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Takumar 35mm F4

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Takumar 35mm F4

Takumar 35mm F4
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Takumar 35mm F4
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Takumar 35mm F4
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Takumar 35mm F4
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Description:
The first Japanese SLR wide angle lens. It was soon to be replaced with the very successful 1:3.5/35mm lens design.

Takumar 35mm F4
Image Format
Full-frame / 35mm film
Lens Mount
M42
Aperture Ring
Yes
Diaphragm
Manual
Optics
4 elements, 4 groups
Mount Variant
M42 Plain
Max. Aperture
F4
Min. Aperture
F22
Focusing
Manual
Min. Focus
45 cm
Max. Magnification
0.09x
Filter Size
46 mm
Internal Focus
No
Field of View (Diag. / Horiz.)

APS-C: 45 ° / 38 °
Full frame: 63 ° / 54 °
Hood
Case
Lens Cap
Coating
Weather Sealing
No
Other Features
Diam x Length
53 x 33 mm
Weight
136 g
Production Years
1957 to 1959
Engraved Name
Takumar 1:4 35mm or Takumar 1:4 f=35mm
Product Code
329
Notes
Sources disagree regarding the optical design. Some say 5 elements in 4 groups other say 4 elements in 4 groups.
Variants

The engraved name varies between Takumar 1:4 35mm and Takumar 1:4 f=35mm

Features:
Manual FocusAperture RingFull-Frame SupportAdapter needed for DSLRsDiscontinued
Price History:



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Registered: March, 2009
Location: Salt Lake City, UT
Posts: 509
Lens Review Date: September 21, 2010 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $70.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Light, unique color
Cons: stiff focusing,

Image quality wise, it is better to stop down to f5.6. The image quality is not acceptable at f4, at least for me.

Looks very cool. Single coated. It is better to use with a hood. The lens design looks similar to the famed K35 f3.5.

My focusing ring is a bit stiff, even after Eric's cleaning. It is hard to focus other than under bright sunlight with Kx.

All in all, a fun lens to have. A landmark for Pentax for sure. Not the most practical lens for daily use.
   
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Registered: June, 2008
Location: Florida Hill Country
Posts: 17,214
Lens Review Date: June 27, 2010 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: N/A | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Small; well built
Cons: f4

This is the original Takumar 35mm lens that came out about the same time the Pentax 'AP' was released. I have seen conflicting reports on whether it has 4 elements in 4 groups or 5 elements in 4 groups. AOHC says its the latter but I tend to think its 4/4. My copy weighs in at slightly under 133 g without the caps. I will post images of this lens and samples later. I like this lens as much as I do the Auto Tak 35mm f3.5 and that is saying something. This is a very nice looking lens and is unbelievably small even compared to the Auto Tak 35mm f3.5 which is smaller than its Super Tak successor. This lens performs very well on APS-c, especially when using the hood for the Auto-Tak 55mm f1.8 'Zebra' lens with which it shares the 46m filter threads like many of the early Takumar lenses.

DA 21mm ltd for size comparison
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