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S-M-C Takumar 6x7 / Super Takumar 6x7 55mm F3.5

Sharpness 
 9.1
Aberrations 
 9.1
Bokeh 
 9.0
Handling 
 9.7
Value 
 9.7
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S-M-C Takumar 6x7 / Super Takumar 6x7 55mm F3.5
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Description:
This wide angle lens for the Pentax 6x7 format has 65 degrees field of view horizontally, like a 28 mm lens on a 24x36mm camera. It came in two variants with the same technical data. In 1979 this lens design was superseded by the SMC Pentax-6x7 F4 with a different optical formula.

Super Takumar 6x7 55mm F3.5
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Image Format
6x7
Lens Mount
Pentax 6x7
Aperture Ring
Yes (no A setting)
Diaphragm
Automatic, 8 blades
Optics
8 elements, 7 groups
Mount Variant
Inner Bayonet
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Max. Aperture
F3.5
Min. Aperture
F22
Focusing
Manual
Min. Focus
45 cm
Max. Magnification
0.17x
Filter Size
100 mm
Internal Focus
No
Field of View (Diag. / Horiz.)
78 ° / 65 °
Hood
Case
Lens Cap
Coating
Weather Sealing
No
Other Features
Filter Bayonet
Diam x Length
103 x 82 mm
Weight
920 g
Production Years
1969 to 1971
Notes
Engraved name: SUPER-TAKUMAR/6x7 1:3.5/55
User reviews
Variants

1969: SUPER-TAKUMAR/6x7 1:3.5/55 (this lens)
1971: Super-Multi-Coated TAKUMAR/6x7 1:3.5/55


Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 6x7 55mm F3.5
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Image Format
6x7
Lens Mount
Pentax 6x7
Aperture Ring
Yes (no A setting)
Diaphragm
Automatic, 8 blades
Optics
8 elements, 7 groups
Mount Variant
Inner Bayonet
Check camera compatibility
Max. Aperture
F3.5
Min. Aperture
F22
Focusing
Manual
Min. Focus
45 cm
Max. Magnification
0.17x
Filter Size
100 mm
Internal Focus
No
Field of View (Diag. / Horiz.)
78 ° / 65 °
Hood
Case
Lens Cap
Coating
SMC
Weather Sealing
No
Other Features
Filter Bayonet
Diam x Length
103 x 82 mm
Weight
920 g
Production Years
1971 to 1979
Notes
Engraved name: Super-Multi-Coated TAKUMAR/6x7 1:3.5/55
User reviews
Optics unchanged from previous model
Variants

1969: SUPER-TAKUMAR/6x7 1:3.5/55
1971: Super-Multi-Coated TAKUMAR/6x7 1:3.5/55 (this lens)

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



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New Member

Registered: November, 2017
Location: Arizona
Posts: 21
Lens Review Date: September 14, 2021 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $120.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharp and cheap
Cons: Hard to find filters
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 9    Handling: 10    Value: 10    Camera Used: Pentax 67   



I got this lens cheap on eBay from Japan, the lens is big and heavy however it renders beautiful images. The main disadvantage of this lens is the lack of cheap filters on the market at 100mm is basically impossible to find cheap filters.
   
New Member

Registered: March, 2017
Location: Edmonton, Alberta
Posts: 12

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: September 25, 2020 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $114.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Gorgeous color rendition, excellent handling (focusing, aperture ring setting, etc.), great Bokeh, handy minimum focusing distance, great field of view for my style of shooting.
Cons: A bit heavy.
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 10    Handling: 10    Value: 10    Camera Used: Pentax 6x7   

This was my second lens for my Pentax 6x7. I purchased it before the camera even arrived from Japan because I was excited to have a wide angle lens on a medium format camera for the ridiculously low cost of $114, American. If you've handled this lens then you will know that it's heavy. At 920 grams this lens is over 2 pounds. My 6X7 body weighs almost 3 pounds and if you are used to shooting with film SLRs like me, the weight difference is significant. But who cares?! This lens and body combination is perfect for what I do and that's mostly landscape and cityscape work. But with a minimum focusing distance of 45cm I also get to shoot up-close with a lens that offers beautiful Bokeh at f3.5. It's a dream! The lens handles well: my copy focuses smoothly and the aperture ring is nice and clicky. A lens hood is available so go out and get it. I haven't experienced any lens flare that would cause me to neglect this lens and even though I own a hood, I rarely use it. It's a beautiful hood too, by the way - large and square like the ones on old Hollywood movie cameras. The lens does have that nostalgic movie camera/lens look to it - with or without the hood. It's probably due to its size. It is long and wide and the filter ring is a whopping 100mm. It looks like a serious lens. My first 6x7 lens was the Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 135mm f4 Macro. I pulled it out of the box and sat it next to my Super-Multi-Coated Macro-Takumar 100mm f4 (an M42 lens) and was amazed at their size difference. I thought the 135mm was large and then came the 55mm.


The lens gives gorgeous color rendition. I tend to shoot primarily in B&W but this autumn season (2020) I've pulled several rolls of Ektar 100, Portra 160, and Fuji PRO 160 and the color is amazing. I have some Velvia and Ektachrome waiting to be shot too. Can't wait to see those with this lens. The lens is also sharp. Focus well (I find focusing on my 6x7 challenging - no split screen, no "ding" when it's in focus, etc.) and you are rewarded with sharp, crisp images.


