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SMC/S-M-C/Super-/Auto-/Takumar 55mm F1.8

Sharpness 
 9.4
Aberrations 
 8.9
Bokeh 
 9.3
Handling 
 9.5
Value 
 9.8
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SMC/S-M-C/Super-/Auto-/Takumar 55mm F1.8

SMC/S-M-C/Super-/Auto-/Takumar 55mm F1.8
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SMC/S-M-C/Super-/Auto-/Takumar 55mm F1.8 SMC/S-M-C/Super-/Auto-/Takumar 55mm F1.8
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Description:
This fast 55mm screwmount lens existed in several versions all with the same optical diagram. From the 1965 version, at least one of the glass elements is made from radioactive glass which yellows over time. While the optical diagram remained unchanged, tweaks to the optics (surface curvature, distance between elements) can't be precluded when Pentax switched glass type.

Here is an overview of the variants that we're aware of:
1: Takumar 55mm F1.8
2: Auto-Takumar with semi-automatic diaphragm
3: Auto-Takumar with automatic diaphragm. The direction of the aperture ring was reversed as was the norm on early lenses
4: Auto-Takumar with automatic diaphragm. The direction of the aperture ring was reversed as was the norm on early lenses. This lens which has the Super-Takumar "look" except for the missing IR index mark was soon re-released as a Super-Takumar
5: Super-Takumar with fine ribs on the aperture ring and reversed direction of the aperture ring
6: Super-Takumar still with fine ribs on aperture ring, but the ring now turns the "right" way (has the F1.8 position to the right) as all later M42 lenses
7: Super-Takumar with coarse ribs on aperture ring
8: Super-Multi-Coated Takumar
9: SMC Takumar with open aperture metering

Click here for a collage of the lens variants.

1: Takumar, the original variant:
Takumar 55mm F1.8
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Image Format
Full-frame / 35mm film
Lens Mount
M42
Aperture Ring
Yes
Diaphragm
Preset, 10 blades
Optics
6 elements, 5 groups
Mount Variant
M42 Plain
Check camera compatibility
Max. Aperture
F1.8
Min. Aperture
F22
Focusing
Manual
Min. Focus
55 cm
Max. Magnification
0.13x
Filter Size
46 mm
Internal Focus
No
Field of View (Diag. / Horiz.)

APS-C: 29 ° / 25 °
Full frame: 43 ° / 36 °
Hood
Case
Lens Cap
Coating
Weather Sealing
No
Other Features
Diam x Length
Weight
164 g
Production Years
1958 to 1958
Engraved Name
Takumar 1:1.8/55
Reviews
User reviews
Variants

1: Takumar 55mm F1.8 (this lens)
2: Auto-Takumar with semi-automatic diaphragm
3: Auto-Takumar with automatic diaphragm
4: Auto-Takumar with automatic diaphragm (different engravings than no. 3)
5: Super-Takumar with fine ribs on the aperture ring and F16 to the right
6: Super-Takumar with fine ribs on the aperture ring and F16 to the left
7: Super-Takumar with coarse ribs on aperture ring and F16 to the left
8: Super-Multi-Coated Takumar
9: SMC Takumar with open aperture metering



2: Auto-Takumar, first version (4th photo above):
Auto-Takumar 55mm F1.8 (ver. 1)
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Image Format
Full-frame / 35mm film
Lens Mount
M42
Aperture Ring
Yes
Diaphragm
Semi-automatic, 10 blades
Optics
6 elements, 5 groups
Mount Variant
M42 Stop-down Pin
Check camera compatibility
Max. Aperture
F1.8
Min. Aperture
F22
Focusing
Manual
Min. Focus
55 cm
Max. Magnification
0.13x
Filter Size
46 mm
Internal Focus
No
Field of View (Diag. / Horiz.)

