



Praktica Super TL1000






Praktica Super TL1000 & Praktica MTL5


My 1st SLR with Praktica MTL5 + Pentacon 50mm f/1.8


Prakticar 28-70 f/3.5-5.6 -- one of my favorite M42 gear next to SuperTakumar


Love it!



Some old gear can rival with the latest, they are definitely difficult to use and need a different mindset for the challenge. A picture with Prakticar 28-70 f/3.5-5.6 in M42 mount + K100D



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