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Takumars, Anyone?
« on: November 27, 2012, 08:35:24 AM »
Anyone else here like Takumars?

I have a 50 1.4 Super Takumar, the kind with the Thorium, which I love shooting on my 7D. It seems ideal on the 7D for sharpeninjg corners the poor man's way. I also like the warm glow it gives like everything. Sure now, and it could be added in post, but I like the visceral sort of feel it brings. At some point I might even get around to posting some of my favourite images from it! I also like the fact that it is all metal, and the focussing is epicly smooth.

Anyone else out there like them? 
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Re: Takumars, Anyone?
« Reply #1 on: November 27, 2012, 09:13:27 AM »
I only heard good about the Takumar SMC versions so far. Just got none yet theyre kinda pricy :)

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« Reply #2 on: November 27, 2012, 09:17:56 AM »
I don't know what Thorium is, but I have the 50mm f1.4 and 135mm f2.5, both SMC. I use them for work, in my lens case I have those lenses and the rest are all Samyang/Rokinon (8mm, 14mm, 24mm, 35mm and 85mm). They look awesome on video and stills. The 50mm is one of my favorites.

This video, aside from the awful compression Chevrolet did after we handed it to them, was done solely with the Pentax 50mm SMC and a Rokinon 24mm, each on a 7D.

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« Reply #3 on: November 27, 2012, 10:06:47 AM »
I enjoy using vintage glass as well.  I have the SMC 28mm f/3.5 (a great lens on a crop body, vignettes pretty bad on my 5D MKII), Super Takumar 35 f/3.5 (works amazing on crop, not at all on FF), SMC 55mm f/1.8 (works great on both crop and FF - kept this one over the SMC or Super variants of the f/1.4 and the SMC f/2), and I also use the 150mm f/4 Super Tak (great on my 5D - awesome portrait lens).  I've used several others at times, including both the 3.5 and 2.5 versions of the 135mm and SMC 35mm f/2.

I also love my Helios 44-2.  These lens brings something very unique to both the finished product and the shooting process.

SMC 50mm f/1.4

These Shoes Are[n't]Made for Walking by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

Super 50mm f/1.4


The Man with the Scarf by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

28mm f/3.5

Kent and Erin by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

Super Tak 35mm f/3.5

One Perfect Winter Day by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

SMC 55mm f/1.8

Gathering Dust by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

SMC 135mm f/3.5

You Lookin' at Me? by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

Super 150mm f/4

Fade to Memory (Explored August 14th, 2012) by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

And my favorite:  the Helios 44-2

Cast Off by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

Spiral of Color by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

Brownie Points - Explored June 17th, 2012 by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr
6D x 2 | EOS-M w/22mm f/2 + 18-55 STM + EF Adapter| Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 | Tamron 24-70 f/2.8 VC | 35mm f/2 IS | 40mm f/2.8 | 100L | 135L | 70-300L -----OLD SCHOOL----- SMC Takumar 28mm f/3.5, Super Takumar 35mm f/3.5, SMC Takumar 55mm f/1.8, Helios 44-2 and 44-4, Super Takumar 150mm f/4

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« Reply #4 on: November 28, 2012, 02:34:49 AM »
I don't know what Thorium is, but I have the 50mm f1.4 and 135mm f2.5, both SMC.

Thorium is a radioactive material. In fact many m42 lenses use radioactive materials and also emit unhealthy gamma rays (which penetrate EVERYTHING, alpha and beta just go about skin deep in worst case).

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« Reply #5 on: November 28, 2012, 03:35:50 AM »
My mum picked up the set in Japan in 1967 when she was there on a uni trip.
Didn't know much about cameras, she just bought "what the salesman told her was good".
Pentax spotmatic
55/2.0, 35/3.5, 135/3.5, 2x teleconverter. She also has a Soligor 35/2.8, but didn't like it for some reason and then bought the 35mm tak.
The body died around 1995 so she bought another one, which came with a 55/1.8.

