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04-18-2010, 12:23 AM   #1
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Super Takumar 50mm

Just picked up an old Super Takumar 50mm 1.4 - the pictures are great. But compared to my SMC Takumar 50mm 1.4 it seems the focus ring is not working really smooth. Is that normal or just something wrong with this old lens? Do I have to take it apart?

04-18-2010, 12:31 AM   #2
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I own an SMC takumar 50mm 1.4 and I believe my Super Takumars have a much smoother focus ring. Takumars, both super and SMC tend to have smooth focus rings. I think the helicoid just needs to be lubricated. Please check with Eric or Ralph Innes, it shouldn't cost you more than $50 to get the lens serviced and lubed.
04-18-2010, 01:17 AM   #3
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Definitely not normal: mine is 35+ years old and perfectly smooth
04-18-2010, 04:26 AM   #4
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Is this possible to do alone If I follow some disassemble-instructions (e.g. Disassembly and Cleaning of the F1.4 50mm Super Takumar Lens) or is it easy to kill something...?

04-18-2010, 06:56 AM   #5
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Depends on your skills. Me, I wouldn't go there: all thumbs

oh and hence, no tools.
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