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S-M-C/Super Takumar 200mm F4

Sharpness 
 9.0
Aberrations 
 8.4
Bokeh 
 8.5
Handling 
 8.7
Value 
 9.3
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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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Description:
This lens had an automatic diaphragm and came in two variants. The Super-Multi-Coated variant has open-aperture metering.

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


Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 200mm F4
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
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
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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Registered: September, 2006
Location: San Francisco, CA
Posts: 431

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: April 16, 2007 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $37.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Solid build, Good sharpness, contrast, and bokeh.
Cons: Heavy, Long focus throw (but smooth)

The Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 200mm f/4 lens is solidly built, like almost all the older Pentax lenses. It's a bit heavy, but you get use to it after a while and it's not really a walkaround lens anyway. Photos are sharp and color contrast is there as well. Wide open, there is some "glow" around high light areas and occasionally purple fringing under certain lighting conditions - nothing extreme and hardly noticeable. Bokeh is nice and smooth (subjective). Focusing is good, but the ring feels a bit heavier compared to my A50mm 1.7 which is smooth but quick - not too big of an issue. Overall a great prime and recommended if you can find one cheap.

My sample photos from this lens can be found in this thread.
   
Forum Member

Registered: September, 2007
Location: Brantford, Ontario, Canada
Posts: 77

2 users found this helpful
Lens Review Date: September 3, 2007 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $50.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Beautiful Super Takumar Colour/Contrast, stunning bokeh, razor sharp (stopped down ) built solid enough for time travel!!
Cons: It is pretty heavy, I'd cut off a finger to make this an 'A'

I bought this lens at a 'Cash Converters' ( aka pawn shop ), which is a great place to satisfy my L.B.A., and mine is MINT, the glass is perfect.....must have come out of someones collection.

It came with both original caps, and the screw mount sun shade.....AND the original Leather case!

Its a beautiful prime for taking pics of 'things'.....tough to keep up with my 6 and 4 year old girls though ( manual focus is very smooth, but I agree with the other review....it is a long throw from infinity to 8' ) .

Super Takumars just seem to 'pop' ( colour, contrast, sharpness, warmth ) The images print almost seem 3-D? I waited a long time for my K100D and my ever growing collection of SMC Super Tak's never let me down.

Highly recommended for the right price ( I got mine for $60 Cnd and the guy threw in a Vivitar m42 135mm f2.8 !! )

I'd pay $100 in a minute again and again and again.

JS
   
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Registered: June, 2008
Location: Toronto
Posts: 364

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: August 1, 2008 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $45.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: All around good IQ, long focus throw, X factor
Cons: Slight fringing with high contrast and wide open apterture

Surprisingly nice lens for the money. Mine is the Super Takumar version and I'm very impressed with it on my K10D.

I personally like the longer focus throw of older lenses as it makes things so much easier to really hone in on the subject. Hyperfocusing is much easier with a longer throw as well (the lens of course includes hyperfocal markings from f4-22).

IQ is terrific for a ~$40 piece of glass, with a lens hood it is easy to avoid the fringing/glow by stopping down 2-3 stops, f8-11 are of course optimal all around, but the IQ at even f4 in full sun is marvelous if proper care is taken in composing.

Giving this a 9 for the X factor and because the lens is really worth much much more than I paid for it. Puts other photographers on tilt when I mention the price too

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jamonation/2720921541/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/jamonation/2721747416/ (100% crop of the first)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/jamonation/2721748804/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/jamonation/2721749918/

Edit: found some other people using this lens on their Canon and Olympus bodies, I can vouch for it's ease of use on the K10D. http://flickr.com/photos/tags/supertakumar200mmf4/
   
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Registered: November, 2008
Location: Geelong, Victoria, Australia
Posts: 33

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: December 8, 2008 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $28.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Bult like the proverbial Brick Outhouse, Sharpness
Cons: Weight

I have the Super Takumar version and to date have only used it with film bodies. (Spotmatic and Ricoh KR5-Super II fitted with a Screwmount converter.)
Results on film have been very pleasing. AN excellent lens for long range outdoor events.
I have no doubt that it will be a very good lens with my new K200D.
This link is to a photo taken with the Spotmatic body. Fuji Superia200 film. f4 setting.

