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07-26-2008, 11:21 AM   #1
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SMC Takumar 200mm f4 M42 - good lens?

Wondering if anybody has this lens and can share an opinion?

is one in great condition worth $100? caps, hood and k-mount adapter included

07-26-2008, 11:42 AM   #2
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QuoteOriginally posted by kevinfox203 Quote
Wondering if anybody has this lens and can share an opinion?

is one in great condition worth $100? caps, hood and k-mount adapter included
In excellent condition, caps, hood, and adapter(!) is worth more than $100, IMO.

It's a great lens, very easy to nail focus, beautifully constructed, nice colors and bokeh. It's also pretty sharp wide open, and very sharp stopped down.
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How much better is the Asahi f/3.5 200mm Super-Takumar Lens than the F4 200mm of the lens
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How much better is the Asahi f/3.5 200mm Super-Takumar Lens than the F4 200mm of the lens
Gulfer, i see you have the F4, what do you think of it?

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I've only taken a few shots with it since I just got it today, But I'm real impressed with it. I'd like to find a few more in this condition. The pictures look real good.
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i might be getting one for free, its a super old one in good condition, but are they any good??

cheers, smally
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i might be getting one for free, its a super old one in good condition, but are they any good??
If you mean the f/4 not the f/3.5, yes, it's quite good. And you can't beat free, heh heh. But cheap is almost as good, and lightweight is good too. For daylight shooting where sharpness and portability are important, I nominate the TeleTak 200/5.6 (410g) vs the SuperTak 200/4 (560g). Complementing the TeleTak, and even much lighter, is the Meyer Telemegor 180/5.5 (250g). But if you don't mind the weight, the 200/4 is pretty great.

And then, outweighing even the Vivitar Series 1 Version 1 70-210/3.5 (880g), there is the Jupiter-21M 200/4 (950g). Tons of glass, crispness you can't believe, but the SuperTak 200/4 is rather more portable. Unless you have a lens-bearer, a caddy, to schlep stuff for you. I need a pack llama...
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If you mean the f/4 not the f/3.5, yes, it's quite good. And you can't beat free, heh heh. But cheap is almost as good, and lightweight is good too. For daylight shooting where sharpness and portability are important, I nominate the TeleTak 200/5.6 (410g) vs the SuperTak 200/4 (560g). Complementing the TeleTak, and even much lighter, is the Meyer Telemegor 180/5.5 (250g). But if you don't mind the weight, the 200/4 is pretty great.

And then, outweighing even the Vivitar Series 1 Version 1 70-210/3.5 (880g), there is the Jupiter-21M 200/4 (950g). Tons of glass, crispness you can't believe, but the SuperTak 200/4 is rather more portable. Unless you have a lens-bearer, a caddy, to schlep stuff for you. I need a pack llama...
I have both the Series 1 70-210F3.5 version 1 and this lens is very very good at all apertures, and focal lengths. I also have a takumar 200mm F3.5 preset, which has comparable image quality, perhaps not quite as much contrast as the vivitar, but considering it is at least 10-15 years older in design and coatings no slouch.

Both these lenses weigh a lot compared to the SMC-Tak 200F4 or the SMC-K 200F4 which are very similar (I think identical) the SMC-M 200F4 is a lot smaller.

I need to do a head to head shootout of the Tak and the Series 1 at 200 mm, it would be interesting. Note the Tak preset has an 18 blade aperture.

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cheers, all i was looking for was the super-tak 200 f/4, but cheers for the help
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