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SMC/Super-/Auto-Takumar 55mm F2

Sharpness 
 8.9
Aberrations 
 9.0
Bokeh 
 9.0
Handling 
 8.5
Value 
 9.3
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SMC/Super-/Auto-Takumar 55mm F2

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SMC/Super-/Auto-Takumar 55mm F2

Description:
This 55mm lens existed in several variants as listed below. Pictured to the left is the Super Takumar in the late version of the fist model, where the aperture ring has the smallest f-stop to the left as later became the norm. The second and third photo is the Auto Takumar in its two cosmetic variants: silver/black and zebra.

Auto-Takumar (second and third photo):
Auto-Takumar 55mm F2
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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
F2
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
175 g
Production Years
1958 to 1959
Engraved Name
Auto-Takumar 1:2 f=55mm or Auto-Takumar 1:2/55
Product Code
341, 34100
Reviews
User reviews
Notes
There is some variation in the engraved name: 1:2 f=55mm (early) or 1:2/55 (late). The lens came in a zebra version as well as a more traditional silver/black version.
Variants

1: Auto-Takumar 55mm F2 (this lens)
2: Super-Takumar 55mm F2 (model 1 early), aperture ring has fine ribs F2 to the left
3: Super-Takumar 55mm F2 (model 1 late), aperture ring has fine ribs and F2 to the right
4: Super-Takumar 55mm F2 (model 2 early), aperture ring has coarse ribs
5: Super-Takumar 55mm F2 (model 2 late), aperture ring has coarse ribs, lens supports open aperture metering
6: SMC Takumar 55mm F2



Super Takumar, first version: Fine ribs on aperture ring; aperture ring turns the "wrong" way:
Super-Takumar 55mm F2 (version 1)
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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
F2
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 1963
Engraved Name
Super-Takumar 1:2/55
Product Code
345-1, 345-3
Reviews
User reviews
Notes
The F2 setting is to the left on the aperture ring, which then moves opposite of what became the norm later. Fine ribs on the aperture ring
Variants

1: Auto-Takumar 55mm F2
2: Super-Takumar 55mm F2 (version 1), aperture ring has fine ribs F2 to the left (this lens)
3: Super-Takumar 55mm F2 (version 2 early), aperture ring has fine ribs and F2 to the right
4: Super-Takumar 55mm F2 (version 2 late), aperture ring has coarse ribs
5: Super-Takumar 55mm F2 (version 3), aperture ring has coarse ribs, lens supports open aperture metering
6: SMC Takumar 55mm F2



Super Takumar, second version, early variant: Fine ribs on aperture ring; aperture ring turns the "correct" way (first photo):
Super-Takumar 55mm F2 (ver. 2 early)
© 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
F2
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
1963 to 1964
Engraved Name
Super-Takumar 1:2/55
Product Code
345-6
Reviews
User reviews
Notes
The F2 setting is to the right on the aperture ring as on all later lenses. Fine ribs on the aperture ring
Variants

1: Auto-Takumar 55mm F2
2: Super-Takumar 55mm F2 (version 1), aperture ring has fine ribs F2 to the left
3: Super-Takumar 55mm F2 (version 2 early), aperture ring has fine ribs and F2 to the right (this lens)
4: Super-Takumar 55mm F2 (version 2 late), aperture ring has coarse ribs
5: Super-Takumar 55mm F2 (version 3), aperture ring has coarse ribs, lens supports open aperture metering
6: SMC Takumar 55mm F2



We show only two variants of the second version of the Super-Takumar. We cannot preclude that more variants were produced during its long production period.

Super Takumar, second version, late variant: Coarse ribs on aperture ring:
Super-Takumar 55mm F2 (ver. 2 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
F2
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
Metal Build
Diam x Length
59 x 38 mm
Weight
215 g
Production Years
1965 to 1972
Engraved Name
Super-Takumar 1:2/55
Product Code
37102, 37103
Reviews
User reviews
Notes
Coarse ribs on the aperture ring. This lens came in at least two production runs with different product numbers. It was followed by a last run (37107) with provision for open aperture metering
Variants

