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SMC Takumar Zoom 45-125mm F4

Sharpness 
 9.3
Aberrations 
 9.3
Bokeh 
 8.3
Handling 
 9.0
Value 
 10.0
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SMC Takumar Zoom 45-125mm F4

SMC Takumar Zoom 45-125mm F4
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SMC Takumar Zoom 45-125mm F4 SMC Takumar Zoom 45-125mm F4
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Description:
This walk around zoom lens is very similar to its K-series counterpart.

SMC Takumar-ZOOM 45-125mm F4
Image Format
Full-frame / 35mm film
Lens Mount
M42
Aperture Ring
Yes
Diaphragm
Automatic, 6 blades
Optics
14 elements, 11 groups
Mount Variant
M42 Open-aperture Metering
Max. Aperture
F4
Min. Aperture
F22
Focusing
Manual
Min. Focus
150 cm
Max. Magnification
0.1x
Filter Size
67 mm
Internal Focus
No
Field of View (Diag. / Horiz.)

APS-C: 36-13 ° / 30-11 °
Full frame: 51-20 ° / 44-16 °
Hood
Dedicated two-part screw-in
Case
Dedicated hard case
Lens Cap
Metal push-on
Coating
SMC
Weather Sealing
No
Other Features
One-touch Zoom
Diam x Length
68.4 x 127 mm
Weight
605 g
Production Years
1975 to 1976
Engraved Name
SMC TAKUMAR-ZOOM 1:4/45-125
Product Code
44012
Notes
Same optics and construction as its K counterpart.
The original lens hood was in two parts allowing for 67mm filters to be screwed in between the two parts.
Open aperture metering on Spotmatic F, ES and ESII.
Features:
Manual FocusAperture RingFull-Frame SupportAdapter needed for DSLRsDiscontinued
Price History:



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Registered: July, 2013
Location: Ancona - Marche - Italy
Posts: 3
Lens Review Date: July 12, 2017 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $240.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: IQ, 3D effect, sharpness, vintage colors, bokeh, velvety rendering
Cons: none
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 10    Bokeh: 10    Handling: 8    Value: 10    Camera Used: Pentax K-1   

Amazing lens, the optical quality is comparable to a prime lens and the onstruction of very high quality.

Perfect lens for portraits and close-ups. Has a characteristic rendering that gives the photos a look similar to a painting. A lens absolutely to have, probably the best zoom I've ever used.


Portrait taken whit PENTAX K-1 + SMC Takumar Zoom 45 - 125 / f4 @ f5.6


Portrait taken whit PENTAX K-1 + SMC Takumar Zoom 45 - 125 / f4 @ f4


The photos was resized to 900px... for more details see my site: www.tonipierdome.com
   
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Registered: March, 2016
Location: Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada
Posts: 78
Lens Review Date: April 28, 2016 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $33.90 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: image quality and build; effective focal length on APS-C sensor K-r (68-190mm)
Cons: size and weight may be important to some users
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 8    Handling: 9    Value: 10    Camera Used: Pentax K-r   

I was fortunate to purchase this lens (see hooded photo above) on eBay from a seller in Japan. It is in perfect condition with no optical or mechanical blemishes. This particular example has the two-piece hood, and no close-focus lens or related scale on the focusing ring. Despite what it says above, the filter size on my lens is 58mm. The balance of weight between the lens and the K-r is very good. Although it rests comfortably in the hands, the combination may be a bit heavy for some users over the course of a long day. I have not observed any of the zoom creep that can sometimes develop with the push-pull design. The colours are bright and accurate.
A few photos (please click images for best quality) have been attached to demonstrate the optical characteristics, which I've only begun to explore.




   
New Member

Registered: March, 2014
Posts: 3
Lens Review Date: April 3, 2014 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $30.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: SHARP , BUILD , TAKUMAR , FOCAL LENGTH
Cons: PURPLE FRINGING , BOKEH , SPEED
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 7    Handling: 10    Value: 10    Camera Used: K-30   

ITS MY BEST BUY EVER !

this takumar is a hidden gem.

its not talked about as much as the others probably because its a zoom and not fast enough.

don't let that deceive you. THIS LENS IS OPTICALLY EXCELLENT - sharp , controls aberrations , easy to use , superbly built (takumar !! ) , suffers minimal purple fringing when the light hits a white background/lining/border on your subject at a sharp angle. can be removed using PP. i didn't bother doing that and all the uploads are straight from the camera.

HERE ARE A FEW SHOTS I TOOK THIS EVENING.
GENERALLY ISO 200-400 , F4-5.6-8 , 1/200-1/800



NOTICE THE PURPLE FRINGING ABOVE



thats my son
LOBO - a Siberian Husky

Definitely recommend this lens if you can grab one unto 75$.
Also my copy has a 2mm crack/scratch (not sure) on the centre element. So this is a broken lens producing good quality stuff.

Cheers.
   
New Member

Registered: January, 2010
Location: Auckland
Posts: 18

3 users found this helpful
Lens Review Date: December 21, 2010 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $179.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Very sharp
Cons: Unusual and usefull focal length range

I have bough this lens to use on a Sony Alpha 850 (24mpx) using an m42 adapter.
The lens is very sharp from corner to corner at all focal lengths. It is quite sharp at f4 and razor sharp by f8. The colours are good - perhaps slightly warm of neutral. The image contrast on this lens is excellent yielding that 3D effect.
I like the old fashioned zoom collar that allows zooming and focus with one hand quickly. I wish modern zoom lenses would use this technology.
The only negative is a moderate degree of purple fringing in the corners at wide aperture in the very most challenging scenarios. This is the type of CA that is easiliy edited out - I have removed about 80% of it quickly. It is not present in normal contrast shots.

This lens meets the needs of discerning portrait photographers who require a zoom in the portrait range without resorting to kit lenses of huge tele-zooms. At a constant F4 its wide enough to give good defocuused backgrounds but retaining sharp facial details. The bokeh on this lens is very acceptable.
It is a rare range of focal length, a rare lens and rarer still in M42 vs. K mount. It is a stellar performer and I count myself lucky in just having aquired one.

Summary
Build10/10
Handling 10/10
Sharpness 10/10
Bokeh 8/10
Colours 10/10
CA 7/10
Image contrast 10/10
Niche usefullness 10/10 - especially for full frame
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