Showcase Pentax 200mm f/4 Super-Takumar M42

dulaney22

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Got a great deal on a beauty of a lens. Can't believe there isn't a thread already?

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Pentax Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 200mm f/4

Mine is the later SMC variant of the Takumar 200mm f/4 that started production in 1971 (no idea how the serial numbers on Pentax lenses relate to production dates). This was my 2nd manual focus lens I purchased, after I stumbled on an 8-element Super Takumar 50mm f/1.4 locally in LV. Now I seem to have a variety of manual focus lenses, none of which I shoot very often as I should.

Shot using an Olympus E-PL5 and a Fotga M42-μ4/3 adapter.

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Mine is an Asahi Pentax 200/4 Super Takumar M42 with single coating. Lens is beautiful, small enough, super long focus throw, sharp wide open with some ugly purple fringing.
I got a m42 -> Nikon adapter too to use it with a Nikon mount focal reducer too.

These are all shot at "Parco Nord", a city park in Milan, at a small artificial lake that was recently built. Niguarda, the district closer to the lake, has a years old problem with a small river nearby, the Seveso, that overflows every time the rains are to too strong and persistent, flooding the streets, the basements, sometimes the metro station too. I live on the other side of the park, so I'm safe.
A guy in the park asked me if this was the lake they built just to solve this problem, as a containment tank. To be honest I have no idea, but I suppose it is. Well, winter is coming, so we'll find out.
Whatever the reason they brought here, or just arrived, a few mallards, crows and others and this now is my favourite spot for wildlife training :)


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Yes, you can do BiF too! :)

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LowriderS10

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Talk about digging up an old thread!

This is particularly exciting because I obtained this lens from @barry13 (Thanks Barry!) as part of a pay-it-forward freebie set of M42 lenses. The lens is the pre-SMC version and when received, the aperture blades were stuck. With the help of YouTube I was able to disassemble the lens and get it working again. It was getting pretty dark when I took this, but I'm pretty impressed. Can't wait for some good light! Panasonic G9.

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Mark73

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Incidentally, when stopped down to F/5.6, these make for excellent lenses for astrophotography.

I have taken many astro images with them. A used bargain.
 

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Here are some shots from this morning at work. Definitely a keeper. I couldn't get very close without upsetting the feeding. Jr. is waiting in the opening. These are all jpegs with only some cropping and light adjustments because the birds are all in shade. If you click on the image and zoom on Flickr, you can see Jrs. pinfeathers pretty well and a spider web on the back of the birdhouse going to the roof. I am very surprised at this lens. All made with the G9.

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