1: Auto-Takumar 55mm F2
2: Super-Takumar 55mm F2 (version 1), aperture ring has fine ribs F2 to the left
3: Super-Takumar 55mm F2 (version 2 early), aperture ring has fine ribs and F2 to the right
4: Super-Takumar 55mm F2 (version 2 late), aperture ring has coarse ribs (this lens)
5: Super-Takumar 55mm F2 (version 3), aperture ring has coarse ribs, lens supports open aperture metering
6: SMC Takumar 55mm F2



Super Takumar, third version, with open aperture metering (4th photo):
Super-Takumar 55mm F2 (version 3)
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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
F2
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
1972 to 1973
Engraved Name
Super-Takumar 1:2/55
Product Code
37107
Reviews
User reviews
Notes
This latest version of the Super Takumar 55mm F2 (37107) has provision for open aperture metering on Spotmatic F, ES and ESII.
Variants

1: Auto-Takumar 55mm F2
2: Super-Takumar 55mm F2 (version 1), aperture ring has fine ribs F2 to the left
3: Super-Takumar 55mm F2 (version 2 early), aperture ring has fine ribs and F2 to the right
4: Super-Takumar 55mm F2 (version 2 late), aperture ring has coarse ribs
5: Super-Takumar 55mm F2 (version 3), aperture ring has coarse ribs, lens supports open aperture metering (this lens)
6: SMC Takumar 55mm F2



SMC Takumar, rubberized focus ring, open aperture metering (5th photo):
SMC Takumar 55mm F2
© 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 Open-aperture Metering
Check camera compatibility
Max. Aperture
F2
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
1973 to 1975
Engraved Name
SMC TAKUMAR 1:2/55
Product Code
37109
Reviews
User reviews
Notes
Open aperture metering on Spotmatic F, ES and ESII.
Variants

1: Auto-Takumar 55mm F2
2: Super-Takumar 55mm F2 (model 1 early), aperture ring has fine ribs F2 to the left
3: Super-Takumar 55mm F2 (model 1 late), aperture ring has fine ribs and F2 to the right
4: Super-Takumar 55mm F2 (model 2 early), aperture ring has coarse ribs
5: Super-Takumar 55mm F2 (model 2 late), aperture ring has coarse ribs, lens supports open aperture metering
6: SMC Takumar 55mm F2 (this lens)

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



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New Member

Registered: February, 2019
Posts: 10
Lens Review Date: March 14, 2019 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $30.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Small and light and well-priced
Cons:
Sharpness: 8    Aberrations: 8    Bokeh: 8    Handling: 8    Value: 10    Camera Used: ME Super K2   

A nice lens on all counts, but seriously over-exaggerated by some folks who worship the Takumar brand. Beyond that, some tend to sneer at the f2 and dance with joy around f1.8 or f1.4 versions. As all of the Takumar 55mm lenses all give best image quality at f4 to f11 the f2 lens is as good a buy as the f1.4 or f1.8. So the f2 is a pretty good lens on par with the others. Do a comparison and see for yourself.

Some f2 lenses are in superb condition 50 years on, but some are awful. Keep this in mind when ordering online. A very good lens with the potential to be excellent in the right hands and with a good film camera. Digital applications will obviously have the processor/sensor having a huge influence in image quality, so don't fall into the trap of assuming lens quality is the only variable with a digital camera. For the secondhand costs of the f2 Takumar, this is a lovely lens that everyone should try in an M42 mount camera, or with an adaptor. If you are buying one for digital use, also think about the Pentax M or A Series 50mm bayonet mount lenses. The 5mm extra on a Takumar gives no real added benefit except in perception, but the sometime ridiculous prices often asked for old Takumar lenses really shows why more recent Pentax 50mm bayonet lenses are a wiser buy.
   
Pentaxian

Registered: September, 2013
Location: Cuenca
Posts: 515
Lens Review Date: February 6, 2019 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: N/A | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: sharp, great color and contrast, nice bokeh
Cons: aperture ring is a bit stiff

I have all three 55's, the f1.8, the f2, and the f2.2. The f1.8 is a Super Takumar, and the other two are auto-Takumars with a 46mm filter size, 10 aperture blades and a minimum f22 aperture. They all have the same 6 elements in 5 groups design and so perform similarly except perhaps at maximum aperture where the ten-blades would affect the out-of-focus rendering. I have the impression my f2.2 vignettes slightly, so my preference is for the f2. The attached photo was taken at f2.

