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Old 01-05-2019   #1
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The Takumar Lenses

No dedicated thread for Takumar lenses?

Post your pictures here. Film or digital, 35mm or medium format, anything with the Takumar word on it.

I'll make a start.

Takumar 55 f/2


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Old 01-05-2019   #2
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Nice idea, great lenses; as a group seemingly designed with an eye more towards pleasing rendering style than impressive mtf charts.
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I have three Super-Takumar screw mount lenses: 28mm, 50mm, and a 200mm. All were purchased between 1969 and 1971. My 50 is the radioactive model and really a great lens, The 28mm also great has just a slight vignette at wide open (F3.5) and I had to send it to the Pentax guy in the Carolinas to fix a lazy aperture, and the 200 is perfect except I never used it too much:

28mm, with H&W copy film using H&W developer, very fine grained but dynamic range was short:


H&W Copy Film; H&W developer by John Carter, on Flickr

50mm, again with H&W copy film and a no. 1 extension tube:


H&W copy film and with their developer by John Carter, on Flickr

200mm, this time with Plus-x handheld and after a couple of beers:


Plus X D-76 by John Carter, on Flickr
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105/2.8 Super Takumar


Auto Takumar 55/2.2


SMC Takumar 55/1.8


SMC Macro Takumar


Super Multicoated Takumar 50/1.4


SMC Takumar 50/1.4


SMC Takumar 50/1.4


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I have a couple of other Takumars; I forgot the Takumar Macro f 4.0 50mm screw mount (mid-60s but it is recent to me), and a really sharp radioactive 105, f 2.4 (6x7).

105mm:

Arista EDU ultra 100 HC-110h by John Carter, on Flickr

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Untitled by John Carter, on Flickr
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Apart from that have a Rolleiflex 3.5F, the odd Minolta XD7, Hasselblad 500cm, a Topcon Super D and an Intrepid 5x4 large format (not the half of it but I am clearing them out, honest).

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The Takumar 55mm f2 and the f1.8 version produce nice OOF areas full bore and are very flare resistant to boot.
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50mm/1,4 adapted to my EOS 650, Polypan F
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There are some very nice photos in this thread, so much so it is difficult to select the ones I like the best. And it is also difficult to select the "best" Takumars - there are so many of them that are so darned good.

I am a long time collector / user of Takumars having started down the Asahi Pentax route perhaps 25 years ago when I discovered how good these lenses are for myself. But familiarity breeds contempt as they say (or perhaps complacency is a better term) and I have not used them so much in recent years as other more exotic lenses have come along and been within my grasp. This thread moves me to get them out once more and use them again seriously. I may start with the 50mm f1.4 and 55mm f1.8 both of which are superb performers. Or even the 135mm lenses. Or the ......well you see my problem - there is a surfeit of choice.
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Peter, start out with the 50mm f1.4, it is great for out of focus. You could really do some beauties with that cool post processing you do.
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50/1.4 on my black Spotmatic. Forgot the film.



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I love the m42 Takumars. I have a 35/3.5, a 28/3.5 and a 50/1.4 7-element, all of the Super-Multi-Coated variety. Here is a shot with the 35/3.5 on expired Tmax 100, YG filter, developed in PMK (no sharpening or other PS fiddling).
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I love the m42 Takumars. I have a 35/3.5, a 28/3.5 and a 50/1.4 7-element, all of the Super-Multi-Coated variety. Here is a shot with the 35/3.5 on expired Tmax 100, YG filter, developed in PMK (no sharpening or other PS fiddling):

Scotch Thistle Takumar by Barry Kirsten, on Flickr
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I have the same set of lenses...currently have the 28mm 3.5 mounted on my a6000..
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Pentax System by Narsuitus, on Flickr

