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Review of: Super-Multi-Coated Macro-Takumar 100mm F4 Macro by joe8 on Tue October 8, 2019 | Rating: 10 View more reviews 
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Reviews: 16
I've bought both, die bellow edition and the abowe shown lens 4/100. :lol::):lol: ++ really excellent sharpness at f 8-11 ++ nice colors ++ high contrast +/++ nearly no CA's ***** IMPORTANT TIP ***** If using an achromatic focal reducer with factor 0.7x, sharpness will increase once more a simple 2/1 achromate top lens of a binocular 8x30 must be fitted into a K-macro tube/ring - try it = 2.8/70mm will be the result with extraordinary sharpness !!! :):):)

Review of: Super-Multi-Coated TAKUMAR/Super-Takumar 135mm F2.5 by joe8 on Sun October 6, 2019 | Rating: 10 View more reviews 
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Reviews: 35
:) version 2 is an extreme sharp lens at f 5.6-8 with shutter speed 1/500 sec. one of my sharpest tele single lenses for portraits !!! :fedup:very highly recommended !

Review of: Bellows-Takumar/Super-Multi-Coated Bellows Takumar 100mm F4 by joe8 on Sun October 6, 2019 | Rating: 10 View more reviews 
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Reviews: 7
with bellows and achromatic focal reducer (self made by a single binocular front lens 8x30 fitted into a PK macro ring) will give excellent sharpness at f 8-11 and minimization of CA's ! :lol::lol::lol: ++/+ excellent sharpness up to magnification 1:2, very good/exc. 1:1, good/very good 2:1 at f 8- 11 :fedup: ***** no reduction of corner sharpness as usual by modern AF lenses ***** :fedup: ++ neutral color rendition ++ high contrast, if bellow has been anti-reflex-fitted with dark clothing, in order to reduce flare, totally ++ very few CA's - with achromatic focal reducer no CA's visible ++ no vignetation 9.5 points totally :fedup: highly recommended !

Review of: Takumar-A 70-200mm F4 Macro by joe8 on Sat August 3, 2019 | Rating: 5 View more reviews 
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Reviews: 8
here Pentax forgot one ore two achromates !!! The same problem as with the M42 4/300 :lol:

Review of: S-M-C/Super Takumar 300mm F4 by joe8 on Sat August 3, 2019 | Rating: 2 View more reviews 
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Views: 117646
Reviews: 15
This lens is sharp, but - - extreme CA's :o So I sold it, because photo were not acceptable for me. It is a poor lens !!!

Review of: SMC Pentax-FA 100mm F3.5 Macro by joe8 on Tue July 23, 2019 | Rating: 10 View more reviews 
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Reviews: 13
very similar to cosina and soligor in housting and lens construction:) ++ sharpness excellent ++ CA's nearly none +/++ high contrast, scarecely flare ++ neutral color rendition ++ light weight very rare !!!:(

Review of: Takumar-A 28-80mm F3.5-4.5 by joe8 on Sun June 30, 2019 | Rating: 9 View more reviews 
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Views: 62535
Reviews: 17
Impossible extremely bad judgements for this nice lens !!! Why for ??? Is there big difference between the kinds of production or issues ??? :fedup: Incomprehensible !!! :mad: O Indeed 28 is week in the corners - 6 points only, stopped down ti f 8-11, too - and visible CA's !!! (most wide angle zoom lenses have problems with sharpness and CA's in the corners 18-55, too !!!) + sharpness below and beneeth - 8 points, scarevcely CA's ++ center sharpness is excellent at 28mm - 10 points - no CA's + at 50 mm good corner sharpness - 8 points ++ excellent center sharpness with 80mm - 10 points ++ excellent corner sharpness at 80 mm - 10 points ++ close-ups excellent sharpness - 10 points Big difference between shooting with k-x and k-s1. K-s1 much more better !!! My cameras are fitted to highest sharpness + 4, highest contrast + 4 Beside the weekness in the corners an excellent lens. Fit you Pentax DSLC at highest sharpness, contrast and color saturation and youl get nice photos with tis lens 9 points totally :lol::lol::lol:

