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SMC Pentax 67 / S-M-C Takumar 6x7 / Super Takumar 75mm F4.5

Sharpness 
 9.7
Aberrations 
 9.3
Bokeh 
 9.1
Handling 
 9.4
Value 
 9.9
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SMC Pentax 67 / S-M-C Takumar 6x7 / Super Takumar 75mm F4.5

SMC Pentax 67 / S-M-C Takumar 6x7 / Super Takumar 75mm F4.5
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SMC Pentax 67 / S-M-C Takumar 6x7 / Super Takumar 75mm F4.5
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Description:
Moderate wide angle lens for the Pentax 6x7 system, field of view 50 degrees horizontally. This lens was available in three variants with the same optics. The latest variant was a bit lighter than the first two. The photo shows the latest variant, the smc PENTAX 67 75mm F4.5.

Super Takumar 6x7 75mm F4.5
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Image Format
6x7
Lens Mount
Pentax 6x7
Aperture Ring
Yes (no A setting)
Diaphragm
Automatic, 8 blades
Optics
5 elements, 4 groups
Mount Variant
Inner Bayonet
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Max. Aperture
F4.5
Min. Aperture
F22
Focusing
Manual
Min. Focus
70 cm
Max. Magnification
0.14x
Filter Size
82 mm
Internal Focus
No
Field of View (Diag. / Horiz.)
61 ° / 50 °
Hood
Case
Lens Cap
Coating
Weather Sealing
No
Other Features
Filter Bayonet
Diam x Length
91.5 x 81 mm
Weight
600 g
Production Years
1969 to 1971
Notes
Engraved name: SUPER-TAKUMAR/6x7 1:4.5/75
User reviews
Variants

1969: SUPER-TAKUMAR/6x7 1:4.5/75 (this lens)
1971: Super-Multi-Coated TAKUMAR/6x7 1:4.5 75mm
1989: smc PENTAX 67 1:4.5 75mm


Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 6x7 75mm F4.5
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Image Format
6x7
Lens Mount
Pentax 6x7
Aperture Ring
Yes (no A setting)
Diaphragm
Automatic, 8 blades
Optics
5 elements, 4 groups
Mount Variant
Inner Bayonet
Check camera compatibility
Max. Aperture
F4.5
Min. Aperture
F22
Focusing
Manual
Min. Focus
70 cm
Max. Magnification
0.14x
Filter Size
82 mm
Internal Focus
No
Field of View (Diag. / Horiz.)
61 ° / 50 °
Hood
Case
Lens Cap
Coating
SMC
Weather Sealing
No
Other Features
Filter Bayonet
Diam x Length
91.5 x 81 mm
Weight
600 g
Production Years
1971 to 1989
Notes
Engraved name: Super-Multi-Coated TAKUMAR/6x7 1:4.5 75mm
User reviews
Optics unchanged from previous variant
Variants

1969: SUPER-TAKUMAR/6x7 1:4.5/75
1971: Super-Multi-Coated TAKUMAR/6x7 1:4.5 75mm (this lens)
1989: smc PENTAX 67 1:4.5 75mm


SMC Pentax 67 75mm F4.5
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Image Format
6x7
Lens Mount
Pentax 6x7
Aperture Ring
Yes (no A setting)
Diaphragm
Automatic, 8 blades
Optics
5 elements, 4 groups
Mount Variant
Inner Bayonet
Check camera compatibility
Max. Aperture
F4.5
Min. Aperture
F22
Focusing
Manual
Min. Focus
70 cm
Max. Magnification
0.14x
Filter Size
82 mm
Internal Focus
No
Field of View (Diag. / Horiz.)
61 ° / 50 °
Hood
Case
S90-140
Lens Cap
Coating
SMC
Weather Sealing
No
Other Features
Filter Bayonet
Diam x Length
91.5 x 81 mm
Weight
560 g
Production Years
1989 (start of production)
Notes
Engraved name: smc PENTAX 67 1:4.5 75mm
User reviews
Optics unchanged from previous variant
Variants

1969: SUPER-TAKUMAR/6x7 1:4.5/75
1971: Super-Multi-Coated TAKUMAR/6x7 1:4.5 75mm
1989: smc PENTAX 67 1:4.5 75mm (this lens)

Features:
Manual FocusAperture RingMedium-Format SupportAdapter needed for DSLRsDiscontinued
Price History:



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Pentaxian

Registered: September, 2017
Location: MedellŪn
Posts: 1,312
Lens Review Date: December 31, 2019 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $60.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Light.
Cons:
Sharpness: 8    Aberrations: 7    Bokeh: 8    Handling: 9    Value: 10    Camera Used: 6x7 MLU   

This is a good lens which goes for very little money. It's relatively big, but mostly filled with air rather than glass, so it's light. The design seems similar to other early 35 mm 135 format lenses.
   