I use the following lenses on my Pentax Spotmatics:
Asahi 300mm f/6.3 preset Tele Takumar (left)
Asahi 200mm f/5.6 Super Takumar
Asahi 135mm f/3.5 Super Takumar
Asahi 105mm f/2.8 Super Takumar (right)
Asahi 50mm f/1.4 Super Takumar (8-element) (on black body)
Asahi 35mm f/3.5 Super Takumar (not in photo)
Asahi 28mm f/3.5 Super-Multi-Coated Takumar (on chrome body)
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Portrait by Narsuitus, on Flickr

Taken with Asahi 105mm f/2.8 Super Takumar on a Fuji X-Pro1.
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You know the optical characteristics of many of the photos on this thread are in my opinion amongst the best I have ever seen on this site......says a lot for those old Takumars. Honest to God if there were not so many around on the market I have a hunch that people would be willing to pay big bucks to get their hands on them.
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Couldn’t agree more. Compact, beautifully made, perform well and seem to like digital sensors. Well done to the photographers too - nice work.

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You know the optical characteristics of many of the photos on this thread are in my opinion amongst the best I have ever seen on this site......says a lot for those old Takumars. Honestly if there were not so many around on the market I have a hunch that people would be willing to pay big bucks to get their hands on them.
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The 85mm 1.8 is my favorite portrait lens and the 35 3.5 is a tack driver
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The 85mm 1.8 is my favorite portrait lens and the 35 3.5 is a tack driver
My working kit for several years in newspapers was a 28/3.5, a 50/1.4 and the 85 1.8 with a pair of Spotmatic F bodies. The 85 was amazing.

Finally needed a reliable motor drive and ended up with Nikon FM2 & FE2.
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My working kit for several years in newspapers was a 28/3.5, a 50/1.4 and the 85 1.8 with a pair of Spotmatic F bodies. The 85 was amazing.

Finally needed a reliable motor drive and ended up with Nikon FM2 & FE2.
I still have the Spotmatic F with 28/3.5, 50/1.4 and 85/1.8. I also have a 35/2.
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...Finally needed a reliable motor drive and ended up with Nikon FM2 & FE2.
Did you look at the Spotmatic Motor Drive model? I have one and the motor, which seems to be the same one to fit my Pentax K2DMD...
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Did you look at the Spotmatic Motor Drive model? I have one and the motor, which seems to be the same one to fit my Pentax K2DMD...
My memory is fuzzy but iirc, in the mid-70s the only motor available was on a dedicated Spotmatic body with the broomstick handle/battery holder. My usual cleanup/repair guy, who could fix anything but didn't sell cameras, didn't think it would stand up to frequent use.
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The 85 was amazing.
I've only recently been getting aquainted with the K85/f1.8 (optically the same as the Super-Multi-Coated Tak) and it is exceptional. Probably the best short tele I've used.
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Finally needed a reliable motor drive and ended up with Nikon FM2 & FE2.
I have used Nikon MD-11 and MD-12; both are excellent.
A Pentax MX with Winder MX would have been nearly as speedy,
and with Motor Drive MX even faster.

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I have not used my Super Takumar 35mm f/3.5 enough. When I saw this rare image made with it I was reminded of how sharp it is. FP4 Plus in ID-11 1 + 3 loaded in a Zeiss Ikon Icarex 35S TM.

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I have not used my Super Takumar 35mm f/3.5 enough. When I saw this rare image made with it I was reminded of how sharp it is. FP4 Plus in ID-11 1 + 3 loaded in a Zeiss Ikon Icarex 35S TM.

Canon also had a superb 35mm f 3.5 in their FD lens lineup.

I always got a kick out of these trend setting Japanese optical firms producing a slow and mild wide angle lens so late in the game.
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SMC Pentax 35/3.5 lens is the later PK-mount bayonet version of the M42 screwmount Takumar.
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Got a 6x7 with 55/105/165. Here is a shot with the 105:



Here is she with the machine:

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That's stunning Pan!
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For the most part, I like the Takumar 28-80 zoom. It covers most of whatever I want to shoot and it's reasonably compact. However, when zoomed out wide it does show some barrel distortion, like an almost-fish-eye.

This particular one was shot on the Rollei Digibase film, a C41 film without that amber mask.

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