APS-C: 29 ° / 25 °
Full frame: 43 ° / 36 °
Hood
Case
Lens Cap
Coating
Weather Sealing
No
Other Features
Diam x Length
Weight
174 g
Production Years
1958 to 1960
Engraved Name
Auto-Takumar 1:1.8 f=55mm
Reviews
User reviews
Variants

1: Takumar 55mm F1.8
2: Auto-Takumar with semi-automatic diaphragm (this lens)
3: Auto-Takumar with automatic diaphragm
4: Auto-Takumar with automatic diaphragm (different engravings than no. 3)
5: Super-Takumar with fine ribs on the aperture ring and F16 to the right
6: Super-Takumar with fine ribs on the aperture ring and F16 to the left
7: Super-Takumar with coarse ribs on aperture ring and F16 to the left
8: Super-Multi-Coated Takumar
9: SMC Takumar with open aperture metering



3: Auto-Takumar, early second version (3rd photo above). Despite the name Auto-Takumar this lens has a fully automatic diaphragm like the later Super-Takumar lenses. The aperture ring turns the opposite way compared to all later lenses:
Auto-Takumar 55mm F1.8 (ver. 2 early)
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Image Format
Full-frame / 35mm film
Lens Mount
M42
Aperture Ring
Yes
Diaphragm
Automatic, 6 blades
Optics
6 elements, 5 groups
Mount Variant
M42 Stop-down Pin
Check camera compatibility
Max. Aperture
F1.8
Min. Aperture
F16
Focusing
Manual
Min. Focus
45 cm
Max. Magnification
0.17x
Filter Size
49 mm
Internal Focus
No
Field of View (Diag. / Horiz.)

APS-C: 29 ° / 25 °
Full frame: 43 ° / 36 °
Hood
Case
Lens Cap
Coating
Weather Sealing
No
Other Features
Diam x Length
Weight
215 g
Production Years
1960 to 1962
Engraved Name
Auto-Takumar 1:1.8/55
Product Code
345
Reviews
User reviews
Notes
This lens has an automatic diaphragm like the later Super-Takumar lenses. The physical design was also close to that of the Super-Takumar with the aperture ring next to the lens mount. The aperturering has the smallest F-stop to the right, not to the left.
Variants

1: Takumar 55mm F1.8
2: Auto-Takumar with semi-automatic diaphragm
3: Auto-Takumar with automatic diaphragm (this lens)
4: Auto-Takumar with automatic diaphragm (different engravings than no. 3)
5: Super-Takumar with fine ribs on the aperture ring and F16 to the right
6: Super-Takumar with fine ribs on the aperture ring and F16 to the left
7: Super-Takumar with coarse ribs on aperture ring and F16 to the left
8: Super-Multi-Coated Takumar
9: SMC Takumar with open aperture metering



4: Auto-Takumar, late second version. Despite the name Auto-Takumar this lens has a fully automatic diaphragm and looks like the later Super-Takumar. The aperture ring turns the opposite way compared to all later lenses:
Auto-Takumar 55mm F1.8 (ver. 2 late)
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Image Format
Full-frame / 35mm film
Lens Mount
M42
Aperture Ring
Yes (no A setting)
Diaphragm
Automatic, 6 blades
Optics
6 elements, 5 groups
Mount Variant
M42 Stop-down Pin
Check camera compatibility
Max. Aperture
F1.8
Min. Aperture
F16
Focusing
Manual
Min. Focus
45 cm
Max. Magnification
0.17x
Filter Size
49 mm
Internal Focus
No
Field of View (Diag. / Horiz.)

APS-C: 29 ° / 25 °
Full frame: 43 ° / 36 °
Hood
Case
Lens Cap
Coating
Weather Sealing
No
Other Features
Diam x Length
Weight
215 g
Production Years
1962 to 1962
Engraved Name
Auto-Takumar 1:1.8/55
Reviews
User reviews
Notes
This lens has an automatic diaphragm like the later Super-Takumar lenses. The physical design was also close to that of the Super-Takumar with the aperture ring next to the lens mount. The aperturering has the smallest F-stop to the right, not to the left.
Variants

1: Takumar 55mm F1.8
2: Auto-Takumar with semi-automatic diaphragm
3: Auto-Takumar with automatic diaphragm
4: Auto-Takumar with automatic diaphragm (different engravings than no. 3) (this lens)
5: Super-Takumar with fine ribs on the aperture ring and F16 to the right
6: Super-Takumar with fine ribs on the aperture ring and F16 to the left
7: Super-Takumar with coarse ribs on aperture ring and F16 to the left
8: Super-Multi-Coated Takumar
9: SMC Takumar with open aperture metering