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/attachments/pentax-slr-lens-discussion/23...r-shadow-1.jpg
   
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Registered: December, 2008
Location: Zetten - The Netherlands
Posts: 8,826

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: May 31, 2009 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $50.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: sharpness, colour rendition, built quality
Cons: weight

My copy is the Super Takumar version, and I use it on my K20d. I am very much surprised by the optical quality of this lens. I find it sharp even wide open, and the colours are rich and natural. As expected from a long lens, DOF is very little, and this might cause the report of 'soft' wide open shots. However, the long focus throw makes exact focussing easy.

The built quality of this lens is old fashioned: built like a tank, all metal - and thus not very light -, and a pleasure to use (although I have no experience with tanks in this last respect...). Probably the max aperture of f/4.0 is a little slow, but SR of my K20 will quarantee tack sharp shots, even with slower shutter speeds.

All in all, I would highly recommend this lens. Optically it can't be beaten very easilly, and it's worth a multitude of it's money if you'd ask me. Buy it if you find one, and if you don't bother MF!
   
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Registered: December, 2007
Location: In the most populated state... state of denial
Posts: 1,098

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: June 12, 2009 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: N/A | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: build, image quality
Cons: f/4 is a bit dark sometimes
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 8    Bokeh: 8    Handling: 10    Value: 9   

This was my everyday tele when I used the Spotmatic
Excellent quality of construction, and great rendition of tones

If you are brave I recommend you try portraits with this one, mostly wide open outdoors.

When used with a 1.7x converter the sharpness is gone

Blades can become oily after a while, and need a technician to cure them
   
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Registered: January, 2010
Posts: 96

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: February 3, 2010 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $54.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: sharp, easy to focus, cost
Cons: none

This Lens was awesome, It took beautiful shots. I only hand fringing on one The bellagio pic. http://www.flickr.com/photos/tomshue first 2 pages or so are for all with the lens on a OLY e-620 (sorry pentax people) I love 4thirds. I like this lens so much I have 2 more on the the, the 85-210 a 28mm and 55mm
   
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Registered: May, 2008
Location: Virginia
Posts: 376

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: February 21, 2010 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: N/A | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: superb sharpness and resolution, extremely natural color, excellent build quality
Cons: none

This is the best lens I have ever used. I own the Super-Takumar version, and I use the lens with the Takumar screw-in metal hood. I find no faults with my photographs taken with this lens. I have owned and used lenses from all of the major Japanese manufacturers--Nikon, Canon, Minolta, Olympus, and Pentax. The S-T 200/4 is my favorite.
   
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Registered: April, 2010
Location: Seattle
Posts: 153

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: August 8, 2010 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $70.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: build, cost, image quality
Cons: none unless you need automation

All Takumar lenses are exceptionally well built with strong optics. The M42 lenses stay in their adapters and work quite well. The lens is made for manual focus and has a large focus ring and a long throw for focus that works. I sold a Zeiss 200 3.5 in a C/Y mount and held onto this lens. Smaller, less expensive and a great way to get this focal length.
   
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Registered: March, 2009
Location: Coral Springs, FL
Posts: 5,216

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: September 29, 2010 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $70.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: A Classic Tak!!!
Cons: A little difficult to focus

I have the Super Multi Coated version, and if you're at all familiar with the build and IQ of these older M42 Taks, what more can one say? It's the real deal.

I don't find this a particularly useful focal length for what I do, too long, but if I ever have to go beyond 135, this is the one to reach for. It's a bit of a challenge getting spot-on focus with it, but this just might be my lousy skills--or too many Budweisers. Perhaps the very long focus throw--which allows for more precise focusing--is a bit of a negative for moving subjects until you learn to master it.

As someone posted above, I think you can do some outstanding outdoor portrait work with this baby, or indoor if you want to go real tight.

Anyway, like all my Taks, these will get passed on to the grandkids when MY kids HAVE kids!

One sample of my 200:

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Registered: July, 2008
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Posts: 2,925

2 users found this helpful
Lens Review Date: December 20, 2010 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $25.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Good quality affordable prime, very solidly build with excellent optical properties
Cons: Sort of a no-manís land focal length with film cameras, colors are a little muted, focus throw is long, minimal focusing distance is quite far (2.5m)

Why: High quality, affordable telephoto prime, very Pentax, and the reason I stayed with the brand. 200mm became one of my favourite focal lengths after owning this lens. A little useless on film (IMHO), but a very nice length on digital.

