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Takumar-A 70-200mm F4 Macro

Sharpness 
 6.7
Aberrations 
 5.7
Bokeh 
 6.7
Handling 
 6.0
Value 
 8.7
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Takumar-A 70-200mm F4 Macro

Takumar-A 70-200mm F4 Macro
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Takumar-A 70-200mm F4 Macro
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Takumar-A 70-200mm F4 Macro
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Takumar-A 70-200mm F4 Macro
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Description:

This telephoto zoom lens has no SMC coating. It is a re-release of the PENTAX-A 70-200mm lens which was introduced in 1987. It has a macro mode at 200mm and can deliver nearly 1:3 reproduction at 200mm.


Takumar-A 70-200mm F4
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Image Format
Full-frame / 35mm film
Lens Mount
Pentax K
Aperture Ring
Yes (A setting)
Diaphragm
Automatic, 8 blades
Optics
11 elements, 9 groups
Mount Variant
KA
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Max. Aperture
F4
Min. Aperture
F32
Focusing
Manual
Min. Focus
98 cm
Max. Magnification
0.31x
Filter Size
58 mm
Internal Focus
No
Field of View (Diag. / Horiz.)

APS-C: 23-8.2 ° / 19-6.9 °
Full frame: 34-12 ° / 29-10.3 °
Hood
No dedicated hood
Case
No dedicated case
Lens Cap
Coating
Non-SMC
Weather Sealing
No
Other Features
One-touch Zoom
Diam x Length
73 x 153 mm
Weight
622 g
Production Years
1989 to 1993
Engraved Name
TAKUMAR-A ZOOM 1:4 70~200mm
Product Code
27317
Reviews
User reviews
Notes
No SMC coating
Magnification and min. focus spec measured.
Variants

Also sold as Pentax-A, CPC Phase 2, MC Cosmicar, MC Finex, Toyo-A.

Features:
Manual FocusAperture RingAutomatic ApertureFull-Frame SupportDiscontinued
Price History:



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New Member

Registered: November, 2013
Location: Ladysmith, B.C. (Vancouver Island)
Posts: 2

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: December 10, 2013 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $14.50 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Constant f/4, awesome silent manual zoom and focus, nice optical qualities
Cons: What's to complain about?
Sharpness: 8    Aberrations: 7    Bokeh: 9    Handling: 9    Value: 10    Camera Used: Pentax K-5   

I can't believe I only paid $15 Cdn for this thing. This is a great lens. Nice bokeh, colour, decent sharpness and macro's not bad either.
Some people tend to pooh pooh this lens because it's a Takumar and doesn't have SMC coatings. Funny, nobody else's lenses have Pentax SMC coatings either a no one gets too concerned about it.
As for CA, I've seen some of the newest lenses suck really bad and do far worse than this lens, so I just don't consider them to be an issue in this case.
I have some expensive gear and not so expensive gear and this lens regardless of price is just a joy to use. Photographed a couple of my daughters high school improve shows with it and got some great shots from the cheap seats. Took it on a little hike through a park and got some really fun close-ups and scenics. It might show slightly more flare wide open than say a $1,500 or $2,000 unit, but that can work to your advantage, otherwise use a hood or watch your angle to the sun.
Here's a couple shots of a fern front I shot handheld, wide open in open shade on the park walk.
This is just a fun lens to shoot with.

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Junior Member

Registered: June, 2013
Location: Tottenham, ON
Posts: 48
Lens Review Date: July 27, 2013 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $17.00 | Rating: 7 

 
Pros: Inexpensive, Auto Aperture
Cons: Rough Zoom & Focus
Sharpness: 7    Aberrations: 6    Bokeh: 6    Handling: 7    Value: 9    Camera Used: Pentax K-x   

I'm not an expert by any means, i'm actually a beginner at DSLR. Great inexpensive starter zoom lens. Takes great pictures for a $17 lens. The one I bought off ebay didn't even look used. Here's a few sample photos, mostly at f4 and couple macros of a dragonfly and decorative frog.













   
Site Supporter

Registered: December, 2008
Location: NJ, USA
Posts: 389
Lens Review Date: September 29, 2011 I can recommend this lens: No | Price: $30.00 | Rating: 5 

 
Pros: cheap, macro
Cons: bad mechanics, poor optics.
Sharpness: 5    Aberrations: 4    Bokeh: 5    Handling: 2    Value: 7   

I bought this lens at a flea market in 1993 to use on my Program Plus. I used a bit on digital but in the interveining years I became much more selective about optics.

The biggest issue is the mechanical quality. The lens is a push - pull zoom with the focus ring also being the same mechanism for zooming. the zoom on mine was very loose and will slosh back and forth. it appears to be pretty common with lens.

Optically on digital, nothing to rave about. Lots of CA, poor contrast and not very sharp....
Decent macro but as you all know, you can do much better.