5: Super-Takumar, first version. This version can be recognized on its fine ribs on aperture ring and that the smallest F-stop (F16) is to the right on the ring:
Super-Takumar 55mm F1.8 (early)
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Image Format
Full-frame / 35mm film
Lens Mount
M42
Aperture Ring
Yes
Diaphragm
Automatic, 6 blades
Optics
6 elements, 5 groups
Mount Variant
M42 Stop-down Pin
Check camera compatibility
Max. Aperture
F1.8
Min. Aperture
F16
Focusing
Manual
Min. Focus
45 cm
Max. Magnification
0.17x
Filter Size
49 mm
Internal Focus
No
Field of View (Diag. / Horiz.)

APS-C: 29 ° / 25 °
Full frame: 43 ° / 36 °
Hood
Case
Lens Cap
Coating
Weather Sealing
No
Other Features
Diam x Length
Weight
215 g
Production Years
1962 (start of production)
Engraved Name
Super-Takumar 1:1.8/55
Product Code
345-2, 345-5, 33450, 34520
Reviews
User reviews
Notes
Fine ribs on aperture ring.
The aperture ring has the smallest aperture to the right, i.e. the ring turns the opposite way of later models.
The lens has a dot rather than a diamond as the settings mark.
Variants

1: Takumar 55mm F1.8
2: Auto-Takumar with semi-automatic diaphragm
3: Auto-Takumar with automatic diaphragm
4: Auto-Takumar with automatic diaphragm (different engravings than no. 3)
5: Super-Takumar with fine ribs on the aperture ring and F16 to the right (this lens)
6: Super-Takumar with fine ribs on the aperture ring and F16 to the left
7: Super-Takumar with coarse ribs on aperture ring and F16 to the left
8: Super-Multi-Coated Takumar
9: SMC Takumar with open aperture metering



6: Super-Takumar, second version. This version can be recognized on its fine ribs on aperture ring and that the smallest F-stop (F16) is to the left on the ring:
Super-Takumar 55mm F1.8 (ii)
© www.pentaxforums.com, sharable with attribution
Image Format
Full-frame / 35mm film
Lens Mount
M42
Aperture Ring
Yes
Diaphragm
Automatic, 6 blades
Optics
6 elements, 5 groups
Mount Variant
M42 Stop-down Pin
Check camera compatibility
Max. Aperture
F1.8
Min. Aperture
F16
Focusing
Manual
Min. Focus
45 cm
Max. Magnification
0.17x
Filter Size
49 mm
Internal Focus
No
Field of View (Diag. / Horiz.)

APS-C: 29 ° / 25 °
Full frame: 43 ° / 36 °
Hood
Case
Lens Cap
Coating
Weather Sealing
No
Other Features
Diam x Length
Weight
215 g
Production Years
to 1965
Engraved Name
Super-Takumar 1:1.8/55
Product Code
34520 (?)
Reviews
User reviews
Notes
Fine ribs on aperture ring.
The aperture ring has the smallest aperture to the left as on later lenses.
Variants

1: Takumar 55mm F1.8
2: Auto-Takumar with semi-automatic diaphragm
3: Auto-Takumar with automatic diaphragm
4: Auto-Takumar with automatic diaphragm (different engravings than no. 3)
5: Super-Takumar with fine ribs on the aperture ring and F16 to the right
6: Super-Takumar with fine ribs on the aperture ring and F16 to the left (this lens)
7: Super-Takumar with coarse ribs on aperture ring and F16 to the left
8: Super-Multi-Coated Takumar
9: SMC Takumar with open aperture metering



7: Super-Takumar, latest version. This version has coarse ribs on aperture ring (last photo):
Super-Takumar 55mm F1.8 (late)
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Image Format
Full-frame / 35mm film
Lens Mount
M42
Aperture Ring
Yes
Diaphragm
Automatic, 6 blades
Optics
6 elements, 5 groups
Mount Variant
M42 Stop-down Pin
Check camera compatibility
Max. Aperture
F1.8
Min. Aperture
F16
Focusing
Manual
Min. Focus
45 cm
Max. Magnification
0.17x
Filter Size
49 mm
Internal Focus
No
Field of View (Diag. / Horiz.)

