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05-18-2016, 11:14 PM   #14146
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QuoteOriginally posted by fotomarc Quote
I just bought an Auto-Takumar 35mm f2.3 on eBay, and it seems to have quite a number of fine scratches on it (only visible with a flashlight). It's the first lens of this vintage that I've examined, so I'm wondering if such scratches are more common with ones of this age, as compared with, say a mid-1970s lens (perhaps due to the differences in coatings). I'm thinking of returning it, but I'm not sure if maybe I'm just expecting too much for a lens of this vintage.

I have a post in another forum (Online used lens purchases -- am I being too picky?) with photos of some of the scratches. I'd be interested in hearing what folks with experience with older lenses (especially those of the Auto-Takumar era) think of its condition.

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If you look close enough you'll find a flaw in everything. I've bought quite a few vintage lenses over the years. I have rarely examined one with a magnifying glass and a bright flashlight. If the lens looks clean and clear to the unaided eye, I'm satisfied. If I look too closely I'm sure I'll find something and then whenever I use the lens (if I keep it) I'll be reminded of the fault and my enjoyment of the photographic experience will be diminished. Have you taken any photos with the lens? Does it seem that the defects you've noticed (which are greatly magnified in your photos of them) might be degrading image quality? If yes, then by all means return it. If no, I would certainly contact the seller to let him know you have seen a discrepancy between his description of the lens and the actual product and see if he would be willing to adjust his price. Or you may choose to return it. We do have to be careful not to have unreasonable expectations, but we should expect that a seller is honest in his representation of the condition of the lens.

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I like that Fuji sensor...
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I have my SMC Macro tak back from long term loan:

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The infinity focus has gone at present, but it's all good for macro.
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K30 with S-M-C Takumar 105mm F2.8

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Excellent series, JosQ.

All very appealing images.

I, also have a Tak 105 2.8.

You're inspiring me to take it out more often.

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K30 with S-M-C Takumar 105mm F2.8

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Very nice portraits. It must have been tough to focus accurately on a DSLR with those moving subjects.
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Very nice portraits. It must have been tough to focus accurately on a DSLR with those moving subjects.

Yes, very nice indeed. I hope JosQ replies to tell us his method, because I am wondering if he used catch in focus, or LV, or just has an eagle eye!


Great set!
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Bleeding hearts. Take with a SMC Takumar 55mm f1.8 screw mount lens mounted on my K3. This lens has been a rock solid performer for me for almost 40 years. It came with my Spotmatic II.
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Erictator,

Thanks for the compliments.

About my method for focussing accurately:
No catch in focus or L.V., just trough the viewfinder.

On all my 3 cameras (K10D - K-x - K30) I have a Pentax Magnifer Eyecup O-ME53, it helps very well.

I work only with manual focus lenses.

I practice a lot on moving insects from 1 to 10mm. Than is big people much easier.

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Ahh... so Eagle Eye it is then! That makes your work even more impressive. You have a gift!


I have a KPS 1.3x on my K-5, and don't know if I can move it to the K-1... Guess I will find out when the second batch shows up here.


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Erictator,

Thanks for the compliments.

About my method for focussing accurately:
No catch in focus or L.V., just trough the viewfinder.

On all my 3 cameras (K10D - K-x - K30) I have a Pentax Magnifer Eyecup O-ME53, it helps very well.

I work only with manual focus lenses.

I practice a lot on moving insects from 1 to 10mm. Than is big people much easier.

Gr. Jos
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Erictator,

Thanks for the compliments.

About my method for focussing accurately:
No catch in focus or L.V., just trough the viewfinder.

On all my 3 cameras (K10D - K-x - K30) I have a Pentax Magnifer Eyecup O-ME53, it helps very well.

I work only with manual focus lenses.

I practice a lot on moving insects from 1 to 10mm. Than is big people much easier.

Gr. Jos
Thanks. I have one of them I used on my K200D but removed it when I got a Katzeye. No Katzeye in the K3 though, I should look out the magnifier and put it to use.
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Erictator,

Thanks for the compliments.

About my method for focussing accurately:
No catch in focus or L.V., just trough the viewfinder.

On all my 3 cameras (K10D - K-x - K30) I have a Pentax Magnifer Eyecup O-ME53, it helps very well.

I work only with manual focus lenses.

I practice a lot on moving insects from 1 to 10mm. Than is big people much easier.

Gr. Jos
You sir have a talent and skill most of us could only wish for. Bravo!
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