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S-M-C/Super Takumar 200mm F4

Sharpness 
 8.9
Aberrations 
 8.3
Bokeh 
 8.5
Handling 
 8.7
Value 
 9.1
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S-M-C/Super Takumar 200mm F4

S-M-C/Super Takumar 200mm F4
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S-M-C/Super Takumar 200mm F4
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S-M-C/Super Takumar 200mm F4
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Description:
This 200mm F4 lens had an automatic diaphragm and came in two variants. The Super-Multi-Coated variant has open-aperture metering. See the separate entries for the earlier F3.5 and F5.6 200mm lenses.

First image above:
Super-Takumar 200mm F4
© www.pentaxforums.com, sharable with attribution
Image Format
Full-frame / 35mm film
Lens Mount
M42
Aperture Ring
Yes
Diaphragm
Automatic, 6 blades
Optics
5 elements, 5 groups
Mount Variant
M42 Stop-down Pin
Check camera compatibility
Max. Aperture
F4
Min. Aperture
F22
Focusing
Manual
Min. Focus
250 cm
Max. Magnification
Filter Size
58 mm
Internal Focus
No
Field of View (Diag. / Horiz.)

APS-C: 8.2 ° / 6.9 °
Full frame: 12 ° / 10 °
Hood
Dedicated metal hood
Case
Lens Cap
Coating
Weather Sealing
No
Other Features
Diam x Length
64.5 x 136 mm
Weight
550 g
Production Years
1965 to 1971
Engraved Name
Super-Takumar 1:4/200
Product Code
376, 376000, 43760, 43761
Reviews
User reviews
Variants

1: Super Takuamr 200mm F4 (this lens)
2: Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 200mm F4



Second image above:
Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 200mm F4
© www.pentaxforums.com, sharable with attribution
Image Format
Full-frame / 35mm film
Lens Mount
M42
Aperture Ring
Yes
Diaphragm
Automatic, 6 blades
Optics
5 elements, 5 groups
Mount Variant
M42 Open-aperture Metering
Check camera compatibility
Max. Aperture
F4
Min. Aperture
F22
Focusing
Manual
Min. Focus
250 cm
Max. Magnification
Filter Size
58 mm
Internal Focus
No
Field of View (Diag. / Horiz.)

APS-C: 8.2 ° / 6.9 °
Full frame: 12 ° / 10 °
Hood
Dedicated metal hood
Case
Lens Cap
Coating
SMC
Weather Sealing
No
Other Features
Diam x Length
64.5 x 136 mm
Weight
550 g
Production Years
1971 to 1975
Engraved Name
Super-Multi-Coated TAKUMAR 1:4/200
Product Code
43762
Reviews
User reviews
Notes
Open aperture metering with Spotmatic F, ES and ESII
Variants
1: Super Takuamr 200mm F4
2: Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 200mm F4 (this lens)
Features:
Manual FocusAperture RingFull-Frame SupportAdapter needed for DSLRsDiscontinued
Price History:



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Junior Member

Registered: March, 2016
Location: British Columbia
Posts: 37
Lens Review Date: August 17, 2022 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $15.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharp, well built.
Cons: None for what it is.
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 8    Handling: 9    Value: 10    Camera Used: KP   

I was astonished at how sharp this lens is. I took a handheld shot (w/IBIS) indoors at f4 and produced a snapshot that was so sharp that Topaz Sharpen AI could not make a noticeable improvement. It is heavy as were all the lenses of the day, but still felt manageable handheld on a KP. Colours were also pleasing. $20 Canadian for a pristine copy in an original case was a no brainer. One step closer to justifying a K-1. :-)
   
New Member

Registered: May, 2021
Posts: 15

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: August 21, 2021 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $25.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Sharpness, color, build quality
Cons: None
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 8    Bokeh: 9    Handling: 9    Value: 9    Camera Used: Sony A7iii   

I wasn't looking for this lens as I've always been satisfied with my Auto Chinon 200mm. But I was looking for a Spotmatic camera, and this Takumar 200mm came with it for a good price, so why not. I have to say, I'm pleasantly surprised by this lens. The colors are so beautiful, and this lens is very sharp. I made a video comparison between the Auto Chinon 200 f3.5, and this Takumar 200 f4:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=51XBeVd0InE
   
Loyal Site Supporter

Registered: February, 2014
Location: Pennsylvania
Posts: 2,166

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: September 29, 2020 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $75.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Color rendition, smooth controls, build
Cons: Long minimum focus, not sharp until f/8
Sharpness: 8    Aberrations: 7    Bokeh: 9    Handling: 8    Value: 9    Camera Used: K5iis, K3, K-r   

Great colors and contrast with less than stellar sharpness until f/8. The Super Takumar 200/4 Can make stunning images in good light on the right camera. Use a 10-16 megapixel APS-C DSLR like the K-r, K30 and K-50, and it’s is an “f/8 and be there Lens”. More modern 18-24 megapixel cameras highlight the lenses flaws, especially aberrations.
   