The Bokeh I've gotten with this lens is great but as others before me have mentioned is best close-up and wide open - no surprise there.

I can't complain much about this lens except for maybe the weight and the filter ring size. Is the weight a problem, really? Nope! if you are discreet about it, you could do your bicep curls between clicks and get in some weight training while you scope out your next shot. And the filter ring size... well, the filters this size are a bit of money. If you are looking to buy this lens (and why wouldn't you???) I recommend buying one that comes with a filter as part of the purchase as the combinations tend to be cheaper this way. And if it comes with the lens hood, even better. I bought a lens hood for around $15, American. The filters will cost upwards of $80 and up, American.


Keep on shooting!

This was shot on Ektar 100:





This was shot on Portra 160:







This was shot on Ilford Delta 3200:







This was shot on Kodak TMax 100:


   
Veteran Member

Registered: August, 2010
Posts: 646
Lens Review Date: February 29, 2020 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: N/A | Rating: N/A 

 
Pros: Colors, brightness, sharpness
Cons: aberrations
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 8    Bokeh: 10    Handling: 9    Value: 10    Camera Used: Pentax K-1   

Just pictures.








More pictures:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/132940567@N02/
   
New Member

Registered: May, 2016
Posts: 20
Lens Review Date: July 25, 2018 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $120.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Value sharp cheap
Cons: Massive 100mm front element
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 8    Handling: 10    Value: 10    Camera Used: Pentax 67   

This lens is just right. Great value, especially if you shop around for one with filters. 100mm bayonet filters are actually pretty common. Well on that auction site at least. Bought mine from japan and arrived in 5 days. It's handling is fantastic on the 67! Nice handling sharp optics and good contrast. Flare is a problem but shoot with the sun behind your back and you'll be fine.
   
New Member

Registered: August, 2015
Location: Bielefeld, Germany
Posts: 1
Lens Review Date: August 7, 2015 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: N/A | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Sharp, easy to focus, smooth mechanics, nice color rendering
Cons: a bit too fat.
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 9    Handling: 10    Value: 10    Camera Used: 6x7 MU   

This lens is a fat, black, massive lens. It renders color nicely and is very sharp. Mechanics are smooth and it is a pleasure to work with.
   
Veteran Member

Registered: October, 2012
Location: Colorado
Posts: 1,433
Lens Review Date: December 31, 2012 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $117.97 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Bright in the viewfinder, Balances the camera nicely, Looks fabulous, pin-sharp when focused well, Lighting appears very cinematic
Cons: 100mm thread diameter = $80 UV filters, Replacement lens caps are hard to find, Too heavy to use on 35mm bodies with an adapter
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 10    Bokeh: 9    Handling: 9    Value: 10    Camera Used: Pentax 6X7 MLU   

My pros and cons say all I can really add to the existing reviews. For me, the best part of this lens is how it renders light. In almost all the photos I've taken with this lens, the light looks like something from a movie with an expert cinematographer. The biggest negative is that to get a protective filter would be about $50-80 -- for a cheap one.
   
New Member

Registered: October, 2012
Location: California
Posts: 2

2 users found this helpful
Lens Review Date: October 7, 2012 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $145.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: sharp edge to edge, even wide open
Cons: lens flare (but pleasnant), very expensive filters
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 10    Bokeh: 8    Handling: 10    Value: 8    Camera Used: Pentax 6x7, Pentax 67II   

This is a very sharp lens, even wide open. It keeps lines straight. Being a wide angle lens it is difficult to get much bokeh unless you shoot subjects very close and wide open. The build quality is excellent and it is easy to focus, even at night. It is subject to lens flare if pointed directly into the sun, but it has a pleasant quality.

The biggest drawback to this lens is that the 100mm bayonet filters are not easy to come by and often very overpriced (more than $100) when found. I found all the filters I wanted for it at reasonable prices (less than $35). I find the large yellow filter is a necessity for good black and white.

Make sure if you get this lens that you get it with the front lens cap. There are no aftermarket lens caps that will fit it.
   
Veteran Member

Registered: May, 2009
Location: USA
Posts: 1,971

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: May 8, 2009 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: N/A | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Sharpness; it's beasting size! And it's fun to screw on 100mm filters.
Cons: Flare; big front element can get dinged.

Back in the 90's when I wanted a wide angle lens, but didn't want to spend a lot, I found a good deal on this Takumar on ebay. I easily got it for $200 or more less than what the f4 was going for, and while I've never had or tested the f4, I'm fully pleased with the sharpness of this lens. I liked the fact it was a hair faster than the f4, because I'm all about speed. It is prone to flaring so you have to be careful where your light sources are coming into the shot.

I love the size and style of this lens and I recall seeing it about 6 years ago in a Maxim (or one of those men's magazines) fashion shoot. It definitely has a unique look and style all it's own. Be careful with the lens, as you'll probably bang it around a lot (huge 100mm filter thread). I primarily have used it on a tripod, but carry it out in public planted on your 67 body and you'll get all the looks!
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