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Takumar 100mm F3.5

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Takumar 100mm F3.5

Takumar 100mm F3.5
Takumar 100mm F3.5

The Takumar 100mm short tele lens was introduced in 1952.

Name engraved on lens: Asahi-Kogaku 1:3.5 f=100mm

WeightDiam x LengthFilter SizeMin. Focus
280 g34 mm4.5 ft
Diagonal FoV (24x36)Horizontal FoV (24x36)Min. ApertureMax. Aperture
24 degrees20 degreesf/16f/3.5
Diagonal FoV (APS-C)Horizontal FoV (APS-C)DiaphragmOptical Construction
16 degrees14 degreesPre-set3 elements in 3 groups
Distance scale in feet only
Manual FocusAperture RingFull-Frame SupportAdapter needed for DSLRsDiscontinued

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Lens Review Date: January 14, 2016 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: N/A | Rating: 10 

Pros: Excellent wide open
Cons: expensive - collector item
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 10    Bokeh: 10    Handling: 10    Value: 10    Camera Used: K3   

This review is for the Asahi Kogaku Takumar 100/3.5 (all chrome) that was built for the Asahiflex and preceded the Takumar 100/3.5 (black with some chrome). It is the same lens. Only the AKT construction is a bit better and heavier. I only use this lens wide open, no need to stop it down. That is why I bought it with all the blades removed. However, you can open it and place the aperture you want with the artistic form you want for special effects. Great lens. Most people who have one of the few in the market do not use it. Just keep it as collector item.

3/1/16 UPDATE: I was able to get another mint lens, this one has all its aperture blades. I confirm that this is a 10 lens. Wide open as well as stopped down is a wonderful lens.
PM me if you want to buy the wide open copy.

Here are some pics taken by me (wide open);

Waterford by Palenquero Photography, on Flickr

GGzer by Palenquero Photography, on Flickr

Mission San Luis Rey by Palenquero Photography, on Flickr

Takumar100mmf3.5@f3.5-MissionSanLuisRey14-Ella-1 by Palenquero Photography, on Flickr

Takumar100mmf3.5@f3.5-MissionSanLuisRey21-1 by Palenquero Photography, on Flickr

Here is a pic of the lens:

Takumar 100/3.5 by Palenquero Photography, on Flickr
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