New Member

Registered: June, 2020
Posts: 2

2 users found this helpful
Lens Review Date: June 25, 2020 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $180.00 | Rating: 6 

 
Pros: Color, sharpness at f8, bokeh
Cons: Long minimum distance, not sharp at f4
Sharpness: 5    Aberrations: 6    Bokeh: 8    Handling: 9    Value: 5    Camera Used: EOS 60D   

Paid it 180 USD (imported it from Japan), 15 years ago. It is still in mint condition.
Built like a tank, excellent bokeh and colors. Sharpness is good from f5.6 above. Does not suffer from CA too much Focus ring is perfect (it is easy to focus with it).


A few pictures…





   
New Member

Registered: January, 2017
Posts: 3

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: August 11, 2017 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $30.00 | Rating: 7 

 
Pros: Quite handy, sharp, nice colors, bokeh
Cons: Chromatic aberrations, a bit soft at full aperture, screwable hood
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 5    Bokeh: 10    Handling: 10    Value: 8    Camera Used: Lumix GX-80   

A great lens easy to use. It looks very robust and the colors are very contrasted. The chromatic aberrations are quite annoying on a MFT sensor and made me convert shots to B&W to avoid it and it is a bit soft at full aperture. Instead of that, the bokeh is super cool and the sharpness too.

I'm not very used to tele prime lenses and this one is pretty handy to use even for a novice like me !

Here's a little set of shots I made with it : https://www.flickr.com/photos/145675450@N05/sets/72157687314042645
   
New Member

Registered: August, 2017
Posts: 2

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: August 6, 2017 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $80.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Sharp, good contrast, not too heavy for a 200mm prime, great build quality
Cons: Nit picky, but I don't like screw on hoods, like to be able to remove them quickly
Sharpness: 8    Aberrations: 7    Bokeh: 6    Handling: 8    Value: 9    Camera Used: Fuji XT-1   

I use this lens with a Fuji XT-1 which has great options for manual focusing, like colour peaking. I mostly just use the 'focus check' though, a magnified view for checking sharpness.

The focus ring on this lens is a joy, feels much nicer than many modern lenses. It's nicely textured, easy to find when looking through the VF, and smooth as butter.

I have used this lens for shooting birds in the garden, and also for portraits.

For the money it's hard to top, and there's nothing to complain about really.


   
New Member

Registered: January, 2017
Posts: 1

2 users found this helpful
Lens Review Date: March 2, 2017 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $32.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Solid build, beautiful colors rendition.
Cons: Heavy
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 9    Handling: 8    Value: 10    Camera Used: Fujifilm X-E1   

As usual with Takumar lenses, the build quality of this lens is excellent.
I have the second version Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 200mm F4, paid €30 (approx $32) for it.

Mounted this lens on my Fujifilm X-E1, the focus peaking feature of this camera makes the use of manual lens like this very easy.
(Smartphone photo)

https://www.flickr.com/photos/65545813@N07/33210563125/in/photostream/

Since I also own a FA* 200 F2.8, I have a good reference for comparison. The image quality of the Takumar is very good but it can't reach the level of a FA* lens. (Obviously it's not fair to compare lenses from totally different leagues like this).
In good day (sun)light, the Takumar delivers very good results with the well-known beautiful colors rendition.

Nowadays, with the good low light behavior (high ISO behavior) of DSLR and mirrorless camera, shooting in low light situations with relative slow lens (F4) like this Takumar is no longer a real issue.

On my X-E1, I can shoot at ISO range 500-1000 while keep the shutter speed at 1/250 sec (or faster) without compromising (much) on IQ.
Attached image is shot at ISO-800, F/8 and 1/400 sec.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/65545813@N07/32395895333/in/photostream/
   
Junior Member

Registered: July, 2015
Location: Sydney/ London
Posts: 38

2 users found this helpful
Lens Review Date: January 28, 2017 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $56.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Rendering, well built
Cons: None really. Not to be used in low light obviously
Sharpness: 8    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 6    Handling: 10    Value: 10   

As with the Takumar 50mm F1.4, I use a Fuji X-T1 body for this lens, the build, EVF, focus peaking and manual controls make it a perfect body for this lens. I will let the images speak for themselves.

Takumar 200mm F4 by Otim, on Flickr

Boxing Day by Otim, on Flickr

Boxing Day by Otim, on Flickr
   
New Member

Registered: June, 2016
Posts: 11

4 users found this helpful
Lens Review Date: October 11, 2016 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $30.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: colours, sharpness
Cons:
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 8    Bokeh: 9    Handling: 10    Value: 10    Camera Used: K-1   

Have had this lens for years, with very little use, but used it on full-frame for the first time today. I really underrated it. Let me preface my opinions by saying that this is a very old lens, and i'm not expecting the speed, useability or IQ of a modern tele.

