The SMC TAKUMAR f1.4 50mm – I could go on about this lens for hours and never run out of superlatives – ultimately what sums it all up perfectly is that it is as sharp as a well honed knife.
Add an ND (neutral density) filter, preferably a non variable one, and it becomes the go to lens for me for those moving water photos.
Pentax lenses are noted for the bokeh they produce, but also colors that “pop” or are referred to as “punchy”, and this one has it in spades.
Solid metal construction, superior optics, well defined aperture stops even after decades, and a focusing ring as smooth as butter.
At f1.4 it is a very fast lens that will allow the user to take quality photos in lighting a slower lens would have trouble with.
It is of course a manual lens that when used on a dslr requires a working knowledge of what that means – I’ve used this lens on a variety of cameras from slrs to dslrs and it has performed magnificently – but I’m inclined to wonder if there isn’t a native infinity, some mechanical animism when attached to a Pentax whether film or digital as it seems to shine even more then.
That could just be my imagination, but it I liken it to holding a woman’s hand, you don’t need to look to know it’s your woman’s hand, an affinity born of all that composes a relationship exists and you know it is.
Relationships exist in all things – like the right nail for a nail gun, the correct size shoes for your feet, whether you drive a pickup for work, a car to go to the office, a van to haul the family around in…or perhaps even a matched camera and lens.
The photo was taken with an Auto Yashinon-DX 50mm f.2 “vintage” lens, a lens that produces great color and bokeh in my opinion.
My preference for saving photos is the Tiff format, they take up more room than jpegs but the quality is better – The above photo is of the jpeg variety as wp, or at least my version of it doesn’t allow the uploading of Tiff.
If you don’t have this Takumar lens you should consider getting one – “super taks”, there’s a reason they’re referred to in such a way, and with the right adapter you can mount it on just about any camera.