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Old 01-07-2019   #41
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I have not used my Super Takumar 35mm f/3.5 enough. When I saw this rare image made with it I was reminded of how sharp it is. FP4 Plus in ID-11 1 + 3 loaded in a Zeiss Ikon Icarex 35S TM.

Canon also had a superb 35mm f 3.5 in their FD lens lineup.

I always got a kick out of these trend setting Japanese optical firms producing a slow and mild wide angle lens so late in the game.
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Isn't the 28/3.5 very inexpensive and also very excellent?! Who has it?
I have the SMC Pentax 28mm f/3.5, which technically is not a Takumar (it's a Pentax-K bayonet lens) but is a truly exceptional lens (8 elements in 7 groups):


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Regarding M-42 lenses, the original Super-Takumar (7 elements in 6 groups) was the weakest of the group (although a very good lens regarding its age):


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The later Super-Takumar Model II and Super-Multi-Coated Takumar (7 elements in 7 groups) were superb lenses offering great resolution and contrast, with almost the same optical design as the Pentax-K lens:


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Yes it is. I have a S-M-C version that I bought last June for a whopping $30.


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I have had this Super-Takumar 28/3.5 for some time now, but have yet to shoot it. That changes tomorrow.

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I will have some Pentax gear for sale and in Classifieds soon. Stay tuned.
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I have had this Super-Takumar 28/3.5 for some time now, but have yet to shoot it. That changes tomorrow.

It seems to be the better Super-Takumar "Model II" with 7 elements in 7 groups. You can confirm by looking at the model number (next to the "Auto-Manual" switch), which should read 43871. The "Model II" also has a 49mm filter ring, vs. 58mm for the previous model.

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I bought my 28mm 3.5 and 35mm 3.5 several years ago via the LF forum. The two lenses together from Canada cost US$70. One of the best bargains ever for me. This is from last April with the 28mm 3.5 in early morning light. Tmax 100 expired in 2004, developed in D23.

I couldn't be happier with the Taks. A lifetime of photographic interest has brought me full circle, from the best of modern Zeiss, Nikon and Canon, with built-in motors and electronics, to humble Spotties and Taks. Doesn't get much better from the point of view of satisfaction and pleasure in the craft of photography.
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One of the few lenses that I truly regret selling is the SMC Takumar 50/1.4 that I used to for this image.


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Here's another from the same SMC Takumar 50/1.4



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Sunlit Leaves by Colton Allen, on Flickr
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An early version of the 35/3.5. It is a tiny little thing.

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Some really stunning images in this thread.

I've been lusting after a Spotmatic for some time simply because I think they're gorgeous cameras. I finally bought one, and while I'm not an SLR lover, I'll probably make excuses just have it in the hand.

What has me even more excited are the lenses. I've just ordered an M42 to M-mount adapter so that I can use the 35/3.5 Super-Takumar on the Ricoh GXR A12 and M2 (zone focused). Just out of curiosity, is anyone else doing this with M42 wide angles? If it works out well, I think I'll be buying a 24/3.5 as well.
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Same lens as Colton's in Post #58, but not reversed.

Pentax 6x7, S-M-C Takumar 6x7 90mm f/2.8 LS, Kodak 400TX, developed in LegacyPro L110 at 1:31 for 6 minutes.


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Love this. This thread is bad for GAS. Now I've just bought a SMC 28/3.5 in K-mount locally for AUD89 (USD64). Looks mint. I'll use it on the MZ-5, along with 50/1.7.
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Same lens as Colton's in Post #58, but not reversed.

Pentax 6x7, S-M-C Takumar 6x7 90mm f/2.8 LS, Kodak 400TX, developed in LegacyPro L110 at 1:31 for 6 minutes.


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Great portrait.
I sold my 90/2.8 years ago after getting the newer and smaller Pentax 67 90/2.8, but for a long time the 90/2.8 LS was my main lens for my 67. I kinda wish I still had it.
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Here's another from the S-M-C Takumar 6x7 90/2.8 LS



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Wonderful photo, Colton!!
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Ahem... there are some Takumar lenses for sale in Classifieds right now, if anyone's interested... Just sayin'...;-)
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If I hadn't just sprung for a Focomat Ic and all the sundry supplies necessary to start printing, I'd have nabbed the SPII and M42 lenses, Steve -- been lusting for the 8-element 50/1.4 for a long while now.
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I'd have nabbed the SPII and M42 lenses, Steve -- been lusting for the 8-element 50/1.4 for a long while
Just do it, Paula would be fine with it.