Review of: SMC Pentax-DA 55-300mm F4-5.8 ED by joe8 on Sun June 30, 2019 | Rating: 9 View more reviews 
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Reviews: 115
Due to the very good optical construction of 4 (!) achromatic lenses and 2 ED-lenses is the optical quality of this les very nice / fine. suitable for macro shootings with macro ring wit AF-function and all A-contacts, too. The brand is "Micnova (R) 25mm EXTENSION TUBE. I take photos with aperture 8-11, so bokeh and sharpness are nice - CA's reduced and scarecely visible:) this lens is still better than the excellent 4.7-5.8/100-300 and the very nice 4.7-5.6/80-200 ++ colors, sharpness, contrast and bokeh + CA's O AF for the low price full recommendation !!! :):):)

Review of: Takumar 300mm F4 (model 2) by joe8 on Tue November 27, 2018 | Rating: 6 View more reviews 
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Views: 33337
Reviews: 4
+ sharp lens -/O because of the very strong CA's I'd sold this lens :lol: only 6 points my Super Albinar 4/300 is much more better (perhaps with SD lenses?)

Review of: SMC Pentax-A 80-200mm F4.7-5.6 by joe8 on Sun November 11, 2018 | Rating: 10 View more reviews 
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Views: 37220
Reviews: 9
this lens gives its best results with a macro ring, because of an achromatic rear lens ++ one of my best butterfly photos with tis lens ++ absolutely no CA's with f 11 at 1:2 full points:):):)

Review of: SMC Pentax 100mm F4 Macro by joe8 on Sun November 11, 2018 | Rating: 10 View more reviews 
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Reviews: 7
same optics as the bellow lens 4/100 I've got both. tis lens used with an achromatic focal reductor and macro ring and you'll get sharpest pictures 2,8/70 ever seen at a very low price . try it :):):)

Review of: SMC Pentax 100mm F4 Bellows by joe8 on Sun November 11, 2018 | Rating: 10 View more reviews 
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Reviews: 2
very good performer for macro shootings you can improve sharpness by using a focal reductor, so you'll get a 2,8/70 with extreme sharpness on ballow:):):) for photos taken in this way excellent results !!!

Review of: Takumar-F 35-70mm F3.5-4.5 by joe8 on Sun November 11, 2018 | Rating: 9 View more reviews 
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Reviews: 2
phantastic close ups (flowers) very nice results at f 8 a sharp pentax lens of old contruction:):):) ps. excellent bokeh

Review of: SMC Pentax-F 80-200mm F4.7-5.6 by joe8 on Sun November 11, 2018 | Rating: 10 View more reviews 
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Views: 99192
Reviews: 23
this lens is much more better than the actual 50-200 lens I've got a macro ring with pin contacts from chineese production with AF. the maco shootings of butterflies extremely sharp at f 11 for me this zoom lens is a macro lens with high qualities

Review of: SMC Pentax-M 75-150mm F4 by joe8 on Sat November 10, 2018 | Rating: 10 View more reviews 
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Views: 155535
Reviews: 53
I use the zoom lens for macro shootings in combination with an achromatic focal reductor and a macro ring. Excellent results with f 11

Review of: SMC Pentax-F 35-105mm F4-5.6 by joe8 on Mon March 20, 2017 | Rating: 9 View more reviews 
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Views: 105731
Reviews: 18
the difference between this lens and the Tokina 35-105 MF is enormous: Tokina shows so much CA's, but this PENTAX lens only few ones. disappearing, when stopping down to f8-f11 Sharpness is nearly excellent in this aperture range from wide-angle to small tele (105) So taking pictures in this way, you'll get fine, nice and really very sharp pictures.:) This lens could be arranged into the white (professional) production line:fedup: with a small (!!!) macro ring suitable for butterfly pictures - stopped down to f11.16 One of my favorites in this focus range:lol:

Review of: SMC Pentax-A 50mm F1.7 by joe8 on Sun March 19, 2017 | Rating: 9 View more reviews 
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Reviews: 134
:) what a nice lens!!! stopped down to f 2.8 to use for astro shootings stopped down to f 4-5.6 for single portraits (face) stopped down to f 8-11 for flowers and butterflies this lens is a good performer for high quaöity 2x-tele-converters with 7/5 or 6/4- elements, not for 4/4 type!!!

