I get asked the lens question a lot. What lens did you use on that picture? Well its a great question because the lens selection has a lot to do with how a picture was made. I recently went to the Wings Over North Georgia airshow, thus prompting me to write about the telephoto lens that I use. There are a lot of different choices when it comes to the long lens crowd. But just how far are you trying to magnify something? I find that 200mm on a full frame sensor covers 99% of what I want to take magnified pictures of. My other problem is I rarely want to zoom that much. So I don’t want to spend much money on it. In the photo world that can be tough to find. Being poor has its advantages, it forces you to do more research! Lets move on to the Takumar 200.
This lens is an M42 mount (Pentax), meaning you will need a cheap ebay adapter (M42 – Your camera). I paid $40 for mine in fairly rough shape. Its fixed at 200mm with an aperture of f4. So now you have some pretty decent range, for the cost of a tank of gas. Check out just how sharp this lens is. Keeping in mind this is one with dust in the barrel and some mold growing in a few of the edges.
Yep, all these came from a dirty old $40 lens mated to a Sony a7ii. All hand held, in fairly low light, and show wide open at f4.
Heres a picture of the lens. Easily found all over eBay for less than $50.
Some naysayers will say bad things about the manual focus only part. Well its a $50 lens for one. And two, when your shooting with a telephoto lens. Are you not you almost always focused at infinity? I challenge anyone thinking of buying a telephoto lens to buy one of these first. Id be very surprised if you find it doesn’t cover the important bases for long range shots and completely skip on the ludicrously expensive auto focus zoom telephoto lenses.
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