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06-27-2019, 08:23 AM   #1
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F 35-70 Versions


I have bought a SMC-F 35-70 before, and sold it. Now I am considering picking up one again, and noticed that at least here in China, the Takumar-F version seems to be more widely available and reasonably priced. From my research here on the forum, both the Takumar-F version and SMC-F version seem to share the optical design, and only the coating is different. I would like to know whether it is worth paying extra for the SMC-F version. I will be using it mostly on the PZ-1. For my K-S2, I already have a F 24-50 to serve a similar role.


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IMHO yes, getting the SMC version is worth it. That said, both versions should be fairly affordable these days.

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Look for a SFX SFXn SF7 Camera. SMC versions are often attached and cheaper that way than bought seperately
06-28-2019, 11:57 AM   #4
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The Tak versions are still multi coated, they just don't use the pentax SMC. They tend to render cooler compared to the pentax SMC but are no less sharp.

I'd say realistically there's virtually no difference between them in normal shooting, if you can find an absolutely pristine Tak version cheap I wouldn't turn it down.


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