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

Sharpness 
 9.2
Aberrations 
 8.9
Bokeh 
 9.6
Handling 
 9.6
Value 
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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)
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
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
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
mm
Weight
250 g
Production Years
1971 to 1972
Engraved Name
Super-Multi-Coated TAKUMAR 1:1.4/50
Product Code
37801
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
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
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: November, 2013
Posts: 5
Lens Review Date: December 30, 2014 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $100.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: very sharp at f 4
Cons: very small CA's wide open
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 10    Handling: 10    Value: 10    Camera Used: k-x,k200,spotm.,fuji x-e1   

very sharp by f 2.8 and extremely sharp still by f4 (between f 4 and 8)

usefull for astro photos

no quality reduction when using 1,7x AF converter

high contrast, very nice colors

highly recommended
   
New Member

Registered: November, 2014
Posts: 1
Lens Review Date: November 22, 2014 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $140.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: everything you want in a 50mm and a bit more
Cons: nada
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 10    Bokeh: 10    Handling: 10    Value: 10    Camera Used: spotmatic , 5d mark 3   

I can't say how good s this lens and how perfect the Bokeh is , it is something to be experienced i love the yellow tint that this lens has the look for me is perfect easy to use and sharp as a knife spoted down a bit , i have the smc version too and most say it is sharper and let's in more light there is less character but the sharpness in f1.4 matches my cine primes any day of the week love that lens .
   
Junior Member

Registered: May, 2014
Posts: 28
Lens Review Date: November 22, 2014 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $150.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: sharpness, IQ, looks good on camera, vintage quality
Cons: very little for a used 40 year old lens
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 9    Handling: 8    Value: 9    Camera Used: K-3   

not much more to say about this fantastic lens. I also have the F2 55mm which is a nice lens but this is definitely better. I love using it and it's fun to try out the different combination of manual controls with it. For me sharpness is the most important thing, and this lens does not disappoint. I hope to try it on some astrophotography as the CA seems quite controlled. My current Canon 1.8 lens is great but plasticy and a pain to focus.
   
Junior Member

Registered: October, 2014
Posts: 26
Lens Review Date: November 4, 2014 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $100.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: fast aperture, build quality, sharp, almost no aberrations
Cons: the bokeh is sometimes harsh
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 8    Handling: 10    Value: 8   

The Super-Takumar 1:1.4/50 (LATE VERSION) is the fastest model in Asahi line of M42 lenses. The lens has its own soul and by and large does not leave to be desired for anything more. Mechanically it's perfect and the only serious optical flaw OF MY COPY OF THE LENS is soft-effect at F/1.4. However I can't say that it greatly spoils the image, in my opinion. Despite the fact that this version of the lens is not equipped with the most advanced optical coatings I can't make any reservations to overall contrast and sharpness of the image (except for F/1.4).

My review of my copy of the lens with shots at different apertures:

http://aflenses.net/reviews/a-subjective-look-at-asahi-super-takumar-f14-50-...ujifilm-x-pro1

On Canon EOS 5D:

http://aflenses.net/reviews/a-subjective-look-at-asahi-super-takumar-f14-50-...rsion-canon-5d
   
Pentaxian

Registered: July, 2014
Location: Paris
Posts: 1,816
Lens Review Date: November 2, 2014 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: N/A | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: superb IQ, bokeh, magical color
Cons: MF, CA if no lens hood attached
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 8    Bokeh: 10    Handling: 10    Value: 10   

try this out for a few minutes at an outdoor market, really wanted to buy this lens but have no cash with me, when I return the lens was gone
the IQ is superbe, colorful and beatyfull bokeh
MF is the only con of this lens

Update :
After a while, I got the lens, the new 7 elements (rubber focus ring), some people say that the old takumar (8 elements) surpasses the new one, but with this one, I highly doubt that !

As always, images worth a thousand words :








   
Site Supporter

Registered: April, 2011
Location: Lost in translation ...
Posts: 16,444

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: November 1, 2014 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: N/A | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Sharp, bokeh, fast, build ...
Cons: None really for the performance/price ratio ...
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 9    Handling: 9    Value: 10    Camera Used: K-5, K-r, Pentax film SLR\\\'s   

Bonjour,

I have this great 7 element lens, plus the 8 element version. Although I tend to prefer to later, the 7 element is just as good 95+% of the time. Really there is little practical difference between the two in the long run.