I blame that kit for getting me interested in photography. I've still got the first photo I ever took on it, when I was 7 or so, of my mum on some camping trip. The expression on her face is halfway between "pose nicely for the camera" and "DON'T YOU DROP MY CAMERA!"
Technically it's still hers, but she's now on a K-5 and she's not too interested in learning MF on it, so they're all interspersed in my collection now, although I haven't used them much.

I since bought myself the 50/1.4 from ebay for $50 or so (the cheaper 7-element radioactive one). It's great for portraits outdoors, that yellow makes for lovely warm tones. I would absolutely love to get the 24 or 17/8 fisheye, but they got for a (comparative) lot. Or the 85/1.9, but that would be my 4th 85mm I just don't need, or the 35/2.0 (but it might not get much work vs the Samyang).

I've also got a Pentax 67 300mm f/4.0, that's technically a Takumar too...
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« Reply #6 on: November 28, 2012, 06:25:52 AM »
I love the feel of Takumars. I have acquired the 55 f1.8, smc 105 f2.8, smc 200 f4 last year. A little worried about the potential radioactivity on the 55 f1.8 though.

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« Reply #7 on: November 28, 2012, 06:37:58 AM »
I love how everyone is still concerned about the radioactive elements.
Ever have one of those old (30+ years) glow in the dark watches?
Live or work in a brick building? or stone?
Ever had an xray?

On the big chart of radiation, sleeping with a Takumar under your pillow has got to be down the bottom near the order of one or two blue dots, putting one up to your eyes a few times a day is no worse than staring into the sun...
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« Reply #8 on: November 28, 2012, 08:27:59 AM »
I have one that I use on a 50D, I just wish I could use it on my 5Dmkii (lens hits the mirror if you didn't know). I love the look it give, and it is insanely sharp.

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« Reply #9 on: November 28, 2012, 08:30:55 AM »
I love how everyone is still concerned about the radioactive elements.
Ever have one of those old (30+ years) glow in the dark watches?
Live or work in a brick building? or stone?
Ever had an xray?

On the big chart of radiation, sleeping with a Takumar under your pillow has got to be down the bottom near the order of one or two blue dots, putting one up to your eyes a few times a day is no worse than staring into the sun...

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« Reply #10 on: November 29, 2012, 06:50:42 AM »
I love how everyone is still concerned about the radioactive elements.

Im not concerned :) Nuclear all the way!

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« Reply #11 on: November 29, 2012, 10:58:39 AM »
I enjoy using vintage glass as well.  I have the SMC 28mm f/3.5 (a great lens on a crop body, vignettes pretty bad on my 5D MKII), Super Takumar 35 f/3.5 (works amazing on crop, not at all on FF), SMC 55mm f/1.8 (works great on both crop and FF - kept this one over the SMC or Super variants of the f/1.4 and the SMC f/2), and I also use the 150mm f/4 Super Tak (great on my 5D - awesome portrait lens).  I've used several others at times, including both the 3.5 and 2.5 versions of the 135mm and SMC 35mm f/2.

I also love my Helios 44-2.  These lens brings something very unique to both the finished product and the shooting process.

SMC 50mm f/1.4

These Shoes Are[n't]Made for Walking by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

Super 50mm f/1.4


The Man with the Scarf by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

28mm f/3.5

Kent and Erin by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

Super Tak 35mm f/3.5

One Perfect Winter Day by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

SMC 55mm f/1.8

Gathering Dust by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

SMC 135mm f/3.5

You Lookin' at Me? by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

Super 150mm f/4

Fade to Memory (Explored August 14th, 2012) by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

And my favorite:  the Helios 44-2

Cast Off by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

Spiral of Color by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

Brownie Points - Explored June 17th, 2012 by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

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« Reply #12 on: November 29, 2012, 01:32:29 PM »
The first one I fell in love with is the Super Tak 35mm f/3.5, so I'll go with that one.  It blew my mind the first time I put that little tiny lens on my 60D and watched vivid colors and sharpness pop out of it.  Amazing little thing!
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« Reply #13 on: November 29, 2012, 01:40:23 PM »
+1 for SMC Tak 50/1.4

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« Reply #14 on: November 29, 2012, 02:43:17 PM »
Bokeh really owns and almost(?!)  50mm 1.2L style.

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