An interesting technical evaluation of the Takumar 55mm f2 is here: https://www.ephotozine.com/article/asahi-super-takumar-55mm-f-2-0-m42-vintage-lens-review-32105

   
New Member

Registered: April, 2017
Posts: 1
Lens Review Date: May 26, 2017 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $30.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Build quality, Smooth handling, Good colors special to it
Cons: 49mm filter thread
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 9    Handling: 9    Value: 9    Camera Used: Canon EOS 350D   

Got the lens from Ebay India and is in quite Good condition.Am so much impressed with its rendition of great colors which i found typical to it and could not compare to my any other lenses of Nikkors, CZJ Pancolar, Vivitar & Helios etc.It became my favorite lens among all my AF & Manual lens exclusively for its colors rendering characteristic.Wide open is somewhat soft and DOF is quite shallow at closeups and wide open, needs more skill of adjustment for a better shot.After getting this lens and seeing its performance felt like having at least one Super Takumar is must to any serious hobby photographer.

My Lens is similar as 4th image

Image Shooting Data : 1/400. ISO 100, F2, Day light, close up at about 1 1/2 feet

Is a plant called "Tulasi" which is found in most Indian homes

   
New Member

Registered: July, 2014
Location: Eau Claire
Posts: 14
Lens Review Date: April 15, 2017 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $6.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Small, Sharp
Cons:
Sharpness: 8    Aberrations: 8    Handling: 6    Value: 10    Camera Used: K-5 IIs   

This lens came attached to an H2 I bought from a local online auction and at first setting the aperture was confusing, but this turned out to be a fun little lens. I bought this lens, with the H2, some "Focal" brand lenses and a Soligar 35mm for 12 bucks.

   
New Member

Registered: January, 2017
Posts: 3
Lens Review Date: January 10, 2017 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $50.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: well built, smooth, sharp, bokeh
Cons: not really
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 10    Bokeh: 10    Handling: 10    Value: 9    Camera Used: Lumix GX-80   

Mine is a Model2 late. I started photography not so long ago so, you might knowing it while reading my review. I used it on my Lumix GX80 (micro 4/3 sensor) so the "perceived" focal length is 110mm.

The aperture and focus rings are very smooth and easy to use. It's very well built and robust. The sharpness is very good even at full aperture and the bokeh is super nice.

Lumix GX-80 at F/2


Lumix GX-80 at F/2
   
Loyal Site Supporter

Registered: March, 2015
Posts: 6,312

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: July 2, 2015 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $30.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Small, light, beautiful build quality
Cons: Appears to underexpose at wider apertures.
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 9    Handling: 7    Value: 9    Camera Used: K-5   

This is the second M42 lens I have owned - the other is a non-Pentax short-tele prime. Mine is the SMC version.

This lens is compact, protruding no further from the face of the camera than does a 50mm f/2 Pentax A, while giving me an extra 5mm of focal length. Manual focusing is relatively easy on the K5, although I would of course prefer a split prism, and the focus action is very smooth. Image quality appears quite decent on initial inspection. Background blurring wide open is satisfactory for my purposes.

There are a few downsides to this lens. The first is that my copy tends to underexpose at wider apertures (aperture priority mode selected), a pattern that appears to correct itself as the camera is stopped down. I have deducted points for handling for this reason, though I'm aware it's a problem that isn't restricted to this particular design.

The second thing to be aware of is that the base of the lens does NOT cover the contacts on the camera's K mount, and one needs to take extra care in this regard if the weather looks like becoming inclement.

The third is that the push-on lens cap is NOT a very tight fit, and might easily become dislodged (potential buyers with K1000s and similar cameras whose meters are "always on", take note!).

Nevertheless, I would still rate this a decent old lens and recommend it.

Diameter is approximately 57mm, rising to just under 60mm where the A/M clutch switch protrudes. Length is 38mm from camera face to forward extremity at shortest extension, no filters or lens caps, and 43mm from base of mount to forward extremity (as above), not including aperture-reading tab or stop-down pin.

(Review edited 16 Sep 2015; example photo taken with the lens added 8 Jan 2016)

IMG11411 by PD's Deadly Lens, on Flickr

ETA:

I have since acquired a Super Takumar version of this lens (from an earlier run that does not support open-aperture metering). It does this when you open it nearly all the way up (I closed it one stop to keep the entire fruit in focus)...

