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02-03-2021, 01:48 PM - 2 Likes   #1
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It's in my hands !

It's in my hands ! the Takumar 85mm f1.8 in *Mint* condition. A couple of weeks ago I was going to spring for the Takumar 100mm f2.8, because I figured I could not afford the 85mm, but lady-luck smiled upon me and I was able to purchase it. So glad I waited...

First impressions: the the lens is almost useless a f1.8(at least this one is). At f2.8 it's about as sharp as my 50mm f1.7 at f1.7 ! From then on, the lens really shines all the way up to f16. I would say f5.6 or f8 are the sweet spots. This lens has a really LOOOOOng focusing throw.

I almost had a heart-attack, because I had the lens set to Auto on my K-5 II and all my pictures were coming out blurred. I even sent the seller (in Japan) a message that I would be returning it. Then I realized that the lens had to be set to Manual on a DSLR and on Auto on an SLR with SMC. Can't wait to get it on my Spotmatic.

This will probably be my last Vintage lens, except for maybe the Carl Zeiss Jena Flektogon f/4 20mm. After that I'm done !! ,


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02-03-2021, 01:53 PM - 1 Like   #2
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Congrats on the lens! What do you think of the feel of the focus action? Smooooth?

QuoteOriginally posted by hjoseph7 Quote
the the lens is almost useless a f1.4(at least this one is)
I find that my S-M-C Takumar 85/1.8 also has difficulties achieving f/1.4. (minor but humorous typo there...)

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Congrats on the lens! What do you think of the feel of the focus action? Smooooth?



I find that my S-M-C Takumar 85/1.8 also has difficulties achieving f/1.4. (minor but humorous typo there...)

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Congrats, it's a great lens!

Wide open it's hard to nail the focus but sometimes you can get it right. Here's an example:
SMC TAKUMAR 85mm @F1.8 1/60s with K10D at 400 ISO:
https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/members/19312-spock/albums/2533-smc-taku...cture18749.jpg

100% Crop
https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/members/19312-spock/albums/2533-smc-taku...cture18750.jpg


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Congrats, it's a great lens!

Wide open it's hard to nail the focus but sometimes you can get it right. Here's an example:
SMC TAKUMAR 85mm @F1.8 1/60s with K10D at 400 ISO:
https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/members/19312-spock/albums/2533-smc-taku...cture18749.jpg

100% Crop
https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/members/19312-spock/albums/2533-smc-taku...cture18750.jpg
Hmm, there could be some possibilities such as: Using a tripod, Using the remote or Self timer, shooting with mirror Up.
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