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

Sharpness 
 9.2
Aberrations 
 8.8
Bokeh 
 9.5
Handling 
 9.5
Value 
 9.5
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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 SMC/S-M-C/Super Takumar 50mm F1.4
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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.

Some Super-Multi-Coated lenses with product code 37902 are labelled "Multi-Coated Super-Takumar", see the fourth photo above. Thanks to user chazthebiker for bringing this variant to our attention.

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, product no. 37801):
Super-Takumar 50mm F1.4 (model 2)
© 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
Check camera compatibility
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, 37800, 37801, 37802
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 Open-aperture Metering
Check camera compatibility
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
37902
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
Check camera compatibility
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
37908
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: February, 2014
Posts: 1
Lens Review Date: August 11, 2019 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $85.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Excellent sharpness
Cons: cost!
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 8    Bokeh: 8    Handling: 9    Value: 7    Camera Used: Pentax K-S1   

Excellent lens, and despite some comments to the contrary, they can exist with yellowed inner elements. Not a clue if they are radioactive or not, but leaving in bright sunlight can help, although I have a UV light which speeds up the reversal of the yellowing. But don't get hung up on it-even with the yellowing, colour rendition is good, and can also be altered in post-processing. Compared with many other manufacturers it is a compact lens, as are most of the prime Taks. I still use one on my Pentax DSLR with an adapter. Is it worth the extra cost over the f1.8? Only you can answer. Back in the day when that extra bit of brightness was a bonus on the Spotmatic viewing screen I would have said yes. Now, I'm not so sure, especially with amazing asa speeds I would have killed for when I first started using colour back in the 1960's. 25 asa anyone?
   
New Member

Registered: June, 2019
Posts: 1
Lens Review Date: June 19, 2019 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $59.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Great build quality
Cons: Very soft wide open
Sharpness: 8    Aberrations: 8    Bokeh: 8    Handling: 10    Value: 8    Camera Used: Sony A6000   

I purchased this lens recently and I've been enjoying it ever since.
   
New Member

Registered: February, 2019
Posts: 10

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: March 14, 2019 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: N/A | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Small and light
Cons: It's cultish following
Sharpness: 8    Aberrations: 8    Bokeh: 8    Handling: 8    Value: 1    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. Being a f1.4 lens, it has grown a cult following and the interactions of online profit-orientation markets and cultish online banter about "tack sharp Taks" mutually feed each other with great enthusiasm. I'm never convinced that f1.4 versions of the Takumar 55mm are better than f1.8 or f2 lenses. And when a lens costs so much more, things should be so much better. In old secondhand designs "wide open" does not always give sharper images; especially when an old lens is likely to have filthy glass edging inside and some spots of fungus around the edges through the long life it's had. What I am convinced about is that most folks with the spare cash to buy the often incredibly over-inflated secondhand charge for the f1.4 version are going to be buying a lens that has been serviced properly because the seller knows they can rip folks off for an extra $100-$200 for a wipe with a lens cloth in comparison to selling a F1.8 version. A properly cleaned and properly looked after f1.8 lens is just as fine nine times out of ten. The crazy-expensive 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 on "Super Takumar" lenses. So, a very good lens - but I challenge you to actually compare a f1.4 with a f1.8 and a f2 by their photos and you'll be pushed to tell them apart without knowing which is which.
   
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Registered: March, 2008
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Posts: 358
Lens Review Date: December 19, 2018 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: N/A | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: All as posted previously
Cons:
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 9    Handling: 10    Value: 10    Camera Used: K1 Mark II   

Super-Multi-Coated Takumar version - 7 elements.
All has been said and more on this (those versions) lens in all past reviews. I just want to add that the centre sharpness is exceptional at all apertures, even at f16.0. Posted are the photos at ISO 100, f5.6, f8.0, f11.0, f16.0 and with no corrections - straight out of the box.
I used a test chart, on a 24" x 36" pegboard, which seems to be fairly accurate with my new K1 mark II and noticed that the centre sharpness may be shown as being as low as 3.6 ln/mm (line pairs per mm). Tweaking the focus in live view in "focus peaking" shows results down to 4.0 (?) lp/mm but I must say 3.6 as seen below is still pretty good being a higher standard for high quality lenses.
Other findings are lower edge sharpness, low edge distortion, minimal CA, low contrast, no light fall-off.

I fully intend to keep on using this lens with my K1.

At f5.6 https://www.dropbox.com/s/eqtcqwdk85q2qwv/_IMG0261.jpg?dl=0

At f8.0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/ar0yk2sg768w50o/_IMG0262.jpg?dl=0

At f 11.0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/z4kclcm33yt5cs2/_IMG0265.jpg?dl=0

At f16.0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/59i8bgbqwieclv3/_IMG0266.jpg?dl=0

Read more at: https://www.pentaxforums.com/lensreviews/Super-Takumar-50mm-F1.4-Early.html#ixzz5aA2cKfaX
   
New Member

Registered: May, 2018
Posts: 5
Lens Review Date: July 31, 2018 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $55.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Construction
Cons: Placement of auto/manual switch
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 10    Handling: 10    Value: 10    Camera Used: E-M10 Mk II   

Picked this up in a thrift store attached to a Spotmatic. The lens was in pristine condition, save for the nice yellowing that this lens gets with age.

The Spotmatic's light meter wasn't working, but I fixed that by removing the bottom plate and cleaning the battery contact.

Shot this on my E-M10 Mk II and was absolutely stunned...

My doggo

Cropped. If you look carefully you can see the photographer in this capture

Colors are rendered beautifully
   
New Member

Registered: December, 2017
Posts: 17
Lens Review Date: June 7, 2018 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $15.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharp, All Metal
Cons: Sometimes adds a glow to the image , M42 mount
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 10    Handling: 10    Value: 10    Camera Used: K-5iis   

Probably my favorite, and most used lens. However it does have its quirks.
Mine doesn't focus particularly well at infinity, so I stop at 30ft and its pin sharp. It also can be pretty difficult to nail the focus while wide open if not in LiveView, which can be annoying at times if you're doing street photography. You also need the m42 adapter to use it.
That being said, when the focus is correct, its pin sharp. You can pixel pick all you want and you'll be plenty pleased. The Bokeh is beautiful. The feel of the lens is great.

If you can get it below $40 USD I'd say it's well worth it.
   
New Member

Registered: May, 2018
Posts: 3
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.
   
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Registered: January, 2016
Location: Alberta
Posts: 3,571
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.
   
Forum Member

Registered: February, 2016
Location: Moab, Utah
Posts: 90

2 users 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.

   
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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
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