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Takumar-F 70-200mm F4-5.6

Sharpness 
 9.0
Aberrations 
 8.5
Bokeh 
 8.8
Handling 
 8.3
Value 
 9.8
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Takumar-F 70-200mm F4-5.6
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Description:
This is an autofocus zoom lens without SMC coating. It is identical to the PENTAX-F 70-200mm F4-5.6.

Takumar-F 70-200mm F4-5.6
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Image Format
Full-frame / 35mm film
Lens Mount
Pentax K
Aperture Ring
Yes (A setting)
Diaphragm
Automatic, 9 blades
Optics
10 elements, 8 groups
Mount Variant
KAF
Check camera compatibility
Max. Aperture
F4-5.6
Min. Aperture
F32-45
Focusing
AF (screwdrive)
Quick-shift
No
Min. Focus
110 cm
Max. Magnification
0.25x
Filter Size
49 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
Weather Sealing
No
Other Features
Diam x Length
71 x 99 mm
Weight
555 g
Production Years
N/A
Engraved Name
TAKUMAR-F ZOOM 1:4-5.6 70-200mm
Reviews
User reviews
Notes
No SMC coating
Variants
Also sold as Pentax-F 70-200mm F4.5.6
Features:
Screwdrive AutofocusAperture RingAutomatic ApertureFull-Frame SupportDiscontinued
Price History:



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Site Supporter

Registered: November, 2014
Location: Jacksonville, Florida
Posts: 276

2 users found this helpful
Lens Review Date: January 27, 2015 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $25.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Inexpensive, common, solid feel.
Cons: NOISY autofocus can hunt around a bit on K-3.
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 8    Bokeh: 9    Handling: 9    Value: 10    Camera Used: K-3   

This is a lens that I toss in my camera case and forget about for a few months. Then once in a while I decide to take it out for a spin and I am always pleased with the results. This lens is surprisingly sharp for the very low cost you can obtain them at. It has a solid and high quality feel to it that I really miss in modern lenses.

The Takumar-F 70-200 can capture colors fairly well. I have no qualms about using it for bird and wildlife photography. It seems to give the photos a bit of a classic film 'feel' and that's exactly the look I'm going after when I take this lens out of the box. I would not hesitate recommending this lens to others. They are extremely common and will often go for $25-$50. I got a good deal on mine but I would still pay more for this lens if I had to replace mine.

The only downside is the noisy autofocus. I usually don't mind noisy lenses but this one would probably get you nasty stares in a quiet place. For those situations switch to manual focus and the problem is solved.
   
New Member

Registered: January, 2010
Posts: 23

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: November 14, 2012 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: N/A | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Sharpness, quick autofocus
Cons: A bit loud autofocus, tiny focal ring, does not retract all the way like SMC version
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 8    Handling: 8    Value: 10   

If you get a good copy and stay away 200mm a bit, the lens could really render sharp and pleasant pictures. Shooting with a hood is a good practice in using a (mid-range) telescope lens like this.


   
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Registered: October, 2009
Location: Denver, Colorado
Posts: 2,030

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: November 17, 2011 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $60.00 | Rating: N/A 

 
Pros: Good Color, Fast AF, Great Colors + Contrast
Cons: Heavy, Very Long @ 200mm, MF Ring
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 7    Bokeh: 8    Handling: 8    Value: 9   

First, off, this is an AF lens, but there's no rating available for Auto-focus; I'd give it an 8.0. It zips right to well-defined subjects but tends to hunt on poorly-lit or soft-edged objects.
Which brings me to a "Con". The MF ring is about 1/4" wide and impossible to find with your eye at the viewfinder. It also has a stiff and rough "sandy" feel; Perhaps this is a case of getting used to the focusing action. I hope so.
But considering the price, the images are very sharp (much sharper than the DA 50-200mm) the AF is good on contrasty subjects and the color rendition is superb. Exposure is spot-on with my K10-D, the zoom action is fast and sure and it produces results comparable to lenses costing 2-3X the price.
This lens is no lightweight and the length when zoomed to 200mm is extreme. But the balance with a large DSLR body is good and it's easily hand-held.
There's a fair amount of PF at full zoom/wide open, clearly seen at 100% crop, which can be corrected but is annoying nevertheless.
The Bokeh at wide apertures is good, perhaps not in the "10" range (at least by my standards!) but smooth and subtle.
A fine budget zoom in a very handy focal range, with a few pesky flaws. The PF fringing, M/F ring and overall weight/size. If you can live with the negatives, the upside is a good, sharp lens with beautiful, well-rendered colors.
For less than $100.00, this lens is a bargain!
   
