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08-12-2009, 01:54 AM   #1
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SMC Takumar query

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A SMC Takumar 85 f1.8 arrived at my workplace this morning . While checking the aperture and focus movement, I also flicked the auto / manual switch and it seems to be stuck on auto! The lens itself is in immaculate condition so i'm pretty annoyed with myself, is there a special process for dealing with this particular problem or do I dig out a hammer or something?

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IIRC, once the lens has been switched to auto the pin needs to be pressed to return it to manual.
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Hi Steve,

I'm hoping thats the case. Been doing some browsing on the sly (work time and all) and found that there is a whole article related to this .

Thanks for the reply.

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There's a pin on the lens mount that is depressed when you attach it to camera. If you can't find it just attach it to the camera, it will fix itself

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QuoteOriginally posted by robbiec Quote
Hi,

A SMC Takumar 85 f1.8 arrived at my workplace this morning . While checking the aperture and focus movement, I also flicked the auto / manual switch and it seems to be stuck on auto! The lens itself is in immaculate condition so i'm pretty annoyed with myself, is there a special process for dealing with this particular problem or do I dig out a hammer or something?

Thanks in advance
As said by the previous poster this is perfectly normal. There is a VERY small pin on the mount that needs to be depressed before the A/M switch can be set again.
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Happy camper again. Hooked it up to my K20D and have manual functionality again.

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And I use this little moniker to remind myself what to have the switch on.

Auto camera (K20D) = switch on Manual
Manual camera (Spotmatic) = switch on Auto

Enjoy shooting ... I have the Super Tak 85mm f/1.9 and it's a beautiful bit of glass.
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Your really going to be happy with this lens. I had the same and loved everything about it. It also was in immaculate condition. I only sold it because I was completely new to this and was a little lazy to learn. Wanted AF so I traded for 77 limited.
Its rendering is absolutely wonderful. And you just don't get any smoother focusing.

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Well I have both the f1.9 and f1.8 variants now , the f1.8 is in really mint condition and it kinda blows the f1.9 away wide open which surprises me a little as I would have thought there would not be much of a difference. Must investigate this a bit more....
Have to say the lure of these 85s is very strong, next on the list is the fabled A*
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