APS-C: 29 ° / 25 °
Full frame: 43 ° / 36 °
Hood
Case
Lens Cap
Coating
Weather Sealing
No
Other Features
Diam x Length
59 x 38 mm
Weight
215 g
Production Years
1965 to 1971
Engraved Name
Super-Takumar 1:1.8/55
Product Code
371, 37100, 37101
Reviews
User reviews
Notes
Coarse ribs on aperture ring
Variants

1: Takumar 55mm F1.8
2: Auto-Takumar with semi-automatic diaphragm
3: Auto-Takumar with automatic diaphragm
4: Auto-Takumar with automatic diaphragm (different engravings than no. 3)
5: Super-Takumar with fine ribs on the aperture ring and F16 to the right
6: Super-Takumar with fine ribs on the aperture ring and F16 to the left
7: Super-Takumar with coarse ribs on aperture ring and F16 to the left (this lens)
8: Super-Multi-Coated Takumar
9: SMC Takumar with open aperture metering



8: Super-Multi-Coated Takumar (1st photo above):
Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 55mm F1.8
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Image Format
Full-frame / 35mm film
Lens Mount
M42
Aperture Ring
Yes
Diaphragm
Automatic, 6 blades
Optics
6 elements, 5 groups
Mount Variant
M42 Stop-down Pin
Check camera compatibility
Max. Aperture
F1.8
Min. Aperture
F16
Focusing
Manual
Min. Focus
45 cm
Max. Magnification
0.17x
Filter Size
49 mm
Internal Focus
No
Field of View (Diag. / Horiz.)

APS-C: 29 ° / 25 °
Full frame: 43 ° / 36 °
Hood
Case
Lens Cap
Coating
SMC
Weather Sealing
No
Other Features
Diam x Length
Weight
239 g
Production Years
1971 to 1972
Engraved Name
Super-Multi-Coated TAKUMAR 1:1.8/55
Product Code
37104, also 37101 and 37106 have been reported
Reviews
User reviews
Variants

1: Takumar 55mm F1.8
2: Auto-Takumar with semi-automatic diaphragm
3: Auto-Takumar with automatic diaphragm
4: Auto-Takumar with automatic diaphragm (different engravings than no. 3)
5: Super-Takumar with fine ribs on the aperture ring and F16 to the right
6: Super-Takumar with fine ribs on the aperture ring and F16 to the left
7: Super-Takumar with coarse ribs on aperture ring and F16 to the left
8: Super-Multi-Coated Takumar (this lens)
9: SMC Takumar with open aperture metering



9: SMC Takumar (2nd photo above). This final version has a rubberized focus ring and open aperture metering with the Spotmatic F, ES and ESII:
SMC Takumar 55mm F1.8
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Image Format
Full-frame / 35mm film
Lens Mount
M42
Aperture Ring
Yes
Diaphragm
Automatic, 6 blades
Optics
6 elements, 5 groups
Mount Variant
M42 Open-aperture Metering
Check camera compatibility
Max. Aperture
F1.8
Min. Aperture
F16
Focusing
Manual
Min. Focus
45 cm
Max. Magnification
0.17x
Filter Size
49 mm
Internal Focus
No
Field of View (Diag. / Horiz.)

APS-C: 29 ° / 25 °
Full frame: 43 ° / 36 °
Hood
Case
Lens Cap
Coating
SMC
Weather Sealing
No
Other Features
Diam x Length
59 x 38 mm
Weight
201 g
Production Years
1972 to 1975
Engraved Name
SMC TAKUMAR 1:1.8/55
Product Code
37108
Reviews
User reviews
Notes
Rubberized focusing ring.
Open aperture metering on Spotmatic F, ES and ESII.
Variants

1: Takumar 55mm F1.8
2: Auto-Takumar with semi-automatic diaphragm
3: Auto-Takumar with automatic diaphragm
4: Auto-Takumar with automatic diaphragm (different engravings than no. 3)
5: Super-Takumar with fine ribs on the aperture ring and F16 to the right
6: Super-Takumar with fine ribs on the aperture ring and F16 to the left
7: Super-Takumar with coarse ribs on aperture ring and F16 to the left
8: Super-Multi-Coated Takumar
9: SMC Takumar with open aperture metering (this lens)

