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10-05-2011, 07:58 AM   #1
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Greetings from MS

Hello all,

I just found this site and joined immediately. I was looking for information on M42 screw mount lenses and here it is. I'm trying out some of the older lenses on my DSLR to get back the feel of actually composing and taking pictures. I started off with a Yashica Electro and a Polaroid 110A (I think) when I was young. I have a nice Pentax Spotmatic with a Takumar 50mm f1.4 lens. This lens takes great photos on my DSLRs. It's what started this quest for knowledge. I'm going to try the wide angle end first with 28mm and 35mm range and then go from there. I'll definitely be here learning as I go.

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10-05-2011, 08:51 AM   #2
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Welcome aboard! You'll find lots of love here for old Takumars. I only have 10 of them; wish I could collect the entire set. We can recommend 3rd-party and other M42's and M39's too: Meyer, Enna, Isco, Helios, Jupiter, Sears, Vivitar, Ricoh, Tokina, Yashica, Petri, Mamiya, etc. I only have about 70 more of these.

Some great ones at the wider FF side are slower Super-Takumars, the 28/3.5 (hard to find) and 35/3.5 (not so hard). Those aren't really wide on an APS-C dSLR, where 'wide' starts around 25mm and 'ultrawide' around 16mm. APS-C begins to get interesting around 21mm, a good street'scape focal length.

When you start to go longer, some SuperTaks to look for are the 105/2.8 (no longer cheap), the superb 135/2.5 or 135/3.5, and the Tele-Takumar 200/5.6, a real sleeper. A Spotty combined with the 28/3.5, 50/1.4, and 200/5.6 makes a tidy small packable kit. Or you could go hog-wild with a Vivitar Series 1 70-210/3.5, heavy but crystalline with its NASA-designed optics.

We will do our best to infect you with the dreaded LBA virus. You are doomed. Have fun!
10-05-2011, 09:37 AM   #3
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QuoteOriginally posted by RioRico Quote
Welcome aboard!

We will do our best to infect you with the dreaded LBA virus. You are doomed. Have fun!
I think it's already too late, I'm sorta fighting the urge but there are some very interesting lenses out there that I don't have, YET. I definitely want to go wide angle but don't want a fisheye lens yet. I am looking for the 50mm street view on 35mm film in a DSLR APS-C DSLR. 28mm is a little below and 35mm is a little above mathematically, so were the ones I picked to start with.

I've seen several of the lenses you mentioned and prices are all over the place. Any place to look besides Ebay?
10-05-2011, 10:31 AM   #4
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QuoteOriginally posted by scott58 Quote
I've seen several of the lenses you mentioned and prices are all over the place. Any place to look besides Ebay?
I'm usually in a rather remote mountain hamlet with no Craigslist, camera-pawn-thrift shops, good garage sales etc nearby, so I deal almost exclusively on eBay. I'm a lens trader there. I have no disposable income, so to buy more good gear, I must sell other stuff first. I've done OK too. Anyway, my lens-buying strategies are:

* Bid low; bid often; lose 99% of them; don't worry, another will come along soon.
* If it's what I really want, I bid what it's worth to me, and maybe just slightly more.
* Don't go nutz in a bidding frenzy. Encourage others to do so on what YOU sell!

The best offline deals I've found have been in very occasional thrift shops, and antique shops where the proprietor isn't web-savvy, or where the boss is away and a clerk can negotiate. Yard sales are iffy. If the seller is the original owner, they're all I PAID 600 FOR THAT, I CAN'T SELL IT FOR LESS THAN 300! for something fetching US$20 online. If the seller is the original owner's survivor clearing out a garage, the price might be lower but watch for issues. I happen to have an article here: https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-lens-articles/59245-pawnshop-lense...ers-guide.html where among other things I recommend searching pawnshops near casinos.

10-09-2011, 09:34 PM   #5
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Welcome to the forum, Scott. Lots of us like to use the old lenses.

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