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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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New Member

Registered: April, 2013
Posts: 1

7 users found this helpful
Lens Review Date: May 1, 2013 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: N/A | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharp, even in the corners, quality build
Cons: Heavy
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 10    Handling: 7    Value: 10    Camera Used: Mamiya-Sekor 1000DTL   

Lens reviewed: "Ashi Pentax" on lens cap; "Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 1:4/200 4483330 Asahi Opt. Co., Japan"

I have only used this lens on film, having purchased it from a military PX in Germany around 1971. But I do hope to be using it soon on an APS-C digital sensor, Sony NEX-5N. On film most use has been with astrophotography. This type of image is a severe test of image sharpness, since a star should look like a point even on the edges and in the corners. By that measure this lens is tops, even wide open. I find little if any difference center to edge in shape of star images - they are perfectly round. Many lenses, even some very expensive ones, do not pass this test. Some lenses describes as a bit "soft" in the corners will show misshapen star images off center. Any lateral chromatic aberration in the reviewed lens is minimal. Coma is not apparent. I cannot comment on Bokeh, since my astronomical subjects have all been in focus. Judge this lens for yourself by examining the attached image (Comet Hale-Bopp, April 2, 1997, 200mm, f/4, 15 minute exposure). This lens is one of my prized possessions.

   
Junior Member

Registered: August, 2014
Posts: 43

4 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
   
New Member

Registered: July, 2013
Location: Ancona - Marche - Italy
Posts: 3

4 users found this helpful
Lens Review Date: September 10, 2014 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $120.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharpness, bokeh, metal build, grip, and easy to focusing
Cons: none for a manual lens
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 10    Bokeh: 9    Handling: 9    Value: 10    Camera Used: K-5   

I have the Super Takumar version and I really like this lens, is very sharp and without CA. Using it is a pleasure cause it is very handy and easy to focus, even with moving subjects. It is an ideal lens for the photographic hunting, but also for portraits. Only flaw a slight tendency to yellowish, that can be corrected easily in post production.

PENTAX K-5 + Super Takumar 200mm f4 @ f4



PENTAX K-5 + Super Takumar 200mm f4 @ f8



PENTAX K-5 + Super Takumar 200mm f4 @ f4



PENTAX K-5 + Super Takumar 200 f4 @ f4


The photos was resized to 600px... for more details see my Pentax Gellery: http://www.pentaxphotogallery.com/artists/Toonik
   
Veteran Member

Registered: December, 2010
Location: Bucharest, Romania
Posts: 1,409

4 users found this helpful
Lens Review Date: September 23, 2012 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $60.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: sharp, thin DOF, smooth bokeh
Cons: just a little slow, a little heavy
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 8    Bokeh: 10    Handling: 10    Value: 10    Camera Used: Spotmatic, K-x, K-r   

I've had this SMC Takumar for 1 year, got it from a forum member. I had to take it apart because it was fungus ridden, but now it's free of problems. I didn't use it much, though, because I'm not that much of a tele shooter.
Optically, it's superb, even at f/4, although it has longitudinal color aberration (green in the background bokeh and magenta in the foreground). Its bokeh qualities are amazing, at almost any aperture.
I know people say that APS-C is better because you get longer reach with telephoto lenses, but honestly, I like the angle of view better on film.
And as usual, some photos to complement my review.
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IMGP7419-5 by kcobain1992, on Flickr
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27A_0064.jpg by kcobain1992, on Flickr
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IMGP8934.jpg by kcobain1992, on Flickr
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IMGP3113.jpg by kcobain1992, on Flickr
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IMGP3612-2.jpg by kcobain1992, on Flickr
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IMGP2653.jpg by kcobain1992, on Flickr
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IMGP6197.jpg by kcobain1992, on Flickr
   
Pentaxian

Registered: April, 2012
Location: Melbs
Posts: 1,148

3 users found this helpful
Lens Review Date: November 16, 2012 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $100.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: It's longer then a 150mm
Cons: Probably getting to the limits of hand held fun, re weight.
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 9    Handling: 9    Value: 10    Camera Used: K10D   

Firstly some heavily cropped images.


yeah yeah went a bit stupid with some plastic colours there. :P





I mean this is why you buy a long focal length prime yeah? The field of view is narrow, so forget about vistas and interesting scenes, unless of course you are 20km away..

