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09-29-2011, 07:24 PM   #1
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Hello. Looking for M42 lens

I'm new to this forum. I just purchased a Super Takumar 50mm 1.4 M42 lens from Goodwill. The lens' mechanic is amazing. I'm here to look for more M42 lens for my NEX-5.
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09-29-2011, 07:34 PM   #2
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Most Takumars are very very good. Most M42 Zeiss lenses are pretty good. Most M42 lenses labeled Sears or Vivitar or Meyer or Petri or Ricoh or Yashica are very good. I have a zillion of them, and I love them all. Welcome to LBA (lens-buying addiction). You are doomed. Have fun!
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hahah... I do have the addiction. Rio: do you have any sharp spare 28mm that you are willing to part?
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09-29-2011, 07:41 PM   #4
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Any experience with mamiya M42 lens? I just purchase a camera (mamiya/Sekor Auto XTL with ES 35mm 1:2.8 lens. Is this lens any good? I paid quite at bit for it too. And the seller has not even shipped it yet after 7 days... arrrgggg

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In your experience, what are the sharper 28mm lenses out there? I usually shoot indoor of family (kids) and friends so faster ones are preferred. 50mm is a bit too narrow on a crop sensor of NEX-5
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I've not yet decided which of my 28's isn't good enough to keep. Except a Takumar Bayonet, which will undoubtedly entice some eBay newbie at a ridiculously high price. I was going to recommend Mamiya too. I don't know that specific lens but it probably isn't bad.

Slower Pentax glass, 28/3.5, has a reputation for great sharpness, but I've not tried those. I like faster ones; my faves are the Vivitar-Komine 28/2 CFWA (close focus wide angle), Vivitar-Kiron 28/2.5 (but some users say the aperture blades stick), and Tamron BBAR 28/2.5. I got all of those cheap in just one week. The Komine CFWA especially blows away what else I have; I really need to use all the others more! But of my 28/2.8's, the Access-Tokina (macro) and Focal-Makinon and Sears-Tomioka and Soligor-Tokina all impress me. The SMC-M ain't bad either.

Others have other favourites. Those are what I have, what I know. I'm happy.
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I really love my SMC Takumar 28mm f3.5, I find it much sharper than my Tamron Adaptall 24mm f2.5 untill I hit f8 or so.. then they are very close.
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Rio: you are a true lens addict.
Chex: Compared SMC Takumar 28 3.5 to the 35 3.5 any difference in sharpness or picture quality in addition to the extra 7mm wider (which I think is significant shooting indoor with a crop sensor
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Sorry, I don't have the 35mm! My next closest is the FA 43mm ltd. I will track down a few pics taken with the 28 3.5
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QuoteOriginally posted by htn2003 Quote
Rio: you are a true lens addict.
Actually I'm an optics junky. Lenses alone aren't satisfying enough. Cameras, filters, crystals, prisms, 'scopes, Fresnel sheets, mirrors, whatever. If it refracts or reflects or diffracts or distracts, I want it! Moar! Moar! Ooh, I'm mainlining glass! Ahhh...

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Chex: Compared SMC Takumar 28 3.5 to the 35 3.5 any difference in sharpness or picture quality in addition to the extra 7mm wider (which I think is significant shooting indoor with a crop sensor
I'll jump in here. Like I said, I haven't a Tak 28/3.5 so I can't compare IQ. I *can* say that I find 28mm a more appealing focal length than 35mm. My 35's just don't get used as much. For distance shots, the difference DOES matter. I shoot the Grand Canyon or Colorado Rockies with a 28 or 50, not a 35. For many close shots, it doesn't really matter -- take a couple steps forward or back to get the other viewpoint.

Tight interiors are another matter. Even 28 may not be wide enough for close spaces. I really like 24mm indoors. Sadly, 24's are often MUCH more rare (and costly) than similar-quality 28's, which were churned out by the zillions. I'll sell an M42 Sigma-Z 24/2.8 soon -- not a terrible lens, not great either, pretty good when stopped-down. It'll likely fetch over US$75 in the current market. (I paid pathetically little a couple years ago.) I've had a couple cheap slow M42 Lentar (Tokina?) 25/3.5's that were quite sharp from f/4 onwards. I think those 25's are real sleepers.
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I agree about the focal length, I find I use my Tamron Adaptall 24mm f2.5 a lot more than my SMC Tak 28mm f3.5 just because it is a bit wider, and when stepped down enough is plenty sharp.
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