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p.1 #1 · 35/3.5 SMC Takumar?


Looking for a cheap, sharp 35 for occassional landscape use on a Sony A900. Performance between 5.6- 11 is my primary consideration.
My old, pre-intel imac doesn't work with Google anymore, so at the moment I can't dig for information on my own.
I seem to recall reading that the 35/3.5 SMC Takumar is very sharp stopped down, with nice colors and saturation.
Does anyone have experience with this lens on a 20+ MP FF body?
Thanks.



Feb 28, 2012 at 09:42 PM
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p.1 #2 · 35/3.5 SMC Takumar?


Well, I bought one and tried it on my A900 (which I have recently sold) a while back and this lens is amazingly sharp in the center and it does have great color and contrast. It does fall off in sharpness towards the corners so if your looking for corner to corner sharpness, this is not it. Also, I noticed that stopping down past F8 resulted in some strange image problems so it's really only useable critically up to F8. I will see if I can find my tests.


Feb 28, 2012 at 09:48 PM
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p.1 #3 · 35/3.5 SMC Takumar?


Here is an example. The lens would be amazing on APS sensors and if you don't need corner sharpness, it's good for FF. Crops are 100% from A900. Shot at F8 I believe.







Top of frame near middle:






Bottom right corner:







Feb 28, 2012 at 10:17 PM
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p.1 #4 · 35/3.5 SMC Takumar?


Thanks Tariq. I was hoping for better corners.
Any ideas for a budget 35 that fits the bill?



Feb 28, 2012 at 10:22 PM
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p.1 #5 · 35/3.5 SMC Takumar?


surfotog wrote:
Thanks Tariq. I was hoping for better corners.
Any ideas for a budget 35 that fits the bill?


The ones I have tried which have given sharp corner to corner performance on the A900, from cheapest to more expensive:

CZJ 35mm 2.4 - Maybe $200-250 used? IF you get a good copy, it's a fantastic lens.

Rokinon 35 1.4 - $499

Zeiss ZF.2 35/2 - ? (You could find a used ZF version 1 for maybe $600 or so.)



Feb 28, 2012 at 10:31 PM
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p.1 #6 · 35/3.5 SMC Takumar?


I agree with Tariq -- if you are hoping to find a $50 Alt 35mm lens, it is going to have pretty poor IQ. Anything decent is a couple hundred dollars.

Doesn't Sony or Minolta make any decent 35mm AF lenses that are f/2.8? That would be the best bet for economical IQ on your body.



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p.1 #7 · 35/3.5 SMC Takumar?


Gunzorro wrote:
I agree with Tariq -- if you are hoping to find a $50 Alt 35mm lens, it is going to have pretty poor IQ. Anything decent is a couple hundred dollars.

Doesn't Sony or Minolta make any decent 35mm AF lenses that are f/2.8? That would be the best bet for economical IQ on your body.


The closest you can get with a Sony/ Minolta prime is the discontinued Minolta AF 35 F2 which will run about $600 if you even find one AND will not give corner to corner sharpness as good as the lenses I listed.



Feb 28, 2012 at 11:23 PM
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p.1 #8 · 35/3.5 SMC Takumar?


If you need 35mm on a budget, perhaps you could try Yashica ML 35/2.8. Perhaps not the best against the sun, but quite sharp stopped down.

Here is a full picture at F11 on 5D followed by center and lower left corner crops.

















Here is Flektogon 35mm/2.4 (it's more like 37mm lens)













Edited on Feb 28, 2012 at 11:32 PM · View previous versions



Feb 28, 2012 at 11:29 PM
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p.1 #9 · 35/3.5 SMC Takumar?


mirkoc wrote:
If you need 35mm on a budget, perhaps you could try Yashica ML 35/2.8. Perhaps not the best against the sun, but quite sharp stopped down.

Here is a full picture at F11 followed by center and lower left corner crops.

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7207/6939547441_31845ceec3_b.jpg
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7053/6939547359_c5191b12b9_z.jpg
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7210/6939547245_293b1d3cf3_z.jpg

Here is Flektogon 35mm/2.4 (it's more like 37mm lens)
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7070/6939578381_8113fa0097_z.jpg
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7178/6793466346_bfc931a840_z.jpg



What camera is this on?



Feb 28, 2012 at 11:31 PM
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p.1 #10 · 35/3.5 SMC Takumar?


It's on 5D, I edited my post.


Feb 28, 2012 at 11:34 PM
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p.1 #11 · 35/3.5 SMC Takumar?


mirkoc wrote:
It's on 5D, I edited my post.


I thought it looked like a 5D. Thanks. I will say some of the lenses which looked great on my 5D struggled when used on the higher MP Sony A900. The Flek did fine though.



Feb 28, 2012 at 11:36 PM
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p.1 #12 · 35/3.5 SMC Takumar?


Yashica could also double as a speciality 'flares like crazy' lens for portraits against the sun








Feb 28, 2012 at 11:52 PM





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