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02-11-2019, 09:15 AM   #1
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Pentax 67ii 90mm 2.8 versions

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Im looking for the 90mm (not leaf shutter) for the 67ii. Is there anything I need to be aware of... does it come in different versions?

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02-11-2019, 09:57 AM   #2
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There are three versions of the 90/2.8:

1) S-M-C Takumar 6X7 LS 90mm f/2.8 1971 (Leaf shutter version)
2) SMC Pentax 6X7 90mm f2/8 1980 (regular version)
3) SMC Pentax 67 90mm f2/8 1989 (regular version)

The latest version is usually recommended, as it will have the latest SMC coatings and any optical advances.

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No change in the optical design between the 67 and 6x7 versions.
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I can speak very highly of the final version of this lens, which I have used successfully on 6x7ii, 645D and 645Z.

The older L/S version is not, in my experience, as good optically. I can't speak for the 6x7 version, as I have never used it... If, we mentioned above, it is optically identical to the final version (including the coatings), then that would make a clean example a great value purchase.

If in doubt, you can't go wrong with the final version.

02-11-2019, 01:55 PM   #5
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The 90mm f2.8 lens is my second favourite go-to optic afte rthe 75 f2.8AL. It is very sharp with nice contrast. The modern SMC Pentax 67-designated lens came out about the same time as the 67II camera, with a modern flourish that was followed up by other lenses.The gigantic square clip-on hood gives it a very business like appearance, quite aside from making the lens look considerably bigger than it is! Recommended.

The LS shutter version of the 90mm crossed my path years ago but I didn't bite. It is just about the same design, but of course a more cumbersome beast altogether.

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I think the final version of the 90mm came out in 1989, where as the 67ii was 1998...

Optically the L/S is different...
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Hi all,

Thanks for the feedback - appreciate it :-)

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02-24-2019, 02:47 PM   #8
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I bought the 90 L/S as I couldn't find the normal version (preferred by the reviews), tested it quickly on my 645D and didn't notice any significant problems. Exposures with the L/S are close to the focal plane shutter despite the age (and history) of the L/S. Having bought it, I'm happier about it, L/S and easier multiple exposures on my P67 (should I need it) - due to the cost of the 105/2.4, this would be my standard lens on a P67 (similar to the angle of view to the FA 43 on film).

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90 mm 6X7 normal lens.

I have the latest version of the Pentax 6X7 90 mm f/2.8 lens. I never liked it on the 6X7 II because of its lack of contrast : it has no snap, particularly when compared to the Pentax 75 mm f/2.8 AL. But when used on my 645N, it gave me surprisingly good pictures with flash. I can't explain this discrepancy, it's one of those mysteries of life ... lol! After a while being dissatisfied with it, I bought a new Pentax 105 mm f/2.4 : a world of difference, THIS LENS IS SHARP AND CONTRASTY, just what I always wanted but didn't get with the 90 mm. I took a picture of one of my friends at about a distance of 10 feet with the 105 and I could see clearly all the stitchings on his pair of jeans (crazy sharp) ! The only advantage of the 90 mm is its close focus ability.

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