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03-08-2010, 04:40 AM   #1
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Super Takumar 50mm f1.4 M42 (good for this price?)

Pentax 50mm f1.4 lens Super Takumar Screw mount M42 - eBay (item 380209448787 end time Mar-24-10 22:37:46 PDT)

I want to buy this lens. What do you think about this? Is this good for this price?

P.S. My camera is Pentax k-x

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Check Pentax Lens Review and Specification Database - Main Index -> Pentax M42 -> Normal primes

I'm too lazy to follow the link that you provided, so you can figure it out yourself

PS Don't forget that you need an adaptor like PentaxWebstore Mount Adapter K(35m m Screwmount to Bayonet)
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QuoteOriginally posted by insanoff Quote
Pentax 50mm f1.4 lens Super Takumar Screw mount M42 - eBay (item 380209448787 end time Mar-24-10 22:37:46 PDT)

I want to buy this lens. What do you think about this? Is this good for this price?

P.S. My camera is Pentax k-x

Thanks!
I don't think so. Go over to Ebay and search "Pentax Spotmatic". There are a couple there right now with the Super Tak 50/1.4 lens. They will probably sell for half the price your seller is asking and you will have a camera as well, which you might even like.
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I'm not allowed to access eBay via the office, so I don't know what price you're looking at, but I can tell you this:

I have one, and I've been following the eBay prices for about a week on them:

In good condition, they're all going for around a hundred bucks. This is the price for Buy-It-Now, and it seems to be around the same price that most auctions wind up at.


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Price is US $119.99 and $30 for shipment to Germany from USA. I think lens is in good condition.
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QuoteOriginally posted by insanoff Quote
Price is US $119.99 and $30 for shipment to Germany from USA. I think lens is in good condition.
Then that price is right in line with what it's selling for, give or take a couple of bucks.

If $30 sounds good to you for shipping to Germany--I have no idea about international shipping prices but that seems reasonable--I would say go for it.

Is that the only Buy-It-Now you see for that lens? When I looked Friday, I recall there were several--but then again, the brain isn't what she used to be.
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I'm a huge proponent of buying vintage Takumars, but I can tell you that I had to buy 4 of them before I found one that did NOT have any fungus. It is funny that out of all the old Takumar's I've purchased (mostly Super Taks) that I've seen this problem only on 50mm f1.4s. I'm sure that's an anomaly.
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A Super Tak should probably be about $70. KEH has the Super 1.4 with caps for $76, $69 without caps. The SMC Tak is about $140-150. KEH ships internationally.

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Is any alternatives like this?
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QuoteOriginally posted by insanoff Quote
Is any alternatives like this?
I think you might want to rephrase your question in a little better english with a little more detail. If you want an alternative, what is it that you are dissatisfied with?

- Sam

(And with that sentence I have just proven that I should use better english myself!)
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QuoteOriginally posted by boriscleto Quote
A Super Tak should probably be about $70. KEH has the Super 1.4 with caps for $76, $69 without caps. The SMC Tak is about $140-150. KEH ships internationally.
I didn't see a Super for $76, and the SMCs at $140 to $150 were in "Bargain" condition.
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EX for $76 with caps.

BGN for $49.



You were looking at the K-Mounts.
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EX for $76 with caps.

BGN for $49.



You were looking at the K-Mounts.
It defaulted to K without me specifying anything? You're obviously right, because when I tried to modify my original search by adding "Tak," I got zero results.
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It defaulted to K without me specifying anything? You're obviously right, because when I tried to modify my original search by adding "Tak," I got zero results.
The KEH database is pretty weak or at least the search engine is. There are 4 different listings for Pentax lenses with 4 sublistings each. Pentax Digital, Pentax Autofocus, Pentax Manual Focus and Pentax Screwmount. With sublistings for Fixed Focal Length and Zoom for Manufacturer and Non-Manufacturer. It also crashes, a lot. The best way to find things is to use the drop down menus.
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QuoteOriginally posted by insanoff Quote
Pentax 50mm f1.4 lens Super Takumar Screw mount M42 - eBay (item 380209448787 end time Mar-24-10 22:37:46 PDT)

I want to buy this lens. What do you think about this? Is this good for this price?

P.S. My camera is Pentax k-x

Thanks!
Insanoff, not to discredit the Super Tak m42 lens, a great lens in its own right, but I have found so many third party lenses that are in the same ballpark and yet cheaper version.

I have the Mamiya/Sekor 55 1.4, Yashinon 55 1.4, Cosinon 55 1.4 Chinon multi-coated (blue label) 55 1.4 and GAF Chinon 55 1.4 they are all very nice indeed.

I also have the SMC-Takumar 1.8 which is also very nice. Perhaps, there is something in the earlier version of (Super) Takumar that people are looking for. Personally I prefer the SMC version.
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