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07-31-2017, 10:47 AM   #1
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7 years of ageing for a new * lens

2017 - well, nothing real yet
2016
2015 - D-FA* 2.8/70-200 mm
2014
2013
2012
2011
2010
2009
2008 - DA* 1.4/55 mm, 4/60-250, 2.8/200, 4/300
2007 - DA* 2.816-50, 2.8/50-135

2007/08 were great in terms of *. 2015 is a lone star, 2017 should start something, but actually I see no series here

While waiting you come up with funny ideas.
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You think that's bad? They haven't made a new Takumar since 1977. Can't believe I'm stuck shooting with such ancient stuff. . .
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QuoteOriginally posted by Dartmoor Dave Quote
I'm stuck shooting with such ancient stuff. . .
Aye and my "Ladies" aren't young girlies either anymore.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Dartmoor Dave Quote
You think that's bad? They haven't made a new Takumar since 1977. Can't believe I'm stuck shooting with such ancient stuff. . .
That's what I've been saying! They have totally disregarded us.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Dartmoor Dave Quote
You think that's bad? They haven't made a new Takumar since 1977. Can't believe I'm stuck shooting with such ancient stuff. . .
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Re-engineering the old lenses to correct all of the auto-focus (SDM) issues would be a good starting point. Would love to buy a 60-250 that I could rely on not to fail as soon as the warranty runs out.
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FA*600 f/4 1991 - 2004
FA* 400 f/5.6 1997 - 2004
FA* 300 f/4.5 1991 - 2004
FA* 300 f/2.8 1994 - 2004
FA* 200 f/2.8 1993 - 2004
FA*24 f/2 1991 - 2004

Length of production 7 to 13 years. I do not think star lens get turned very often. That said, the line is due for a refresh which should happen in the next 3 to 5 years.
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I wish they'd refresh my Auto-Takumar.

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I wish they'd refresh my Auto-Takumar.
New coatings and rounded blades? But they would probably take away the aperture ring and then where would we be?
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QuoteOriginally posted by c.a.m Quote
I wish they'd refresh my Auto-Takumar.
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New coatings and rounded blades? But they would probably take away the aperture ring and then where would we be?
I don't see that happening.

Besides, it's not like they can bring back thorium glass for the 50/1.4...
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I don't see that happening. Besides, it's not like they can bring back thorium glass for the 50/1.4...
Well they used rounded blades when they updated the DA Limiteds, kinda messed up the starburst on the 15mm. Coatings should not be an issue. But you have a good point on the thorium glass. I expect they would have trouble getting that past current regulations.
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I wish they'd refresh my Auto-Takumar.
I wish they'd refresh me...
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You think that's bad? They haven't made a new Takumar since 1977. Can't believe I'm stuck shooting with such ancient stuff. . .
I like to tell my friends I shoot with the antiques. Many appreciate that there is something special about them. They are nearly all I have.
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QuoteOriginally posted by tim60 Quote
I like to tell my friends I shoot with the antiques. Many appreciate that there is something special about them.
Exactly!

Actually, I'm rather fond of my nearly-60 year old Auto-Tak. That's the point - it's a fine piece of glass, even though it's relatively ancient.

As for the other Taks, @Dartmoor Dave gets my vote for the fantastic images he makes with those 'terrible' lenses (and that out-dated, less-than-24 MP, old CCD sensor).

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Well, we seem to have a consensus here: Ricoh's main focus should be new Takumars moving forwards. And an M42 mount full frame DSLR, obviously!
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