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11-30-2008, 10:56 AM   #1
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Later Takumars? ("Takumars?")

I was wondering, while shopping around, what is the deal with later lenses, (like, 80's and 90s, apparently) labelled 'Takumar?' I seem to dimly recall something about them not living up to the name, and they do seem to be available pretty cheap, some of them. Was this a budget line, or something?

In general,what's the deal?

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I have a Takumar-M 80-200/4.5 and it's same as the Pentax-M version except it doesn't have SMC. That's the only difference between Takumar and Pentax branded lenses afaik.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Ratmagiclady Quote
I was wondering, while shopping around, what is the deal with later lenses, (like, 80's and 90s, apparently) labelled 'Takumar?' I seem to dimly recall something about them not living up to the name, and they do seem to be available pretty cheap, some of them. Was this a budget line, or something?

In general,what's the deal?
You're spot on. Pentax "recycled" the Takumar name for a budget line of bayonet-mount lenses, typically without super-multi-coating.

You'll find them all described in the Leans Review database:

Pentax Lens Review Database - Pentax K-Mount Bayonet Lenses
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Ok. Good deal. This could be useful. I'm starting a Pentax system cold, you see. Once I take care of getting a few essentials, I'm probably going to be in the market for a few stopgaps and oddities ...there's a few ranges of lenses I just don't use much, but don't like to be completely without.

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Thats useful info.

I just bought a Takumar 80-200mm f4.5 (AUD$135 - is that too much?) Mint condition (not a mark on it anywhere), tight push/pull zoom, and with both caps.

So far I'm quite impressed - the constant aperture at all focal lengths is great, as is the push pull zoom. But I think I'll have to improve my hand hold technique a little
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QuoteOriginally posted by MoiVous Quote
Thats useful info.

I just bought a Takumar 80-200mm f4.5 (AUD$135 - is that too much?) Mint condition (not a mark on it anywhere), tight push/pull zoom, and with both caps.

So far I'm quite impressed - the constant aperture at all focal lengths is great, as is the push pull zoom. But I think I'll have to improve my hand hold technique a little
Well, now that you have it, how much it's worth is all in the results. In general, there's a lot of lenses in that range and probably similar size that are a little faster, but considering the reach it has on digital, 4.5 isn't too bad. I'm not familiar with the particular model.

Some people say that lenses without so much coating give nicer black and white, by the way, ...that might be worth trying.
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Well, now that you have it, how much it's worth is all in the results. .....
Yes - your correct - the value is in what you can do with it - not how much you pay. I've been admiring the Takumar thread and the great images from those old lenses....

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Some people say that lenses without so much coating give nicer black and white, by the way, ...that might be worth trying.
Thanks for the suggestion - might try that. I've already got some candidate images....
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