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04-08-2009, 03:58 PM   #16
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QuoteOriginally posted by Just1MoreDave Quote
It's one of the best 135mm lenses, particularily in screw-mount. There are two S-M-C versions. They have a part number stamped into the bottom (camera side) of the auto/manual switch. The better one is 43812, but 43802 isn't that far behind. The 43812 version was carried over into K-mount, and there's a thread down a bit from that lens.
Wow, great info. How does the Super Takumar version stack up to these two?

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Curious myself how the SUper-Takumar stacks up. The 43801 - is that the one you reference above Dave? When saying it is nearly identical in digital camera shots?
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QuoteOriginally posted by touchogrey Quote
Curious myself how the SUper-Takumar stacks up. The 43801 - is that the one you reference above Dave? When saying it is nearly identical in digital camera shots?
I have just recently gotten the 43802 (which was the first version of the Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 135mm f2.5) and have really been pleasantly surprised by it. It is excellent; plenty sharp even wide and has great bokeh. The 43801 is is optically the same, just without the SMC coatings. Just because the 43812 optical formula is arguably better does not mean that this one is not excellent!

I'm not sure how much of a difference the SMC coatings really make between the 43801 and 43802; I think there have been plenty of threads discussing this difference in more common lenses, and I imagine the same general conclusions would hold (the SMC probably will have a little better color and contrast and lack of flare, especially when shooting into the sun).
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There is a chance that the last batches of the 43801 had the SMC Coating that the 43802 had. When Pentax used up the previous version of coating the started using the new stuff.

BTW here is the 43802 & 43812 S-M-C 135/2.5 layout together.


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