Most obviously, I'm blown away by the colours that this thing produces. Nicer than almost any pentax-M/A glass i've used, especially in the telephoto range. Test-shot of test-chicken straight out of the camera, no edits:



Sharpness is very good.

CA is meh but well controlled when stopped down a bit. In saying that, I wouldn't use this thing wide open anyway, but 5.6-8 is very good across the board.

I think the bokeh is very nice.
   
New Member

Registered: March, 2016
Posts: 1

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: July 10, 2016 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $55.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharp, Contrast, Amazing Colour and bokeh, Handling
Cons:
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 10    Bokeh: 10    Handling: 10    Value: 10    Camera Used: Sony NEX-7   

Nice lens, but heavy, result with new digital camera is very good.
   
New Member

Registered: July, 2008
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 3

3 users found this helpful
Lens Review Date: September 18, 2015 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $55.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Economical
Cons:
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 10    Handling: 10    Value: 10    Camera Used: K-50, K-2000   

I have two copies of the Super-Multi-Coated version (mfg 1971). There is a small sharpness variation between them and also in the stiffness of the focusing ring.
Build quality & durability is superior. Heft is substantial.
My most success using this manual focus 200mm (manual focusing aids/screens may be advisable for some users) is for near to medium distance work.

https://flic.kr/p/pS6VcJ

[IMG]IMGP4803 by André Rivard, on Flickr[/IMG]
   
New Member

Registered: March, 2012
Location: Berlin
Posts: 9

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: September 17, 2015 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: N/A | Rating: 9 

 
Pros:
Cons:
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 8    Bokeh: 8    Handling: 8    Value: 10    Camera Used: Canon 5D   

I don't use this lens a lot but I love it. It's pretty huge, but not too bad for a 200mm. Its great to hold, as all Takumars. Its nice and sharp from ƒ4, has great colours. Flares a lot into the sun but also in a lovely warm way. The pictures that come out of it are just great. And the price these go for is crazy cheap. An excellent lens.
   
Junior Member

Registered: May, 2014
Posts: 29

2 users found this helpful
Lens Review Date: June 21, 2015 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $150.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: availability, build quality, looks, sharpness
Cons: CA (for astronomical imaging)
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 8    Bokeh: 8    Handling: 8    Value: 9    Camera Used: K-3   

I like this lens, it;s just a great lens to have in one's kit bag. Can be a bit of a handful handheld but can reach p=out with surprising sharpness if focus is worked at.

http://www.mindburner.webspace.virginmedia.com/astroimages/images/M42%20widefield.png
   
Junior Member

Registered: August, 2014
Posts: 43

5 users found this helpful
Lens Review Date: November 20, 2014 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $50.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Sharp, Wide Open
Cons: focus
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 8    Bokeh: 8    Handling: 7    Value: 9    Camera Used: Pentax K-5   

Orion's Belt by stanzhou2013, on Flickr

201410250115_M42_600s_K5_Stacked_v1.jpg by stanzhou2013, on Flickr

Let photo say, the first one is takumar, second one is 50-200mm kit lens
   
Veteran Member

Registered: July, 2012
Posts: 928

3 users found this helpful
Lens Review Date: September 12, 2014 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: N/A | Rating: N/A 

 
Pros: A wonderfully well built lens, sharp and colourful, on film and earlier digital Pentax cameras
Cons: 8ft min. focus distance. Doesn't perform well on my K-3
Camera Used: K-3   

The lens designers at Takumar must have had some love affair with the 200mm as they produced four M42 screwmount lenses; the f3.5 (preset), f5.6 (preset) and the f4 (two variants).

My Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 200mm f4 is a serious piece of glass and metal. It's been in the family for 40 years. I know from looking at many film/Spotmatic photos that this lens is a really excellent performer, and the fantastically well engineered focus mechanism is a joy to use. We've got some wonderful family portraits and wildlife photos from it. The only two big drawbacks are its weight (as a walk around lens) and its 8 ft minimum focus distance.

The lens performed OK on my K20D. However, on the K-3 it loses its magic, and I think this is more to do with the camera/sensor than the lens. While this isn't the place to get into a debate about cameras/sensors, I'd say the lens shows up issues with the K-3's larger sensor and metering, rather than the sensor showing up the lens's age/limitations. The K-3 doesn't meter the lens properly; the new SR doesn't do its job at this length; the focusing guide is that not helpful; and the clean colours I see on film are digitalised in a rather contrived way, including more pronounced purple/colour fringing than I recall on film, or earlier digital cameras (even with a good long hood). Reviewers rating Aberrations as 9 or 10 below are not using a K-3.

The best way to use this lens with the K-3's larger sensor is to keep the lens securely stabilised, preferably with a tripod, and take over all the controls in manual.

Overall, I do recommend this lens because it its cheap enough to buy and play with on crop sensor digital cameras as a 300mm equivalent (with crop) prime. I'd rate the 200/4 as a 9 on film cameras - so try it with a film camera to see just how good it is.
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