January 27, 2017
I’ve posted images for this 365 project taken with both 50mm lenses that I own. It seemed only appropriate to highlight the lenses themselves at some point. This evening, I wanted to start with the older of the two – my Pentax Super Takumar 50mm f1.4 M42 mount.
I love this lens – it was made in the late 60’s/early 70’s and is really solid. Some of these have a lens coating that yellows over time and that was the case with this copy that I found at a flea market. There are several sites dedicated to M42-mount lenses – with this being one of the more popular lenses made, I was able to find hints on how to clear that yellow tinting to bring it back to a relatively clear state. This one was $10, likely due to how rough it looked on the outside, in addition to the tinting. The glass was fine and scratch/fungus free. I had seen this lens sell online for closer to $100, so knowing it mostly just needed a cleaning, I jumped on it.
The M42-EF adapter ring to mount it to an EOS body was only about $10. For a total of $20, I have a lens that rivals the Canon 50mm STM that I took this shot with. The lens can autofocus, but not on this camera body without a much more expensive adapter ring, so I have to focus manually. That was difficult to get used to since it meant making sure my glasses sat correctly on my face and the viewfinder was properly calibrated. Once I ironed that out, I found that I can focus this almost as accurately at its widest aperture as autofocus does on the Canon 50mm.