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01-15-2014, 09:46 AM   #16
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The S-M-C Takumar 6x7 90mm leaf shutter lens has a different optical formula than the SMC Pentax 6x7/67 90mm.

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Yes, I would be looking for the non-LS version of the 90mm for its slightly smaller size and closer focus. Plus I have no need for the LS feature in my photography. Probably the only thing keeping me from the 105 is the MFD of 100cm vs. 65cm for the 90. Thinking maybe 45/90/135 for a 3-lens kit. The 135 doesn't seem to get rave reviews, but it's cheap and I do like the close-focus ability.
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Hey, if you like closer focus on the cheap... have you considered an extension tube set?
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I have not...are they readily available?

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Besides the flash sync capabilities of the 90mm LS, it also can do two other things no other lens in the 6x7 line up can do. It can provide 6x7 and 67 bodies with multiple exposure capabilities and you can shoot in pure leaf shutter mode by locking open the body's shutter. Not something most people do much anyway but handy features if you happen to need it.
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QuoteOriginally posted by filoxophy Quote
I have not...are they readily available?
Pretty common. You can find some for sale now at keh.com, for example.
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Incidentally, I don't typically spend a whole lot of time at the wide end...I was keeping my eye out for a kit with the WLF and a 90 or 105 ...
Coming from 135 format, the 6x7 format will be more challenging to get DOF especially handhold for equivalent focal lengths you may be accustom to. For example, it will take f19 on the 90mm to get near-to-far in decent focus. The 105mm you'll be pushing the near distance out about 15 more feet to do the same.
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QuoteOriginally posted by filoxophy Quote
Yes, I would be looking for the non-LS version of the 90mm for its slightly smaller size and closer focus. Plus I have no need for the LS feature in my photography. Probably the only thing keeping me from the 105 is the MFD of 100cm vs. 65cm for the 90. Thinking maybe 45/90/135 for a 3-lens kit. The 135 doesn't seem to get rave reviews, but it's cheap and I do like the close-focus ability.

There is also a 6x7 67mm S82 close-up filter that fits the 90/2.8 and 105/2.4 lenses:

http://c758710.r10.cf2.rackcdn.com/files/support/manual/150_1314744926-998171283_manual.pdf

Phil.

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...or you might consider the 55-100 zoom instead of your proposed selection. I feel it is sharper than the 45, 90 Pentax and 135mm. The price on the used market has come down a bit lately too.
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Another great thing about the 90mm (non-Leaf shutter) and 105mm is how they do double duty by filling the hole in my 645 lineup as well. My 645 lens lineup goes from 75mm to 120mm macro with nothing in between. I was tempted to buy the zoom to cover that range but then realized I already owned the solution as soon as found a cheap second hand 67 => 645 adapter. The fact that the 67 line 90mm and 105mm are the two most compact lenses in the 67 lineup just makes them that much easier to use on 645 as well.
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Just to update....

Ran a test roll through yesterday. So far, I'm definitely satisfied. Film spacing seems good (even though the body is pretty beat up), and the lens is good to my eyes. Here's a shot of a shrine or totem or something that I found under a bridge. Pretty creepy, actually.

45mm f4 1/60 TMax 400


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