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03-10-2011, 02:05 PM   #1
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[SOLD] Minty S-M-C Takumar 85mm/1.8 (very rare) (Worldwide)

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Minty S-M-C Takumar 85/1.8 (very rare)

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USD $550

Item Location
Vancouver, Canada

Item Description

Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 85mm f1.8 lens in great condition with original accessories

Description: My copy of this legendary M42 portrait lens is in fantastic, near mint condition. Can't see scratches, dust, or fungus anywhere - the glass is clean and clear. The exterior of the lens is likewise clean. It's basically like new; I would rate its condition as 9/10. The lens serial # is 5688315. Comes with original caps, original leather Takumar lens case, and original metal Takumar lens hood. It's pretty much been sitting on my shelf and I've hardly used it, as I mainly shoot medium format these days. Even though I often regret selling them, I always try to find my "shelf" lenses better homes with more active shooters (more on that here).

Pricing Info: This is the very rare 6-element, 6-group design, unlike the Auto-Takumar 85/1.8 version and the 85/1.9 varieties, all of which are 5-element, 4-group designs. It's pretty hard to find one of these in nice condition for sale. My price is based on two recent sales of this lens version in near mint condition (like mine). The 1st sold here on PentaxForums for EUR 450 (USD $620); the 2nd surfaced on Ebay and promptly sold for USD $510. Even beat-up copies of this one sell for $350-$400 on Ebay, when they appear there, which is not very often.

Then again, I wouldn't want to take a chance with Ebay for a lens like this anyway ...

You can read the reviews here on the forum to see the caliber of this lens.

Photos of the lens (I shot these with my Macro-Takumar):







Photos shot with the lens (I used my K-x on a tripod at ISO 100, shots are JPEGs straight out of camera, pardon the underexposure):
The first photo is shot wide open at f1.8 and the second at f2. I tried to focus on the word MACDONALD when I shot these.
You can also see in them how the lens handles flare - there was lots of gnarly reflection off the foil security elements in these.
Disclaimer: no prime ministers were harmed in the making of these photographs






Are you the original owner of the item being sold?
No

Are you selling or trading this item?
Selling

Item Condition (Key)
Used
Like New

Shipping Destinations
Worldwide

Shipping Charge
$25 (worldwide)

Shipping Services
I prefer UPS/FedEx, but can also use Canada Post or USPS. Either way, shipping includes insurance for the full value.

Accepted Payment Types
PayPal Check/Money Order

Return Policy & Additional Details
While I can't imagine anyone being unhappy with buying this, you can return it if there's a genuine issue with the lens (but shipping costs will not be refunded).

Please send me a private message if interested in the item!


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03-10-2011, 04:34 PM   #2
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Is that minty as in peppermint or spearmint?
03-10-2011, 04:43 PM   #3
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I guess that should be mint-y
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A bump.....the 85/1.8 is one of my favorite lenses.

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a nice lens, unfortunately i've blown my gear budget in the last couple months, for aa while at least
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What does 6 groups and 6 elements means? Does it relate to the aperture blades?
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Optical design
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So the more elements and groups, the better the optical design?

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QuoteOriginally posted by willscarlett Quote
So the more elements and groups, the better the optical design?
Generally this is true, but there are a number of factors beyond groupings and # of elements (the quality of the elements is a big one as well)

the Wiki is pretty good actually

Photographic lens design - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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QuoteOriginally posted by eddie1960 Quote
a nice lens, unfortunately i've blown my gear budget in the last couple months, for aa while at least
in light of your signature, i wonder if "aa" was a typo or a pun ... perhaps we nearly had a sarchasm here

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bump. added some sample images for you pixel peepers out there

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sale pending

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this lens has basically SOLD. waiting for funds to clear. stand by for confirmation.

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Someone is going to be happy....this lens is the reason my 77ltd sits on the shelf most of the time.
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Really? I do not have the 77mm, nor ever used it, and only recently received the Takumar SMC 1.8/85mm (6/6) but it is a very nice lens indeed. Though perhaps less punchy than the 77mm, from what I gather. On the other hand, that has its advantages, too. But if you have both, care to elaborate on their character?
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QuoteOriginally posted by Smolk Quote
Really? I do not have the 77mm, nor ever used it, and only recently received the Takumar SMC 1.8/85mm (6/6) but it is a very nice lens indeed. Though perhaps less punchy than the 77mm, from what I gather. On the other hand, that has its advantages, too. But if you have both, care to elaborate on their character?
As to not take over the tread, I'll send you a PM.....
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the lens is sold
 

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