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06-25-2007, 08:16 PM   #1
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Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 1:1.4 50mm vs. Super-Takumar 1:1.4 50mm

An exploration in how the Asahi Optical Company developed its renowned fast 50s...and the realization that I was crazy to rank the Super-Takumar at 13th out of 16 lenses.

Both of these lenses are great. Check out the sixth matchup in my Normal Lens Shootout.



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06-25-2007, 08:25 PM   #2
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Interesting!
Perhaps you should create a review post in the Lens Review Database with a link to your pbase page!
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Interesting!
Perhaps you should create a review post in the Lens Review Database with a link to your pbase page!
Maybe when I'm done I'll get Adam to look into migrating it here! We'll see - there is still a ton of work to do. From here on out the differences between the lenses are going to be slight - I sense a few 'subjective' winners.
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So far, the higher ranked lens has "outperformed" the lesser ranked lens each time. Will we see any surprises in Round 1? (I was betting on a couple underdogs, so am hoping to still have 7 of the 8 correct for this round).

BTW - I need to reread your description again, but still am not entirely clear about the S-M-C vs. SMC distinctions. Am I correct that S-M-C came first in 1971, then SMC in 197? - with the S-M-C and SMC both standing for "Super Multi-coated" just the initial development and then the refinement of the coating?

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So far, the higher ranked lens has "outperformed" the lesser ranked lens each time. Will we see any surprises in Round 1? (I was betting on a couple underdogs, so am hoping to still have 7 of the 8 correct for this round).

BTW - I need to reread your description again, but still am not entirely clear about the S-M-C vs. SMC distinctions. Am I correct that S-M-C came first in 1971, then SMC in 197? - with the S-M-C and SMC both standing for "Super Multi-coated" just the initial development and then the refinement of the coating?
Yes, I use "S-M-C Tak" to stand for Super-Multi-Coated Takumar and "SMC Tak" to stand for SMC Takumar. The SMC Takumar line is optically unchanged from the Super-Multi-Coated Takumar one, but the SMC Taks have a rubberized focus grip.

S-M-C Tak came first, in 1971.

For much more information, see the Asahi Optical Historical Club.
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So far, the higher ranked lens has "outperformed" the lesser ranked lens each time. Will we see any surprises in Round 1? (I was betting on a couple underdogs, so am hoping to still have 7 of the 8 correct for this round).
Hmmm - I shot the samples for the seventh match today, and am looking at them now.

IMO you only have one shot at an upset left...until Round 2.
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