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03-04-2013, 11:32 PM   #1
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Pentax 67 300mm question

I want to buy a used 67 1:4/300mm for my 645 (via Adapter). Is there anything I should be careful about concerning different versions through the time that lens was in production? I found out in this forum, that the optical formula didnīt change. But what about coating and glas? Am I right in my presumption, that a lens out of the latest production would not win over a much earlier version, when in good condition? I wonder if it is necessary to invest 80-150 € more when the production year doesnīt really matter... Perhapes thereīs somebody who had the possibility to compare older with newer lenses?
Thanks for your helpful reply! (Though being new to this forum, I found out that you get really good informations here. Thanks!)

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The three different versions are described here:
SMC Pentax 67 / SMC Takumar / Super Takumar 6x7 300mm F4 Reviews - 67 Telephoto Primes - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database

Try to get the SMC Pentax version as it's got better coatings. The SMC Takumar should be fine too, but the super takumar will have much more flare as it's not multi-coated.

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Is there a real difference between the SMC Takumar Version (since 1971) and the SMC (since 1987)? They both seem to have the same coating and the same optical formula, right?
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QuoteOriginally posted by Fritzenpapa Quote
Is there a real difference between the SMC Takumar Version (since 1971) and the SMC (since 1987)? They both seem to have the same coating and the same optical formula, right?
Yes, according to this Pentax 6x7 Lens Guide. The M* 300mm ED IF (1999) is the 300mm to get if you can.

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The SMC Takumar and SMC Pentax both have the same 5 element design. The cross sections look identical. The grip surfaces are different though. If you are going to use this lens handheld, it can work well. But on a tripod, it hangs over quite a distance and causes much problem on the 6x7. It may not be as bad on a 645 though. The 300ED has better contrast, no color fringing and is sharper.
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Depends on what you want to use it for. If you use a really good tripod (i.e. Gitzo Systematic series 3 to 5), then the non ED (without a tripoad collar) will not cause too much problems. If you stop it down at least to f/8 for most of the photos you use it for, then the non ED is a great performer on the 645D, too.
If you planning to use it more open than f/8, or a lighter tripod, forget the non ED ones and better pay the much higher price for the ED version.

I rarely use more than 200mm for my landscape photography. So I decided to go for the 300/4 non ED, as it is really affordable. I have the newer version. If I use it, I stop it down to f/11 or f/16, and I am happy with the results.
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The 645 A* version is actually very very sharp—I hardy believe the latest 67 one would be much better if at all, while it will definitely be heavier.
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I agree with smolk. The 645 A* ED 300mm is really really good, cant imagine the 67 one is even better. And I am totally addicted to the 67 glass, but that 645 300 matches the 67 glass quite well , unlike my other lenses.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Adam Quote
The three different versions are described here:
SMC Pentax 67 / SMC Takumar / Super Takumar 6x7 300mm F4 Reviews - 67 Telephoto Primes - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database

Try to get the SMC Pentax version as it's got better coatings. The SMC Takumar should be fine too, but the super takumar will have much more flare as it's not multi-coated.
i agree with adam on the smc model.the 67's are much heavier than the 645's, so i would go for the 645 300mm if i could.when i went looking the only one i found was the 67 300mm,great images but, you'd better get a lens support.

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