Bottom line- Pretty poor. I sold mine awhile ago and have not looked back.
   
New Member

Registered: August, 2010
Location: British Columbia
Posts: 13
Lens Review Date: August 21, 2010 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $25.00 | Rating: 6 

 
Pros: sharper at 200mm then dal 50-200mm, cheap
Cons: sensitive hit or miss focus, could be cause its a bit loose

I'd give this lens a rating of 6.5 if i could

I got this lens in a package when i got a Pentax ME for a 50mm f1.7 lens it came with.

I use a pentax kx and so far only have 2 zoom lenses that reach 200mm, one is the takumar-a the other the kit 50-200 dal lens.

I choose the takumar 90% of the time over the kit lens if i'm in need of a zoom. the takumar is much faster and quite a bit better for lower light shooting then the kit lens. Results are much sharper at 200mm with the takumar, the kit lens gets pretty soft near the top.

Although both lenses leave a lot to be desired, but for the money spent I cant complain about the results of the takumar.


i'll try to post some pics soon once I figure out how its done. im still pretty new on the pentax forum.
   
New Member

Registered: March, 2009
Location: Bucharest
Posts: 4
Lens Review Date: June 11, 2010 I can recommend this lens: No | Price: $25.00 | Rating: 5 

 
Pros: cheep
Cons: sharpness, color rendition, zoom/focus sistem

I had this one but I sold it right after my first experience with a real lens (M 50 1.4).
For the price I payed and being the first lens I bought in this focal range I have no regrets. It was nice to play with. In comparison with the A 35-105 f3.5 IQ is quite poor. In terms of color, contrast or even sharpness I would prefer to crop an image taken wit the 35-105 at 105 than taking one with the Tak at 200.
I recommend it if you are curious of the 100-200 focal range and do not want to invest much. For a maximum of $50 it is worth the price.
   
Loyal Site Supporter

Registered: January, 2008
Location: Paris, TN
Posts: 2,984

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: November 13, 2009 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $40.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Light, one-touch, good close-focus capability, fixed aperture
Cons: Zoom ring could be stiffer

Although not fully SMC, this lens seems to have multi-coating and unexpectedly good optics. It comes from that era when cost savings were made with plastic bodies but the optics were Auto Takumar quality and rendering. This is a Taiwan-assembled lens similar to the CPC line of quality industrial optics. It later was later re-named "Pentax-A'.

There's not a great difference in IQ from f 5.6 to f 16 and the fixed aperture pays dividends when manually focusing; even with a 2x TC or polarizing filter.

PF/CA is very unobtrusive except when hard pressed in the silly "bare branches against the sky" shot. Much better than the typical economy 70-300 zooms IMO and easily fixed in PP.

It holds its own in a comparison with the DA 50-200, SMC-M 80-200/4.5 and Super Tak 200/4 in typical shooting situations and has the advantage of a useful macro mode at 200mm where it fills the frame with a lens cap at arm's distance. Results with a good quality 1.4x or 2x TC are as good as any lens of this class and a makeshift, AE-capable extension ring makes it a good choice for casual bug-safaris.

It's a little long at 6 inches/12.5 cm (common for decent IQ in this class) but is light enough for a day on the trail. It's a one-touch zoom.

If you can forgo AF, this lens should provide a fine, all-around solution for the backyard garden/squirrel shooter or as a trail companion to a light 28-50 prime or zoom . It's about half the weight of a Tamron 70-210/3.5 (19AH).

I wouldn't hesitate to acquire one for $35-45 if I needed to fill this focal length range with a low cost MF zoom. I'd also recommend it to someone wanting to explore the close focus world of 200mm zoom-macro lenses.

09/2010 -

Did some head-to-head comparisons with the Tam 19AH and an SMC-M 80-200/4.5. Was again impressed with the IQ of this lens. From f5.6 up all were virtually identical in sharpness, color and contrast with the Tam Mdl 19AH as an acknowledged standard of quality for this class of glass. The coating on this lens may not be SMC but it's hard to tell it's not in normal use.

I was looking for an excuse to sell this one when I did this quick comparison but I didn't find it today.

If you'd like to save $100+ and carry half the size and weight of the Adaptall-2 SP 70-210/3.5 this is a real bargain with no practical difference in field results and it has PK/A functionality built in. Consider it cheap training wheels for an upgrade to the 70-200/f2.8 glass.

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New Member

Registered: April, 2008
Location: London
Lens Review Date: April 6, 2008 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: N/A | Rating: 7 

 
Pros: durable, affordable
Cons: manual focus

I used this lens on my Pentax K1000 and Pentax PZ-20 (film cameras) with very good results. I sold it off when I saw a Pentax F 100-300 in the used camera store window.

I think the Takumar-A 70-200 performs better than the Pentax F 100-300; however, it does not have autofocus which may be a concern to most digital shooters these days.
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