Veteran Member

Registered: August, 2010
Posts: 646
Lens Review Date: October 11, 2019 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $55.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: easy operate,sharpnes, bokeh, colors, contrast
Cons: purple fringe wide open
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 8    Bokeh: 10    Handling: 10    Value: 10    Camera Used: Pentax K-1   

I was impressed by this lens. I like everything in this lens: how it feels, how smooth focusing is, how easily you can open-close aperture, I like cleanliness of colors and contrast. Everything is just right.
Even purple fringe (that can be fixed in photoshop) does not disappoint.
The most I like in this lens is, that it is used as a tilt shift, with an adapter of course.
Some shots with and w/o the tilt shift, all are wide open.










   
Site Supporter

Registered: July, 2017
Location: Cinco de Mayo
Posts: 543
Lens Review Date: July 17, 2018 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $199.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: 3d pop on Macros (apcs)
Cons: Filter Size
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 10    Bokeh: 9    Handling: 9    Value: 10    Camera Used: K-3II   

Using Apsc.

This lens is my first option for "journalistic" portraits. I use the 105mm or the 165mm for artistic roles.

But I like this lens because it gives, IMHO, a 3d pop effect to the macro-photos of catalog items at f8 - f16.

Sharpness is really terrific. Samples are a f4.5

   
Junior Member

Registered: January, 2008
Location: Ottawa, ON
Posts: 38
Lens Review Date: January 18, 2017 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $225.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Clinically sharp.
Cons: Lacks soul. Slightly awkward FOV. Colour OK. Quite large.
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 10    Bokeh: 9    Handling: 8    Value: 9    Camera Used: Pentax 67II   

Solid lens. Reminds me very much of some of the K mount 35mm's, like the FA f/2 or Super Tak f/3.5. Produces exceptionally sharp images - I actually can't imagine anything being sharper. Colour is good but not exceptional. I also find it lacks character or soul - something subjectively satisfying about the images is missing. A tad flat, maybe? It is also a rather large lens (I'm comparing it to the amazingly compact 45mm f/4, which I prefer all around). And the FOV is something like a 38mm lens in the K mount - a bit of a tweener. And, of course, pretty slow. All of this said, I have taken some very nice portraits that capture more of the context of the scene, which can be quite nice. Maybe this will steal my heart, but generally I reach for my 45mm or my 105mm, which each have clearly-defined roles.
   
New Member

Registered: July, 2016
Location: New York, NY.
Posts: 1
Lens Review Date: October 14, 2016 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $51.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharpness,contrast, ease to use and built quality.
Cons: Chunky
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 10    Bokeh: 9    Handling: 10    Value: 10    Camera Used: Canon 5D MkIII / Sony a6000 + Focal reducer   

This has become one of my favorite manual lenses for image and built quality.
Haven't had the chance to test it on a 6X7 camera, however, the superb sharpness on Canon EOS and Sony Alpha systems (along with adapters) put this amazing piece of glass up there with the best.




   
Senior Member

Registered: November, 2014
Posts: 272
Lens Review Date: January 19, 2015 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $60.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Incredibly sharp with accurate colors
Cons: manual focus only
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 10    Bokeh: 10    Handling: 10    Value: 10    Camera Used: K-3   

I was originally looking for a K-mount prime lens in the 75mm range. I could not locate one I was happy with so I purchased this 6x7 75mm F/4.5 on a whim Mine is an early version but I scored it for $60 on eBay so I figured it would be worth the gamble. Needless to say I am extremely pleased by the performance of this lens. It is RAZOR SHARP and takes beautiful photos with faithful color reproduction. For the price I paid I think it was the steal of the year however I still think it would be a bargain for $200. If you have a 6x7 adapter for your camera then I suggest you find one of these 75mm lenses. You won't be disappointed.
   
