So I was having a little look around in the attic, as you do and found a load of my Grandads old camera bits and bobs, which included a Praktica L2 in not to bad condition and a Tesco bag containing 12 screw mount lens's. Happy days. After sorting the wheat from the chaff I was left with
So obviously finding the Takumar 1.4 was better than Christmas and all the other lens's apart from the shockingly made Domiplan were quite nice finds. I whacked the Takumar on my D60 using a M42 -> Nikon converter which annoyingly doesn't allow infinity focus it actually reduces its ability to focus on anything beyond 10 meters quite dramatically!
The lens is of course a manual focus with aperture ranging from 1.4 to 16 and minimum focus distance of 0.45 meters when mounted on my Nikon D60 it does not recognize there is a lens attached so everything needs to be shot in M mode, I think this is the same with most DSLR and most screw mount AF lenses will not auto focus unless a much more expensive mount converter is purchased. in order to get infinity focus on these lenses when mounted on a DSLR another glass element needs to be introduced but this of course will effect the image quality and properties of the lens.
Wide open at 1.4
wide open at 1.4
wide open at 1.4
This is a lovely lens and would really recommend getting one or any other decent M42, there still quite readily available on the internet a good shout is the Sweedish version of ebay Tradera, as it recieves alot less traffic you can pick them up for cheaper. eBay prices are rapidly rising due to increased popularity of using screw mount lenses as digital SLR type lens substitutes. ofcourse you could also try car boot sales and the odd charity shop a lot of people will look at these old lenses and just asume there worth nout! when they can easily fetch £40-80!