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M9 with Pentax-M 50mm 1.4

I took some photos during sunset at Pensacola Beach yesterday. My daughter Dana accompanied me, which has become a rare event as teenagers get busy with life.

The old SLR lens is RF coupled, and I used with it a lens hood. I left the images AS IS other than converting DNG to JPG. For the B&W versions, I used Perfect _Effects_( to get a Tri-X 400 rendition.

I need to do some extra fine-tuimg for each image, so this is a first step here to show the results directly from the camera (for color).

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The face of the man came out this red during the sunset!







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Blue Heron






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I love the heron, and some lovely shots. Those old Pentax 50mm f1.4s are really gorgeous bits of glass.
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Thank you Charles. This one is among my favorite 50mm lenses. Roland adapted it to M mount.
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Old 09-21-2019   #6
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Leica + Takumar, I feel like I’m in good company here.

Raid, if you like the 35mm focal length, try the M42 Takumar 35/3.5. One of my all time favorite lenses, easily scale focused, ridiculously inexpensive. I own 4 copies of it.
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I have this lens! It is sharp and flare resistant. I own one copy ...
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I have this lens! It is sharp and flare resistant. I own one copy ...
Nice. I prefer the Takumar rendering to Leitz in many instances.

I'm on the hunt for the K-Mount 35/2. They are a bit difficult to find, but from what I've seen, the images are gorgeous.

Thanks for sharing the images, always fun to see someone traveling the unconventional route.
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I know that I have the M42 mount SMC 35/2. Is it a lot different from the K mount version?
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Nice shots, Raid. Good portraits of Dana! I'm puzzled as to how the SLR lens is rangefinder coupled. Did you get it modified?
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Thank you Rob.
I bought the lens from Paul here at RFF who got this RF coupled lens from Roland (Ferider). Roland posted about his modifications to the lens to make it RF coupled.

https://www.rangefinderforum.com/for.../t-122029.html


RFF link on photos with this lens and M8: https://www.rangefinderforum.com/for...d.php?t=158965
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I know that I have the M42 mount SMC 35/2. Is it a lot different from the K mount version?
There were quite a few different optical versions of the Pentax 35/f2.

- Super Takumar 35/f2 (early) - 8/7 - Unique
- Super Takumar/S-M-C Takumar 35/f2 (late) - 8/7 - Similar to below.
- SMC Pentax 35/f2 - 8/7 - Similar to above. Probably the best performer.
- SMC Pentax-M 35/f2 - 7/7 - Very similar to below. Very compact.
- SMC Pentax-A 35/f2 - 7/7 - Very similar to above. Very compact.
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Specifically I am referring to the Pentax-M version, which was the first to employ the 7/7 arrangement.
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They are gorgeous bits of glass. I have the thorium 50mm f1.4 from 1969 and it has been great for 50 years. (I believe the M is the same as my version in design except the thorium)

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There were quite a few different optical versions of the Pentax 35/f2.

- Super Takumar 35/f2 (early) - 8/7 - Unique
- Super Takumar/S-M-C Takumar 35/f2 (late) - 8/7 - Similar to below.
- SMC Pentax 35/f2 - 8/7 - Similar to above. Probably the best performer.
- SMC Pentax-M 35/f2 - 7/7 - Very similar to below. Very compact.
- SMC Pentax-A 35/f2 - 7/7 - Very similar to above. Very compact.
I seem to own the “best performer.”
It is the 35/2 before the M or A.
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Specifically I am referring to the Pentax-M version, which was the first to employ the 7/7 arrangement.
Do you feel that the 7/7 is optically superior to the 8/7? Why?
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Specifically I am referring to the Pentax-M version, which was the first to employ the 7/7 arrangement.
The M35/f2 seems to come up for sale semi-regularly on PentaxForums.
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I've got one of those too Raid. Roland sent me a piece of the tube he had left over. It was pretty simple to shape it down. It has been my standard 50 now for 7 years. As good as anything you can put on a Leica for a 1.4. Only downside is it focusses backwards...

