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LENS PORN: Super-Takumar 55mm f/1.8 (M42)

Super-Takumar 55mm f/1.8 (M42)
Super-Takumar 55mm f/1.8 (M42)



Published: 10 February 2017


A friend was kind enough to lend me his lens for a day, and I shot these photos of the Super-Takumar 55mm f/1.8.



What I can provide for now are first impressions, no samples. At that time, I did not have any adapter to use with this lens. I will update this post in the future if I do get my hands on this lens again.

M42 was the mount that Pentax cameras used, until they abandoned it in 1975 for a new 'Pentax K' bayonet mount. M42 mount is universal and was easy to adapt to other cameras because of its screw-mount design. However, I do find that they do easily unscrew, so a bayonet mount does provide a more secure mounting.

Build Quality. This lens is so tiny! Unlike my Nikkor 50mm's, that look mammoth-sized compared to this. Like many old manual lenses, it is made of metal and glass. It can withstand heavy beating compared to plastic lenses today that are hypersensitive to the slightest bump. The aperture ring produces very snappy clicks and it sounds like music to my ears. The focus ring is easy to turn, not too much damped, but smoother than the focus rings from today's lenses.

Image Quality. I cannot provide any samples at all since I haven't taken it out for a test. But my initial shots did show excellent sharpness, vivid saturated colors, a bit warm color shift, and nice contrast that this lens was legendary for.

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SPECS

Super-Takumar 55mm f/1.8

Years Produced:
1958 - 1975

Focal Length:
FX = 55mm
DX = 85mm

Filter Thread Size:
49mm

Aperture Run:
f/1.8 - f/16 (6 blades)

It has a switch that allows to toggle
between Manual and Auto diaphragm.

The glass is multi-coated.
In later versions, they would simply mark it as 'SMC'.
(SMC = Super Multi Coated)

Made in Japan

There are several versions of this lens!
www.myfavouritelens.com/super-takumar-55mm-f1-8/

Super-Takumar 55mm f/1.8 (M42)

Super-Takumar 55mm f/1.8 (M42)

Super-Takumar 55mm f/1.8 (M42)

Super-Takumar 55mm f/1.8 (M42)

Super-Takumar 55mm f/1.8 (M42)

Super-Takumar 55mm f/1.8 (M42)

Super-Takumar 55mm f/1.8 (M42)

Super-Takumar 55mm f/1.8 (M42)

Super-Takumar 55mm f/1.8 (M42)

Super-Takumar 55mm f/1.8 (M42)












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