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03-21-2009, 05:12 AM   #1
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Rediscovered 50yr old takumar--opinion

Good thing i don't listen to my wife and throw away items that i haven't used in years.hidden for many years was my asahi opt. Co. Takumar (not super) 135mm pre set f/3.5 chrome and black lens.i used this many years ago on my miranda-d slr which was my first slr.it seems to be in great condition.i'm am toying with the idea of getting an adapter and trying it out on my pentax k20d.any suggestions,ideas,or opinions would be appreciated. Thanks---charliezap
PS--FORGIVE ME MY DUST.OTHER THAN THAT THE LENS LOOKS REAL GOOD


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Charlie: I use a couple of very old lenses on my K20d and they work beautifully. One is the Schneider Tele-Xenar 135mm f 3.5 and the other is the Auto Takumar 85mm f 1.8. I will post a couple of shots if you wish.

Yes, get yourself an adapter and shoot! This is one of the reasons we bought Pentax DSLRs.
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I just picked up one of those on Ebay for dirt cheap, primarily because I liked the look of it (beautiful, looks great on my Spotty :-) but its performance on digital is nothing to scoff at either.







(last two on Canon EOS Kiss-F... only because my K20D was being serviced :-p
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The lens sure is a twin to mine--where do i get an adapter?

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It's a regular ol' M42-PK adapter you can pick up on Ebay or directly from Pentax on their website.

Be sure to buy a good quality one, preferably the genuine Pentax one ($36 shipped directly from Pentax, so don't pay more on Ebay!), as the cheaper ones are know to get stuck in the body :-)

You might think that's expensive but it will open up your world to the cornucopia of M42 lenses out there, so trust me when I say you won't regret it ;-)
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That's a wonderful lens, the old Takumars have something the later ones don't (and vice versa, of course...)
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Get a genuine Pentax K-to-M42 adaptor and save the hassle of issues with the cheaper ones ... it's only a little extra in price ... but worth it.

I REALLY enjoy shooting with my Super Taks on my K10D.
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This is the one you want: PentaxWebstore Mount Adapter B (35mm Screwmount to Bayonet) It's well worth it and that lens should produce some great shots on the DSLR.

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OK ... this isn't the older model ... but it is with a Super Takumar 135mm f/3.5 though ... so should get similar results with yours ... this was taken with my manual K10D with m42 adaptor with the 135mm

Zenfolio | Simon Bauer | Super Takumar 135mm f/3.5
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Just to confirm--this is the real deal and not the ones that some people have problems with.i'm ready to order upon confirmation--thanks--charliezap
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If you order from the link I provided above. You're getting the original Pentax version direct from Pentax from their web store. It's the "Real Deal" and the same one I have that works perfectly without any tools or issues.
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Thanks for your help. I just placed the order 5min ago---i have one picture that i took with the lens several years ago of the orion constellation that i will upload when i find out where i stored it.----charliezap
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Nostalgia just hit me hard. My first SLR was the original Asahi Pentax with two shutter speed dials and the old shutter speed sequence (1/25, 1/50/ 1/100). It came with a Takumar 55/2.2 preset lens. My second lens is the one you have, the 135/3.5 preset. I have many many pictures taken with these lenses on the old AP camera. The 135 won me 2nd prize in the black and white section of a photo contest when HMS Bounty came into Vancouver, BC harbour in 1962. I was (and still am) proud of that photo. My wife likes it so much she had it custom framed for me. I can see it as I sit here watching the sleet/rain/snow falling outside (The weather is variably yucky here right now).
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I have 3 Spotmatics and a handful of Takumar lenses that I enjoy using. The price of developing and being spoiled by using digital is giving me the urge to look for a digital SLR that I could use with my lenses. Does anyone have any recommendations?
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QuoteOriginally posted by Kevin Chizh Quote
I have 3 Spotmatics and a handful of Takumar lenses that I enjoy using. The price of developing and being spoiled by using digital is giving me the urge to look for a digital SLR that I could use with my lenses. Does anyone have any recommendations?
Any of the Pentax DSLR's will accept your Takumar lenses using the Mount Adapter B referenced in this post. Your decision is really whether you want new (K-m, K200D, K20D) or used.
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