BackgroundThe 135mm ƒ/3.5 Super-Multi-Coated Takumar (or the almost-identical older Super-Takumar) lens for M42 screw-mount cameras from Asahi Optical Company of Japan (more recently known as Pentax) is one of the great bargains for film photographers and some digital photographers.
The 135mm focal length was popular through much of the 20th century. Leica and Zeiss sold 135mm lenses starting in the 1930s, and during the single-lens-reflex boom of the 1960s, all the Japanese companies made 135 lenses for their respective cameras. Often that was the second lens a budding photographer bought, until the marketers convinced amateurs that they "needed" zoom lenses.
|Honeywell Pentax advertisement, Modern Photography, June 1968.|
M42 thread mount
The 35mm ƒ/3.5 Super-Takumar or SMC Takumar is another under-appreciated gem. I tested my bargain 35 around town and at the Tomato Place.
|Advertisement from Cambridge Camera Exchange, Popular Photography, January 1981, p. 164.|
|Advertisement from Cambridge Camera Exchange, Popular Photography, December 1985, p. 105.|
Despite the obvious benefits of a hood, most point-and-shoot cameras of the 1980s and 1990s did not have any way to attach a hood for two reasons: 1. Users had been told that multi-coating negated the need for a hood (wrong); 2. casual users would not use them even if supplied (lazy).
|Humphreys Street, Itta Bena, Mississippi|
|Itta Bena, Mississippi|
|Webb Mississippi (Kodak BW400CN film)|
|Main Street, Webb, Mississippi|
|Farm fields, Rte 32 near Webb, Mississippi|