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SMC/S-M-C/Super Takumar 50mm F1.4

Sharpness 
 9.2
Aberrations 
 8.9
Bokeh 
 9.6
Handling 
 9.5
Value 
 9.6
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SMC/S-M-C/Super Takumar 50mm F1.4

SMC/S-M-C/Super Takumar 50mm F1.4
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SMC/S-M-C/Super Takumar 50mm F1.4
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SMC/S-M-C/Super Takumar 50mm F1.4
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SMC/S-M-C/Super Takumar 50mm F1.4

Description:
The Takumar 50mm F1.4 is a fast normal lens produced in two "Super" versions as well as two versions with Super-Multi-Coating.

The first "Super" version (introduced 1964) has 8 lens elements (listed separately). All subsequent versions (including K, M, F and FA K-mount versions) have 7 elements.

The 7 element Takumars have the infrared focusing mark to the left of the numeral '4' on the DOF scale. The 8 element version has the mark to the right. Thanks to Laurentiu Cristofor for pointing this out.

Super-Takumar 1:1.4/50, late model. Some have a white dot on the aperture ring at the f/2 position (first photo):
Super-Takumar 50mm F1.4 (late)
© www.pentaxforums.com, sharable with attribution
Image Format
Full-frame / 35mm film
Lens Mount
M42
Aperture Ring
Yes
Diaphragm
Automatic, 6 blades
Optics
7 elements, 6 groups
Mount Variant
M42 Stop-down Pin
Max. Aperture
F1.4
Min. Aperture
F16
Focusing
Manual
Min. Focus
45 cm
Max. Magnification
0.15x
Filter Size
49 mm
Internal Focus
No
Field of View (Diag. / Horiz.)

APS-C: 32 ° / 27 °
Full frame: 47 ° / 40 °
Hood
Case
Lens Cap
Coating
Weather Sealing
No
Other Features
Diam x Length
61.5 x 38.5 mm
Weight
230 g
Production Years
1965 to 1971
Engraved Name
Super-Takumar 1:1.4/50 (late)
Product Code
378
Reviews
User reviews
Notes
This 7 element version can be distinguished from the 8 element version by the placement of the IR mark between the numerals 8 and 4.
Some of these lenses have a white dot at the F2 position.
Variants
1: Super-Takumar with 8 lens elements
2: Super-Takumar with 7 lens elements (this lens)
3: Super-Multi-Coated Takumar with 7 lens elements
4: SMC Takumar with 7 elements and open aperture metering


Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 1:1.4/50 (second photo):
Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 50mm F1.4
© www.pentaxforums.com, sharable with attribution
Image Format
Full-frame / 35mm film
Lens Mount
M42
Aperture Ring
Yes
Diaphragm
Automatic, 8 blades
Optics
7 elements, 6 groups
Mount Variant
M42 Stop-down Pin
Max. Aperture
F1.4
Min. Aperture
F16
Focusing
Manual
Min. Focus
45 cm
Max. Magnification
0.15x
Filter Size
49 mm
Internal Focus
No
Field of View (Diag. / Horiz.)

APS-C: 32 ° / 27 °
Full frame: 47 ° / 40 °
Hood
Case
Lens Cap
Coating
SMC
Weather Sealing
No
Other Features
Diam x Length
Weight
250 g
Production Years
1971 to 1972
Engraved Name
Super-Multi-Coated TAKUMAR 1:1.4/50
Product Code
37801
Reviews
User reviews
Variants

1: Super-Takumar with 8 lens elements
2: Super-Takumar with 7 lens elements
3: Super-Multi-Coated Takumar with 7 lens elements (this lens)
4: SMC Takumar with 7 elements and open aperture metering



SMC TAKUMAR 1:1.4/50, rubberized focusing ring. Open aperture metering on Spotmatic F, ES and ESII (third photo):
SMC Takumar 50mm F1.4
© www.pentaxforums.com, sharable with attribution
Image Format
Full-frame / 35mm film
Lens Mount
M42
Aperture Ring
Yes
Diaphragm
Automatic, 8 blades
Optics
7 elements, 6 groups
Mount Variant
M42 Open-aperture Metering
Max. Aperture
F1.4
Min. Aperture
F16
Focusing
Manual
Min. Focus
45 cm
Max. Magnification
0.15x
Filter Size
49 mm
Internal Focus
No
Field of View (Diag. / Horiz.)