Senior Member

Registered: November, 2008
Location: Maine, USA
Posts: 249
Lens Review Date: May 18, 2014 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $135.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: The Sharpest! Beautiful Color Rendition, Aberration Free
Cons: Filter Size, Bulky
Camera Used: K-5 IIs   

I picked up the SMC Takumar version a few years ago to use with my Pentax 67. It immediately demonstrated to me that this was a sharp and contrasty lens capable of huge feats of resolution, out-resolving any film.

Aberrations are well controlled with no distortion. There is NO chromatic Aberration with this retrofocus designed lens. The 35mm F/3.5 SMC Takumar is essentially the same design, but made for 35mm film. It too has little to no CA.

Recently I have coupled this lens with my K-5 IIs and found out that even wide open this lens appears to out-resolve the sensor. No minor task for the K-5 IIs. Images are crisp and snappy. One is left not really wanting more. Resolution is as good if not better than my Pentax 35mm full frame glass and digital glass. Highly recommend as these lenses are plentiful on the used market and can be had cheaply.

I used the Fotodiox adapter. A good adapter I recommend for all Pentax 6X7 lenses.

Deep Spring by Nightfly Photographic, on Flickr


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Deep Spring 100% Crop Detail by Nightfly Photographic, on Flickr
   
Site Supporter

Registered: October, 2008
Location: Vancouver, Canada
Posts: 7,338

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: April 4, 2014 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $286.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Good optics.
Cons: Slow, clunky old design.
Camera Used: 6x7, 67 and 67II   

The 75/4.5 was one of the original lenses when Pentax introduced the 6x7 system in 1969. I have the third and last 1989 version (67 75/4.5) and it has the same optics as its predecessors and the full SMC coatings. This last version is also 40 grams lighter than the other two.

Usage:
A lens with good optics, minus a bad design, equals an ugly handling lens. The 75/4.5 is capable of producing great images, but unfortunately the optics are wasted with a less than useful lens.

The 75mm focal length on the 6x7 system is a great wide/normal hybrid and a perfect one lens option. A well designed 75mm lens should have the size, speed & macro capabilities of a normal lens and the close focusing of a wide angle lens. The 75/4.5 is fair to awful in all these areas.

- Size wise the 75/4.5 is poor for a 75mm lens. Itís too long and should have a 67mm filter thread. The large filters it uses are expensive and too big. The 75/4.5 looks like a telephoto lens and handles like one.

- Speed wise F/4.5 is awful for a 75mm lens. It should be f/2.8 so it can be used in all lighting conditions. The Pentax 6x7 400, 600 & 800mm lenses are all faster and they are super telephotos! Unless Iím shooting in bright sunshine, I find the 75/4.5 hard to focus because of the darker viewfinder.

-The 75/4.5 has fair macro capabilities. Extension tubes can get you to 1.45x magnification, but since the lens has an 82mm filter thread you canít reverse to get magnification in the 2x to 3x range. A 67mm filter thread would fix this issue and let you take advantage of the 75mm focal lengths higher magnification.

-The 75/4.5 has a fair minimum focusing distance of 0.7 meters (about 27 Ĺ inches). It needs to be in the 0.35 to 0.5 meter range (13 to 20 inches) like the other Pentax 6x7 wide angle lenses. There is no close-up filter designed for this lens, so you will have to use extension tubes and suffer the light loss/exposure factor. Since the 75/4.5 is already slow youíre probably going to need to use a tripod then, which you shouldnít have to for a well designed 75mm lens.

Pentax also realized the deficiencies of the old 75/4.5 lens and replaced it with the completely redesigned 67 75/2.8AL lens in 2001. The 75/2.8 fixes all of the 75/4.5 usage/handling issues and is equally sharp.

FILTER: The 67 75/4.5 uses 82mm screw in filters, or Pentax 6x7 82mm bayonet filters.

CASE: The 67 75/4.5 comes with the S90-140 soft case.

HOOD: The 67 75/4.5 uses a plastic clip-on PH-SA82 hood.

Summary:
I only find the 75/4.5 useful for tripod landscape work, where itís slow clunky old design is not so much of an issue. Otherwise I just donít use my 67 75/4.5 much anymore since I bought a 75/2.8. If you really like the 75mm FL I would recommend you do the same. Yes the 75/2.8 is expensive, but itís worth it and is a way more versatile 75mm lens.