Review of: SMC Pentax-FA 28-105mm F4-5.6 [IF] by joe8 on Thu August 4, 2016 | Rating: 8 View more reviews 
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Views: 59984
Reviews: 14
very similar to the TAMRON lens:) a sharp lens for much fun for APS-C what about disadvantages: only some CA's in the corner at wide angle and wide open some flare, unfortunately. stopped down to f8-11 - as usually - this lens makes no problems for photo shootings:. good contrast, nice colors (a few warm).but wide open not really sharp my recommendation for 18x24mm-sensor (8 points:fedup:), but stopped down as mentioned. ps. lower sharpness in the corners when using full frame (analogue or digital) - only 7 points:o, Pentax 35-105 seems to be better for K1 (or 2.8/28-70 will be best solution)

Review of: SMC Pentax-F 28-80mm F3.5-4.5 by joe8 on Sat May 21, 2016 | Rating: 10 View more reviews 
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Views: 159462
Reviews: 18
inspite of plastic housing this old lens, originally constructed for sfx, gives me really very sharp pictures for big posters. ++ still good sharpness wide open ++ high contrast ++ excellent sharpness stopped down to f8 ++ nice color rendition + very few CA's in corners :lol::lol::lol:old lens - but excellent results - highly recommended

Review of: SMC Pentax-A 70-210mm F4 by joe8 on Tue December 30, 2014 | Rating: 8 View more reviews 
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Reviews: 60
good lens, must be stopped down to 8 for best results some CA's

Review of: SMC Pentax-FA 28-200mm F3.8-5.6 AL [IF] by joe8 on Tue December 30, 2014 | Rating: 9 View more reviews 
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Reviews: 18
:)a good allrounder you must sharpen it a few and eliminate CA's by Phsh. afterward big posters available nice colors, good contrast, but some reflections against light

Review of: SMC/S-M-C/Super Takumar 50mm F1.4 by joe8 on Tue December 30, 2014 | Rating: 10 View more reviews 
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Reviews: 102
very sharp by f 2.8 and extremely sharp still by f4 (between f 4 and 8) usefull for astro photos no quality reduction when using 1,7x AF converter high contrast, very nice colors highly recommended:)

Review of: SMC Pentax-M 50mm F1.7 by joe8 on Sun November 30, 2014 | Rating: 10 View more reviews 
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Reviews: 230
:)this 6/5 lens construction is very similar to the old 1,8/55 Takumar. an excellent lens, fitted for 1,7 AF-converter, too opitimal lens for portraits, close-ups etc. Compared with the actual lenses of other brands at this low price a very fine lens: its value is very high. use it for astro-shootings, too. f4-5,6 without optical defaults. very much joy with this lens

Review of: SMC Pentax-FA 50mm F1.4 by joe8 on Mon November 17, 2014 | Rating: 9 View more reviews 
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Reviews: 149
:)what a nice lens with full glass elements.stopped down to f4, excellent sharp. maybe that the modern edition give a few more of resolution contrast or color rendition. but at this low price there is nothing comparative on the lens market. very content with it. for converter use,too

Review of: SMC Pentax-DA 35mm F2.4 AL by joe8 on Fri June 20, 2014 | Rating: 10 View more reviews 
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Reviews: 141
what a extremely sharp leight weight lens, ok ok plastic housing (I'm not friend of this), but optical qualities from the finest.:):):) tested it with close-up (flowers) and overview of our village. excellent sharpnes still at f4.5. color saturation very high, contrast excellent, very nice bokeh, too, very sharp up to the corners. Kit lens is still very good. but the single wide angle lens is the best; I ever had. My Takumar 3.5/35 was very fine, my Pentax 2,8/28 wonderfull, but this lens is perfect. very highly recommended - for this low price. ps. A famous German Photo Newspaper gave approximately half of possible points to it - what a foolish faked test!:lol::o,inspite a few stopped down, the Pentax 2,4/35 is sharper in the corners than its competitors of other brands. English tests are much more objective. In Germany the great brands are often favorised, unfortunately.

