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10-27-2008, 08:30 PM   #1
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Takumar Serial numbers

Is there anywhere online that has a database of takumar serial numbers? The 55 zebra I bought Saturday is #178,XXX and the 105 is 520,XXX. Did they really make 300,000 plus lenses from 1958 to 61/62?

10-27-2008, 09:27 PM   #2
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Takumars appear to be numbered per optical model, regardless of coatings, cosmetics, or years. I recently purchased a 135mm/3.5, and I noticed that the Autos were in the hundred-thousand range, Supers were up to about the 1- to 3-million range, the S-M-Cs in the 4- to 5- million range, and the SMCs up to 7-million or so. I was sorely tempted to start putting together a database and trying to figure out when they used which coating with pre S-M-C lenses. The one I bought was in the late 3-millions, so we'll see. Also, I wouldn't be surprised if they jumped to the next 1-million increment when they came out with a new model, or possibly every year regardless.

At any rate, serial numbers don't appear to cross species: the 55mm sequence is independent of the 105mm sequence.

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At the bottom of this page: Early Pentax Takumar Lenses is a list with some serialnumbers and dates.
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If I remember I'll list mine with serial/model numbers etc.
And see what era they are from.

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