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09-12-2015, 04:06 PM   #1
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I'm looking at two of these 6x7 55 f4 lens. One a late model and one maybe a tad older but still a post-Takumar lens. Which would be the better of the two? Or, does it matter. One has 8 elements in 7 groups and the other 9 elements in 8 groups.

https://www.keh.com/290297/pentax-55mm-f-4-smc-lens-for-pentax-6x7-series-77

https://www.keh.com/290263/pentax-55mm-f-4-smc-late-lens-for-pentax-6x7-series-77

09-12-2015, 04:23 PM   #2
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Based on user reviews, the new version is better optically but also a bit heavier. With such a small difference in price I would probably go for the newer one.

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That's the one I'll go for, thanks.
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The Pentax 67 55/4 is optically different than the Pentax 6x7 55/4 generation. The 67 generation of that lens is more highly regarded than the prior 6x7 generation. I shoot the 67 generation version of that lens and and like it a lot.

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i bought the late one also. I've been very impressed with it.
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Yeah, the latest 55mm f/4 was a total redesign from the second version. The latest is a Distagon-like design using thin elements, while the second version is somewhat similar to the 45mm, which used some thick elements and had a Biogon heritage.
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