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04-23-2008, 09:40 AM   #1
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35mm M 42

I am considering purchase of a 35mm lens, M 42 mount. The leading candidate (in my mind) is the Super-Multi-Coated Takumar f2. I still like to use my Spotmatic, and the lens would approximate a 50mm on my K100D Super.

What other 35mm lenses are there which I might consider. Your experience please.

I would appreciate it if NO one mentions the Zeiss Distagon T* 2/35. The obvious choice if money were no object.


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might be some old Zeiss Jena's that are worth picking up
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I have two - the S-M-C f/3.5 and a Yashinon DX 2.8. The Yashinon isn't bad, at times there's CA but overall it is very sharp and has nice color. The S-M-C is small and light, easy to carry around, and without filters it's fast enough for most work. But throw a polarizer on it, and you're looking at a pretty dim viewfinder. Initially, I thought the Takumar had everything but speed over the Yashinon, but with experience I'm liking the Yash more and more.

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