IMX22529 by PD's Deadly Lens, on Flickr

...and although it may well be more flare-sensitive than its SMC successor, I think the rendering possibly has a bit more class (a very subjective opinion, I agree). Not being a late SMC variant, it also has that all-metal classic Super Takumar look and feel.
   
Site Supporter

Registered: October, 2014
Posts: 85
Lens Review Date: November 5, 2014 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $75.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: build quality, sharp, nice bokeh, low aberations
Cons:
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 9    Handling: 10    Value: 9   

In pursuit of the 1.4 models many photographers overlook this well designed and cheap Takumar. It is one of the most underrated Takumar lenses. On APS-C camera this lens is a good manual portrait prime lens which has a nice bokeh and a pretty fast aperture for that kind of genre.

My review of my copy of SMC 1:2/55 with shots at different apertures:

http://aflenses.net/reviews/a-subjective-look-at-asahi-smc-takumar-f2-55-m42-fujifilm-x-pro1

My review of SMC 1:1.8/55 which is mechanically and optically the same as SMC 1:2/55:

http://aflenses.net/reviews/a-subjective-look-at-asahi-smc-takumar-f18-55-m42-fujifilm-x-pro1
   
New Member

Registered: July, 2013
Location: Ancona - Marche - Italy
Posts: 3

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: January 10, 2014 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $50.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharp, great colors, nice bokeh, quality build, handling
Cons: None
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 10    Bokeh: 10    Handling: 10    Value: 10    Camera Used: K-5   

I have used many Takumar lenses and I love them all, but this is one that I always have with me because it's very practical and versatile. This lens, like all Takumar, is really well built and a joy to handle, focus and aperture rings are silky smooth and I find it easy to lock focus on my subjects. The colors straight from the lens are remarkable and bright, the bokeh is simply lovely. I recommend it to everybody... moreover, it's also easy to find one



PENTAX K-5 + Super Takumar 55 f2 @ f8




PENTAX K-5 + Super Takumar 55 f2 @ f11




PENTAX K-5 + Super Takumar 55 f2 @ f2




PENTAX K-5 + Super Takumar 55 f2 @ f2.8


The photos was resized to 600px... for more details see my Pentax Gellery: http://www.pentaxphotogallery.com/artists/Toonik
   
Veteran Member

Registered: June, 2013
Location: Port Angeles, WA
Posts: 501

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: November 20, 2013 I can recommend this lens: No | Price: $25.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Cheap, nice length on APS-C, sharp, nice colors
Cons: lots of sample variation, yellowing front element on ST, super loose focus ring, barrel distortion
Sharpness: 8    Aberrations: 8    Bokeh: 8    Handling: 4    Value: 10    Camera Used: ME Super, SPII, K-X, K100d   

Solid 8, but a 10 given price.

Very sharp at everything past f/4, decent Bokeh. Colors are on par with the other Super Takumars I have, but it has a large front element that is prone to flaring and loosing contrast when the sun is anywhere in front of you. The hood from the ST 135mm f/3.5 fit on front, and did not vignette (barely). This fixed this issue.

Handling is the biggest issue for me. There is almost no resistance in the focus ring. It's like trying to focus a DA lens manually, and it won't stay put between shots. This isn't unique, either, I've heard a couple similar complaints.

Barrel distortion is an issue. The length is nice for people shots, but it tends to distort features which take time cleaning up in PP. Overall a really good bargain, but not quite as sharp as the SMC-M 50mm f/1.7.

For this price, my recommendation would be to avoid this and find a Helios 44M/Zeiss Biotar. I've had two-- both had sharpness in between the 55 f/2 and SMC-M 50 f/1.7 when at 2.8 to 4. Both had Bokeh that blew away any of these lenses. Colors were a bit cooler and more subdued, but that's easier to bump up in post than fixing the barel distortion of this lens.



   
New Member

Registered: February, 2009
Location: Connecticut
Posts: 20
Lens Review Date: July 23, 2013 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $16.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Cheap
Cons:
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 8    Handling: 9    Value: 10    Camera Used: K5   

I have the rubber grip version, so 70s with the chrome rings. If you can get your fingers around the manual focus aspect in the right conditions it rivals modern lens. Pentax went out of there way to make this a 2.0 vs 1.8 as one can see a stop down ring. Sharp, actuate colors and grit. One of the last Takumars that can be had for on the cheap.