Features:
Manual FocusAperture RingFull-Frame SupportAdapter needed for DSLRsDiscontinued
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New Member

Registered: October, 2019
Posts: 2
Lens Review Date: October 27, 2019 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $45.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Excellent close range
Cons:
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 10    Bokeh: 9    Handling: 10    Value: 10    Camera Used: K-50   

I just got one of these and tested it on a Pentax K-50 DSLR using a screw mount to k mount adapter.

Mine is the third one pictured above - Super-Takumar 55mm F1.8 (late).

Excellent color reproduction, detail, and overall image quality.

Right-click the following images and click "Open Image in New Tab", then zoom in.

- Pentax M42 55mm F1.8
- Pentax K-50 DSLR (16.3mp)
- mounted on tripod
- aperture priority
- ISO 100
- F16
- .5 to 1 second exposures
- white balance set to AWB
- focus peaking enabled on camera
- using manual focus assist
- 2-second timer





   
New Member

Registered: February, 2019
Posts: 10

2 users found this helpful
Lens Review Date: March 14, 2019 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $45.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Small and light
Cons: It's cultish following
Sharpness: 8    Aberrations: 8    Bokeh: 9    Handling: 8    Value: 7    Camera Used: ME Super K2   

A very good lens that is very fine in terms of picture quality from f4 to f11 in most picture-taking contexts. The SMC later versions with M42 mounts have slightly better coatings, but this is only noticeable if you tend to take pictures into - or across - direct sunlight without a lens hood. The earlier lens coatings are still very good and will suit most people perfectly. For the ridiculous extra costs often charged for "SMC" blue/green coatings you will probably never notice any real difference to "Super Takumar" earlier lenses with yellow/gold coatings. By the way, there are movies and reviews online about treating "yellowed" Takumar glass with UV light. Don't take any notice as that yellow/gold tint is the coating. Unfortunately, people tend to get a bit carried away with fashionable "sharpness" and "bokeh" talk with these lenses with incredible enthusiasm to up and over-rate the Takumar lenses. "Tack sharp Taks" talk makes me wonder, sometimes. They are very good, but not as good as some over-enthusiastic reviews state, especially at some apertures. All the talk about quality of build is true, but you will find that most 1960/70's lenses across the range were good fit and finish in comparison to the materials used today (plastic). Even the mainly metal lenses of today are often full of plastic. Regardless of all this, whether a lens is feeling "solid" or "plastic" has nothing to do with quality of images taken, but everything to do with the fussiness and style tastes of the photographer who needs to enjoy the aesthetics of photography. Also, keep in mind that most people leaving reviews don't take into account the variable quality of old secondhand lenses and the insane price variations that some people are willing to pay for, and some try to rip you off for. What you are most likely to find with a half-century old lens is that the focus ring may have some issues and the inside will be dusty and possibly fungal around glass edges and the aperture mechanism will be slower and drier than it once was. There may be clarity when a lens has been "serviced" or you make find that the "service" has left internal smear marks all over the glass. So be prepared when you order, and then again be prepared when you open the box when it arrives. Secondhand reviewers of old lenses also don't take into account that with modern digital systems, old lenses are not solely responsible for image quality; the processor/sensor also plays a significant role. So, on a poor/good/very good/excellent scale, the "Super Takumar" early lenses are very good and the "SMC" later ones are often very good. Both are "sharp" at some apertures. What gives them the potential for excellence is you - the photographer - and your camera.
   