Its a massive friendly big and heavy cropping tool. That's all it is. if a 100mm lens is double the magnification of a 50mm lens, and a 200mm is double the magnification of a 100, to keep this in perspective, things with this lens will appear on your sensor 3x as large then if you had used a 50mm.

Forget about crop factors and all that crap, it's not important. All you need to know is this lens will make things otherwise shot with a 50mm appear 3x as large on your sensor.

That is naturally cool because now you have a hope in giving that bird some decent real-estate on your sensor. By the time you further crop the image you might even have a subject to look at :P "see above"

Like every Tak I have ever laid fingers on, its beautiful to use and hold. CA and other crap seem about the same as the 150 f4 and 138mm f3.5 Taks I have played with.

FYI you can't adjust the man-auto switch whilst its not on a camera body :S I haven't worked out whats going on with the mount to prohibit that.. but if you are playing with it off the body and it doesn't move, don't fret!

This lens will be fun. Primes are fun.
   
Pentaxian

Registered: January, 2007
Location: Toronto
Posts: 15,401

3 users found this helpful
Lens Review Date: November 14, 2011 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $90.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Sharpness, and coatings
Cons: Considerable minimum focal distance,
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 8    Bokeh: 9    Handling: 8    Value: 8   

I bought this lens more on a whim than any specific need. Lets just say that LBA got the better of me.

Having shot with it for about 4-5 months now on and off, I think I can make a reasonable assessment.

The lens does everything you would/should expect out of an SMC Takumar lens in terms of sharpness and image quality, even wide open, but I find that the minimum focal distance of 2.5 meters is a little on the long side compared to some other options I have available (Series 1 70-210F3.5)

Functionally, focusing is smooth over the 240 degree focus throw and the aperture stops are positive without being too firm.

One thing I did notice, and this will vary from user to user is that I find it close to the threshold for having my split image finder darkening out. The 1/2 stop difference between my other 200mm MF options, the Series 1 70-210/3.5 and my Takumar preset 200/3.5 is quite noticeable.

Lateral CA and longitudinal CA is quite comparable to other Taks of this era
   
New Member

Registered: June, 2016
Posts: 10

2 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.
   
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
   
Site Supporter

Registered: July, 2012
Posts: 853

2 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.
   
New Member

Registered: February, 2014
Posts: 14

2 users found this helpful
Lens Review Date: June 18, 2014 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: N/A | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Very sharp, Incredible Bokeh
Cons: None that I can think of
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 8    Bokeh: 10    Handling: 10    Value: 10    Camera Used: K5-ii,Spotmatic   

Fantastic lens. I was incredibly fortunate to find one for $5 mint at a goodwill with lens hood and case. It is razor crisp with bokeh that I would put on par with the smc 50mm 1.4. With the right light this lens will do you wonders. The sample photos here were not shot in the greatest lighting circumstances but as you can see the photos are very lush.







   
Junior Member

Registered: November, 2012
Location: East Coast, Canada
Posts: 26

2 users found this helpful
Lens Review Date: November 4, 2012 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $20.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Sharp, Nice focus throw, Solid Construction
Cons: Little unbalanced when camera hanging around neck, some PF wide open

I got this lens used on eb@y. Nice lens on a dslr effectively making it a 300/4
This lens is quite sharp wide open but sharpens up nicely when stopped down to 5.6-8
It does however exhibit some purple fringing when shot in high contrast situations wide open. This is usually remedied by stopping down a click or two.
Overall a great medium telephoto and a great bargain on the second hand market.
   
Forum Member

Registered: September, 2012
Location: Tokyo
Posts: 64

2 users found this helpful
Lens Review Date: October 14, 2012 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $50.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: build quality, longevity, feel, optics, price
Cons: minor, but size and weight are getting up there
Sharpness: 8    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 8    Handling: 9    Value: 9    Camera Used: K7   

Another ridiculously cheap beautifully made Takumar. I don't use this one as much as the 135, because it's a little more noticeable in size and weight to carry around. But when I use it, the results are excellent. I've also taken to fitting it with a 2x Teleconverter for astrophotography. At 600mm equivalent on a K7, I get reasonable pictures of Jupiter including the Galilean moons. Not bad for something older than me.

Paul
   
Veteran Member

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.
   
Site Supporter

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
   
Veteran Member

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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