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03-05-2016, 03:22 PM   #1
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Vintage Pentax 200 mm lens.

Today I was browsing in an antique shop and came across some vintage cameras and lenses. Unfortunately, the only item of interest to me was a Pentax 200 mm, f/5.6 lens. It had a bayonet mount and had an aperture ring that had to be used to stop the lens down before exposure. It was in fine shape although the bayonet mount looked a bit discolored. I was offered the lens for $35 but was told it was worth $40. I went home to check out the quality of the lens on the Pentax Forums. The lens was not listed on the bayonet-fit list but it was listed as an M42 mount lens. It was also not SMC. I guess a previous owner modified the lens to a bayonet mount, unless there is a bayonet version. Most reviewers in the Forums rate the lens highly. I use a K50 camera and would probably use this lens if it were that good. Can anybody advise me if the lens is worth $35 and if there are any likely problems in modifying the lens to a bayonet fitting?

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Difficult to say without seeing pictures. The lens may have been fitted with an M42-Pentax K adapter ring, in which case that adapter ring alone is worth $35 on today's market. Don't let the lack of SMC coatings put you off - with the appropriate care to avoid flaring conditions, those old lenses can do really, really well.
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You should be able to get a Pentax-A 200mm f/4 for around $100. So if the difference between $35 and $100 is the difference in buying a lens then it might be worth a shot. But if it were me I would save up a bit and get the A version which can talk to the camera, is faster, and is not a frankenlens.
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Any chance it was this one?
Takumar/Tele-Takumar 200mm F5.6 Reviews - M42 Screwmount Telephoto Primes - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database

I sold mine, and regret it now. Should have kept it for FF. Sharp wide open (with proper focusing skills), creamy bokeh (10 blades), it's beautiful lens.


Oh yours was K mount.
Check this one as well
https://www.pentaxforums.com/userreviews/telemar-2222a-200mm-f56.html



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If the lens the OP saw is indeed the Tak 200/5.6 #micromacro is mentioning, it is indeed worth having, especially for only $35. It's a small, lovely, jewel-like piece of kit. I've found it to have the charming attribute of being both sharp and glowy wide open, the glow disappearing once stopped down just slightly. I think Pentax should reincarnate it as a Limited.
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Could a M42-K adapter have been mounted? Perhaps it was not obvious upon a quick inspection.
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QuoteOriginally posted by c.a.m Quote
Could a M42-K adapter have been mounted? Perhaps it was not obvious upon a quick inspection.
That's my thought, too. The OP does say a "Pentax 200 mm, f/5.6 lens", but we don't know how literal he is in describing the lens. 200/5.6 makes me think Takumar.
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However, on second thought, based on a review of images of the lens model, I don't think the Tele Takumar was labelled 'Pentax,' except for the lens cap - 'Asahi Pentax.'

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F- 5.6 is a dark lens, you need lots of sun
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Any chance it was this one?
Takumar/Tele-Takumar 200mm F5.6 Reviews - M42 Screwmount Telephoto Primes - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database

I sold mine, and regret it now. Should have kept it for FF. Sharp wide open (with proper focusing skills), creamy bokeh (10 blades), it's beautiful lens.


Oh yours was K mount.
Check this one as well
Telemar 22/22A 200mm f5.6 Lens Reviews - Russian and Zenitar Lenses - Pentax Lens Review Database
Hi MicroMacro. I think the lens I saw was the one you specified except it had a bayonet mount. I think somebody had modified the lens with a solid attachment - not an adapter. I will go back to check the lens and see if it is compatible with my K50. If it is, I'll buy it. For $35 l'll be buying history. I couldn't take my wife out to dinner for that price I'd rather have the lens that feed my wife.

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QuoteOriginally posted by c.a.m Quote
However, on second thought, based on a review of images of the lens model, I don't think the Tele Takumar was labelled 'Pentax,' except for the lens cap - 'Asahi Pentax.'
I'll go back tomorrow and check it out. This must indicate that the lens is very old and worthy of collecting.

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That's my thought, too. The OP does say a "Pentax 200 mm, f/5.6 lens", but we don't know how literal he is in describing the lens. 200/5.6 makes me think Takumar.
As I remember, I think you are right. I don't think I saw the word Pentax on the lens. I think it was Takumer or Super Takumer. I'll go back tomorrow to check it out. I think it's worth buying.
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QuoteOriginally posted by P. Soo Quote
I think the lens I saw was the one you specified except it had a bayonet mount. I think somebody had modified the lens with a solid attachment - not an adapter. I will go back to check the lens and see if it is compatible with my K50. If it is, I'll buy it. For $35 l'll be buying history. I couldn't take my wife out to dinner for that price I'd rather have the lens that feed my wife.
Never leave your wife hungry, it will cost you
If it's Tele-Takumar, it's good one, and it should be in M42. Perhaps there is the adapter, not modified lens. I usually inspect old glass in stores with magnifier (aged eyes) to see if there may be fungus or scratches. If there may be oil on blades, it's not a problem for preset lens since you will close aperture manually. And at the most antique stores you can negotiate the price lower, try $30 (and feed your wife )

My copy was sharp wide open, and even better stopped down to 6.3 (if I remember correctly the next stop). Don't worry about f5.6 if you are not going to shoot action in low light.
Also it was good lens for night shooting on tripod. It also would be good if that lens comes with hood.
Good luck!
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Never leave your wife hungry, it will cost you
If it's Tele-Takumar, it's good one, and it should be in M42. Perhaps there is the adapter, not modified lens. I usually inspect old glass in stores with magnifier (aged eyes) to see if there may be fungus or scratches. If there may be oil on blades, it's not a problem for preset lens since you will close aperture manually. And at the most antique stores you can negotiate the price lower, try $30 (and feed your wife )

My copy was sharp wide open, and even better stopped down to 6.3 (if I remember correctly the next stop). Don't worry about f5.6 if you are not going to shoot action in low light.
Also it was good lens for night shooting on tripod. It also would be good if that lens comes with hood.
Good luck!
Hi MicroMacro: I'll take your advice and be sure to feed my wife. I went back to the antique dealer this morning and had a chance to examine the lens more closely. Yes it is a Tele Takumar with a Petri adapter that converts from a 42mm thread to a Petri bayonet. The Petri bayonet is different from the Pentax bayonet so I'll use my Pentax adapter on this lens. I was able to buy this mint Pentax lens for $30 and will put it through it's paces when I have time. I think it was a good buy, and I'll have fun using it

The dealer told me that the market for cameras was really down. He said that any camera that was offered to him was bought for $25 and he sold them for slightly lower than the Ebay price. He had some very nice 35 mm cameras on display. A Zeiss Contessa was on sale for $150. He also had an Exacta VX and several Canons and Nikons. I'll keep an eye on his inventory in the months ahead, but I think I can do better on eBay.
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Takumar + mint + $30 = score

50-year old Takumar + mint + $30 = better score!

Looking forward to seeing images from this one.

- Craig
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However, on second thought, based on a review of images of the lens model, I don't think the Tele Takumar was labelled 'Pentax,' except for the lens cap - 'Asahi Pentax.'
Of course you're right C.A.M. The lens does indeed have the identification "Asahi Opt. Co." In fact, I don't think any Asahi lens bears the designation "Pentax".
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Takumar + mint + $30 = score

50-year old Takumar + mint + $30 = better score!

Looking forward to seeing images from this one.

- Craig
It also came with a Hoya UV filter. I guess I lucked out.
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