Forgot Password
Pentax Camera Forums Home

Show Printable Version Search this Thread
09-01-2009, 08:06 PM   #1
Veteran Member
Fixcinater's Avatar

Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: San Diego, CA, USA
Posts: 409
Today's Thrift Store Find

Wandered around today into a new thrift store that I'd never visited. Got a bunch of old stuff, the guy says and pulls out two big bins of cameras/accessories from the back, and basically asks me to make an offer on anything I'm interested in.

I see an old Agfa scale RF in excellent shape, a Oly Trip 35 in very good shape, a whole bunch of Polaroids and crap-tastic P&S. Then I check out the other bin, pulling the Trip 35 and Agfa aside just in case nothing else shows up.

Sure enough, a decent amount of PK accessories (might bring those home sometime and spread the love out here, since I don't have anything but M42 and EOS mount and am unlikely to get into that system), and then a good amount of random hoods and a few lenses.

I ended up bringing home an Auto Takumar 55mm f/2.2 with original front cap, 49mm Pentax metal hood (mint, baby!) for the Takumar 1:3.5 135mm 1:4 150mm 1:5.6 200mm, an odd little zippered pouch/bag that just says "Asahi Pentax" on one side and "Asahi Opt. Co., Japan" on the other (leatherette matches the covering on my girlfriend's Spotmatic SP case) that the 55mm Auto Tak barely squeezes into with no rear cover, a set of Accura-branded M42 anodized silver extension tubes, and 2 black extension tubes with some odd font on them that says "NO II" and "NO III", for the shorter and longer ones, respectively.

$20 out the door seemed to be a decent deal, so I'm in the process of assessing under better light now. Will have picts soon. The Auto Tak seems not to have the aperture linkage connected (the parts are there on the back side of the lens, but I can see where the outside lever is not connected to the necessary piece. The fact that I can see it probably means I'm missing something (dust seal or cover) but I haven't seen the back end of an older Auto Tak like this.

09-02-2009, 12:38 AM   #2
Senior Member

Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Copenhagen
Posts: 258
Great find. Never seems to happen here. And when it does... Was at a market in the weekend. In a cabinet in an obscure corner was quite a lot of photo gear and I could spot a Pentax logo through the murky glass. Found the man managing the stall and ... he didn't have the key for the cabinet. Wtf?!
09-02-2009, 10:27 PM   #3
Veteran Member
Fixcinater's Avatar

Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: San Diego, CA, USA
Posts: 409
Original Poster
Anybody have a shot of the back-end of one of the Auto Tak 55mm f/2.0 or f/2.2 that I could take a look at?

I've never had a Tak apart, much less one of these with the aperture ring up at the front of the lens, but it looks like I'll have to disassemble the back to get the thing working and stopping down. Can't wait to see the bokeh off the 10 blades!
09-03-2009, 09:13 PM   #4
Veteran Member
Fixcinater's Avatar

Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: San Diego, CA, USA
Posts: 409
Original Poster
OK, so I went to take the little guy apart, and I got the two retaining screws off the mount (anodized mount with the M42 threads on it), and pulled the rear element/group out, and found out that to get any further, I'd have to go through the front.

Front fascia comes off, followed by the front group, and the middle element. No glass in the lens at this point. I can't figure out how to access the aperture linkage from this point.

Any tips? Do I need to disassemble and provide pictures? Sadly, it seems as if somebody went to clean it at some recent point in time and used a screwdriver to get the groupings/elements out. It's kind of hacked up inside, and I saw a bit of fungus on the inside of the middle grouping, so I'll need to pull that apart to clean it up.


  • Submit Thread to Facebook Facebook
  • Submit Thread to Twitter Twitter
  • Submit Thread to Digg Digg
Tags - Make this thread easier to find by adding keywords to it!
55mm, auto, bunch, extension, home, k-mount, m42, pentax lens, slr lens, tak, takumar, thrift store, tubes
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Lens at a thrift; 300mm Adaptall? thefragger Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10 08-06-2010 09:39 PM
My thrift store find! MoparFreak69 Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 28 08-16-2009 08:55 AM
Can you find a common theme in these photos I took today? Tom Lusk Post Your Photos! 6 05-09-2007 07:31 PM
vote of confidence today from the local camera store Marc Langille Photographic Technique 5 03-17-2007 08:11 AM
Today is the day where I find out... Buschmaster Pentax DSLR Discussion 14 12-24-2006 12:03 PM

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 04:52 PM. | See also:, part of our network of photo forums!
  • Red (Default)
  • Green
  • Gray
  • Dark
  • Dark Yellow
  • Dark Blue
  • Old Red
  • Old Green
  • Old Gray
  • Dial-Up Style
Hello! It's great to see you back on the forum! Have you considered joining the community?
Creating a FREE ACCOUNT takes under a minute, removes ads, and lets you post! [Dismiss]