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Aloe flowers - first shots with the Super-Takumar 50/1.4 8-element
Lens: Super-Takumar 50/1.4 Camera: K-3 Photo Location: Botanical Gardens, Brisbane ISO: 200 Shutter Speed: 1/3200s Aperture: F1.4 
Posted By: PJ1, 08-15-2018, 04:13 AM

I recently acquired (Ebay) a very nice Super-Takumar 50/1.4 8-element version and today was the first opportunity I had to try it. The seller described it as "very nice" but "immaculate" would have been closer to the mark. It was not identified as the 8 element version (although I could see that it was) so I got it for a nice price as well.
I was anxious to try it at f1.4 and the best subject I had were some aloe flowers in the Botanical Gardens in Brisbane. Early days yet, but I think the lens lives up to the hype. All shot in jpeg with some contrast tweaks in Microsoft Picture Manager and cropped to suit. All hand held using ambient light.

F1.4 - Aloe flowers. Focus was on the lower centre flower cluster. The depth of field is very thin and the other clusters are nowhere near being in focus.

Close up of the target flower cluster. Good sharpness and nice bokeh. 30 per cent crop.

Re-shot at f4. This brings the cluster on the left into focus. Sharpness has increased and there is less flare on the individual blooms. Some native bees were paying the cluster a lot of attention. 30 per cent crop.

A closer look at the native bees. This is a 100 per cent crop.

At f1.4, the depth of field is not really suitable for flower images. But I can see why this would be a great "golden hour" lens wide open where a longer distance shot would give a better perceived DOF. I think I am off to a good start with it!
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QuoteOriginally posted by PJ1 Quote
It was not identified as the 8 element version (although I could see that it was) so I got it for a nice price as well.
Excellent buy Pete, and from this series of pix, methinks we are going to see quite a few more images from you with this lens.
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Even these flower photos make very good use of this treasure.

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Thanks for commenting. Yes, this lens will get some use. There is some satisfaction in using older lenses when you know how good they are. The eccentricity of the Pentax user!

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