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    Spotmatic Takumar relevance

    Is there a realistic place in modern photography for the Asahi Pentax Spotmatic and its 42mm-screw Super-Takumar lenses? I have just acquired one with a Super-Takumar 50/1.4 which takes a passable picture. But, is there a lense that would lift the performance of this wonderful camera. I look forward to your ideas.

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    Re: Spotmatic Takumar relevance

    Quote Originally Posted by Mimoore54
    Is there a realistic place in modern photography for the Asahi Pentax Spotmatic and its 42mm-screw Super-Takumar lenses? I have just acquired one with a Super-Takumar 50/1.4 which takes a passable picture. But, is there a lense that would lift the performance of this wonderful camera. I look forward to your ideas.
    Of course there is relevance if you want to use film. The Super-Tak lenses should make as good photo as anything of their era or better. I've got a couple of those series that still work well. They are manual focus and need to be stopped down some to get the best performance.

    Even modern cameras with a M42 mount adapter can use this series nicely if the coating hasn't deteriorated or become infested with fungus. Not all DSLR's will support the adapted lenses; the Pentax cameras are some of the most flexible.

    Have the Spotmatic checked by a technician to be sure it is working properly. Some of these are cameras are over 40 years old and need a bit of CLS and TLC to work their best.

    Do you have some sample images?

    I may ask the mod to move this to the film category as it should generate some added response as this is a film camera you are using!

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    Re: Spotmatic Takumar relevance

    See my reply in the Film Forum
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    Re: Spotmatic Takumar relevance

    This thread is also in the Film Forum at Spotmatic Takumar relevance . You can check out some other responses there. Thanks to a suggestion by drg...I felt it had merit in both forums.
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