Review of: SMC Pentax-DA 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL WR by joe8 on Wed May 14, 2014 | Rating: 9 View more reviews 
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Reviews: 95
excellent water protected lens, even with macro lens (achromate) in front of tis part. very high contrast, high saturation of colors a good performer:) better than some of his famous competitors

Review of: SMC Pentax-DA 50mm F1.8 by joe8 on Sat April 26, 2014 | Rating: 10 View more reviews 
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Reviews: 61
if I had trusted in a (sponsored?)German test newspaper, I hadn't bought this lens. Half or 2/3 points only for this lens in comparison with the competitors? - Oohh:o I've got earlier 1,8, some 2.0 and 1,4 and I've been satisfied with them. Between f 4-5,6 best results. Today I've received this new lens. Naturally, none of all produced lenses are not extremely sharp fully open. f1,8-2 sharp enough 2,8 very, very sharp - very nice bokeh 4-5,6 extremely sharp - what a lens! :D:):):) no CA's until now. Hard test now:f2.8 and 1/1500 sec. with ISO100:sunset against trees. strong CA's feared. In the center really nearly nothing, but in the corners visible. Now f 6,7 1/250 sec for this extreme situation: nothing more. CA's disappeared. Full 10 points (perhaps some fluorite glass therein?) I'll try with f2,8 for stars... ps.a famous German test Newspaper gave very low test result for it.incredible! Fortunately, the English www allows much more objective tests.

Review of: SMC Pentax-F 50mm F1.4 by joe8 on Tue April 1, 2014 | Rating: 10 View more reviews 
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Reviews: 15
what a wonderfull lens, usuable with a very good 7/5 convertrer:) for astro star shooting very usefull (no astigmatism). I am using it only between f 4 and f 5,6. amazing sharpness. ok for marco photos between f8-f11. try it

Review of: SMC Pentax-DA L 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL WR by joe8 on Sun March 30, 2014 | Rating: 9 View more reviews 
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Views: 57784
Reviews: 10
this water resistant kit lens must be stopped down to f8-11, in order to get best sharpness. with K5 and k-x you can eleminate CR's when activating this in program:) with k200 few CA's wide open especially 18mm wide angle.no AF problems with it.

Review of: SMC Pentax-DA L 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL by joe8 on Fri February 21, 2014 | Rating: 10 View more reviews 
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Reviews: 74
my Pentax DSLR are fitted to highest contrast, sharpness and color transmission. k200 doesn't allow to eleminate the CA's, but newer brands as k-x do it by changing program of this item in menue.So CA's disappaer totally.* this lens is much more better than the first edition DAL I with interior life of 12/9. when stopping down to 8-11;my pictures are really very sharp. It is curious, but the old version has wide open on 24-35mm best results. (18mm were somewhat terrible in corners) But this newer version is sharp over the full focus range. with achromatice macro lens phantastic clöse up shootings possible really a precious lens at a low price

Review of: SMC Pentax-DA 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL II by joe8 on Wed February 19, 2014 | Rating: 10 View more reviews 
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Reviews: 55
what a nice kit lens. I 've changed program in k-x to "eliminate CA's" - none more-:lol: sharpness for a kit zoom: nearly excellent when stopping down to f 8-11 color and contrast transmission: excellent:) very satisfying results, so that for me no other wide angle lens is needed, perhaps 4/15 I've tested corners on 55mm: excellent sharp, still better than 1,4/50 single lens with f 8.

Review of: SMC Pentax-FA 100-300mm F4.7-5.8 by joe8 on Fri January 31, 2014 | Rating: 9 View more reviews 
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Reviews: 50
I'am very content with this lens. 300mm with f8-11 are excellent sharp, much more better than sigma or tamron lenses with similar start aperture. For macro shootings I've another favorite.:)but with achromatic focal reductor the sharpness of 300mm tele shootings are really sharp. not so good for converter using neither on the top, nor on the back side of this lens.:o



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