I’d buy them Steve, but I already have the Spotmatic I grew up with. No CLA in 30 years, still working...
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Oh would that it were so! Normally it would be, but not this year. Vet bills munched through all our discretionary funds this fall -- turns out that having one of our dogs go stay at Cornell's veterinary ICU for a week is incredibly expensive. The Focomat was already pushing it and only worked because I billed it as an early birthday present.
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Kevin, Buy the Spotmatic kit, keep the lens, and sell the camera... you can then tell Paula that you got the lens for less than it would cost on evilbay... (and from a reputable seller).

Edit: Paula can sigh with relief... the Spotmatic kit is sold. But the MX combo with the Ultron is still available...
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there are pentax deals to be found on evilbay. i just bought a near mint Spotmatic SP with 50/1.4 Super Takumar & 35/3.5 Super Takumar for $95!!
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This is my favorite thread at this time. Thanks to all who have contributed to it.

I have a 50mm 1.4 Super Multi-Coated Takumar under a light, right now, to see if I can clear up the yellow. I also have a Spotmatic II (needs service), a Spotmatic F, an H1a, and several other lenses.

I normally shoot manual-focus Minoltas for 35mm, but I'm feeling the urge load up a Pentax.

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From the archives. Spotmatic days. 28mm f3.5, 55mm f2, 135mm f3.5.
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... (and from a reputable seller).

Edit: Paula can sigh with relief... the Spotmatic kit is sold.
Two thoughts:

1. *I* can sigh with relief too! I'm sure the buyer will be very happy -- hopefully we get to see some pics from that 8-element in this thread soon!

2. I'm not so sure about the "reputable" part -- definitely the seller has a "reputation", but what kind of reputation, that's the real question!
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2. I'm not so sure about the "reputable" part -- definitely the seller has a "reputation", but what kind of reputation, that's the real question!
Agree. I know I have my thoughts on said reputation...

I can’t say enough good things about my 105mm Pentax 67. I can’t think of a lens that delivers more for so little money. Just Super.
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I sold my 90/2.8 years ago after getting the newer and smaller Pentax 67 90/2.8, but for a long time the 90/2.8 LS was my main lens for my 67. I kinda wish I still had it.
Thank you, Colton! It's a wonderful lens, and can still be had for a bargain. But since getting the 105/2.4...

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Agree. I know I have my thoughts on said reputation...

I can’t say enough good things about my 105mm Pentax 67. I can’t think of a lens that delivers more for so little money. Just Super.
Yup, that 105/2.4 is something else. Not just super, Super-Multi-Coated!

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A new addition to my Takumars, a wonderful Auto-Takumar 105/2.8.


Morning blend. by Mike Novak, on Flickr

And the first shot that I have made with this lens.


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Some recent work with the Auto Takumar 55mm lens-
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A new addition to my Takumars, a wonderful Auto-Takumar 105/2.8.


Morning blend. by Mike Novak, on Flickr

And the first shot that I have made with this lens.


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The Auto Takumars definitely have something - Apart from looking good as pieces of equipment it is the rendering. I think it may be that the longer Takumars tend to be Sonnar designs and hence have that lovely rendering that this optical design is renowned for. I think I prefer them to the later versions of the lenses. However in relation to both the 105mm and the 135mm Takumar lenses I tend to have these in several versions where these were made - auto Takumar, early 46mm filter preset, later 49mm preset, Super Multi Coated Takumar (auto diaphragm) and SMC Takumar. Does that make me obsessed? Or just obsessive?
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The Auto Takumars definitely have something - Apart from looking good as pieces of equipment it is the rendering. I think it may be that the longer Takumars tend to be Sonnar designs and hence have that lovely rendering that this optical design is renowned for. I think I prefer them to the later versions of the lenses. However in relation to both the 105mm and the 135mm Takumar lenses I tend to have these in several versions where these were made - auto Takumar, early 46mm filter preset, later 49mm preset, Super Multi Coated Takumar (auto diaphragm) and SMC Takumar. Does that make me obsessed? Or just obsessive?
I think that it makes you someone that appreciates nice things. Sometimes that is enough. I love the compactness of the old Auto-Takumars, and there is no denying the quality of images that they make.
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