Below is an image of my 8 element ST 50/1.4 on the left and my 7 element ST 50/1.4 on the right. This is to help to distinguish appearance traits between the two lenses. Note that the 7 element version is slightly larger in outer diameter than the 8 element version.

Salut, J



   
New Member

Registered: August, 2014
Posts: 2
Lens Review Date: October 29, 2014 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: N/A | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Fast, Sharp, Solid, smooth focus
Cons: you cant lick the glass due to all the radioactivity.
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 8    Bokeh: 9    Handling: 10    Value: 9    Camera Used: Sony NEX 5R   

A smashing wee lens that every photographer should try. The phrase "they don't make them like they used to" was actually (well possibly) originally coined when talking about this lens. Its a little tank of a thing that feels and handles beautifully. Acceptably sharp wide open with excellent colours and bokeh. Highly recommended, I prefer it to my OM Zuiko 50mm f1.4 and my Yashica 50mm f1.4.

I think this lens is a 7 element with some 8 element markings must have been a transitional one.

A few photos

Kelvin Walkway by Caledonia84, on Flickr

Osteospermum (again) by Caledonia84, on Flickr

Autumn Bokeh by Caledonia84, on Flickr

Kelvin Walway by Caledonia84, on Flickr

Great Western Road by Caledonia84, on Flickr

Great Western Road by Caledonia84, on Flickr

Botanic Gardens by Caledonia84, on Flickr

Autumn Bokeh by Caledonia84, on Flickr

Super Takumar 50mm f1.4 by Caledonia84, on Flickr
   
Pentaxian

Registered: March, 2007
Location: So Cal
Posts: 2,080
Lens Review Date: October 28, 2014 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $60.00 | Rating: 7 

 
Pros: good build
Cons: only sharp in the center
Sharpness: 5    Aberrations: 5    Bokeh: 8    Handling: 8    Value: 6    Camera Used: k10d, 36mp full frame sony a7r   

this review is for the 1972 version: SMC TAKUMAR 1:1.4/50 - rubberized focusing ring.

i got this lens years ago, after listening to hype that it was better than the super tak 8-element version that i had.

it never quite gelled for me on the k10d, and now that i've tested it against other 50mm primes, on the 36mp full frame sony a7r, i can see why.

wide open, at least 50% of the image plane, from the sides in, is not sharp... that improves as it's stopped down, but it never comes close to any of the other 50mm primes that i tested it against.

the center is good, so on a crop sensor camera, you wouldn't notice the sides as much... it has less veiling glow wide open than the super tak mentioned above, which is good.

the most extraordinary thing about it is the warm color, which can probably be attributed to the radioactive element.

at this point i have to wonder if there is a problem with my copy of this lens, but given how good the 8-element super tak is, i'm not spending any more money to find out... i gave it a risky "buy" recommendation, but ymmv.

see full-width landscape crops of this lens, against other 50mm lenses: SMC Takumar 50mm f/1.4 lens test
   
New Member

Registered: October, 2014
Location: Tandil, Argentina
Posts: 13
Lens Review Date: October 25, 2014 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $60.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Solid, Focus Grip, Weight, Bokeh, Color
Cons: None
Sharpness: 8    Aberrations: 8    Bokeh: 10    Handling: 10    Value: 9    Camera Used: Canon 50D   

I have the SMC Takumar 50mm f1.4 serial number 7401478. Amazing solid peace of metal!
The F has 8 blades and the focus grip is excellent. You feel like you are using a professional lens.
I can say that the Takumar focus system is the better. The precision and smooth... so many better then canon or nikon.
I think this lens has a very particular character. The colors and bokeh are very different and outstanding compared to any new lens.

