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09-04-2008, 12:40 PM   #1
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Asahi Takumar 135mm f/3.5 Chrome

I just got an Asahi Takumar 135mm f/3.5 Chrome in the mail yesterday after winning it on ebay for $8.49. It's a pretty funky, old lens with no SMC and it's not a Super Takumar. But I like it. If I'm not mistaken, this lens is about 40 years old.

I'd appreciate any comments regarding this lens. Either it's history, of which I no very little, or it's performance.
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Frank

The Asahi Takumar 135mm f/3.5 Chrome :



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Made 1957-1961.

Got one, its quite good.
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Nice! Here is a link that I have found helpful in identifying my Takumars.

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I am seriously jealous: a preset Tak!! and at such a great price to boot. Bravo!

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I am seriously jealous: a preset Tak!! and at such a great price to boot. Bravo!
Well acctually, I got mine for 4.99 no other biders They are not as sought after as the Super/SMC Taks.
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QuoteOriginally posted by xs400 Quote
I just got an Asahi Takumar 135mm f/3.5 Chrome in the mail yesterday after winning it on ebay for $8.49. It's a pretty funky, old lens with no SMC and it's not a Super Takumar. But I like it. If I'm not mistaken, this lens is about 40 years old.
Dude, that looks like you're having fun using it already nice find.
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Dude, that looks like you're having fun using it already nice find.
I am having fun with this old lens. I got this shot while on a walk during my lunch hour. My eyes are not as good as they used to be, so the manual focus is a challenge, but I like the results I get with this lens.

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I am having fun with this old lens. I got this shot while on a walk during my lunch hour. My eyes are not as good as they used to be, so the manual focus is a challenge, but I like the results I get with this lens.
With only a few exceptions, the Takumars, no matter what version are great lenses. Even with today's standards. The pre Super Takumar, as you can see for yourself, do lack some contrast that the laters have. But thats an easy thing to add in post process. Other then that they are sharp, well built and really fun to use.

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This lens is ooooold

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If I'm not mistaken, this lens is about 40 years old.
More like 50!!!
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that lens is so cool. i want it.
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that lens is so cool. i want it.
Keep watchin' ebay, you might just find one for less than $10, like I did.
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QuoteOriginally posted by xs400 Quote
I just got an Asahi Takumar 135mm f/3.5 Chrome in the mail yesterday after winning it on ebay for $8.49. It's a pretty funky, old lens with no SMC and it's not a Super Takumar.
Congrats, this is a very good lens. As stated by Zewrak, preset Takumar lenses are very well built. I also find them quite easy to use with modern DSLRs : the lens stays wide open to allow easy focusing and framing and it's always ready to shoot at the twist of a ring, even on a Canon DSLR which has no lever to actuate the diaphragm.

The preset Takumar and the early models of the Super-Takumar 135/3.5 lens were 5 element/4 group lenses, which have better image quality than the subsequent models (including K-mount SMC-Pentax lenses), which were simplified 4 element/4 group lenses. The 4/4 lenses exhibit more longitudinal chromatic aberrations (mostly green fringing on the out of focus background edges).

Cheers!

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i want one even more now... thanks Abbazz 8-)
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