Strange "Asahi NC Takumar 3,3/300mm Pentax M42" on Ebay

David Parsons parsons.david at gmail.com
Sat Jul 3 14:01:56 EDT 2010


How many stops is 256x?

On Sat, Jul 3, 2010 at 12:57 PM, Brendan MacRae
<brendanmacrae1969 at yahoo.com> wrote:
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>> From: Anthony Farr <farranthony at gmail.com>
>> To: Pentax-Discuss Mail List <pdml at pdml.net>
>> Sent: Sat, July 3, 2010 3:58:31 AM
>> Subject: Re: Strange "Asahi NC Takumar 3,3/300mm Pentax M42" on Ebay
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>> "The mounting the tube seems also an original."
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> Are you sure about
>> that?  Compare the pictures at
>> AOHC:
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> http://www.aohc.it/cameras/nocta.jpg
> and,
> http://www.aohc.it/images/sp40.jpg
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> to
>> the picture at the
>> auction:
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> http://i.ebayimg.com/11/!Bw0VCdQBGk~$(KGrHqIOKioEwPgB+i)hBMKt40,WIw~~_12.JPG
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> You
>> can see that the historic pictures show a much shorter tube
> between the wide
>> part of the lens and the body of the image
> intensifier, with no obvious
>> tapering or visible bright metal.  The
> ebay lens doesn't have any place
>> where an image intensifier could be
> placed according to the old
>> pictures.
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> regards, Anthony
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> The Nocta is described pretty well in Oosten's "The Ultimate Asahi Pentax Screw Mount Guide 1952-1977," pgs 255-256. From the three pictures in this book, it appears as though the eBay lens is complete minus the larger focusing handle. A rare unit indeed.
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> The description of lens from the book:
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> "The lens is a highly specialized Takumar 1:3.3/300mm for Infrared photography. The minimum aperture is f/22, the angle of view is 8 degrees. It was supplied with a 256X Neutral Density filter (42mm) for use under daylight conditions. The actual front of the lens measures 300/3.3 = 91mm in diameter of which only the central part is used in daylight." - pg 255.
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> -Brendan
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