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08-12-2013, 07:11 AM   #1
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Which TAKUMAR prime is goog for my K-30?

Hello,

I have recently moved to Pentax system (K-30 with 18-135mm WR kit lens).
I would like to add a nice portrait lens to my collection.

I have a bargain deal here with a local dealer to buy some TAKUMAR prime lenses.
The following used lenses are available for some cheap price. Which one I should buy for a nice
portrait picture ?

PENTAX SUPER-TAKUMAR 55mm F1.8

PENTAX SMC-M 50mm F1.7

PENTAX SMC-PENTAX-M 50mm F2

Please help me to decide a right one. As the deal is going to over within a couple of days..
I would appreciate your quick reply.


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Senthil

08-12-2013, 09:12 AM   #2
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I don't think you could ever go wrong with a great condition M 50 1.7 at a good price. I have no experience with the Tak 55 1.8, but I do love my SMC Tak 50 1.4.
Good luck
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M 50mm 1.7 is excellent, but I like my K 55mm 1.8 more. The K 55/1.8 has the same optical formula as the Tak 55/1.8.
Any of the other fifties is much better than the M 50mm f2.
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Do yourself a favor and hold out for an A lens.

Two reasons, easy metering and much better flash automation.

I have all the A 50s except the 1.2 and the 1.7 is very good. Cheap, too.

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You would need a m42 adapter for the Takumar, just so you are aware.
That M50/1.7 should be a beauty to use. I have the F1.4 version and it's a true bargain and so is the F1.7!
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The M50 f1.7 is a real bargain: It is cheap but has excellent optical qualities (sharpness and bokeh). When used you have to be patient because you have to focus manually and then use the metering. If you find an "A" version, this second step is not necessary hence it is more practical.
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No to the 50/2, yes to the other two. The Takumar allows shooting in Av mode, but you need to learn when to apply exposure correction. Mine requires +2 at f2, and less at each stop. By f16, it meters correctly. Mostly I shoot, look at the histogram, apply correction, shoot again, maybe repeat one more time, make fianl exposure correction in lightroom.

The m50 would allow green button metering, which is a more reliable way to do metering, but easier to forget to do.

The SuperTak does not have as advanced of coatings, so will flare somewhat more, and have a less saturated color pallet. You will also need an m42 adapter. For a first manual lens, you are probably better off with the M50/1.7, but for me, I'd pick the Takumar because it renders more differently from modern lenses. For me, more important then focal length is rendering characteristics, but if you only get one, you'll be better off with the M.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Kozlok Quote

The m50 would allow green button metering, which is a more reliable way to do metering, but easier to forget to do.
Is it actually the case that green button metering in M is more accurate than Av?

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QuoteOriginally posted by dunerunner Quote
I don't think you could ever go wrong with a great condition M 50 1.7 at a good price. I have no experience with the Tak 55 1.8, but I do love my SMC Tak 50 1.4.
Good luck
Gordon
I have both the STak 50/1.4 7 element and the STak 55/1.8. The 50 is much more difficult to focus and so has not captured my heart the way the 55/1.8 has. I find the 55/1.8 is pleasing to use and performs well, and easily. I think it is nicer thant he 55/2 which was the same thing that did not pass for 1.8.

The bokeh of the 55/1.8 is smooth disks with soft edges whereas the bokeh of the 50/1.4 is discs with very distinct outer edges which are much brighter than the centre of the disc. Use yiptwo has a good abstract that uses the 50/1.4 bokeh well, and shows the effect I mean. In normal pictures such as portraits I think that would look out of place.
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