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Registered: July, 2018
Posts: 14
Lens Review Date: July 18, 2018 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $40.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: color! bokeh! color!
Cons: soft up to aperture 4
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 6    Bokeh: 9    Handling: 7    Value: 9    Camera Used: Eos 700D   

I'm rating the late Super-Multi-Coated, M42 mount with single aperture pin-model, Nr. 37101.
Coming from the analoge SLR ( Nikon F-301) in the 90s, having had a Fuji 7000S as my first digicam, then Eos 550D, now using the newer model 700D.
I dont really like the feel and weight of the newer Canon lenses though they are really good and fast, so I started going into the M42 adapter thing. I now have only two Takumars, the 55/ 1,8 and the 35/3,5 but HEY!! I love the weight, the craftmanship, the details on them. Because Im on an APS-C I was sceptical how these would work but now after some days of intensive testing I can say these are very good despite the little cons.
Its not fair to compare these little gems against a more modern Canon stabilized autofocus lens, but who would anyway..I use them as an addition for more arty shots.

pros: THE COLORS. Amazing what beautiful colors these 45 year old lenses produce. The bokeh.
the craftmanship still smooth and stable. The metal lens caps. The metal rings.

cons: I dont like the position of the auto/manual switch as it is exactly beneath the aperture ring.
Sometimes I pull unwanted this switch which during shooting is a bit enerving. Its a tiny lens.

recommended.

the three samples were made as a `shoot from the hip', meaning, I did not have a tripod and on 1/40 this is a bit of a trial and error. First I thought these came out very unsharp but no. Surprise.
The aperture was quite open on all of these pics( around 1,8-4). Bokeh is almost cliche..







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Registered: January, 2011
Location: Toronto
Posts: 403
Lens Review Date: June 22, 2018 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: N/A | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: sharp lens, well made, general use
Cons: none for me

I like my Super-Takumar vII as much as my K version, it is my most used lens, especially for low light and getting in close.
The lens is sharp, with very good contrast on both colour and b/w films.
This lens is a must have for me and is part of my trio - super-takumar 135mm f3.5 and the super-multi-coated 35mm f3.5
The lens came with the SV for CAD $50.00
   
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Registered: February, 2016
Location: Moab, Utah
Posts: 90

5 users found this helpful
Lens Review Date: June 24, 2017 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $50.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Colors, Bokeh, Size, Value in that order
Cons: sharpness wide open
Sharpness: 7    Aberrations: 10    Bokeh: 10    Handling: 10    Value: 10   

This is a great 55mm flower or portrait lens. I have the most recent SMC version. Bokeh and colors are what I like about it, along with compact size. Bokeh is on par with the 50mm f1.4. Different, but both good. This is not the sharpest of the 50-is mm focal length though it's still "sharp." That's why I use it for portraits mostly. I also have the SMC K mount 50mm f1.2, SMC K mount 50mm f1.4, M 50mm f2, and Super-Takumar 55mm f1.8. For flowers, this is the one I like. A little bit longer, plenty fast, and small. It's not a good landscape lens because it loses image quality betweek f13 and f16, and lacks an f22 stop entirely. Use the M or A series 50mm f2 instead for that.

For anyone wanting to compare all the different vintage 50mm's from Pentax, you need not collect them all... I've posted a fairly comprehensive video comparison of them while comparing for myself:

https://youtu.be/G22LGiKngp4
   
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Registered: May, 2015
Location: Hampshire
Posts: 867

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: February 27, 2017 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $40.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharp and excellent value for money.
Cons: Awkward Auto-Manual switch
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 9    Handling: 7    Value: 10    Camera Used: K-5   

If an old M42 lens is in the running for the next purchase due to LBA......this might just be a no regrets purchase.

My Super-Takumar (late version) came with a Pentax S3 in a bundle that included a Tamron P-KA adapter which might sell for half the original cost of that bundle making this lens cost less than the $40 value I have given it.
Apart from the awkward Auto-Manual switch (awkward in comparison to others like the Helios -44M) the lens is amazing. It may not be as sharp as more costly lenses but it has great (and typical) Pentax attributes.
Here is an image taken when trying it out last year (along with a crop).




   
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Registered: November, 2016
Posts: 11
Lens Review Date: December 10, 2016 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: N/A | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: very sharp, well buit
Cons: some CA
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 10    Handling: 9    Value: 10    Camera Used: eos 550d   

This is my first manual "vintage" lens.
I bought it online and it arrived in good condition.
Eager to try it I went to the local park to shoot some pics.
Very impressive. Sharp, light, easy to handle, even for a guy like me in the habit to relay on autofocus and auto exposure.
It gave me back the joy of studying a little bit before pressing the shutter and started, I believe, a new passion for all manual lenses.
Here few samples all at 1,8.