APS-C: 32 ° / 27 °
Full frame: 47 ° / 40 °
Hood
Case
Lens Cap
Coating
SMC
Weather Sealing
No
Other Features
Diam x Length
61.5 x 38.5 mm
Weight
252 g
Production Years
1972 to 1975
Engraved Name
SMC TAKUMAR 1:1.4/50
Product Code
37902
Reviews
User reviews
Notes
Open aperture metering on Spotmatic F, ES and ESII
Variants

1: Super-Takumar with 8 lens elements
2: Super-Takumar with 7 lens elements
3: Super-Multi-Coated Takumar with 7 lens elements
4: SMC Takumar with 7 elements and open aperture metering (this lens)

Features:
Manual FocusAperture RingFull-Frame SupportAdapter needed for DSLRsDiscontinued
Price History:



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New Member

Registered: May, 2018
Posts: 2
Lens Review Date: May 18, 2018 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: N/A | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Handling, sharpness
Cons: OOF is often glowing
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 10    Bokeh: 8    Handling: 10    Value: 9    Camera Used: Fujifilm XT2 + speedbooster   

I have the 8 el version and it is amazing but when you miss the focus (and it's very bright) then the slightly OOF area is glowing.

Handling is just legendary. I have like 30 lenses it's this one is by far the best.
   
Forum Member

Registered: January, 2016
Location: Alberta
Posts: 78
Lens Review Date: March 21, 2018 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $100.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: sharp, fast aperture, build quality, x factor
Cons: a bit heavy, have to used adapter to k-mount and manual focus/aperture
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 10    Handling: 8    Value: 9    Camera Used: K-S2   

Great lens with amazing bokeh - smart, clean, and sexy!
Love the way this lens looks - it's really well made.
Super sharp little collector's lens!
   
New Member

Registered: January, 2014
Posts: 3
Lens Review Date: March 8, 2018 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: N/A | Rating: 10 

 
Pros:
Cons:
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 8    Bokeh: 9    Handling: 9    Value: 8    Camera Used: Fuji xt2   

Along with the auto takumar 35mm 3.5 this one of my favourite lenses.

Love the takumars for black and white.

I have the 8 element version, just get one and try it, you will love it.
   
Site Supporter

Registered: February, 2016
Location: Moab, Utah
Posts: 74

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: September 4, 2017 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $30.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Solid build, compact, sharp
Cons: 6 bladed aperture, radioactive rear element
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 8    Handling: 10    Value: 10   

This is a very good collectible classic lens in M42 mount, especially for the price. I have the Pentax K 50mm f1.2, Pentax K 50mm 1.4, Super-Takumar 55mm f1.8, and Pentax-M 50mm f2.

Handling is excellent. Small and compact while delivering legendary sharpness. Perfectly adequate for most anything.

Bokeh is good, but the 50mm f1.2 is far superior in this regard. The 8 bladed Pentax SMC K 50mm 1.4 also shows noticeably better bokeh than does this lens.

For anyone wanting to compare all the 50mm options from Pentax, I've just done this fairly comprehensively:

https://youtu.be/G22LGiKngp4
   
New Member

Registered: April, 2017
Posts: 1
Lens Review Date: July 28, 2017 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $75.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Great Build, Smooth handling, Great low light handling at f1.4, still being available at affordable price
Cons: Filter thread 49mm which would have been great if it is 52mm
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 9    Handling: 10    Value: 10   

Got mine few days back from eBay India and lucky to get a near Mint copy.My second one after 55mm F2 Takumar.Am so surprised at the perfect fitment of Original push pull metal cap with such close tolerances and being a non thread cap.As many opined about its softness wide open at F1.4 my result differs with better than expected result.Taken a test shot wide open on a printed card board of size 375mm x 335mm and the smallest print letter size is 2mm.The board has text from 2mm size to 22mm and also has different color figures.This board came in handy for me to test any lens.Taken the shot with filling the frame basis and the distance came to about 4.5ft.The resultant image is perfectly readable with better than fair sharpness and only short of great sharpness.Used it on Canon 350D with adapter.Am giving the image here which is un edited except for reducing size to post here.It is a Dream lens to be owned by any photography lover.The lens distinctive character is so loving.No doubt this is one of the great manual prime lens.
   
New Member

Registered: July, 2017
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 2
Lens Review Date: July 21, 2017 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $72.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: General all-around excellence!
Cons: A teensy bit of radioactivity?
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 8    Bokeh: 10    Handling: 10    Value: 10    Camera Used: Fujifilm X-T2   

I really love this lens!

I'm wondering if there is perhaps a typo in the Product Code info given above for the 2nd and 3rd editions... My particular copy has the knurled metal focus ring, body, engraved name "Super-Multi-Coated TAKUMAR 1:1.4/50", and overall appearance of a 2nd edition, but a product code "37902" (3rd edition!). 2nd edition lens with a 3rd edition product code? Don't think so. The info in this "Takumar Field Guide" says the product code for the 2nd edition is 37902 which seems to make more sense:
Super-Multi-Coated TAKUMAR 1:1.4/50mm
Produced 1971 to 1972. Serial Numbers 4337xxx - 6482xxx. AOCo Product No. 37902

SMC TAKUMAR 1:1.4/50mm
Produced 1972 to 1975. Serial Numbers 5346xxx - 8062xxx. AOCo Product No. 37908
Anyway, the "Fukushima warmth" (yellowing) was easily mitigated using a Walmart LED bulb, and my copy seems otherwise pristine.

