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01-25-2014, 08:31 PM   #1
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about K-mount takumar lense

I'm now collecting some material about pentax takumar lens, it's easy to find the M42 takumar lens, but quite difficult to find the K-mount one, it seems made in Taiwan, anyone knows where to find the relevant information?

01-25-2014, 08:38 PM   #2
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Non-SMC Pentax Prime Lenses - Reviews and Specifications - SLR and Interchangeable Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database

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https://www.pentaxforums.com/lensreviews/Other-Pentax-Zoom-Lenses-c47.html

I don't know about "made in Taiwan" though, AFAIK all of the Asahi lenses were made in Japan at that time.
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The K-mount Takumars were budget lenses -- bringing back the name on an inferior product. Not really a target for collectors...
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The K-mount Takumars were budget lenses -- bringing back the name on an inferior product. Not really a target for collectors...
yes, I just want to write something about Takumar, so the K-mount should also be included

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Oh, I see. Probably going to need to read Japanese to find anything detailed...
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I have a Takumar-A 70-200mm f4 zoom which says Japan on it. I thought maybe the Takumar Bayonet 135mm f2.5 was made in Taiwan but none of the pieces I have here say that.
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I have a Takumar-A 70-200mm f4 zoom which says Japan on it. I thought maybe the Takumar Bayonet 135mm f2.5 was made in Taiwan but none of the pieces I have here say that.
Photos show "Made in Taiwan" stamped into the lens hood of the Takumar Bayonet 135mm f2.5.
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I like the K mount Takumar Primes Ive tried Takumar Bayonet 2.5/135mm and the Takumar-A 2.8/28mm. The zooms, not so much

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Some of the Takumar [Bayonet] lenses were produced by Cosmicar. Cosmicar was a Taiwanese subsidiary of Asahi, and specialized on lenses for movie equipment.
Takumar bayonet lenses which existed also as SMC Pentax lenses, in most cases used a simpler optical formula.

The best example was the A 3.5-4.5/28-80mm.
I was sold as "SMC Pentax-A" (with sophisticated optics and, for that time, stellar performance), and also as "Pentax-A" (less elements, average performance).
It should be mentioned, that the "Pentax-A" version was also also sold as "Takumar-A" and "Profile-A" (all 3 lenses are identical). The "Profile" branded version was made by Cosmicar, about the Takumar-A I wouldn't know. In any case, in some countries you could get the Program A and the A-3 bundled with the "Profile", but the Super A with the "SMC Pentax-A".

By the way, I use the Takumar 2.8/135 [Bayonet], and it is quite good. In most cases you would not see a difference to the SMC Pentax-M which uses more elements.

EDIT:
Don't mix the SMC Pentax-A 28-80 with any of the later 28-80 F or FA lenses. None of these was as good.
The F and FA 28-80 were of a time when Pentax had to compete with the terrible but cheap Nikon E series.

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I have a Takumar Bayonet 135/2.5 that is stamped as made in Japan.

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QuoteOriginally posted by RKKS08 Quote
Some of the Takumar [Bayonet] lenses were produced by Cosmicar. Cosmicar was a Taiwanese subsidiary of Asahi, and specialized on lenses for movie equipment.
Takumar bayonet lenses which existed also as SMC Pentax lenses, in most cases used a simpler optical formula.

The best example was the A 3.5-4.5/28-80mm.
I was sold as "SMC Pentax-A" (with sophisticated optics and, for that time, stellar performance), and also as "Pentax-A" (less elements, average performance).
It should be mentioned, that the "Pentax-A" version was also also sold as "Takumar-A" and "Profile-A" (all 3 lenses are identical). The "Profile" branded version was made by Cosmicar, about the Takumar-A I wouldn't know. In any case, in some countries you could get the Program A and the A-3 bundled with the "Profile", but the Super A with the "SMC Pentax-A".

By the way, I use the Takumar 2.8/135 [Bayonet], and it is quite good. In most cases you would not see a difference to the SMC Pentax-M which uses more elements.

EDIT:
Don't mix the SMC Pentax-A 28-80 with any of the later 28-80 F or FA lenses. None of these was as good.
The F and FA 28-80 were of a time when Pentax had to compete with the terrible but cheap Nikon E series.
thanks a lot for your information!
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QuoteOriginally posted by mr.children Quote
I'm now collecting some material about pentax takumar lens, it's easy to find the M42 takumar lens, but quite difficult to find the K-mount one, it seems made in Taiwan, anyone knows where to find the relevant information?
They are NOT SMC lens. The color may disappoint you. But nowadays, it is easy to change color in photoshop. Mechanical quality is also not that good (can't compare with the old classic takumar). And they are cheap.
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