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    Pretty much had them all at one time. They were all decent, but some weren`t so hot full open like my 35 2.0 49mm. I had tried several 50 1.4 Super Takumars and SMC one and was not impress with 1.4 and 2.0 on any. I particularly liked the 50 4.0 and 100 4.0.

    The focus mounts were well VERY well made, but the diaphragm mechanisms were not robust enough to take even a slight fall without becoming sticky.

    I had 21,24,28,35 3.5 35 2.0 50 1.4 85 105 135 3.5 and 2.5 200 4.0 and 5.6, 300 4.0 and 6.3 and the two macro Takumars and the 80/200 zoom.

    They were all sold when I discovered Leica could make black and white prints I could only dream about with the Pentax.

    If you do color you will be happy unless you shoot some chromes with the Takumar and Leica on the same roll under the same conditions.

    Digital did not exist when I sold my stuff so I can`t say how it will react with a sensor.

    All the Takumar lenses were sold with caps, cases, and the proper shade. Wides from 35 down had clamp on square ones. Others were screw in round. Unfortunately I have seen used lenses in stores minus all the shades etc, only to see them in the junk bin. Store owners do not even try to keep the equipment together so much has gone missing over the years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by waynecrider
    Were there any great Pentax screw mount lenses that had the auto/manual diaphragm switch?
    They were all garbage!!! If you have any of those vile things, pack them carefully and send them to me for disposal, free of charge I would especially like to relieve some poor deluded soul of of the burden of owning a nasty old 300mm Super Takumar or the same in SMCTakumar.

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    K1000

    I was given a K1000 yesterday, but alas it has no dof review. Were there any lenses in the K mount that had the stop down availability or were they the screw mounts only?

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    wayne, have you downloaded the user's manual?
    http://www.pentaximaging.com/files/manual/K1000.pdf
    Mama took my APX away.....

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    The camera actually came with a manual! After reading as much as possible I see that the "A" lenses have stop down metering in the sizes 400mm+. Guess I'll just have to shoot by the hyperfocal method and visualize.

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    Oh, yes! I have both the 50mm and 100mm SMC Takumar Macro lenses. Both superb. Also, the 35/2.0, 50/1.4 and 85/1.8 were excellent. I never had a great 28mm, though.

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    I am trying to choose between three 200mm M42 lenses and I was wondering if you guys could help. Also, if you know anything about the actual manufacturers of these lenses, I'd be greatly appreciative. The first lens is a Vivitar 200mm F/3.5 Auto Telephoto #28610273. The second is a Soligor TELE-AUTO 200mm, F3.5 #17100327. The last is a lens marked AUTO-ALPA, Multi-Coated, For ALPA Swiss, 1:3.5 200mm. It's #2540049 and is made in Japan as is the other two. I've found a little bit out about the Vivitar, but not the other two. Thanks in advance for any info you can give me.

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    Theorically speaking (I have none fot the lenses you listed), the one branded "ALPA" should totally defeat all others. The ALPA brand was once famous for high-precision standards, almost hand-crafted swiss machinery. Their products were expensive as hell.
    I know a chap who does excellent portraits. The chap is a camera.
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    Quote Originally Posted by waynecrider View Post
    I was given a K1000 yesterday, but alas it has no dof review. Were there any lenses in the K mount that had the stop down availability or were they the screw mounts only?
    Select the aperture then unlock the lens and rotate it slightly, the lens will stop down to the selected aperture. Don't rotate too far or the lens will of course come off.

    This trick works with any Nikon or Pentax body that selects the aperture on the lens and lacks DoF preview.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ArchaeoK View Post
    The first lens is a Vivitar 200mm F/3.5 Auto Telephoto #28610273. The second is a Soligor TELE-AUTO 200mm, F3.5 #17100327. The last is a lens marked AUTO-ALPA, Multi-Coated, For ALPA Swiss, 1:3.5 200mm. It's #2540049 and is made in Japan as is the other two. .

    I'd take the Vivitar. But the final choice would depend on condition. Old lenses vary alot depending on how they've been used and abused.

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