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04-02-2009, 05:48 PM   #1
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105mm - Super-Takumar vs DA

I'm quite new to this digital SLR stuff, and just bought a DA 50-200 zoom. I thought I'd try comparing it to my old Super-Takumar 1:2.8/105 (which I feel is a great lens). After some muddling around with a wobbly tripod (even with a gallon of paint hung from it), I finally got things rigid enough to satisfy me. Even figured out how to get the mirror to lock up for the exposure! Now lets see if I can add a link to the resulting composite photo.

http://pages.cthome.net/maren/Composite_105.JPG

Interestingly, neither lens seems to show significant dropoff in resolution at full aperture. Also, the DA resolution seems as good at that of the Super-Takumar, with perhaps better contrast.

This is a first attempt at this, so if I'm doing something wrong please be gentle. I'll try to do it better next time. I intend to compare the same DA lens at 180mm with an old Primotar 1:3.5/180 and see how they match up. Then perhaps do some 50mm.

04-04-2009, 02:55 AM   #2
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The Takumar 105/2.8 is an outstanding lens.

Some samples from an S-M-C variant
04-04-2009, 08:20 PM   #3
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QuoteOriginally posted by aesch Quote
...Interestingly, neither lens seems to show significant dropoff in resolution at full aperture. Also, the DA resolution seems as good at that of the Super-Takumar, with perhaps better contrast...
The corners of the image will often show much greater differences in sharpness. The Super-Takumar has a possible advantage here, since it was designed for a larger format, but the zoom is in the middle of its range and shouldn't be too bad. I predict the Takumar will be absolutely superior from f2.8 to f4.
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