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SMC/Super-/Auto-Takumar 55mm F2

Sharpness 
 8.8
Aberrations 
 8.8
Bokeh 
 8.9
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)
© 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
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: April, 2013
Posts: 7
Review Date: April 20, 2013 Recommended | 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
Review Date: April 2, 2013 Recommended | 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.
   
Site Supporter

Registered: August, 2012
Location: Queensland
Posts: 4,294
Review Date: January 5, 2013 Recommended | 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.
   
Forum Member

Registered: December, 2012
Posts: 94
Review Date: December 29, 2012 Recommended | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Image, build quality and great feel
Cons: None
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 10    Handling: 10    Value: 10    Camera Used: Canon 550D, Chinon CS   

Great little lens with great image and build quality.
Also like many m42 takumar this also have really nice feel to it.











Image quality filming
   
Junior Member

Registered: November, 2012
Posts: 37
Review Date: November 20, 2012 Recommended | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: One example I have is super sharp
Cons: Another example I have is mediocre
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 10    Bokeh: 9    Handling: 10    Value: 10    Camera Used: EOS 10D, K-30   

I have two copies of this - both Super Takumars. One is as sharp as my Leica-R 50/2 Summicron. Yes - as sharp as that at all apertures. The other is quite mediocre and soft wide open. Both bought off ebay.

So, I guess the process is to get a few until you get a real gem - clearly they do exist out there. If you get a good one it's pretty stunning.

I read reviews of he 55/1.8 which say it's soft wide open. My "good" copy of this lens is completely sharp at f2. The other one isn't as sharp as that at any aperture.
   
Veteran Member

Registered: April, 2012
Location: Melbs
Posts: 1,239

1 user found this helpful
Review Date: October 2, 2012 Recommended | Price: $40.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: cheap, fast, quality, looks the balls mounted on a dsrl.
Cons: if we keep talking about it ppl may work out its ok...
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 10    Bokeh: 10    Handling: 10    Value: 10    Camera Used: K10d, K1000, Me Super   

The more people forget about this lens the better for you and me.

I stumbled across mine on a Spotmatic I purchased. They are probably forgotten next to the 50mm 1.4's every seems to be after. As for quality, handling etc etc Its wonderful. Like all the other 50ish mm Takumers out there optically great, But don't tell anyone. Just secretly buy them up and cherish them as long as you promise to dam well shoot with them!

I find it so very hard to justify purchasing "new" fan-dangled lenses with auto this and that when these old forgotten things work a treat!

This skyline shot at f2, infinity, during dusk last spring I think on the k10d, iso 100.

http://tromboadsclicked.files.wordpress.com/2011/09/imgp0919.jpg

The bottom of the frame that looks like film guides, well that's a train but I was hoping it would look like film guides
   
Site Supporter

Registered: November, 2010
Location: California
Posts: 2,223
Review Date: January 31, 2012 Recommended | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Small, very sharp, easy to focus, light
Cons: None
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 10    Bokeh: 10    Handling: 10    Value: 10   

This is a hidden gem. It is small but great to work with. Sharp from edge to edge. I will post more pics.

Super-Takumar55mmf2-RedLantern-7 by Palenquero, on Flickr


Super-Takumar55mmf2-Epices-8 by Palenquero, on Flickr


Super-Takumar55mmf2-Vito-8 by Palenquero, on Flickr
   
Veteran Member

Registered: February, 2009
Location: Arlington, VA
Posts: 3,757

1 user found this helpful
Review Date: November 5, 2011 Recommended | Price: $35.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: sharpness, bokeh, build, smooth aperture movement, light
Cons: for the price? none!
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 8    Bokeh: 9    Handling: 10    Value: 10   

I had 3 copies of SMC Tak 55/1.8, which I sold. (Why? I was ignorant. I was testing lenses instead of using them, and my testing was poor.) Anyway, I can see no difference between the 55/1.8 and the SMC 55/2 I have now. As far as I'm concerned, we are talking about the same lens. I hope someday someone will open my eyes to the practical difference btw. f1.8 and f2.

