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05-15-2008, 07:30 AM   #1
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Adaptor for M42 Takumar

I have the opportunity to purchase a Takumar f/1.4 50mm lens in mint condition but was wondering where or what I should purchase for an adaptor to use it with my K10D. Been looking around but need some advice as I have very little experience with the older lenses.

Any input?

05-15-2008, 07:44 AM   #2
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Get a genuine Pentax adapter. I tried 3rd party, and while they're cheaper, they tend to 1) affect infinity focus (some are OK at infinity,) and 2) get stuck on camera if you don't remove the spring-lock pin.

The Pentax adapter works perfectly, and you can remove it by depressing the spring pin and turning the adapter with your fingernail. Foolproof.

You should be able to find a genuine one at the Pentax site, or on a certain ebay store (I don't have the links handy but others have posted them.)
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These guys are good and ship quickly to the USA

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05-15-2008, 09:36 AM   #4
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Thanks guys! I'll go Pentax on the adapter. Much oblidged!

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Welcome to the m42 club.

And as already stated, don't settle with thirdparty, get the real thing from Pentax.
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I wrote up bunch of M42 adapters articles in my blog post, you can see the recent one in my blog page
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Thanks to the advice on these forums .. I have gone the genuine adaptor .. it erally isn't that much in price more than the cheap ones ... and it does the job perfectly.

I will now be a part of the M42 club as well .. i just need to understand the workings of it better ... I have 3 lenses on the way ... and another adpator that came with one of the lenses too.

I need another bag.
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It's always good to have more than one adapter, in case you want to sell one or more of your Super Taks - you can include an adapter with it. Makes it easier for a buyer who doesn't have one, and it expands the m42 club faster!

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QuoteOriginally posted by jsherman999 Quote
It's always good to have more than one adapter, in case you want to sell one or more of your Super Taks - you can include an adapter with it. Makes it easier for a buyer who doesn't have one, and it expands the m42 club faster!
I must thank you for leaving that adaptor on the lens as well

I have been playing with my other adaptor this morning that I received off eBay ... and it is so easy to use ... I just attached it to the lens and then mounted it to the body .. it was easy.

When changing lens though the adaptor stays in the body and the lens screws out easy ... and another can be screwed straight in. When removing the adaptor later on though ... you just need to click the spring loaded lever in with the fingernail and turn ... slides around partly and comes out easy ... no tools.

This is easier than I thought ... no to go out and have fun with my new/old M42 gear.
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This Yahoo Group focuses on M42 lens:

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The only gripe I have with the adaptor is that the screw thread is so sharp it wears paint of the lenses. Paint that turns up on your mirror as dirt and after a few changes, you can hardly see anything in the viewfinder.
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Thanks all! I have purchased the 50mm lens and also an adapter direct from Pentax. Looking forward to adding them to my collection...a little more LBA satisfaction!

Also, great info on M42 in general. If this 50mm turns out ok, I may turn old fashioned!
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QuoteOriginally posted by navcom Quote
If this 50mm turns out ok, I may turn old fashioned!
You will. Lots of FANTASTIC glass available in M42 mount for comparatively little money. Pentax, Takumar, Tokina, Zeiss, etc., etc.
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