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Takumar 300mm F4 (model 1)

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Takumar 300mm F4 (model 1)

Takumar 300mm F4 (model 1)
Takumar 300mm F4 (model 1)

The first 1:4 300mm Takumar had just three lens elements. The tripod collar cannot be removed.

Takumar 300mm F4 (model 1)
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Image Format
Full-frame / 35mm film
Lens Mount
Aperture Ring
Manual, 18 blades
3 elements, 3 groups
Mount Variant
M42 Plain
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Max. Aperture
Min. Aperture
Min. Focus
900 cm
Max. Magnification
Filter Size
82 mm
Internal Focus
Field of View (Diag. / Horiz.)

APS-C: 5.5 ° / 4.6 °
Full frame: 8.2 ° / 6.9 °
Lens Cap
Weather Sealing
Other Features
Tripod Mount
Diam x Length
1360 g
Production Years
1958 to 1961
Engraved Name
Takumar 1:4/300
User reviews
Tripod mount cannot be removed

0: Takumar 300mm F4, weighing only 960 g: Existence of this variant (shown in the AP manual from 1958) is unconfirmed
1: Takumar 300mm F4, 3 opical elements, aperture ring near the middle of the lens barrel (this lens)
2: Takumar 300mm F4, 4 optical elements, aperture ring towards the front of the lens ajacent to the lens hood
3: Super Takumar 300mm F4, 5 optical elements
4: Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 300mm F4, same optics as the Super-Takumar

Manual FocusAperture RingFull-Frame SupportAdapter needed for DSLRsDiscontinued
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Junior Member

Registered: July, 2016
Location: Pennsylvania
Posts: 30

2 users found this helpful
Lens Review Date: August 26, 2016 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $60.00 | Rating: 6 

Pros: Inexpensive, long reach with decent aperture
Cons: Size, stiff handling
Sharpness: 7    Aberrations: 3    Bokeh: 8    Handling: 6    Value: 8    Camera Used: K3, K1000, K-01   

I got a copy in good condition for a very reasonable price (just under $60 USD). I'm writing this review after doing primarily test shooting - I haven't really taken it out into the field yet.

First thing: this lens is quite large. It isn't especially heavy, but it is quite unwieldy. The tripod mount is highly recommended.

Additionally, the focus ring has a very long throw. This isn't a problem per se, since it enables accurate focus when you're working with the narrow depth of field you get at f4. Unfortunately, my particular copy has a fairly stiff (though not stuck or gritty) focusing ring. As a result, it takes quite a bit of work to get from infinity to the closest focusing range (which still isn't very close).

Image quality appears good at first blush. Chromatic aberration is barely noticeable wide open and disappears quickly as you stop down the aperture. Flare can be pretty bad, but that's not too different from most un-coated lenses. Sharpness is reasonable, but not quite up to modern expectations. More than good enough for film, but you notice a little softness on a densely packed sensor like the K3 has. Bokeh is nice at f4 under most circumstances, but it can look a little busy with backlit scenes (which also emphasizes the existing CA and flare issues).

I took the lens apart and re-greased the helicoid, so the focus is now smooth and easy. This significantly improves my experience of handling the lens, though it is till just a little too bulky for hand-held shooting. Having shot it in a variety of real world conditions now, I stand by my previous comments about sharpness: good enough for film, and usually good enough for a 16MP sensor like the K-01, but you notice some softness on the K-3 when you do some serious pixel peeping (though it gets pretty good around f7.2 to about f11).

The ridiculous 18-blade aperture on my copy means the bokeh is almost perfectly spherical from wide open to all the way closed, and it means it stays smooth no matter the aperture or distance. It can still be a little busy under some circumstances, but I like it a lot overall.

Finally, I marked it much lower on aberrations. This lens has serious issues with purple fringing in bright sunlight, almost no matter which direction you point the lens. It doesn't have much problem with other types of aberrations, but the PF problems are occasionally bad enough that I can not correct them in post.
Inactive Account

Registered: March, 2009
Location: Australia
Posts: 207

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: May 14, 2012 I can recommend this lens: No | Price: N/A | Rating: 3 

Pros: Well constructed mechanically.
Cons: Optically, my copy was rather "soft", somewhat disappointing.
Sharpness: 2    Aberrations: 3    Bokeh: 3    Handling: 3    Value: 3    Camera Used: Pentax SP-F   

As I'm a sucker for "old" stuff, I succumbed to temptation and bought it thinking it interesting, though purely manual, and similar to another, manual, German-made lens of the same vintage (with almost as many aperture blades).

Unfortunately, my copy was rather soft: even with a tripod.

My copy of the German one was better, IMO.
Senior Member

Registered: July, 2010
Location: Clermont-Ferrand, France
Posts: 270

2 users found this helpful
Lens Review Date: May 22, 2011 I can recommend this lens: No | Price: $120.00 | Rating: 6 

Pros: Nice 18 blades aperture, look
Cons: Heavy and long lens

Despite having only 3 elements, you can expect some quality : is gave me more than I was waiting. Maybe some CA, but nothing too bad. Flare resistance is acceptable for the standards of late 50's. I used it only at sunset time yet, so I can't say a lot about its color rendition. I would not recommend it in the way that I would not say "buy it instead of X lens" but if you can get it at a good price compared to other manual focus 300/4 lenses, go ahead, it will be worth the money.
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