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07-17-2008, 11:41 AM   #1
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I just bought 2 Tak 28's

And I didn't even realize the second one - I'd forgotten all about it, it ended last night... Boy was I surprised this afternoon when I went to browse the bay for a bit.

Now the bragging bit (assuming the lenses are in fact in good shape)

$35.01 total for the two plus $20 in shipping.

First one, a Super with case, metal shade + case for it.
Second one, a S-M-C with 3 close up filters.

Oh do I love them Takumars.

However, I do need to break into the 24's and wider... honest that's my intent...

I mean, how many 28's, 35's and 50's does a person need?

(apparently, at least 4 28's, 3 35's, 6 50's (counting the 34 and 55 in that)... all but 3 of them are screw mount)

I only have 2 screw mount bodies... actually one of my favorite bodies for the Taks is the Program Plus.

07-18-2008, 05:30 AM   #2
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I have way too many in the 50mm vicinity:

SMC-M 50/1.4 (eBay)
SMC-M 50/1.7 (part of set with ME)
SMC-A 50/2 (KEH)
Super Takumar 55/1.8 (set with SV)
SMC Takumar 55/1.8 (first Takumar, Yahoo Japan Auctions)
SMC Takumar 50/1.4 (set with ESII)

The odd thing is....I don't really use 50mm all that often.

For 28mm, I have two:

SMC-A 28/2.8 (Henry's, via eBay)
S-M-C Takumar 28/3.5 (Yahoo Japan Auctions)

I love the Takumar on digital, but I find I like the 35mm length better.
07-18-2008, 05:51 AM   #3
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I'm the opposite, though I don't use the 50's nearly often enough... too square I suppose.

On film, I really like the 28... though I've been teaching myself the 35 by simply walking around with it being the only lens.

ALL the 50's (including things not compatible with Pentax):
Zuiko 50/1.7, 50/1.4
Nikkor E 50/1.8 (I think)
SMC-M 5-0/1.7 (with the KX)
Super Tak 50/1.4 (with a Spottie SP that never worked)
SMC Tak 50/1.4 (Goodwill)
Auto-Tak 55/1.8 (camera show)
Fujinon 55/2.2 (st605; this one is trouble: the doohickies on the mount catch on the K mount)
43 Limited
Oh and a Pentacon Electric 1.8 is in the mail as well - this will be temporary as it's going to brother in law.

The 35s: Yashinon DX 2.8 (camera store bin), S-M-C Tak 3.5 (camera store), Tamron-f 2.8 (camera show)
The 28s: SMC-A 2.8 (came with Pgm Plus), Vivitar TX 2.5 (marketplace here) and now these two in the mail.

I consider the Tamron and Vivitar as effects lenses - they aren't as sharp as the Taks but have cool bokeh effects.

Like I say, I really have to get to 24mm and below sometime. I keep saying that but the cheapskate in me can't resist a bargain. I suppose I'll end up selling some of the dupes to finance my habit...
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You bring up some interesting issues, Nesster. Here is my point of view. To me, the "Mendoza Line," if you will, for wide angle lenses is 28mm. I have thought of buying a 24 on many occasions, but I have yet to make such a purchase. After reviewing the test data, it would seem that a satisfying "super wide" would be a rather costly venture--and a rare find. I think every test I was able to find showed a fair amount of barrel distortion in 24mm (and wider) lenses. Further, if you look at the perspective rendered by a 24mm, compared to that of a 28 or 35, you will find quite a pronounced and unnatural perspective. I am sure, though, there might be a few nice 24s out there. However, I would imagine that these would be rather costly lenses (i.e. the ones with those German names). In fact, in terms of a "real world" wide lens, my lens of choice is the 35mm. A 35 provides a nice improvement over a 50 with regard to angle of view, and it offers a more natural perspective.


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I agree with you Glen, though if possible to find something like a TX Vivitar 24 it should be good and not hugely expensive. On film, 28-35-50ish-70/90-135 and onwards is a good progression. Besides I have the 16-45 that I use for real wide angles

I won't mention it here on the film side, the 24 and wider issue comes into play with that other recording medium. A 28 isn't a 28 any more.

Glen, you mention distortion - I actually don't mind that, my long term fave Tamron 35-80 has it at 35, and I always liked the effect. Plus these days you can dial it out in Photoshop. But it gets to be like ketchup on everything - as good as ketchup is, you don't want it on everything and you want the choice. So you end up needing one of those German jobbies, I think the ONE is the Flektogon(?) 20mm...
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Oooh, Super Tak 28 with the metal shade.... nice

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