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06-05-2008, 01:26 PM   #1
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A gift of m42 lenses, but are they good?

My advisor just handed me his old Pentax gear that had been laying around our lab untouched (in cases) for probably 10-20 years. He didn't need them anymore, so he just gave it all to me, including:

Spotmatic SP-II
SMC Takumar 55/1.8
Fujinon 55/2.2
Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 200/4
APS Rokunar 2x auto tele converter
Honeywell 110 and Vivitar 151 flashes

Everything seems to be in mint condition (except some battery corrosion on the vivitar flash). I'm mostly interested in the two SMC Taks. Did I make out pretty well?

Also, I have the K10, but no adapter for these lenses as of yet, any recommendations there?

Thanks!


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06-05-2008, 01:30 PM   #2
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Are they good? They're free! Of course they're good.

The Spottie and two takumars sound yummy. Fuj made great lenses as well. Don't know about the rest.

Buy an original PENTAX K-M42 adapter. It's the safest way.
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No they are all crap and you should send to me immediately for proper disposal.


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06-05-2008, 01:50 PM   #4
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QuoteOriginally posted by Tom S. Quote
No they are all crap and you should send to me immediately for proper disposal.


Would you like my mailing address?

Actually, they're worse than crap, they're dangerous. They contain rare-earth elements, ie uranium, and need to be disposed of properly. Send them to me, I'm a certified radioactivity-cleanup-guy, and only I can take care of it.





(seriously, though, the 200 and 55 Taks used with a genuine Pentax M42 adapter are going to make you a very happy camper.)

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Excellent lenses all three of them, even with todays standards they are excellent lenses. Check out the Manual Club threads here and see for yourself.
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hah! thanks guys, now I just need to see if I can track down an adapter!
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hah! thanks guys, now I just need to see if I can track down an adapter!
Make sure you get a proper one from Pentax. No thirdparty crap ones that will get stuck in your camera.
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but are they good?

QuoteOriginally posted by mutedphotos Quote

Also, I have the K10, but no adapter for these lenses as of yet, any recommendations there?

Thanks!
Messing with a M42 super tak 135/3.5 on my K100D Super yesterday for the first time.


I got two different adapters (Bower brand) and neither really suited me. Dificult to mount and remove - made me nervous. Got impatient because Pentax was out of stock.
Finally ordered the Pentax adapter. For all I know the Bower or some other bramd may work just fine on a K10D.

Bill


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6160215 - a set on Flickr

Thats my SMC-M 200mm f/4 archive. All pictures are unprocessed and shot in raw. No sharpening or other postprocessing done.

Just enter the link and press slideshow to see somewhat sized images, the original sizes are there though.
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Those look really great, but I'm assuming the SMC-M was a Pentax branded k-mount lens? Was it optically the same as the SMC Tak?


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6160215 - a set on Flickr

Thats my SMC-M 200mm f/4 archive. All pictures are unprocessed and shot in raw. No sharpening or other postprocessing done.

Just enter the link and press slideshow to see somewhat sized images, the original sizes are there though.
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Here is a site I like that has info about M42 lenses. You might want to read up about your new lenses.

Manual Focus Forum | Lens, Very, Lenses, Zeiss, Have | Manual Focus Lenses-Manual Focus Lenses

Spotmatic was the first SLR I ever used. I still have it. Beautifull camera. A lucky gift to you.
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Those look really great, but I'm assuming the SMC-M was a Pentax branded k-mount lens? Was it optically the same as the SMC Tak?
Not sure really, but performancewise they are quite equal. Maybe the SMC-M have a bit more contrast. Here is the SMC Takumar gallery at mflenses.

SMC Takumar 200mm f4

You'll have to really work hard to see any differences in optical performance, imho. The SMC Taks have some odd bokeh though, thats the same with my S-M-C Tak 300 aswell and it seem to be quite the same all over the S-M-C's.

S-M-C 300 f/4:
Linked shots - a set on Flickr
5401614 - a set on Flickr
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Here's a link to the Pentax Web Store, where you can order a genuine Pentax m42 adapter:
PentaxWebstore Mount Adapter B (35mm Screwmount to Bayonet)

HTH,
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the 55 1.8 and the fujinon is crap.

send it to me.

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I have trouble with my fujinon - it's got those fuji bumps on the mount that haven't allowed me to use them with the M42 adaptor. Plus mine's got a lazy diaphragm so on the screw mount cameras I'm in manual stop down mode. But when I used it it is a very nice lens.
The 55 1.8 is a fantastic lens, much more 'modern' seeming in its rendering than the 50/1.4, I find. That is, the 55 is always tidy and very sharp. My two 1.4's aren't always tidy.
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