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08-08-2008, 07:55 AM   #1
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takumar vs FA

I am pondering selling two FA lens that I also have Taks for. One is the Fa35 f2 vers f3.5 and the other is the Fa50 both it and the Tak are F1.4. The trouble I am having is do I need both sets? I use both and like both but will I really miss the F2 of the FA on the 35? Manual focus doesnt bother me so thats not as much an issue. What do others think? The reason for selling is to raise capital for a possible purchase of a K lens I know LBA at its best.

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Without sentimentality and jewlery factor, the modern lenses are technically better than the Taks, based on what I've read by people I tend to trust. I don't have either of the FA's you mention, but I have compared to the 43 and 70 ltds. The ltd's do resolve more.

But then: sentimentality and jewlery factor: the taks win hands down.

Re the 35mm dilemma: how often do you need that f/2 in your shooting? You can look at it two ways: the DA will make as technically good photos as the 3.5 but gives you the added speed. If I had the two, I probably would miss the FA35, and selling the Tak would not bring much cash.

Which leads a final economics point: either FA should fetch more than enough $$ for a small stable of K lenses.

If it was me, with my biases and habits, I'd sell the FA50, keep the FA35 and the Taks. Especially as I see you already have the 43 - in my mind the 43 more duplicates a 50 rather than a 35.
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since you have the FA43, if you use that a lot, i'd sell the FA35 and FA50
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You need to make the decision yourself, in my opinion it's simple, keep the lenses that you enjoy shooting with the most.

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I have the 35/3.5 K, if the Takumar is as good as that lens then yeah I'd let the 35/2 go. And also agree if you have FA 43 then letting go of FA 50/1.4 would be OK. In fact the 43 is a nice compromise between the 35 and 50 anyway, even if you didn't have the Taks. But since you do, then I would feel even more comfortable letting go of the FA's. (OK I see you have the super taks, but I think they are still very good, maybe just less flare resistant or affects contrast? Not sure on SMC vs Super)
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FWIW, my Super 28/3.5 is slightly better than my S-M-C copy. The sample variations may swamp out much coating technology.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Nesster Quote
FWIW, my Super 28/3.5 is slightly better than my S-M-C copy. The sample variations may swamp out much coating technology.
Interesting. I do recall reading a case of the Super Tak 50/1.4 being superior to the SMC version in some aspects or maybe it was certain under certain shooting condition, as well.
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I think there are at least two variables at play:
1) absolute best case resolution. Sample variation within production tolerance + the long lifetime of each lens will make a difference here. My Super may simply have chanced on a better alignment, and lived a more gentle life.
2) Flare and haze performance. Here technically the SMC's should be better, be more resistant to haze and its associated loss of contrast. But then, taste and photographic effect come into play, one may want a bit of haze and light bloom... LOL at least I tell myself that so I justify having the same lens in more than one version.


But that's a part of why one might want to use vintage lenses, whether Taks of some variety or the early Ks. I have demonstrated to myself well enough that modern primes do outresolve and out flare-resist older models, but this technical perfection leaves some avenues closed. (And the 'imperfection' of the 43 is a good part of why I like it so much).

Plus, you can get a bushel of old lenses by selling off them DAs... to bring this back to the original theme.

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Thanks for the replies so far, I think that I will spend some time with them on the cameras this weekend try to figure out which I will keep. Thats always the problem each lens has its own distinct pros and cons. Then I wonder if I get the K3o will the 28 and the remaining 35 be to close to it. Hates when LBA hits like this.
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The K30/2.8 does seem like a cool lens, but if it's priced like I've seen them ($400ish) then that plus a couple taks and a few more $$ you'd have the 31/1.8
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QuoteOriginally posted by kathyk Quote
The K30/2.8 does seem like a cool lens, but if it's priced like I've seen them ($400ish) then that plus a couple taks and a few more $$ you'd have the 31/1.8
Well the FA 31 costs around $850 which is close to 500 more than the 30 would cost. Will just have to decide should i sell or should i keep
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sell the FA's while they are still worth monays and use the taks while you wait for DA*30mm and DA*55mm
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QuoteOriginally posted by Shashinki Quote
sell the FA's while they are still worth monays and use the taks while you wait for DA*30mm and DA*55mm
Only additional factor you should consider together with this advice is whether you currently use or in the future foresee using K-mount film bodies which don't allow for setting the aperture via the body. The lack of an aperture ring makes the DAs far less appealing to me.
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