The lens is slightly lighter than the 50/1.4, whose bokeh is a little creamier. However, I personally prefer the 55mm range, and the slightly more pronounced bokeh produced by the 55's. (I can get more easily 'highlight discs' with a 55. For absolutely creamy stuff I have my Cosina 100mm 3.5.)

Sharp enough wide open, very sharp at f2.8, razor sharp from f4 on. Very pleasing bokeh, with just a bit of fringing. What else can I say? This lens is an amazing value for the buck. There is no reason one cannot use it to create photos that compete with, say, the FA 77. If it had AF, I bet it would cost 10 times more.

Not the most artistic set, but here are a few pics that may give an idea of the lens' capabilities:
https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/post-your-photos/164511-macro-fall-bokeh.html#post1703646
   
Veteran Member

Registered: March, 2009
Location: Ohio, USA/ India
Posts: 478
Review Date: June 2, 2011 Recommended | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: colours, IQ
Cons:

My guess is that this lens was sold as a kit lens with the screwmount bodies. It is overlooked because of it's faster equivalents in the FL range. I found my copy to have great colours and IQ.
   
Junior Member

Registered: October, 2010
Location: Dundas, Ontario
Posts: 28

1 user found this helpful
Review Date: March 1, 2011 Recommended | Price: $40.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Very good optics, smooth focus, small, SMC
Cons: My version is prone to yellowing

This is for the SMC Takumar 55 f/2.0

Very good lens because it's characteristics are already pretty good at f/2. My version (rubber focus ring) tends to yellow so I'll be treating it with UV light, this will fix it. Exactly the same problem I've had with a SMC Tak 50/1,4 - not a big deal but I noticed that contrast is lower (close to wide open) and makes the VF view a bit dimmer, so worth while procedure.

Over all, the lens is fabulous. Please look at some samples, between f/2 and f/2.8 - this lens is actually pretty good wide open, comparable to the smc 50/1,4 @2,0 (I was silly to sell that one). I prefer the overall look to the images over a DA 40 and DA 70, which I used to own as well - personal preference.








   
Veteran Member

Registered: July, 2010
Location: New York
Posts: 1,008
Review Date: February 26, 2011 Recommended | Price: $50.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: build, smooth focus
Cons: flare

Damn, never use Super-Takumar before..What a enjoyable focus experience. focus ring so mooth. And I find it is not very hard to focus even on my kx which has small viewfinder. IQ is good. After using this, I kind fall in love with Manual focus lens.
   
Senior Member

Registered: July, 2008
Location: montreal
Posts: 136
Review Date: February 13, 2011 Recommended | Price: $45.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: small, built quality, IQ
Cons: some CA W/O

I bought this lens because i wanted a cheap and small "fast" 50mm lens. Since is the same lens as the f/1.8 version and in practice f/2.0 on a DSLR will not be a big difference anyway. I have the Super-Takumar newer version.

I was surprised how good it is, sharp even at f/2.0 and still very good at f/16 when i use it on my K20D.Certainly an underrated lens.

I recommend that lens and it looks to work very well with extension tubes, will try it for taking some close-up of frogs next summer
   
Inactive Account

Registered: January, 2011
Location: British Columbia
Posts: 15
Review Date: February 1, 2011 Recommended | Price: $15.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Standard Takumar sharpness & feel, cheaper than it's siblings
Cons: Tricky to get back to manual mode once set to auto

This lens is pretty good, and does everything my Super-Takumar 55mm f1.8 does except it is a bit slower. This can be good or bad depending on how you want to use it, but I like the round bokeh at f2.

The copy I have has a trick up it's sleeve - although it is labelled as a regular Super-Tak, it has the lever on the back like the multi-coated versions.

