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    Hack a Takumar 50mm to Nikon F3?

    I hear a lot of good about Pentax 50 / 55 mm lenses in regards to bokeh. Never been too crazy about Nikon's 50's. Currently have an Ai 50 f2 that is good, but still am intrigued by something faster and smoother. The 50 Ais f1.2 is an obvious but expensive option. I have machine shop access and for about $100 I could make a run at adapting a Takumar. I know that there is about a 1mm diff in flange to film so I would have to try removing about this much material to get infinity focus, just wondering if anyone else has tried a similar mod. I would like to use this with my F3 so not interested in getting another body to carry and it sounds like a fun project. Any suggestions...? Thanks.

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    Yeah - get a Nikkor 1.4.

    It's not clear what you dislike about Nikkors (which is totally fine BTW) and why Takumars are better. Old AIS 1.2's can be had for under 4 or 5 hundred -- hard to beat that bokeh and quality I reckon?
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    Yeah the 50mm f1.2 would be my first choice but don't want to drop 5 Benjamins for one. i have had a long nose 50mm f1.8 and it's bokeh was horrible. Hated the backgrounds. I have the 105 2.5 so I know a nice background when I see it. The f2 is a bit better than the 1.8, but I have just read so much good about Takumar f1.4 it's got me curious and I kind of like a challenge. Not that it matters but the older Tak is such a cool looking lens to boot.

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    What body are you going to use?
    I adapt many different lenses to my EOS system via cheap adapters.

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    The Takumar 50mm 1.4 is as good as it's reputation. The build quality and wide aperture performance is really good, better than most. I actually prefer the older non MC version, but they are all fine, and the prices are usully low due to them being so common and not having the street cred of some others.
    Adapting one to your Nikon would probably be easy but it will compromise the excellent metering on that camera. What you should do is buy a good clean Spotmatic to go with the lens, hard to go wrong with that!

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    Bruce I intend to use a Nikon F3. Any adapter would require a lens to deal with the longer flange to film distance of the Nikon body which I would like to avoid since it will degrade image somewhat.

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    Sure you can adapt it. Why not? There is so much distinct character in some of these off-brand lenses.

    If you want to make a ghetto adapter for close focus only, just take a body cap and a rear lens cap, glue them together back to back, drill a hole in the middle and off you go

    I would ask myself how far out you can focus without making major / irreversible mods. it might actually be fine for portraiture and closeups to use a very simple kludge.
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    Thanks Tony that's what I've read about the Takumars and they are a bargain. Having had back surgery recently I want to keep weight I carry around to a minimum and adding a body isn't going in the right direction since all my other lenses are Nikon.

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    Nothing at all wrong with liking a lens because it looks cool...lord knows I have more than a few items in my kit based on not much more!
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    Keith I can do better than ghetto adapter but I like your thinking. BTW I only shoot b&w in the F3 so maybe character of older radioactive glass Takumar might be what I'm looking for. For adapting I plan to get a beater Nikkor and remove the flange and mill down if need be. I don't care about it being reversible.

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