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11-19-2008, 01:36 PM   #31
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In the "A series" the gems IMHO are the Green Star versions, like 85mm F1.4, 135mm F1.8, 200mm f2.8. (they do seem to be getting rather expensive these days as well)

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I have a few Super Taks now ... and they are all great lenses for what they do ... and what they cost.

But for quality though (in my line up).

85mm f/1.9
55mm f/1.8
105mm f/2.8
135mm f/3.5 or 35mm f/3.5 (it's a toss up between these 2 for that position)
28mm f/4.5
200mm f/4

Out of the above ... the 200mm isn't up to the standard for the rest ... although the rest of my Tak range is that close it is hard to pick which is a better lens. I haven't used the 28mm as much as I really should though ... same for the 35mm.

My problem ... I don't get enough time to get used to using them all ... let alone getting to use any at the moment.
11-19-2008, 11:20 PM   #33
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I have to concur with everyone who's mentioned any Takumar lens. My fav would have to be the 55mm 1.8 as it's cheap, sharp, well built, light, durable, fast and versatile. I'll also tip my hat to the 105mm 2.8 and the 135mm 3.5.
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You know I have the M50 1.4, the A50 F2, and the M28mm F2.8 Macro and they all work really well.

Here are some samples where I was just playing. They were all done very low light with the shutter ranging from 1/8th to 1/20th.

Old Pentax SMC Lenses - a set on Flickr

11-20-2008, 02:02 AM   #35
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I think most Takumars are gems.
My unrated List:

28mm 3.5
35mm 3.5
55mm 1.8
55mm 2.0
105mm 2.8
135mm 3.5
200mm 4.0
200mm 3.5

In my opinion, the 55s and the 200mm 3.5 are the best gems. I bought the 200mm 3.5 for 40$.
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Can I ask a dumb question? I'm pretty up on the various different "K" mount lenses - Stan's and Bojidar's sites are very useful for me in sorting out what's what. But the Takumars are still kind of a mystery to me. I gather most are screwmount, although I know there are at least a few Takumar K-mount lenses. And randomly searching for info hasn't turned up anything nearly as comprehensive as Stan's & Bojidar's site. The Wikipedia entry for Takumar at least helps sort out Takumar versus Auto Takumar versus Super Takumar versus SMC Takumar, but still, I'd love to see some objective and subjective info on all the specific Takumars the way I can for the K's. Best I've found thus far is:

Die Cast Pro - Pentax Lenses

But this doesn't seem as complete or as useful to me as I was hoping for...
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QuoteOriginally posted by Marc Sabatella Quote
Can I ask a dumb question? I'm pretty up on the various different "K" mount lenses - Stan's and Bojidar's sites are very useful for me in sorting out what's what. But the Takumars are still kind of a mystery to me. I gather most are screwmount, although I know there are at least a few Takumar K-mount lenses. And randomly searching for info hasn't turned up anything nearly as comprehensive as Stan's & Bojidar's site. The Wikipedia entry for Takumar at least helps sort out Takumar versus Auto Takumar versus Super Takumar versus SMC Takumar, but still, I'd love to see some objective and subjective info on all the specific Takumars the way I can for the K's. Best I've found thus far is:

Die Cast Pro - Pentax Lenses

But this doesn't seem as complete or as useful to me as I was hoping for...
marc

from my limited experience with tak's, I think they are possibly much simpler designs, mostly 6 blade apatures, vs 8 blade with K's for example.

I think the main differences are optical coatings, whether or not they have auto apature (does not help us much but if you have a film body it might)

As you know M stands for mineature, and I don't like them as much as the true K mounts.

For those who are interested on my favourites, I would have to say in order

K50mm - F1.4 great low light lens
K135mm - F2.5 all round compact 135 given the speed
K300mm F4 - still best bang for buck in telephoto
k105 - F2.8 great portrait lens very soft wide open, tack sharp by F5.6
SMC Tak 35 F2 (just got this one very nice, but not enough experience yet)
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QuoteOriginally posted by kerrowdown Quote
In the "A series" the gems IMHO are the Green Star versions, like 85mm F1.4, 135mm F1.8, 200mm f2.8. (they do seem to be getting rather expensive these days as well)
I'd also throw in a vote for the A* 85/1.4. I have this lens, and it produces a "look" that nothing else I have can match. Also, the build quality and feel is beyond anythng else I own, including my DA Limiteds (which ain't bad, however).

My problem is one of laziness - I've become so accustomed to AF that I tend to no longer use my MF lenses.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Sailor Quote
I'd also through in a vote for the A* 85/1.4. I have this lens, and it produces a "look" that nothing else I have can match. Also, the build quality and feel is beyond anythng else I own, including my DA Limiteds (which ain't bad, however).

My problem is one of laziness - I've become so accustomed to AF that I tend to no longer use my MF lenses.

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I'd also put my vote in for the A 70-210mm f4 with its constant apertre and wide open sharpness. Also big fan of my M100mm f2.8 and my latest fave my very cheaply obtained K200mm f4.
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I'd also put my vote in for the A 70-210mm f4 with its constant apertre and wide open sharpness. Also big fan of my M100mm f2.8 and my latest fave my very cheaply obtained K200mm f4.
I'm not knocking the pentax 70-210, but I'll bet the vivitar series 1 version 1 knocks it's socks off.
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SMC Pentax A 35-105 / 3.5 is a really worthwhile lens. $100 - $125.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Lowell Goudge Quote
I'm not knocking the pentax 70-210, but I'll bet the vivitar series 1 version 1 knocks it's socks off.
It would be good to see a shootout between them. I have the A70~210 and I can concur with the others who have recommended it. If the viv is better then I cannot imagine it is by much.

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It would be good to see a shootout between them. I have the A70~210 and I can concur with the others who have recommended it. If the viv is better then I cannot imagine it is by much.

Richard
Richard

Since we can't get together easily, I propose a challenge of some sort.

the rules are as follows;

One of us proposes a subject, - pets, flowers birds etc. each in sequence, and takes a shot that they feel demonstrates the qualities of the lens, and the other has to shoot under the same conditions (or as close as possible) and we judge based upon the full frame (but resized to post) plus 2 ~10%crops, one center one corner.

I suggest either 6 or 10MP camera as I have an *istD and K10D.

Propose with and without flash if you can do it.
Propose min, max and middle focal length and a similar mix of subject distances, plus macro

I'll even let you pick first. and of course, we should, if you want to go ahead, run this as a new thread. May the best lens win

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k 50 1.2 - m 50 1.7 - a 50 1.2

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