   
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Registered: August, 2015
Posts: 18

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: August 13, 2016 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $25.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Outstanding mechanical quality, incredible optics
Cons: Nothing really
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 8    Bokeh: 7    Handling: 10    Value: 10    Camera Used: Sony A7, A7r   

I'm rating the Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 55mm/1.8. It came attached with a Spotmatic that I bought to get my daughter interested in film cameras. I already owned an SMC Takumar 55/1.8 (the later version).

My Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 55mm/1.8 is either a rare and special one... or this lens design as a whole is just incredible. I simply cannot believe how good this lens is even on my Sony A7r, which is unforgiving. It's not really usable at f/1.8 (soft, glowy, bad corners). Even f/2.8 is a bit dodgy. By f/4 the centre is nice and sharp, but corners are still soft. By f/5.6 I'm only worried about extreme corners if something really important is happening there. By f/8 I'm not worried about the corners anymore. Incredibly, it's still entirely usable at f/16; there's definitely a bit of diffraction, but if I need depth of field more than I need sharpness I'll use f/16 and be happy. I find the out of focus areas to be a bit nervous. There's a bit of purple fringing at f/1.8, which is gone by f/4.

Like the other Takumars in this design, it's an all metal beauty. The focus ring is beautifully damped and the aperture ring clicks smoothly. In comparison, my SMC Pentax K lenses feel rough and clunky.

My main 55mm lens is my SMC Pentax-A 645 45-85mm, which weighs a ton and lives on my Mirex tilt/shift adapters. The Takumar 55/1.8 is my everyday lens. I did a side-by-side comparison recently, and yes, the professional-grade 645 lens is of course better in every way -- but the Takumar is still amazingly good. I wouldn't hesitate to use it for critical work if I didn't have my big 645 handy.
   
New Member

Registered: August, 2016
Posts: 5
Lens Review Date: August 8, 2016 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $25.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Price, Sharpness, Build quality
Cons:
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 10    Bokeh: 10    Handling: 9    Value: 10    Camera Used: K-S2   

I just recently got this lens and have been shooting with it as much as possible; so far it has been awesome. For me personally, this lens is just slightly annoying to focus because my left hand always hits my right hand when I'm focusing, that's why it got 9 for handling, but again, thats just me. I love this lens, this was my first lens at such a wide aperture, so I was a bit weary of having to focus with it, but it's super easy, and very smooth. I highly recommend to everyone!
   
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Registered: February, 2016
Posts: 1
Lens Review Date: May 29, 2016 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $70.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Price, Bokeh, Precision,
Cons: None
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 10    Handling: 10    Value: 10    Camera Used: Canon 1200; Spotmatic F   

Well, i think now i can share my experience with my Takumar 55 1.8.
First of all, sorry if my english isn't very good.
Second of all, this should be the legendary normal range takumar, not the 50 1.4.
Mine is the Super-Multi-Coated version. I use it with a hood always, so i can't speak if it's flare prone.
This lens is superior to my SMC 50 1.4. It's more precise, have more sharpness, better bokeh at the same aperture.
It's commom enough to have incredible prices. For canon users it's the best bang for buck out there. Using the af chip guarantees incridible shots. It's no sharper than the 50mm f1.8 II, but have better bokeh and it's somewhat more beaultiful.
I've bought a spotmatic f and i like it very much because of it's precision in focusing. My SMC Takumar 50 1.4 have the advantage of open aperture metering, but focusing wide open with a 1.4 lens is a pain, because it is'nt sharp enought to nail focus quickly. I always have some doubt's if i can focus more acurately.