Price: I found my 67 75/4.5 at KEH and it cost $286.00. It was in EX+ condition, I purchased the hood and case separately.


Sample shots taken with the 67 75/4.5. Photos are medium resolution Lab scans from original slides and negatives.

Camera: 67 Film: Fuji Provia 400X ISO: 400





Camera: 67 Film: Kodak T-Max 100 ISO: 100

   
Giveaway winner!

Registered: December, 2007
Location: beantown
Posts: 944
Lens Review Date: December 31, 2010 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $85.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharp!
Cons: Sharper than my digital can see.
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 10    Bokeh: 9    Handling: 10    Value: 10   

I found and purchased the fluted older version, a good condition specimen very few scratches on the body and the glass looked as though the previous owner took super good care of the glass. I think this added to the excitement as you could tell by the price I snagged it from the start. A twist and I was looking at the lens I was trying to get for about a year!

First impressions: Yep, thats a f4.5... slightly dim. First test was through the P6x7 to K adapter with a K20D and I will say first off that the lens is sharper than the camera. Where lines turn to interpolation and that is at about 65-70 lpmm. So when I get around to doing the film, I'll add the info... looking forward to seeing how super on TMax100

Quick look from an APS-C point of view of a skyline and foreground.
So far this is a well worth it lens and wish I snagged one a year ago.

Normal Frame

Update: Aug-12-2011

Very sharp film performance so far, but since the original writing, the lens received an abrasion to the front due to a faulty lens cap and no filter at the time. This left a small 1.2mm dot almost center on the element and of course, this will not show up on the final image... I know because I looked using a fine dot pattern looking for signs of degrading of the image at center. OCD of me... yes, but then I thought it would be fun to try and find any fault. The target was a laserjet printed checker pattern at 11x17 about 15 feet away.

Update: 2012 and multiple use... Very wonderful lens! Colors are excellent and the sharpness is there. It is the second favorite lens after 105mm. On Ektar and Portra 160 it is superb. A group shot was so good that I could make out eye lashes with no problems.
   
Senior Member

Registered: July, 2008
Location: montreal
Posts: 136
Lens Review Date: June 9, 2009 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $175.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Very Sharp,not that heavy
Cons: filter size

I have the SMC Takumar 75mm/4.5 version,i bought it after buying and using a Pentax-67 M*400mm/4 EDIF.I decided to bought another 6x7 lens,they are great lens and both work very well on my K20D.

That Takumar is very sharp from f/5.6 to f/16 (i didn't really tried it W/O),i have no fear of using it at any f-stop.Good contrast and colors even on a DSLR.I use it frequently for smaller subject with extension tubes and it's still very sharp!
Will always find a place in my bag for that lens

Robust and a good focusing ring feeling also.

What more do you want from a lens?!?!
   
Pentaxian

Registered: February, 2009
Location: Arizona
Posts: 1,231

3 users found this helpful
Lens Review Date: February 21, 2009 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $400.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharp!
Cons: Needs f/32

One of the few, truly retrofocus lenses available. It looks like the original French design in cross section. It uses an eight blade diaphragm. The Takumar and Pentax 75mm are the same optical configuration. The Pentax has the rubber grip as shown, while the Takumar has a fluted metal barrel. It is an amazingly sharp lens and could easily be the sharpest of the entire line. If I were forced to choose between the 55mm latest version and this lens for sharpest, I would choose this lens. It has good contrast and color rendition too. For landscape work I feel it needs an f/32 stop to be able to get the DOF sometimes needed. It competes easily with the sharpest 67 lenses out on the market (Mamiya7,etc.). Have never seen any lateral color with this lens. Distortion is minimal and not a problem. I seem to use my 55-100 zoom more than the 75mm now, so the 75 doesn't get much use. The 75 is slightly sharper though, but they are close. My estimate as far as lp/mm is concerned is 95 -105. The DOF scale is off slightly, so the setting needs to be 1/2 stop more conservative when using the scale. Sharpest stop- f/8, but it is not soft anywhere. Large prints can be made with this lens (24 X 30 inch or a bit larger) with no fear of softness. At f/8 shot at infinity, it will rival some 4x5 camera work in sharpness. This lens really shines when you have small detail in the distant background that needs to be resolved.

This is a well built and solid lens and is not delicate like the zooms.

A pro grade landscape lens/ a great lens.
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