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Bargain! Pentax SMC Takumar 50mm f1.4

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It’s Bargain time again! This time I have something for you Pentax people out there. I know I mostly focus on Nikon gear and touch on Canon stuff occasionally and pretty much ignore all other camera companies, but I’m trying to fix that!

This one is something that I didn’t want to put up because I want it for myself so bad. Yep, even though you might have a Nikon camera you can buy adapters to be able to use most other companies lenses on your camera. I really wanted it for myself but I’m saving to upgrade my camera to the D7000, so I have no money for lenses. =(

The Pentax SMC Takumar 50mm f1.4 on eBay for $148.00 USD

This lens is pretty old but I stumbled across it while researching lens fungus a long time ago and the pictures a particular photographer had taken with it just blew me away. I wish I could find out his name but so far all I know is that he uses the user name “jsherman999” on the Pentax Forums. If you find out anything else, please let me know! I’d love to feature him as one of my “Inspiration Monday” photographers. Back to the lens, it’s pretty old, but old isn’t always worse! Just check out this shot that jsherman999 took with the Takumar 50mm:

And that wasn’t taken with some really expensive fancy camera, it’s a K100D Super which was a midrange DSLR made back in 2007 and discontinued in 2008. I’m not saying that buying this lens will just create masterpieces, a fair amount of skill is involved as well, but this does look like it produces GREAT images. To see more great images taken by jsherman999 with this lens and that camera check out the link HERE.

Another interesting factoid about this lens is that it’s slightly radioactive! One of the rear elements is made of thorium glass (as far as I understand it) and that has a small radiation level. It’s not a big deal and *probably* won’t give you cancer, but I’d risk it for a lens like this. Something else to look out for is that the radiation can cause the glass to yellow a little bit, so you might end up with warm looking pictures, but I have heard that treating the lens with UV light MIGHT fix it. Could be an old wives tale though. Old photography wives tale?

 So there you have it! The Pentax SMC Takumar 50mm f1.4. Considered one of the BEST lenses in the photographers arsenal and it could be yours for just $148.00

And as always, 10 things to ask when buying second hand camera equipment:

  1. Is the lens scratched?
  2. Did you have any kind of UV/protective filter on the lens?
  3. Is there any mould in/on the lens?
  4. Is the sensor functioning properly?
  5. When was the last time the Camera/Lens was serviced?
  6. Can you give an estimation on how many photos have been taken since the last service?
  7. Did you clean the Lens/Sensor regularly?
  8. Do you have receipts to prove everything?
  9. Is anything not working/damaged?
  10. Would you like to give it to me for free? (hey, you never know!)

1 Comment

  1. I’m sure you’ve already heard it’s not thorium but lanthanum that was mixed with the glass in this lens. Several companies did this as it adds contrast to any images shot with lanthanum glass. Leica made one, a Soviet company called Industar and of course the Takumar 50 f1.4. Canon made some lenses with Fluorite – the FL series which are very fast, rare and still pricey. The rarest of the Taks had 8 elements and were made in 1964, but proved to be too expensive to make so Pentax made a 7 element version. The 8 element has gained near cult status. I don’t know if it’s deserved, but there you have it.

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