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

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 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)
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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: March, 2019
Posts: 2
Lens Review Date: February 11, 2020 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $100.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: build quality, smooth focus, f1.4, great indoors in low light
Cons: hit and miss IQ
Sharpness: 8    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 9    Handling: 9    Value: 9    Camera Used: Sony a6000   

I bought this lens because of its reputation and I wanted to try for myself.
My lens does have a real yellowing to the elements which makes black and white photos looks fantastic, as well as indoor shots. When pockets of light are present in patches the photos are beautiful.
But, in my opinion the yellowing doesn't make colour photos pleasing at all. Grass especially looks to bright for my liking. In conclusion this is a lens that is going to take some working out to know when it will work and when to leave it at home.
As with all taks, the build quality is superb, as is the smoothness of the focus ring. It is a joy to behold.
   
New Member

Registered: July, 2016
Location: New York, NY.
Posts: 1

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: February 3, 2020 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: N/A | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Sharpness, color rendering, ease to handle, built quality.
Cons: N/A
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 10    Handling: 9    Value: 9    Camera Used: Sony a7II   

I own this lens for over a decade and have used it with several camera systems. Currently enjoying it Sony cameras.
The built construction and design of the lens is superb. Wide open you get a dreamy yet sharp image. Contrast and color rendering and both great. Bokeh can't be judge in a negative way.
One of my favorite 50's and one of my top 10 lenses.

Only edit in the picture below was to add a "W" on the cat's tag to hide the contact info.


Watson by Gimo Nasiff, on Flickr
   
New Member

Registered: April, 2015
Posts: 11
Lens Review Date: January 31, 2020 I can recommend this lens: No | Price: $165.00 | Rating: 5 

 
Pros: Sharp above f/2. Robust construction; M42
Cons: Soft and hazy wide open
Sharpness: 4    Aberrations: 3    Bokeh: 7    Handling: 10    Value: 6    Camera Used: K-S2; NX500   

I have the second version (1965-71): 7 element.
This lens is acceptably sharp at f/2 (white dot). At f/1.4 it is soft and hazy on 100% view. For portraits, that might be okay for small image sizes. CA is a serious problem. Green on one end to magenta on the other.
   
New Member

Registered: October, 2019
Posts: 1
Lens Review Date: October 23, 2019 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $80.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Price,IQ, Build, Sharpness, fast and smooth focus throw.
Cons: Discoloring, Radioactive,
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 8    Bokeh: 9    Handling: 10    Value: 10    Camera Used: canon 6d   

I am not sure if this is a review or a love letter. I bought this lens years ago to go on my Canon Rebel, namely for the sake of video. I always thought that one day I would upgrade to expensive Canon L glass. My first and only upgrade was to a full frame Canon 6d, that I replaced the focusing screen in. Then I realised what this lens was really about. Instead of buying something new I just shot on this lens on my canon 6d for the next 6-7 years. I did pick up a takumar 135mm 3.5 and those two became my bag for years. I would add an odd lens here or there, but those I always traded in and tried new things. This and the 135 are such consistent performers and they are both 49mm thread so the thickness is the same. This helps muscle memory and is now the basis for how I pick out a lens. I only shoot on 49mm thread lenses 99% of the time.
This lens has some serious sample, I have tried five versions(including the 8 element) of this lens, I've owned four and also own and use the Pentax-m 50mm 1.4. The 2 7 element super takumars seemed to be the sharpest and the most discolored. I really did not care for the 8 element I tried, It was not as sharp as the others and not different enough to good enough to justify the collector's item inflated price it has. It definitely is not "Better" and to be honest if you are looking for a pentax/takumar 50mm just don't get a k mount 50 f2 and you will have a seriously great lens. The S-M-C(Spelt out version) was sharp enough wide open to be usable, the SMC(Rubber ring) takumar I had was too soft wide open, I always shoot @f2 and by then the only difference in any 7 element version after that is gone. Basically almost all samly variation will be found wide open. Pentax-m 50 1.4 looks and feels identical, just not discolored.

Where this lens really shines(and this includes basically every version, 8 element, smc pentax k mount, pentax-m, and pentax-a) is it's focus throw length and dampening combined with its weight give possibility one of the best feeling lenses that can be had in this price range. If you can wait and not buy the first one you see on ebay you can find them for $50, sometimes less. Ebay tend to have them for around 80 on average I would say. I also see them on facebook marketplace all of the time. There you can find them for super cheap.


https://www.flickr.com/photos/101506171@N05/22312368432/in/dateposted-public/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/101506171@N05/22312368432/in/dateposted-public/

https://sbpphoto.smugmug.com/Portraits/i-F6Ww6cM/A

https://sbpphoto.smugmug.com/Music/i-TFZcdpT/A
   
New Member

Registered: June, 2018
Posts: 16
Lens Review Date: September 22, 2019 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $100.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Sharp focus, bokeh, focus feel, build
Cons: Can't think of any
Sharpness: 9    Bokeh: 9    Handling: 10    Value: 10    Camera Used: Pentax K5   

Very nice lens. It's the best vintage lens I have (easily). Great bokeh even when using the K5's crop camera sensor. Maybe if had to say anything negative, it might be the color is maybe not quite as warm as some of my other lenses. Love to use this one though!

I have the non-radioactive version. Anyway, a pic's worth much more than my few words, so here's a test shot taken recently:






I've ordered some old M42 macro tubes to see what more the lens can do ...
   
New Member

Registered: February, 2014
Posts: 4
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: 12

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.
   
Site Supporter

Registered: March, 2008
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Posts: 378
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: 6
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.
   
Site Supporter

Registered: January, 2016
Location: Alberta
Posts: 4,732
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

1 user found this helpful
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
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