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Super-Takumar Zoom 70-150mm F4.5

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100% of reviewers $40.00 7.67
Super-Takumar Zoom 70-150mm F4.5

Super-Takumar Zoom 70-150mm F4.5
Super-Takumar Zoom 70-150mm F4.5

This fixed-aperture lens was Asahi's first zoom lens.

Super-Takumar-Zoom 70-150mm F4.5
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Image Format
Full-frame / 35mm film
Lens Mount
Aperture Ring
Automatic, 6 blades
14 elements, 0 groups
Mount Variant
M42 Stop-down Pin
Check camera compatibility
Max. Aperture
Min. Aperture
Min. Focus
350 cm
Max. Magnification
Filter Size
67 mm
Internal Focus
Field of View (Diag. / Horiz.)

APS-C: 23-11 ° / 19-9.1 °
Full frame: 34-16 ° / 29-14 °
Lens Cap
Weather Sealing
Other Features
One-touch Zoom,Tripod Mount
Diam x Length
74.5 x 224 mm
1209 g
Production Years
1964 to 1971
Engraved Name
Super-Takumar-Zoom 1:4.5/70-150
Product Code
362, 43620
User reviews
This was the first zoom lens from Pentax. There is some uncertainty as to whether this lens was introduced in 1966 rather than 1964 with a non-Super variant as a forerunner introduced in 1964.
Manual FocusAperture RingFull-Frame SupportAdapter needed for DSLRsDiscontinued
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Junior Member

Registered: November, 2012
Location: East Coast, Canada
Posts: 26
Lens Review Date: May 1, 2016 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $20.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: IQ, cost, build quality
Cons: Somewhat limited zoom range, long and cumbersome
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 8    Bokeh: 8    Handling: 7    Value: 10    Camera Used: K20D   

I bought this lens from Ebay on a whim and because of the super cheap price tag. I wasn't expecting a whole lot from a zoom lens of this vintage but boy was I wrong!
This lens is awesome despite the couple of cons listed above which are easily dealt with in practice.
I use this lens mostly handheld with good results, images are quite useable wide open but stopped down to 5.6 or 8 are razor sharp.
Bottom line if you can snag one of these cheaply you won't regret it!
Loyal Site Supportaxian

Registered: September, 2013
Location: Texas
Posts: 495

2 users found this helpful
Lens Review Date: December 12, 2013 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $50.00 | Rating: 5 

Pros: Suprisingly sharp, little CA.
Cons: Slow, long and bulky.
Sharpness: 8    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 7    Handling: 4    Value: 5   

I wasn't expecting much from an old zoom lens. I was totally surprised with the sharpness and low CA. It is as sharp as modern inexpensive zooms and has less CA than some moderately priced lenses. However...on the down side, this thing is very slow, and although it has "one-touch" zoom and focus, it's very long and bulky. Stick two 4/150 Taks (without hoods) end-to-end and you'll about equal the length of this thing.

My first instinct is to not recommend this thing to anyone because it's so slow and bulky...but it actually takes great photos, better than any other vintage zoom I've used.

If you pick one up cheap and you want to shoot outdoors and you don't mind the bulk, go for it! Otherwise you might want to leave it for the collectors.
New Member

Registered: January, 2007
Location: Portland Oregon USA
Posts: 7

3 users found this helpful
Lens Review Date: October 19, 2010 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $50.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Smooth focus, excellent build, good sharpness
Cons: Heavy and very long

The lens has very little CA, even when used with a digital APS sized sensor. It is heavy but balances very well on the K10D and K20D. Subjectively its sharpness and micro-contrast seem very good, certainly as good as any other lens covering this (admittedly limited) range.When used on a DSLR it gives a focal range of about 115 - 225mm

The focus has the typical creamy Takumar feel, the lens does not appear to suffer unduly from flare, and even when used on non-Pentax bodies - I use mine both on Pentax K mount SLR / DSLR bodies with the Pentax K-M42 adapter (and with a proprietary adapter on my Panasonic Lumix L-1 where the x2 crop factor makes it a 150 - 300mm) it performs very well.
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