Here are some shots with my 1200D
https://flic.kr/p/Fma2wE
https://flic.kr/p/DXrYZN
https://flic.kr/p/EcYYux

Here are some shots with my spotmatic
https://flic.kr/p/HnP9dY
https://flic.kr/p/GECYNm
https://flic.kr/p/GQJhhj
   
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Registered: February, 2015
Posts: 4

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: October 24, 2015 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $19.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharp, Microcontrast?(maybe),build
Cons: flair
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 10    Handling: 10    Value: 10    Camera Used: Canon 6D   

Well all I can say is if I found this one first I probably would not own two takumar 50mms, They are all great lenses, but sometimes you want circular bokeh and a fair amount of micro-contrast or whatever they call that, all I can say about this is wow, Mine is the super takumar, no multi-coating, yet it has a rubber ring, how odd. it flairs like crazy, but everything else is so good on this lens I will work around it. Unless I am worried about flair I think it is my new main lens. If you are thinking about getting the tak 50mm f1.4, well still get it, it rocks, but if you are not to sure if you want to go the MF rout, by this one for $20 bucks, it is every bit as good as it's sister lens.
   
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Registered: May, 2014
Location: Minnesota
Posts: 1,410
Lens Review Date: July 23, 2015 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $35.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Sharp, build, colors, bokeh
Cons: manual ?
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 9    Handling: 10    Value: 10    Camera Used: K-5IIs   

Surprisingly great lens(1965: Super-Takumar 1:1.8/55 (second version)). I purchased this lens in almost mint condition for $35. I wasn't expecting much despite the stellar reviews but I got to admit, this lens is highly underrated. It is relatively sharp starting from f1.8 and then becomes razor sharp after that. I gave it a '9' as far as sharpness, but that's after comparing it to my 20-40mm and my 35mm Macro. I wish I could give it a 9.5 or something.

For portraits it's absolutely great and gives me that extra 5mm missing from my 50m f1.4. So how does it compare to the very popular 50mm f1.4 ? This lens holds it's own and then some falling short by a slight amount of pixel dust and character coming from the f1.4.

The build is about the same as the f1.4. Same old Takumar all metal frame, buttery smooth focus ring and snappy but tight aperture ring. The lens weighs a little bit more for its size than the DA and FA lenses, but I don't mind the weight at all. As a matter of fact it makes it feel as if I'm carrying a precise and expensive instrument in my hand not a toy(IMHO).

How does it compare to the very popular 50mm f1.7 that in my opinion is highly overrated ? This lens is another league maybe not in sharpness, but in every thing else and I own both lenses.
   
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Registered: October, 2014
Location: Washington
Posts: 2,177

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: June 25, 2015 I can recommend this lens: No | Price: N/A | Rating: 4 

 
Pros: Built well
Cons: not sharp

I bought a copy and it was not sharp, but reading the reviews I figured I had a bad one. I bought a second copy, same thing, not sharp until f5.6 and then not really great. I am not going to buy a third. I give up. Both lenses were SMC, first one was on old version and the second was a new version. Come think of it I had a third version that came with my Spotmatic in the 70's. It must not have been very good either because I always used the 85 and 35.
   
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Registered: June, 2015
Posts: 1

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: June 21, 2015 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $28.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: contrast, sharp, no CA, easy to focus, ok close focus, small!
Cons: mine is a bit soft wide and corners until f4
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 9    Handling: 10    Value: 10    Camera Used: Sony a6000   

I recently got this lens which I am using on a Sony a6000 through m42 adapter - seen in pic. I agree with previous reviewers - a very nice lens! Contrast is great, Bokeh is very good. A bit softness in corners (at least on mine) until stopped to 4. Does it flare? Absolutely but it should be expected. Still, use mine without hood and unless sun hits the rear element I haven't been troubled much.

I guess my version is -71? making it +40 years old... which staggers at least my mind.
I paid about 28 bucks in Scandinavia for mine, in good working condition. Pretty normal price I guess, but I treasure it already for being such a joy to use and delivering really nice results!



a6000 + SuperTak 55:



Crop of insert
   
New Member

Registered: March, 2015
Location: Oklahoma
Posts: 16
Lens Review Date: May 12, 2015 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $45.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: sharp,precision constrution, solid, smooth, fast, no distortion or CA
Cons: none
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 10    Bokeh: 10    Handling: 10    Value: 10    Camera Used: PENTAX K-500   

Near perfect for what it is. I still use the excellent kit lenses for convenience but I enjoy hanging this jewel on the K-500 and making pretty portraits and getting creative. I have the Super-Multi-Coated TAKUMAR 1:1.8 / 55mm.

Notice the ant on the right side. Sharp edge to edge!
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