Build Quality: This lens is a tak through and through. Very nice butter focusing but with extra size. Very nicely build and inspires confidence. My lens have oily blades (and is the reason for the cheap price) but it doesnít affect its use on K-mount bodies

Usability: Obviously 200mm is quite a specific use lens. My favourite use for this lens is surprisingly for landscape. I often use it when I can get a good vantage point and isolate objects far away. Iím sure some people will find use for it in street situations, but imho holding a 200mm and manual focusing at someone bound to get you noticed. Manual focusing with this lens takes some time due to the long throw. I think using the DA 50-300mm would be better in those cases as it has AF and still performs decently at this length.

Focus throw is considerably long, which allows for accurate focusing but can be good or bad depending on your demands. Size is big but not unreasonably so. One caveat though is that since itís all-metal, itís a little hard to use in cold weather as it loses heat faster than the Pentax K-5 can lock focus. This doesnít keep me from using it as it is one of my to-go lenses in winter when itís hard to shoot anything at shorter lengths.

Optical quality: Sharp lens, definitely much better than the DA50-200mm at 200mm. Resolution is also much better. Color is a little muted compared to the DA zoom, and to be honest even though you increase the saturation, it will not get to the DA colors. The colors that results from increasing saturation is still quite nice though. Stopping down after 5.6 doesnít seem to give it much benefit as itís already quite good at its widest. Bokeh is decent; focusing at objects up to 5 meters away will still give you some bokeh, which is a property of the long focal length. I havenít experienced any CA with this lens. Flare is not a problem with the super deep hood and the fact that at 200mm itís rare for the sun to be in the frame unless you intentionally wish it to be so.

Conclusion: Donít have money for DA* 200mm and donít need AF? Get this lens, you wonít be disappointed.


20090226-9096 train station by endiro, on Flickr


20090728-2039 by endiro, on Flickr


20090728-2021 by endiro, on Flickr
   
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Registered: March, 2009
Location: Ohio, USA/ India
Posts: 474

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

 
Pros: IQ
Cons: a bit heavy

Do not let the cheap asking price of this lens fool you. This is one of the most overlooked takumar (in my opinion). From my own experience I put off using this tak quite a while. Maybe the lens was too heavy to carry around? Maybe there were other telephoto AF lenses always available and prevented me from trying this out? Whatever the reason, within a year or two of buying this I put his up for sale. In order to upload a sample image in the 'for sale' thread I went out and shot extensively on my K20D and came back with fantastic pictures. Thankfully, I withdrew the lens before someone seriously committed to buying the lens. I doubt that i will let it go.
   
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Registered: June, 2010
Posts: 734

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: July 15, 2011 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: N/A | Rating: 6 

 
Pros: very cheap, easy to find
Cons: stop down metering, long and heavy
Sharpness: 5    Aberrations: 6    Bokeh: 6    Handling: 10    Value: 6   

For a cheap lens not a bad performer. I didn't own any other 200mm lens so i could only compare it to Pentax K 135/2.5 and M*300/4. Both lenses outperform Takumar easily in image quality, but K lens is like twice the price and M four times that expensive. Interestingly i took images of K135+2xteleconverter and they were still slightly sharper than photos from Takumar.
   
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Registered: November, 2010
Location: California
Posts: 2,060

2 users found this helpful
Lens Review Date: August 22, 2011 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: N/A | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Great IQ, sharp, useful, no PF, no sun, no aberrations
Cons: None
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 10    Bokeh: 10    Handling: 9    Value: 10   

I have both, the SMC and the Super Takumar versions (I also have the Pentax K 200 f4). I love both of these two lenses for the reasons expressed above by others. I use this lens on a Kx and has replaced my 300mm f2.8 that is too heavy. The bokeh is great. No signs of CA, or PF. That is a great thing. I will post pics soon.
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SMCTakumar200mmf4-RedIbis by Palenquero, on Flickr







SMCTakumar200mmf4-GrapeLeaves1 by Palenquero, on Flickr



SMCTakumar200mmf4-abcdef3-2 by Palenquero, on Flickr


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SMCTakumar200mmf4-Blackbird by Palenquero, on Flickr



SMCTakumar200mmf4-Plumeria by Palenquero, on Flickr



SMCTakumar200mmf4-Eagle by Palenquero, on Flickr
   
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Registered: July, 2011
Location: Delaware
Posts: 344

2 users found this helpful
Lens Review Date: September 13, 2011 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $24.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Sharpness, price, easy to clean
Cons: It's a screw mount, weight, long focus throw
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 9    Handling: 8    Value: 10   

I got this lens at a thrift shop, including the case and metal lens hood. I can't say enough good things about it. Pretty cool to be able to use a 40 year old lens on a modern camera. Very sharp, good colors, good bokeh. Just a good lens.
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