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11-04-2008, 06:47 PM   #1
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M42 mount lenses.....

I need some advice........I just recieved a m42 to k mount ring adapter that I orderd along time ago, so long that I forgot I ordered it. Since then I have purchased some lenses.

I now have:
135 close-up
18-55 (kit)

Can anyone suggest a screwmount lens so I can justify the adapter ring (read: so I can buy another lens)?

11-04-2008, 06:57 PM   #2
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Aaron, you may want to browse the review database. Right off hand I'd suggest one of the 85mm lenses, and the 105mm.

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11-04-2008, 07:07 PM   #3
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I have fallen for the Super Takumars. Any of them. All of them.

I'll probably sell off my Pentax-A lenses to buy more Takumars in January--when, hopefully, the market will be more favorable generally, and there will also be a large number of new Pentaxians in the market. :-)

Is there a particular focal range you're looking at?
11-04-2008, 07:23 PM   #4
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If you can find a reasonably-priced Jupiter-9 85/2, you might find it worth playing with. Unfortunately, the prices on new copies from Russia have gone through the roof recently...


11-04-2008, 07:32 PM   #5
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Some nice 28mm primes floating around.

I'd go for something older and quirky though - go looking for old Helios and the like as there are some great East German and Russian copies of Zeiss lenses, as well as nice Authentic older Zeiss glass around.

Just remember to get a lens that has a manual/auto switch or is fully manual as opposed to a fully auto lens. Most auto lenses need the pin in the bottom of the lens to be depressed to stop down to lens to what you select and this isn't done by a modern DSLR.
Modifying an Auto lens is reasonably easy (did it to my F2 50mm Helios to work on the K100D), just one extra thing you don't have to worry about if you do have a choice when purchasing.
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most of the old m42 takumars are awesome lenses, probably can't go wrong with any of them
get something cheap to see if you mind the metering problems and then work your way up
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I would suggest a 55mm f1.8, great lens, and you can get them dirt cheap !!!
11-04-2008, 08:09 PM   #8
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QuoteOriginally posted by Stratman Quote
I would suggest a 55mm f1.8, great lens, and you can get them dirt cheap !!!
2nd that, although the 85 and 105 are the best Takumars. The 200 f/4 and
135 3.5 and 2.5's also. Hell, just buy any Tak.


11-04-2008, 11:04 PM   #9
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Out of all of mine .... i think the 200mm f/4 is the worst ... as in it is not as contrasty at the rest ... and a fraction soft as well ... but other than that ... still a pretty decent lens.

The rest of mine in my signature are sharp as a tack ... and all render colours beautifully.
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You can't go wrong with the 55/1.8. And since you're in Japan you'll be pleasantly surprised to learn that they are the most common Takumar for sale on Yahoo Japan Auctions and you shouldn't be out more than a couple thousand yen at most for one. Don't let the price fool you; they're excellent.
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I'll agree with the 55 recommendation - it's a great lens to start with, easy to focus and an interesting focal length on a crop sensor.

Unlike most everyone here, I gravitate to the wider angles - the 35/3.5 is one of the real gems in Takumars, a lens with life. The 28/3.5 is a good one as well. With these, the focusing can be more challenging due to the slower aperture. Which is why you practiced with the 55, right
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QuoteOriginally posted by JonPB Quote
I have fallen for the Super Takumars. Any of them. All of them.

I'll probably sell off my Pentax-A lenses to buy more Takumars in January--when, hopefully, the market will be more favorable generally, and there will also be a large number of new Pentaxians in the market. :-) ?
I'm with you there. One A lens I will keep (A70-210/4), but the other two A's I have (A50/1.7 and A28/2.8) I am considering selling. The equivalent Taks that I have, are much better than those A's.

For the OP, definitely get a 55/1.8. I have a Super Tak and an SMC Tak, and they are both very good and extremely cheap. You cannot go wrong with a 55/1.8. You can learn how to focus and expose with a M42 lens (and find out if manual focus/exposure is for you) without worrying about the cost.

There are other M42s to consider. I have a CZJ 35/2.4 Flektogon which is a great lens (sharp, good colour and a close focus capability), and I would recommend it. Mine has a battered barrel and so I got it cheap. Unfortunately, good copies are expensive (100 in the UK). I've not tried the Takumar equivalent (35/2 or 35/3.5), but I suspect you could get one for a lot less than a Flektogon.

11-05-2008, 03:58 PM   #13
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I have a Meyer Orestor 135/2.8, m42 mount, excellent lens. Some photos from this lens.

11-05-2008, 07:14 PM   #14
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I just ventured into M42 lenses with a 35mm F2.

I avoided this for a ling tome, perhaps too long but, my basic rule for getting new lenses is they have to offer something different than what I own.

for the primes, K or now M42 that means fast.

fast, for me needs to be better than F2.8 from 28-200mm inclusive, in order to out perform my tamron 28-75 F2.8 and my sigma 70-200 F2.8.

I would agree with Ole's comments about the 85 and 105. I have been looking for ever for an 85mm F1.8 K mount, and am thinking now I will take a Tak in its place. I own the SMC 105 F2.8 and this is a great portrait lense.

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