   
Site Supporter

Registered: April, 2017
Posts: 11
Lens Review Date: June 10, 2017 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $80.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Very sharp, great bokeh
Cons: Very tight focus ring
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 10    Handling: 6    Value: 9    Camera Used: Sony A7   

Great little lens with great bokeh and very sharp, mine had a bad focus ring that was too tight and had to let it go
Looking to get another







   
New Member

Registered: February, 2017
Posts: 4
Lens Review Date: February 14, 2017 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: N/A | Rating: N/A 

 
Pros:
Cons:

I have SMC Takumar 50mm f1.4, I bought it as a pre-owned. However, I couldn’t focus it as the seemed stuck (the aperture ring) for some reason. Any help?

PS: I'm using it with Canon 60D



   
New Member

Registered: July, 2016
Posts: 4
Lens Review Date: February 12, 2017 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $30.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: amazing build quality, good sharpness stopped down, interesting bokeh, low CA
Cons: soft wide open, bad flare resistance
Sharpness: 8    Aberrations: 8    Bokeh: 8    Handling: 10    Value: 9    Camera Used: Sony A7s, a6000   

I have the single-coated, radioactive 7 element version. The lens is beautifully made and works flawlessly despite being 40+ years old.

Optically it's quite good with useable sharpness wide open, decent CA performance and bokeh that, though it can be harsh, is often visually pleasing (to me, at least).

Check out my review to see lots of photos taken with this lens: http://www.theweekendlens.com/super-takumar-50-f14.html
   
New Member

Registered: July, 2015
Location: Sydney/ London
Posts: 21

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: January 26, 2017 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $100.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Unique rendition, lovely
Cons:
Sharpness: 8    Aberrations: 8    Bokeh: 9    Handling: 10    Value: 10    Camera Used: Fuji X-T1   

The Fuji X-T1 with it's all magnesium chassis, weight balance, manual controls, focus peaking and super EVF is an ideal dumping ground for legacy lenses so I use the Takumar with that. This makes the 50mm focal length effectively 75mm on this aspc camera which as focal lengths go is a bit 'meh'. Not with this lens though! The best I can do is let the lens speak for itself, so here are some examples:

Test - Takumar 50mm f1.4 by Otim, on Flickr

Untitled by Otim, on Flickr

Canterbury Park by Otim, on Flickr

Bin Night by Otim, on Flickr

Untitled by Otim, on Flickr

Untitled by Otim, on Flickr

The only downside is that there is too much temptation to shoot wide open, but that's user error.
   
New Member

Registered: December, 2016
Posts: 5

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: December 14, 2016 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $50.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Very sharp, bokeh, easy to use
Cons: none
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 10    Bokeh: 10    Handling: 10    Value: 10    Camera Used: Fujifilm Xe2s   

Hi guys!

This is my first review on this forum as I've just registered. This lens is something truly magical, and I'm talking about my 7 element Super Takumar 50mm f1.4.
I got this lens for $50 from my friend who has a nice collection of Takumars. I quote his words "Dude, you gotta try the Tak man, so sharp, so artistic". That convinced me because he never lies when it comes to lenses. I bought the Takumar from him and as soon as I got home, took my camera and got out. Maaan, was I amazed and happy I got this lens.
Super sharp, the focus slides easily, bokeh is dreamy which is so nice!
People say it's radioactive, and my Takumar has that slight yellowing. My thought about it is that our phones, mobiles that we keep in our pockets or even near are more radioactive then a simple lens. Those screens do emit a lot of radioactive waves. So a lens such as this? Naah.
If someone is reading my review and wants to know if he should get the lens or not, GO FOR IT!
You will not be disappointed!






This was with the extension tubes for macro.
   
New Member

Registered: December, 2016
Posts: 13

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: December 4, 2016 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $120.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Great value, luminous bokeh F1.4, high resolution at F8
Cons: Radioactive, "artistic" rendering wide open not for everybody
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 10    Handling: 9    Value: 10    Camera Used: Fuji X-M1   

Hello,

I bought this lens (SMC version) some weeks ago and used it on a film camera (full-frame) and my digital Fuji X-M1 (crop-sensor). You can see my impressions including 4K sample images here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UDUhm5PauJQ

The lens is radioactive with the rear elements, so I keep it in a metal case. The rendering is luminous and elegant wide open at F1.4-F2 and sharp/high resolution at F8 but not artificially sharpened like most modern lenses that look like CGI. Well worth its 120€ price tag for an excellent condition. Be advised the dof is razor thin at F1.4 and falls off rapidly into blur - this lens allows no user error. Metal construction is supreme, will last for centuries.