   
New Member

Registered: May, 2013
Location: Near Basle
Posts: 9
Lens Review Date: June 18, 2013 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $50.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: sharp, small, low-priced
Cons:
Sharpness: 8    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 9    Handling: 7    Value: 9    Camera Used: Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Sony Nex-6   

I use the Auto Takumar 55mm f/2 on Sony Nex-6 and Canon EOS 5D Mark 2 and Mark 3.

The lens behaves like the Auto Takumar 55mm f/2.2 in every aspect.

I don't like the lever to open the aperture. Maybe my finger is to big, I rearrange often the focus. I like the work with the preset on the 58mm more than with the lever on the Auto Takumar 55mm.

The lens has nice and natural colors, the bokeh isn't bad and is very sharp even wide open. I didn't have any disturbing CA's yet.

The lens doesn't like sidelights, but the flares are controlable and can be used for creativity. I like the stars from the closed aperture and strong light sources.

Some photos are at the end of the article here , together with Auto Takumar 55mm f/2.2, f/1.8 and Preset Tak 58mm f/2
   
New Member

Registered: December, 2012
Posts: 3

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: April 28, 2013 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $30.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Great colors, sharp, nice bokeh
Cons: did not find any, yet
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 9    Handling: 9    Value: 10    Camera Used: K5   

I got this lens yesterday and installed it on my K5 using my M42 adapter ring. I was really surprised by the quality od the images.
The bokeh is great and the images are very sharp. This lens loves the blue and purple colors, Beautiful!!
I am not going to switch it for the next couple of weeks, I'm sure!

   
New Member

Registered: April, 2013
Posts: 7
Lens Review Date: April 20, 2013 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $31.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Image Quality, smooth handling, metal build quality, cheap price
Cons: None so far
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 9    Handling: 9    Value: 10    Camera Used: Canon T3i   

I bought this lens after lots of research.
I figured it would be a very good bang for my buck.

I was actually very surprised how sharp the photos are with this lens. (Maybe because I've only been using the kit lens on my T3i so far?)

I was also expecting more of a learning curve with this lens because it's using an m42 to EOS adapter.
However, it works pretty much straight out of the box; very easy.
I figured there would be more fiddling with settings, etc.

I love this lens.
It has started me on a path of obsession with the old Pentax lenses.
I'll definitely be buying more in the future.
They are perfect for the cash-strapped photography newbies.
   
New Member

Registered: March, 2013
Location: Royalla NSW
Posts: 3
Lens Review Date: April 2, 2013 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $25.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: smooth focus and quality build
Cons: too many people discovering how good they are
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 8    Bokeh: 9    Handling: 9    Value: 10    Camera Used: Olympus E1   

Love this lens, cheap, great Pentax quality, so good I bought 2.
   
Pentaxian

Registered: August, 2012
Location: Queensland
Posts: 3,632
Lens Review Date: January 5, 2013 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $40.00 | Rating: 7 

 
Pros: A quality screw mount lens
Cons: Auto feature is old technology now
Sharpness: 6    Bokeh: 7    Handling: 5    Value: 6    Camera Used: Pentax H2   

I have the Auto Tacumar 55mm f2.0. I had heard of the Auto Tacumars and was delighted to find one on a Pentax H2 (1959) I bought. I put an old expired film in the camera and the photo below was from that roll. On the H2, with the lens stopped down, the view finder is dark, until one moves the lever on the lens about 90 degrees (it immediately returns itself). This action holds the lens open until the shutter button is pushed halfway. There is then a soft thunk as the lens "automatically" closes to the set position. Pushing the button all the way then triggers the shutter.
The lens is well made, but I didn't find it quite as silky as the later Tacumars. Still, it is a fun lens to own and a bit of a novelty that still performs well. The picture I show here was on expired film, and has had no PP work done on it, so doesn't show the lens at it's best, although it still shows well. I might add that the aperture has ten blades which makes for good out of focus areas. Some cameras have as few as five.

This was taken a few days ago at our local market.
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