PentaxTips: Spotting the 8-Element Super Takumar 50mm f/1.4

Do I have the 'Zeiss Planar Killer'?

By FozzFoster in Articles and Tips on Oct 10, 2021

Pentax is known for its rich history of excellent and industry leading optics. However, being on top of the industry generally means you'll have rich competition! 

In the 1960's, when the M42 screwmount was in its heyday, Pentax and Zeiss were battlin' it out for the prestigious bragging rights of having the best commercially available optics.

Notably, we had the Zeiss Planar 50mm f/1.4 and at the time it was regarded at legendary status for it's sharpness and optical performance. Pentax response was to produce a lens that would exceed Zeiss's impressive reputation no matter the costs: enter the Pentax Super-Takumar 50mm f/1.4- designed to be the 'Planar Killer'! 

Rumor has it that Pentax actually took a loss with each sale of this 8-element lens just for showmanship and elbow Zeiss in the marketplace and jockeying for position! However, with the obvious financial risks involved with this competition, Pentax eventually replaced the original 8-element design with a more affordable 7-element design.

While both lenses certainly perform admirably, the reputation for the original 8-element version persists leaving a 'cult-classic' fan favourite lens in its wake.

In this PentaxTips video, we discuss how you can discern between the 8-element and 7-element variations of this lens.

Hope you enjoy!

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By FozzFoster in Tutorial Videos on Oct 9, 2021

Hello to our favourite forum - We are PentaxTips!

My name is Stephen and I've been an active member on PentaxForums since 2015. You might know me around here as FozzFoster. My wife Michelle and I have relatively recently launched PentaxTips, a YouTube channel dedicated to Pentax enthusiasts - We are Pentaxians!

First, a big thank you to PentaxForums.com Administrator Adam for allowing us to share our content with the community. Over the course of the coming months, you will see many PentaxTips videos appear alongside the usual homepage content. 

We will begin by presenting some previous PentaxTips videos in the coming weeks to get everyone caught up on what we are all about and to share the educational videos and content that we produce. We look forward to providing tips, talk, and demonstrations of photography and Pentax-related equipment and sharing these videos with you. If anyone has an idea for a video or would like to see something specific, please let me know (or add your suggestion in the comments) and we will see what we can do.

Thank you all for the support. We hope you enjoy!

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