Here on my 50D, Takumar 50mm f1.4 at 1.4. Just Check the bokeh and sharpness



   
Site Supporter

Registered: February, 2011
Location: Niagara
Posts: 2,726
Lens Review Date: September 4, 2014 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $65.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: smooth smooth focus ring, 49mm threads!
Cons: People try to sell them as "rare 8element" and over price

Adapter rings are a P.I.T.A. - that out of the way... Love this lens. Quality built... like a tank. Even my copy in its scratched condition makes wonderful photos, on film and digital. The focus ring is so smooth. Mine has yellowed somewhat too, but the digital camera manages the white balance pretty good considering - to correct I just "cool it off" in LR.

Great bokeh


Excellent sharpness


Good fun on film too


Mine is Super-Takumar Serial #3293050
   
New Member

Registered: August, 2013
Posts: 1
Lens Review Date: April 17, 2014 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $34.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Ethereal, rich, incredible rendering with lovely OOF
Cons: .45m close focus
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 10    Handling: 9    Value: 10    Camera Used: Pentax SP2, Canon 650D, Nikon D600   

This is my favorite lens...

I have 30 other really nice, mainly maual focus lenses including a Nikkor 50-1.2, Pancolar 50-1.8, Olympus 50-1.2 and a Takumar 55-1.8....it lives on my Canon 650D

It is so good. The feel of photos taken wide open is unexplainable. There is just something. A glow, a dimension........

I use it often on my Nikons even though it only focuses a couple of metres away, I don't bother doing this with any other M42 lens.

Takumar 50 1.4's are so cheap, it makes no sense to not try one out.
   
Pentaxian

Registered: October, 2008
Location: Greensboro,NC
Posts: 496
Lens Review Date: March 27, 2014 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $80.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharp, great bokeh, built like a tank, large aperture,
Cons: doesn't have autofocus, kind of a pain to use on DSLRs
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 10    Bokeh: 10    Handling: 10    Value: 10    Camera Used: K200D, K100D, ME, ME-F   

They just don't make lenses like they use to. This thing is probably one of the best prime lenses I own, and I own several pentax and nikon primes. Now if only they could make a lens like this in the K mount with autofocus, that would be great

This lens is great for shooting artsy photographs and shooting in low light. Its pictures just have a different personality and the 3d effect is great.
   
New Member

Registered: March, 2014
Posts: 3
Lens Review Date: March 10, 2014 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $130.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharpness, color, build, IQ
Cons: none so far
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 10    Bokeh: 10    Handling: 10    Value: 10   

I tried both the SMC and the Super version. It was hard to say which one is better but eventually I choose the Super Takumar (not prone to yellow decay).

Sharp even wide open (razor from 1.7 onwards). Very nice colors. Smooth bokeh. Extremly solid build: it's a tank. Smooth, silent and handy focus ring, very good for video too.

Luckily I've got a mint collectible version with case, hood, hood case, original multicoated Asahi-Pentax filter and caps, plus three extension tubes, from a local shop.

It beats many modern lenses, especially with the hood, and lets you work in manual mode. With an adapter ring you can usually have focus confirmation, auto ISO, and body stabilization on a modern camera. It is definitely one of the best lens around in this range. I use it everyday indoor and outdoor, while my modern AF 50mm 1.4 waits in its case..
   
New Member

Registered: January, 2014
Posts: 4
Lens Review Date: January 16, 2014 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: N/A | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: build quality, image quality, fast
Cons: none
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 10    Handling: 10    Value: 10    Camera Used: Canon EOS 700D   

Changing from the Canon Kit lens to this piece of glass and metal just blew me away. It looks almost like new and feels so sturdy and smooth. The images it takes are outstanding.

I still need to upgrade to a focus confirmation adapter which sometimes could be quite helpful.

I haven't indicated a price because that wouldn't be fair. The Tak came mounted on a Spotmatic F accompanied by a cheap Revuenon zoom lens. I paid 50 (68$) for the whole set and I was able to sell the Revuenon for 30 (40$). So effectively I've paid 20 (28$) for a superb 50mm lens. I felt a bit like stealing it from the original owner.
   
New Member

Registered: August, 2013
Posts: 1
Lens Review Date: August 5, 2013 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $45.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: build, sharp
Cons: none
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 9    Handling: 10    Value: 10    Camera Used: k-30   

i love the sharpness on it, my favorite lens right now...
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