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04-16-2019, 03:33 AM   #16
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I've found one in amazing condition on ebay with a case. would total between 80-90 pounds. Is that too much to pay?

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I recently replaced my first S-M-C 28mm f/3.5 as it wasn't in the greatest condition when I got it 20 years ago and it only got worse over the years to where it had so much slop in it that I couldn't get it to focus unless the stars aligned. Given that about 4 weeks ago I found one at a local camera store for $70 USD in excellent condition (almost like new old stock condition) with the case and hood with case I would say 80-90 pounds would be on the high side unless it was in exceptional condition.
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All of this is true, but I have found even 24 mm is not wide enough in many city environments
This is quite true, but I sought to give a perspective based on both what the OP is thinking about buying AND what I already own and can advise on.

Additionally 28mm SMC Taks are a dime a dozen, in relative terms; reliably finding something wider than that involves problems of expense and availability.
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Sounds high. KEH has an SMC 28mm f/3.5 SMC Takumar for $84.00 (US).

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QuoteOriginally posted by sh4r1f Quote
I've found one in amazing condition on ebay with a case. would total between 80-90 pounds. Is that too much to pay?
Not bad, especially if the case is original and in good shape.

If I bought the Tak from KEH that @dms cited, it would cost me the equivalent of 70 pounds, including tax.
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Several responses have mentioned the 28mm f3.5, and I'll add my vote for that as a particularly good M42 WA lens. Also, in reverse mount on tube(s) or bellows it is regarded as a very good to excellent ultra-macro lens (= reproduction greater than life-size).
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Looks like the lens is just cheaper in the US. If I order it on KEH it costs $50 to ship here to the UK. So in total that comes out roughly to 101 pounds for one without a case.

I should emphasize that this one on ebay will cost £88 and is virtually mint.
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I caved! Bought the S-M-C Takumar 28mm f3.5 for £88. Couldn't find it priced anywhere cheaper except the US where shipping cost would have eliminated any savings.

Pentax 28mm F/3.5 SMC Takumar M42 Screw Mount Manual Focus Lens {49} | eBay

Looks like it's in really nice condition though - will update! Thanks for all the advice and discussion - I have learned a lot from some very informative posts.


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QuoteOriginally posted by WPRESTO Quote
Also, in reverse mount on tube(s) or bellows it is regarded as a very good to excellent ultra-macro lens (= reproduction greater than life-size).
I've had good luck using it like that. For example here is an image taken with it just reverse mounted giving about a 2:1 macro that I then cropped to show mostly just one microchip. For perspective the chip is 6mm X 4mm.
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I've had good luck using it like that. For example here is an image taken with it just reverse mounted giving about a 2:1 macro that I then cropped to show mostly just one microchip. For perspective the chip is 6mm X 4mm.
That's great! Will be messing around with that if I can. In my case of putting this on a Spotmatic F, would I just need a reverse mount to attach to the lens?
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That's great! Will be messing around with that if I can. In my case of putting this on a Spotmatic F, would I just need a reverse mount to attach to the lens?
Yes. M42 to a filter thread adapter are reasonably easy to obtain. If you cannot find one with the correct filter thread (I think the 28mm f3.5 used a 49mm filter thread that was the Pentax standard back then), then you just need a filter stepping ring, which are even easier to find.


I'll check B&H to see what they have and add a PS to this post.

PS: Yes, B&H has one, about $15 USD.

PPS: Several available on EBAY including one in the UK for about $21 (?USD). On EBAY search for "M42 to 49mm adapter." There were a couple others on offer from the Eurozone.

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I think the 28mm f3.5 used a 49mm filter thread that was the Pentax standard back then
Yes it is a 49mm filter thread. I've had a few reverse mount adapters over the years and if you can find the real Pentax one you will be pleased with the quality. Better fit and smoother operation. Used they can be found for around $10-$20 and there isn't much demand at the moment for them.
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I really like my 28mm f3.5, so good choice

If you are stricken with LBA, as so many of us are, I'll also endorse the 35mm f2.0. The extra speed is nice, but itís still sharp stopped down.

Have fun!

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