Senior Member

Registered: June, 2010
Location: California
Posts: 248
Lens Review Date: May 19, 2011 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $100.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Low distortion, good color balance, construction
Cons: Long body and bad positioned manual focus ring

I'd like to give it 8.5 not 9. I first got this lens with a skylight filter. At beginning, the color always a bit strange and the pictures are less sharp then I'd expect. One day I took the filter off and then I noticed changes. Everything is about to be right, the resolution, color are all quite pleasant to me. Don't forget the quality of Takumar construction. This is a heavy lens for a vary aperture lens.

The shortcoming which I don't like is the long body and the manual focus ring near the front lens. This makes the manual focus very unpleasant for me.

Overall, take off any low quality glass from the front lens then you'll get good result out of it. And you'll feel confident because of its weight.
   
Veteran Member

Registered: February, 2009
Location: Arlington, VA
Posts: 3,758

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: May 19, 2011 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $60.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: very sharp (even wide open), microcontrast, AF, build, no CA
Cons: no SMC, rotating front element
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 10    Bokeh: 10    Handling: 8    Value: 10   

I am rating this lens relative to the price I paid for it.
This is one of the most underrated AF Pentax tele-zooms, IMO. I don't know why the non-SMC Pentax-F 70-200mm gets much more favorable reviews than this one, since they are the same lens named differently. In any case, I was pleasantly surprised by its performance.

I've found this lens to be clearly better than the DA 50-200mm and perhaps even better than the DA 55-300mm. In terms of sharpness it surpasses the 50-200mm by a comfortable margin, and competes well against the 55-300mm. The AF is faster and much more responsive than the 55-300's AF. I successfully used it in a barely lightened room (with a flash). Also, I prefer the kind of finer-grained micro-contrast that this one produces to the more accentuated contrast of the 55-300mm, which I believe "swallows" some detail. It is true that the lack of SMC makes it that the Takumar 70-200mm gives less contrasty images, but personally I am not affected by this, since I shoot raw and I can fix the contrast in PP. I haven't noticed other effects of the lack of SMC. (I think the lens is coated, although not super-multi-coated.) I use it with a rubber hood.

The lens is heavier than the 55-300mm, but it balances well on my K-x. Made of plastic, but very sturdy.

Here is a series of pics taken with it:
https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/post-your-photos/144374-people-grown-up-kid.html#post1508381
And here's a second set:
https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/post-your-photos/157041-people-men-black-...ml#post1630176
   
Junior Member

Registered: February, 2009
Posts: 42
Lens Review Date: April 2, 2010 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $62.00 | Rating: 7 

 
Pros: Sharp when stopped down, inexpensive on used market
Cons: washed out colors, size/weight , noisy & slow AF

My first dslr was an ist DL (cheapest kit at the time) and I was looking for a zoom option that balanced low cost, but not low image quality to expand my reach to 200mm. With some research, few options at the time, I settled on a copy of this lens, used (BGN condition) from KEH.

I find stopped down images are quite sharp (compared to my DA 50-200mm), but every image requires adjustments of vibrance/saturation in ACR (maybe due to the lack of SMC?).

I have since stopped using my copy, but I recommend those new to dlsrs & the Pentax system to definitely look at this 70-200mm zoom option if you are strapped for cash but wanted to expand your experience towards the telephoto range.


Sample Images:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/jwfchu/2522900448/in/set-72157605251481180/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/jwfchu/437343825/in/set-72157600031488884/
(Non working link removed)
   
Inactive Account

Registered: November, 2009
Location: Key Largo, Florida
Posts: 1
Lens Review Date: November 27, 2009 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $230.00 | Rating: 6 

 
Pros: Good, modest telephoto lens
Cons: small aperture

I bought this lens with my Pentax SF10 in 1990, along with a Takumar-F Zoom 28-80mm lens. The 28-80 has become my workhorse lens over the years. I am still pleased with the camera-lens(es) combination (including the Pentax 50mm f 1.7 normal lens), but am experiencing vignetting problems that I'm sure can be avoided (if I can figure out what is causing the problem).
   
Lens Review Date: May 25, 2007 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $60.00 | Rating: 7 

 
Pros: Well constructed, compact, 9 blade aperture, sharp images
Cons: Noisy AF, hunts a little on AF, Contrast not quite up to SMC levels but as good as most 3rd party zooms

I have gotten good results from this lens, with the APS sized digital sensor it loses the corner softness that it sometimes is accused of. I would recommend it as a decent low cost zoom. This lens has a different optical formula from the SMC Pentax F 70-210mm so do not confuse the two, the SMC would probably rate a 9 on my scale (too slow to rate a 10) while this Takumar stretches to reach a 7. It is a sharper lens than the 70-210mm Sigma consumer lens I owned before (and better built), but does not have a close focus capability of any significance. If you want a cheap but capable lens in this focal range, and macro is not your thing, this lens will preform well for you.
BTW the 49mm filter ring keeps filter prices down but the rotating front element makes polarizers or split filters hard to use (a common problem with all of my older Pentax zooms)
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