Concerning the radioactivity I found this comparison:
https://www.flickr.com/groups/98706667@N00/discuss/72157629299272095/
For example, these are measurements I took of my S-M-C Takumar 50mm f/1.4:
Rear element: 38 µSv/h
Focusing grip: 4 µSv/h
Back of camera with lens mounted: 1˝ µSv/h

For comparison: an airplane ride has ca. 4 µSv/h radiation hitting the hole body and pilots fly many hours a day. So do not look closely into the rear element for a longer time, but otherwise you should be fine in any moderate use of this lens.

Images with my Fuji X-M1 (jpg no editing): F1.4


F8?


F1.4


_______
I would like to add some impressions for using an actual film camera (35mm) with Fuji Portra 160 with this lens. More image samples in the link below. Film behaves somewhat differently, an open aperture F1.4 is more difficult to handle, but the results are overall quite excellent. Great lens for film, even if you do not need F1.4.
https://youtu.be/FSL_DeYeqYg


F.8?
   
New Member

Registered: May, 2016
Posts: 1

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: November 29, 2016 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $70.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: nice IQ, great bokeh,
Cons: too soft wide open
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 10    Handling: 10    Value: 10    Camera Used: canon 100d   

Hi, this lens make me write my first review on this forum. (after all this time just be a silent reader )

this is a great lens, i have the 8 element super-takumar 50/1.4. some said this is a rare gem, i got it in auctions around 9000Yen (70-80 $ ?). I do not know if it`s overpriced or not though, just searching for vintage lens m42 mount at f1.4 and stumble on this lens.

after about a month i used this lens, i have fall in love. trying it in low light, night, portrait, or just shooting around still life object on my room.. the results are fantastic.

Canon 100D 50mm f1.4 ISO 100

Canon 100D, 50mm f.2.8 ISO100
   
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Registered: May, 2016
Posts: 1

2 users found this helpful
Lens Review Date: May 12, 2016 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $85.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharpness (even f/1.7), DOF, Price, Quality, Metal body, Contrast
Cons: A bit soft at f/1.4 with much light and with subject more 2 meters far, Yellowing due to radioactivity, Prices are rising..
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 10    Handling: 10    Value: 10    Camera Used: Pentax K500   

The best lens I ever had. Usefull for every situation. Very sharp even at f/1.7 (in poor light condition even 1.4 is sharp but in normal light condition it has a dreamy character with colors, but lines and borders are very sharp. It has a bit of C. aberration (easy to remove in PP) but I like it very much anyway. Very good contrast and vivid colours, it has its own character. Very good lens even for videos. Lenses tend to become yellow.. they give warm colours but tend to become very dark more the diaphragm closes

all the 2 following photos are shooted at f/1.7


shooted at f/1.4
   
Pentaxian

Registered: April, 2009
Location: Madrid, Spain
Posts: 4,868

2 users found this helpful
Lens Review Date: February 29, 2016 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: N/A | Rating: 7 

 
Pros: Solid build, fairly sharp
Cons: Very heavy, not the sharpest 50mm

This review is for the Super-Multi-Coated version (seven elements).

The Takumar 50/1.4 is a very solidly-built lens which feels great in use. It's dreamy wide open and is useable in some circumstances by f/2 and is nice and sharp by f/2.8. Bokeh is OK stopped down a little and often quite nasty wide open or at f/2.

This lens gets a lot of praise from the Takumar purists but when push comes to shove there are superior 50mm lenses out there for the same or less money. In the Takumar line, the 55mm f/1.8 or f/2 is superior in every way except pure speed - sharper, better colours, better contrast, lighter but still superb build quality - unless you want to shoot at f/1.4 (and get soft results) there's just no reason at all to have the faster lens.

The M and K 50/1.4s and the Auto Revuenon (made by Chinon I think) in K mount are all optically superior and just as well-built despite being lighter. The Takumar is a nice enough lens and a real pleasure to use because of it's build quality and smooth focus and aperture ring, but almost every other 50 or 55mm lens I've tried has been superior. It certainly doesn't deserve either the reputation or price it has.

If you want a 50 or 55mm Takumar then go with the 55/1.8 or /2. If you want a 50/1.4 then go with the M, K or Auto Revuenon or look for other alternatives. I sold mine after a couple of years and don't regret doing so.

A few of photos taken with this lens. These photos may contrast with what I've said above - the 50/1.4 is capable of giving great results but so are other similar lenses, and many of the alternatives will yield more keepers.


IMGP8868a
by Jonathan MacDonald, on Flickr


IMGP6410a Tak 50
by Jonathan MacDonald, on Flickr


IMGP1271a Tak 50_1.4
by Jonathan MacDonald, on Flickr
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