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Your lens looks beautiful!
It is a Japanese Summilux.
Is your lens also a Pentax M?
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This mod from Ferider is brilliant. Great lens!

And wonderful photos, Raid
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I have the 50mm F1.4 Super Tak in the original 8 element version and I also have the 7 element with the Thorium. I use both on Spotmatic and also my Nikon Z-6 with adapter. They work well. I am always carefully not to carry the 7 element with Thorium rear element in my pocket.....that rear element makes my Geiger counter sing...and very high...it is quite hot.
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Are you getting spectacular looking images with the radioactive lens that you would not get without this lens?
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I have the Thorium as I said above, and I have a 50mm f1.7 F Pentax lens (6 elements in 5 groups: so different than the Thorium). I can't see a difference between these two. Maybe someone has the non-Thorium f1.4 (and the Thorium) can jump in.
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The "problem" is that almost all Pentax 50mm lenses are superb.
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Your lens looks beautiful!
It is a Japanese Summilux.
Is your lens also a Pentax M?
Yup. The Pentax-M. I had the lens on a Pentax ME Super. I picked it up back when cameras were worth less than peanuts in the mid 00s. I loved it, but it was the only Pentax lens I had so I never used it. I had the inkling of converting it, but never really looked into doing it until Roland posted about it. He sent me the tube and the rest was a bit fiddly but easy.

I have a Pentax screwmount 50 f/1.4 around here somewhere but I haven't used it. I am not sure what the model is. I think it is the second version since it has yellow glass. One of these days I'll get it out and give it a whirl. It is perfectly mint though so I haven't yet.

I have another Pentax-M 50 1.4 around here too if anyone is interested in it to do a conversion. I need to clear out the cupboards. Too much stuff...
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Your 50 1.4 may be the one with radioactive glass. I am pleased with the recent images that I have obtained with the 50 1.4 M. There is an overall quality in each image. Nothing is in excess and nothing is lacking. I have SMC M42 screwmount 28/3.5, 35/2, 50 1.4, 85 1.8 and maybe other lenses.
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Fog? Not really! I had the AC on in the car, and stepping out exposed the lens to a blast of humidity.




After a few minutes:





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[quote=raid;2913826]Fog? Not really! I had the AC on in the car, and stepping out exposed the lens to a blast of humidity.




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itís beautiful!
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Fog? Not really! I had the AC on in the car, and stepping out exposed the lens to a blast of humidity.




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it’s beautiful!
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I have the Thorium as I said above, and I have a 50mm f1.7 F Pentax lens (6 elements in 5 groups: so different than the Thorium). I can't see a difference between these two. Maybe someone has the non-Thorium f1.4 (and the Thorium) can jump in.
I have copies of all the early Pentax 50/f1.4's (Super Tak 8 element, Super Tak 7 element (thorium), S-M-C Tak, SMC Tak, SMC Pentax and Pentax-M) and I really can't pick any difference, besides slight improvements in how they handle flare.

Here's most of them, plus some faster/slower variants...

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I have another Pentax-M 50 1.4 around here too if anyone is interested in it to do a conversion. I need to clear out the cupboards. Too much stuff...
What is involved with the conversion?
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I have copies of all the early Pentax 50/f1.4's (Super Tak 8 element, Super Tak 7 element (thorium), S-M-C Tak, SMC Tak, SMC Pentax and Pentax-M) and I really can't pick any difference, besides slight improvements in how they handle flare.

Here's most of them, plus some faster/slower variants...

This is a great collection of Pentax 50mm lenses! I don't have the radioactive one or the 8 element version. I tried to find a clean Super Takumar with 8 elements and at a reasonable cost, but then reason hit me, and I did not buy one. I would not know how to use it on the M8 or M9. Having an M10 or SL would be another issue.
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What is involved with the conversion?
It is easier to just look at Roland's original thread-

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By the way, where is Roland?
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That is a good question Raid. He hasn't posted here since March.
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I hope that he is doing well. I always worry when someone suddenly vanishes.
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