A Big Takumar

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  1. usayit

    usayit No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I've been really really good about not spending any cash on my collection/camera stuff for a while but I just could not pass this one up. I knew it was going to be large but I had no idea it would be this large. Its still smaller than most of Canon's large super telephotos but I was always under the assumption that older manual lenses were quite a bit smaller in size to their modern AF cousins. Not really sure about the practicality of this lens but it sure does attract attention amongst my Takumar collection. With a min focusing distance of 10m, it was going to get difficult to shoot quick test shots around my rather small property.

    It will be a fun lens to have during camping/hiking trips. It will take practice but I need to try it out on some birds too...

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    1) Takumar 500mm f/4.5 makes my DSLR look puny
    2) Wide open at a tree hole those darn squirrels like to call home. A bit of CA around the leaves.
    3) flowers stopped down to f/8.

    Not bad at all for a lens built several decades ago....
     

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    Awesome find! I have been looking around for one of those for a while, hows the focus action? I know the all of my Takumars are awesome and smooth when focusing, except for my 300mm which is a little tight.
     
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    The focusing on this lens is very smooth as with most takumars.. maybe a tad stiff. From the amount of dust that had accumulated on this lens, I wouldn't be surprised if it hadn't been used for many years. I bet it should loosen up nicely after a few uses. The focusing ring rotates a full 360 degrees from 10m to infinity. The good news is that the glass is absolutely clear.
     
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    Nice, I'll be on the lookout for one of these more then ever now.
     
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    Maybe you can make your camera a little bigger and suited to the lens by attaching a battery grip to it.
     
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    :drool2: :guilty: I wanna big Takumar [​IMG]
     

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