There is a tiny pin right next to the mounting threads that must be pressed down in order to slide the auto/manual switch back to manual.

Once I figured that part out, I was much happier. Most M42-to-EOS adaptors have a flange that presses the aperture pin down, so it's not an issue unless using older camera bodies. On the bright side, I got a deal on it because both myself and the seller thought it was broken.

Not quite as smooth as my 55mm f1.8, but the comparison might not be fair. This particular copy came to me in very poor condition - covered in greasy fingerprints, dirt, chunks of goo, and had heavy gouges on the focus ring. It literally looked like someone had used it as a golf ball, then passed it around the table at the bar while nachos and wings were being served. Very nasty. After a careful surface cleaning, the glass was fine and everything worked perfectly.

So far it is very similar to the 55mm f1.8, but has a slightly looser feel. Exceptional images, especially for a badly abused lens. Image-wise it seems just as good as the f1.8 version. I would not bother trying to modify it by removing the inner plate.

I give this lens an 8 out of 10, marked down from a 9 because switching from auto to manual can be annoying. Otherwise, it works very well even after obvious abuse. Another bonus is that the 55mm f2.0 tends to be more affordable. As usual, the stock hood is recommended for best results.
   
Inactive Account

Registered: October, 2010
Location: Baltimore
Posts: 2,542
Review Date: January 5, 2011 Recommended | Price: $20.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: General IQ, Smooth Colors, Compact, Nice Focus Ring
Cons: Just ever so slightly soft wide open
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 9    Handling: 10    Value: 10   

I just picked up this lens from a friend/artist/dealer who happened to have a case full of Takumars!!! I will pick up the rest eventually :-)

SMC Takumar Version - It's a great little lens, you should be able to find this one relatively cheap and it won't disappoint. Focusing is very critical when using wide open, and one needs to keep this in mind, if you get a little careless focusing, you'll complain about soft images. Focused correctly, this lens wide open is pretty sharp with great bokeh, and by f5.6 it will be at it's sharpest. Additionally, the 55mm Focal Length seems to work better for me than the 50mm. *I think IQ is as nice as the m50 1.7 at probably 1/2 the cost.

*EDIT - upon comparing the m50 1.7 and the Tak 55 f2 images, overall sharpness wide open is much better on the m50.

I am pleasantly surprised with this lens and can't wait to use it more often!!!


EXIF INFO

This lens is no way under an 8 and probably should be fairly rated at 8.2+ish
   
Senior Member

Registered: May, 2010
Location: Coloroado
Posts: 271
Review Date: December 11, 2010 Recommended | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: very small, beautifully engineered
Cons:

I was given this lens (fitted with the original Pentax lens shade, no less) on a dead S2 body many years ago, and only in the last couple of years have I used it on my digital SLR. It is wonderfully small and the focus is smooth. Iím not sure if anyone has mentioned this before, but it has half stops on the aperture ring. My lens is an early Super Tak model from 1962 with the "backwards" aperture ring (f2 to the left, 16 to the right).

When this lens is wide open, the bokeh is a very smooth and gentle transition out of focus. I usually like my bokeh to be more expressionistic (I know that bokeh can be a matter of taste) but this lensí is gentle, and thatís okay. There are certainly situations where you donít want your OOF areas stealing the show. The colors are wonderfully reproduced and images have nice contrast. Stopped down, this is a nice sharp lens that really produces fine images.

Mine has a weird little quirk when stopped down and focusing - there is a very minor change in the amount of light being transferred as you rock the focus ring back and forth around your focus point (difficult to explain, but you can feel it). In other words, focusing is also affecting the aperture a half stop either way (according to my meter) as you tweak the focus ring. the effect on exposure occurs at f4 and below. It doesn't really affect the use of the lens. I find it a little difficult to operate the auto manual switch when itís mounted to a modern camera, and the aperture is a little sticky when I switch it to manual Ė but again, itís not too big of a hassle. It is nearly 50 years old, after all!
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