Super Lentar 28mm f/2.8 (m42)

I want to share with you a new year purchase of a used M42 lens. I have not a clue of the manufacturer of this lens. It is very cute looking. It cost much less than a SuperTakumar. It is Super-Lentar 28mm f/2.8 in M42 mount.

I like its look with some silver and black color and I think it may go well with the white camera. It is all metal build around and the lens barrel reminds me of SuperTak but the mix of silver and black color make this a charming lens.

super lentar m42 lens with Pentax k20d

super lentar m42 lens

super lentar m42 lens
First day with it seems like a good performer. Even wide open shots seems good in sharpness.

super lentar m42 lens

super lentar m42 lens

super lentar m42 lens

super lentar m42 lens
I add a +4 for a close up in lunch

super lentar m42 lens
and +4 close-up on flower

super lentar m42 lens
One noted caveat is on its non-circular blades opening in f/5.6

super lentar m42 lens

Impressions & Notes:

  • A brand name not well known, which I like the most -- I have something nobody has.
  • Inexpensive lens to get category
  • Decent sharpness seen in casual test shots
  • Lens is well built with metal barrel
  • Very cute lens with distinct silver and black, it will go better with white camera
  • Wipe open aperture quite sharp but I am NO pixel peeper
  • Bokeh is found busy on off focus rendering area.
  • Blades have sharp spikes at middle apertures as in f/5.6, and shooting into sunlight create oddly shaped shadows
  • Filter size is 58mm, the right size to share accessories with Cosina 55mm f/1.2
  • Close up is not its strength as minimum focusing distance is about 1.5 feet
  • A and M auto-aperture toggle is nicely done with a big nob. I found it very convenient to toggle to A for wide open aperture in focusing and then toggle back to M for the actual metering
  • Av mode can be used to some degree for indoor. In bright daylight, I happen to need to use M mode and stop-down metering for accurate metering
  • Overall a great value lens to have at probably half the cost of a Super Takumar. I like bigger lens barrel for focusing as in this lens as compared to 49mm tiny lens barrel in Super Takumar 35mm f/3.5 or that in Super Takumar 105mm f/2.8
  • Focusing ring is bit stiff but I think it will smooth out in repeated operation
  • A charmer in my book



Xavian-Anderson Macpherson said...

Well Hin, I'm sorry to inform you, you're not the only one to own one of these lenses. Although I'm writing this a bit prematurely, since the bidding hasn't ended. But it seems like I'll be the only bidder on the lens in question.

Well, there was one other bidder on the lens. But I still won! So now my friend, we both have one of these lenses. And I appreciate having seen the pictures you posted here and in another location to help convince me to get it. Success came at 23,October.2009 19:19:29 -08:00 GMT.

Xavian-Anderson Macpherson

Hin Man said...

The lens is a cute one but I would not bid over $35.0 and that would be my ball park figure if I ever sell it. And the price always depend on condition, make sure to ask seller for haze, oil, scratches and marks. I would have the least concern on marks on barrel or dust in side. But be extremely prudent in checking for haze, fungus and fog especially in the rear element.

The lens is cute and I hope you enjoy your copy. Thanks!

Xavian-Anderson Macpherson said...
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Xavian-Anderson Macpherson said...

I just got my lens today. It almost looks new, with the exception of some wear on the lens mount (like yours) which is never seen while in use. I'm going to post pictures of it for you to see. It's absolutely pretty!

Thank you for the affirmation to get this lens!
Xavian-Anderson Macpherson

Anonymous said...

Hello there!
that makes me another person who owns a Super Lentar f28mm 2.8 lens now :D
just got a Honeywell Spotmatic with a Super Lentar on it. But i think if it's a Super Takumar then the deal would be better? i don't know but i've heard so. Either way i'm happy when i saw your post! Those photos looks sharp and awesome!

Max said...

Hi there,

It's been a while since you have posted this article but I thought you might still be interested to get some information about this lens. The Super-Lentar were distributed by "Lenco Photo Products" in the USA, their lenses were rebranded Tokyo Koki (Tokina). Here's a vid of a Tokina Wide-Auto 28mm f/2.8:

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