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02-05-2009, 03:27 AM   #1
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Pentax 67 and 300mm lens

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Do anybody has experience with taking pictures with 300/4 SMC Takumar lens?

I canīt make sharp picture , even using MLU, F11 (F16) aperture, Manfrotto 055 PRO tripod.

Those pictures made uder low light (shutter time about 1s) are
quite sharp.

I hope it is not due to lens is not shapr, I think it is because of that 300/4 doesnīt have tripod collar.

02-20-2009, 07:12 AM   #2
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The 055 tripod is pretty light for that camera and lens.
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Go over to the Medium Format forum on the right hand side of the page go down to the Pentax 67 Lenses sub-forum..You will find many threads on the Takumar 300mm f4 lens..As I recall, the main problem with that lens is its lack of a tripod mount..Any kind of homemade mount that clamps around the body of the lens is going to help, as then one can use a Bogen 359 Long Lens Support on the camera, and mount the lens to the tripod..Which will make things much steadier..The Takumar 300mm f4 lens is a lot of weight, 1425g, to be hanging out off of the lens mount of the camera unsupported..

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07-29-2009, 02:28 AM   #4
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thanx, probably I will try make tripod collar!

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Actually the 300 Takumar is fairly sharp, it just takes a large tripod and shooting in the 1 second or slower range or 1/125 and faster range. This lens is very prone to shutter or mirror vib. I shoot mine with either 50 speed or 400 speed film to get it to the shutter speeds where it does well. This is where having 2 bodies comes in handy.
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I will try Velvia-50 and polarizer + 3stop ND. May be it will help me to get over critical
shutter speeds.
09-04-2009, 07:16 AM   #7
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Try this for mounting long lenses without tripod collars:

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I agree with Wheatfield, the 055 is not enough of a tripod for 67+300mm

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Yes, I'll second that. A friend had one. He couldn't get a sharp shot to save his life. When it is cantilevered off the camera, some deflection is going on or something. The lens needs support. We gave that a try and it helped. You'll notice the newer 300mm now has tripod support on the lens.

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I had both the P645 and P67 300/4 for a couple of months. I would judge the 645 to the 67 lens as follows on a 10 point scale: f4 9 to 7, f5.6 9.5 to 8, f8 9.5 to 9, f11 and smaller were the same.
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300mm f4

hi there, know where i can find specs on this lens?>
09-27-2009, 12:51 PM   #11

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I have some info on this lens. What exactly are you needing?


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