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Rare Takumar 85mm f/4.5 Ultra-Achromatic to be auctioned

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#1 nfoto

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Posted 09 November 2020 - 10:41

This news might interest a lot of our members:

The auction site http://www.bcauction.ca/ will be putting up a complete set comprising the rare

Ultra-Achromatic Takumar 85mm f/4.5 lens

and all its filters including the filter for UV(C ).

My source says it is prudent to register an account at the site in preparation for the auction, which reportedly will be on line this week.

I know Andrea has at least one of these, probably other members as well. I saw Andrea using it in Scotland a few years ago, but otherwise it has been off my radar. Be pleased to know I will NOT participate in the auction as I have problems enough already, with all the diverse gear at my disposition, to select the best lens for a shooting assignment !!.

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Posted 09 November 2020 - 11:40

Oh, this will be exciting......

#3 dabateman

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Posted 09 November 2020 - 13:48

Yes I have a UAT 85mm f4.5 lens. I sold some stock, almost got a divorce, but own one. Its the single most expensive piece of photography equipment I own.

It got me into UV-B imaging and encouraged me to look into UV-C. Its a fantastic lens good for close up images and has M42 mount so will work on any camera. Just might be macro only on Nikon F-mount or Pentacon six if your crazy enough to mount it there.

There are only 25 known in the world. We should all meet up one day.

Government auction sites are a massive pain. You may have to pick it up in person or arrange someone to do that for you. The Canadian board I think is still closed. But you can get some stuff cheap as much fewer competition. The US government auction site has a spread of stuff way over value and ridiculously cheap. Like getting a work truck for $200. Or a cheap 600mm lens brand new for $100, selling for $1000.

Like this gama imager:
https://gsaauctions....=31QSCI21007004

Edited by dabateman, 09 November 2020 - 13:54.


#4 Stefano

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Posted 09 November 2020 - 15:41

Only 25 known in the world, that's very rare!

#5 nfoto

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Posted 09 November 2020 - 20:32

If the total of 25 units is correct, then UVP members have at least 10% of them ....

A few teaser images for the upcoming auction.

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Hand-written test reports on such items must be a true rarity.

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Posted 10 November 2020 - 01:36

The item does not show up in the site's search, at least as of yet.

#7 nfoto

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Posted 10 November 2020 - 04:32

The item will be available on the auction site this week. UVP hs been given pre-auction information.

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Posted 10 November 2020 - 04:47

That lens looks to be beyond mint. As in bought and stored in a humidity controlled safe. Due to the pain of dealing with government auctions, now I wonder what it will sell for. That filter looks too clean.
I wonder if I can attach a pdf of the manual. Page 5 shows the filters that should be there. I never got any filters with mine just bare lens. Didn't even get the proper caps.

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#9 Cadmium

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Posted 10 November 2020 - 05:30

I can't find it, is there a direct link to it yet?

#10 nfoto

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Posted 10 November 2020 - 06:04

My source for this information has promised me the link immediately it becomes available.

#11 nfoto

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Posted 10 November 2020 - 08:39

Meanwhile, here are better photos of the collection to be auctioned.

https://photos.app.g...jQ1zrmsAb3Gt95A

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Posted 10 November 2020 - 09:09

Good to see one in the box with the bits. The lens body looks ok, but there was some paint missing on some of the images I was sent. Still an amazing opportunity for someone though, they don't come along that often.

EDIT: Also, for any potential buyer it would be good to know what that is on the front element - dust on the outside or the inside or perhaps even fungus.

Edited by JMC, 10 November 2020 - 10:49.

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#13 dabateman

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Posted 10 November 2020 - 13:01

Looks like a lot of dust to me. There is even a hair on the back rim mount. I am always surprised when people don't carefully clean an item before taking photos for sale. I almost got a lens dirt cheap, but didn't think it right. So messaged an ebay seller to clean the front lens. Had a finger smear, which looked like a deep scratch. After they cleaned it the bids shot up 5x.

Whats sad is the deep scratches on the bp 866nm filter. That would have been fun.
I have a BN850 which is nice and this seems to be the equivalent.

#14 Andrea B.

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Posted 15 November 2020 - 20:08

Truly a collector's item with the box and the filters.

For what it is worth, the UAT UV-pass filters are "leaky" by our current digital standards because these filters were made when film was used. They really are not usable.
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#15 Andrea B.

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Posted 15 November 2020 - 20:15

If the total of 25 units is correct, then UVP members have at least 10% of them ....

Actually, UVP members have captured 20% 24% of the UATs (assuming there were only 25 produced).
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Posted 15 November 2020 - 21:42

Well there must have been a whole bunch produced. The listing serial number is 2471890, the manual has a number of 2471918. Mine has a serial of 360xxxx.

So maybe the 25 estimate I was told is wrong.

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This one as serial 5428504
https://www.dpreview.../thread/3156614

The serial numbers seem all over the place.

Here they are also claiming only 25:
https://www.dpreview...s/post/63994312

The Pentax forum is also claiming 25. Maybe thats were I got that number from.
https://www.pentaxfo...-85mm-F4.5.html

Edited by dabateman, 15 November 2020 - 23:27.


#17 Andrea B.

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Posted 19 November 2020 - 18:17

What does Dr. Klaus say about the UAT rarity?
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#18 nfoto

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Posted 20 November 2020 - 23:48

The auction is finally up and running:

http://www.bcauction.ca

(found under Art/Photography/Music, item A221620)

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Posted 21 November 2020 - 01:00

I am not interested in the lens, but I want to warn you that your link doesn't work for me. I don't know about other members in other countries.

The message says:
"You have accessed this page through an invalid referer.
This activity has been logged."


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Posted 21 November 2020 - 06:12

Edit was only viable for 1 hour.

The first time I wish I lived locally to this. It for sure will sell low. Must be picked up in person!
The Canadian borders are closed, no in or out. You would have to know someone whom lives in the area.

Edited by dabateman, 21 November 2020 - 13:12.