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10-01-2008, 11:36 AM   #1
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Lens Advice Needed

I came across a recently serviced SMC Takumar 500 f4.5 today for $500. I looked at the reviews in the lens database and it seems kind of mixed. It's in pretty good shape, clear optics, everything is smooth, no fungus before the servicing.

Is this lens worth $500? Can anyone who owns/ed one give me their opinion on it?

I get a feeling this one I shouldn't pass up and just want to confirm that.



10-01-2008, 01:25 PM   #2
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I don't have any experience with that lens I'm afraid.
Is it local to you? The best solution would be if you were able to try it out first. If you can do that then it's down to whether you like it and can afford/want to buy it.
It wouldn't hurt to try and negotiate the price down.
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Well........., The following link should give you an idea, i guess.
ASAHI PENTAX TAKUMAR SMC 500mm f4.5,K100D / K10D / K20D - eBay (item 120307835823 end time Oct-19-08 11:22:56 PDT)
10-01-2008, 01:52 PM   #4
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I would grab it in a split second. Even if for collector purposes only, but as you probably know, it is fully usable with every single Pentax body ever made, including DSLR's, via m42 to K adaptor.

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10-01-2008, 02:37 PM   #5
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I saw that auction while I was researching the lens. Pretty incredible.

KEH has one in BGN condition for $450 so this one may be a bit high but like Gary mentioned, it is local. I'll take my K10D there tomorrow and try it out and probably buy it. I'll also mention the one at KEH and see if the come down on the price a little.

Time ot dust off the M42 adaptor.

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