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The 2000Yen Lens: First Shot

I'd had a dentist appointment this afternoon and needed a bit of value-for-money retail therapy so I headed to my local camera shop.

I couldn't have a better guy in my neighbourhood than the camera shop owner. I have known him for the best part of ten or more years now and he always cuts me and my friends a deal.

Today's bargain was an old 1960s Super Takumar 55mm f/1.8 lens, which I am fitting on to my Nikon D700 via an adaptor I bought recently.

The lens has a few spots of mould in it [which I will get rid of soon] and it's a bit yellowed. But in monochrome the shots look wonderful and if I set the white balance in colour to be a little blue, colour is good too,

It's daftly soft wide open and the age is not helping either but that's part of its charm and, after all, it was 2000Yen.....

This shot was of the drops of condensation on the plastic-wrap over a bunch of construction blocks at a nearby builder's yard.

Shot at f/1.8.


Nikon D700
Pentax Super Takumar 55mm f/1.8
Monochrome done in-camera
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Wow cool bokeh! I also have an M42 mount takumar 200mm lens and the build is very strong!
I have the 35mm f/3.5 and this 55mm. Looking for the old Tomioka Auto Revuenon f/1.2 at the moment.....
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The yellowing can be removed by wrapping the other end of the lens in tin foil and letting the lens sit up in the sun (like on a window sill for example) for a few days.
I was just thinking of getting rid of my old pentax film stuff. I have several screw mount lenses. What is the value of hanging on to these? I found canon adapters for the screw mount and k mount lenses, so I could use them with my camera.
+Jeff Matthews just fun to use the old kit with your newer cameras. That's how I see it. I still have lenses [Nikon] I have had since I was a kid and I use them every day. After getting the adaptor for the M42-Nikon, have started picking good, cheap M42 lenses. And there are lots. What do you have?
+Jeff Matthews If you're okay with using manual focus and metering, hang on to your old lenses. New ones have better coatings to reduce flare etc. and of course automatic focusing, but many old lenses are incredibly sharp and deliver really nice image quality.

However if you want to sell your old M42 lenses, their prices have been going up lately since people noticed how great they still are. Depending on what lenses you have, you could make some nice deals.
pentax 50mm1.4 KA, 50mm1.4 screw mount, a Sunset 35mm 2.8 screw, 2 135mm 2.8 screw mount lenses. A off brand 35mm ka with macro. 2 spotmatics, one asahi, one honeywell, a ME, a super program with a slipping winder.
I'd keep them. You wouldnt get too much unless you sold them privately. Adaptors via the Chinese company I bought mine from, on ebay, are about $30 or less. You need the one with the glass element in the back of it, as otherwise you can't get infinity focus when you screw them on most dslr's. The 135 f/2.5 Takumar is a superb lens. Don't know the 2.8

I'm scouring various places for the Tomioka Revuenon 55mm f/1.2 at the moment....
+Alfie Goodrich AFAIK, the optical element is needed only for Nikon DSLR's because they have a different registration distance, other brands need only a simple metallic adapter ring.

There are lots of adapters about and not all of them are good. I once bought an adapter for my Pentax that protruded outwards from the body for only a millimeter or something, and thus I couldn't get infinity focus. I'm not sure if that applies to other brands' adapters, but thought I'd mention it. I found a pic: the left adapter is good, the right one bad (unless you want to use it only with closeups).
I just looked the one 135 mm lens, its a Lentar. I can't find any info on this make. Are they any good? I can't believe it, but my wife wants me to keep them also.
I've bough my adapters from different sellers through Ebay, always looking at the feedback they've been getting. Amazon should be safe too, they have a feedback system as well.
How do you get rid of the fungus? I thought the sunlight would just slow the growth. They hardly die digusted! =P
Once the fungus is there its a matter of taking the lens to pieces. Using lenses or keeping them in the sun stops it growing but once it's there it's a matter of cleaning it out physically.
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