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03-11-2009, 05:49 PM   #1
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Asahi-Kogaku Takumar 50mm f/3.5 lens

Does anyone know anything about Takumar 50mm f/3.5?







It looks very similar to the soviet Industar 50mm f/3.5.
BTW, I just won it on eBay


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Wow, that really does look like the original M39 Industar 50 (which I'm supposed to receive a copy of any day now!). Sorry, I haven't a clue, but would like to find out! Is it M42?
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Congratulations to a rare lense these days. It is a M37 Takumar lense, one of the first Asahi lenses ever produced. You will need two adapters to use it properly. A M42->PK and inside that one you need a M42->M37 adapter. Both available on ebay.

The lens is of tessar type and was created for the Asahiflex camera.
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You will need two adapters to use it properly. A M42->PK and inside that one you need a M42->M37 adapter. Both available on ebay.

The lens is of tessar type and was created for the Asahiflex camera.

I looked on eBay and I could not find M37 to M42 adapter

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I looked on eBay and I could not find M37 to M42 adapter
Bugger, there was a fellow Swede that manufactured them and sold on ebay. But his website is gone so I can't find them again.

The rings themselves are not very hard to manufacture at any good workshop. It is just a ring with a m37 thread on the inside and a m42 on the outside, so maybe you can find a workshop nearby that can make one for you. The registerdistance is the same as M42, so it just has to be even leveled on the outside with the M42->PK adapter to work properly.

Alternative, get a ring made and use an old m42->pk adapter that you attach it to permanently. Obviously this would work on the lens too, make a ring that screws on with some lock glue or something so that it sticks on the lens. But for the love of all good things, do not make any holes or other permanent damage to the lens.
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I almost bid on a lens form this era, the 83mm f/1.8 (I think). But I was worried about a possible mount issue, somewhat glad to here it confirmed, although I feel for you, Voe.
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I almost bid on a lens form this era, the 83mm f/1.8 (I think). But I was worried about a possible mount issue, somewhat glad to here it confirmed, although I feel for you, Voe.
Thanks Nick, but there is no need to feel sorry for me as I payed only the $AUD equivalence of $24USD while the lens sells on eBay for $250USD. So I can always sell it for a profit
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Keep checking ebay, an adapter is bound to turn up. Asahi manufactured them themselves when they introduced the m42. Just as the switch to PK from M42, they kept compability and made adapters so it would work.

Old camera stores might have some aswell in the used items or "filterbin". Dont give up.

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This link may be of some inspiration: M37`M42 Adapter

One option to an m37-m42 + m42-K adapter combo could be (to make things even more complicated) a m37-m39 + m39-m42 + m42-K. Don't know what is hardest to find, but I have seen some m37-m39 and m39-m42 adapters not so long ago for sale. Good luck!
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FYI, there are quite a few of these on ebay.com at the moment, not cheap though. Also, any decent workshop should be able to make you a M37 to M42 adapter given the right specs.

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