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Takumar 50mm F3.5

Sharpness 
 9.5
Aberrations 
 9.0
Bokeh 
 9.5
Handling 
 8.0
Value 
 9.0
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Takumar 50mm F3.5

Takumar 50mm F3.5
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Takumar 50mm F3.5
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Takumar 50mm F3.5

Description:
This standard lens of Tessar type was introduced in 1952. It came in two variants:

1) With a manual diaphragm (first photo)
2) With a pre-set diaphragm (second photo)

Name engraved on lens: Asahi-Kogaku Takumar 1:3.5 f=50mm


WeightDiam x LengthFilter SizeMin. Focus
180 g32 mm2.5 ft
Diagonal FoV (24x36)Horizontal FoV (24x36)Min. ApertureMax. Aperture
46 degrees39.5 degreesf/16f/3.5
Diagonal FoV (APS-C)Horizontal FoV (APS-C)DiaphragmOptical Construction
32 degrees27 degreesPre-set4 elements in 3 groups
Distance scale in feet only
Features:
Manual FocusAperture RingFull-Frame SupportAdapter needed for DSLRsDiscontinued
Price History:



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New Member

Registered: October, 2016
Posts: 8
Lens Review Date: January 2, 2017 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $65.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Sharp, Bokeh, Tiny
Cons: So small it affects handling
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 8    Bokeh: 9    Handling: 6    Value: 8    Camera Used: Olympus EM10   

I've only had this lens for 2 days, but I was astonished at its performance. It's tiny, which is both good and bad. You don't mind taking it with you because it takes up very little space. It's 1.5"deep (including the mount) by 1.8" in diameter. But its small size makes it a little difficult to operate, mostly the aperture setting, which is set by turning the very front of the lens to your preset setting, and that's only an 1.25" in diameter. It's not heavy, but it does have some heft to it for its small size. I feel I got it at a bargain as it is in very good condition. It came with the leather case, which was in outstanding condition for its age, the M37-M42 adapter ring and an M42- PK mounting adapter. It did come with caps but not the original caps. Excellent Takumar build quality. Love the 12 blade aperture.
I found the lens to be very sharp with only the extreme edges and corners being a little soft at f5.6. Here are a few examples.

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Registered: November, 2010
Location: California
Posts: 2,223
Lens Review Date: January 27, 2016 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $220.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: VERY VERY SMALL and VERY SHARP
Cons: None
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 10    Bokeh: 10    Handling: 10    Value: 10    Camera Used: Asahiflex IIa, K3, K5   

I thought this lens was bigger, but it is just like one of those Leica pancakes. It is almost difficult to use because of the smallness. However, it is a great lens. Once you learn to preset the aperture, then focus and stop down to the chosen aperture, you get wonderful photos. I will be posting some. I now have my complete Asahiflex lens collection, yes, all four of them. Well, I am not interested in the 5th one, too long!

HERE ARE SOME SAMPLES TAKEN WITH THE ASAHIFLEX IIa: (Tri-X developed with TmaxDev)


Spotmatic Black by Palenquero Photography, on Flickr


Spotmatic Black by Palenquero Photography, on Flickr


San Juan Capistrano by Palenquero Photography, on Flickr


San Juan Capistrano by Palenquero Photography, on Flickr


San Juan Capistrano - De Los Rios Street by Palenquero Photography, on Flickr


Asahiflex by Palenquero Photography, on Flickr







DIGITAL SAMPLES

Here are some samples wide open (f/3.5) and at f/8. You judge them. I did not find any leakage of light on the new digital cameras. I did some test and placed a thick rubber band at the joint and did not get any leaks.

Hybiscus by Palenquero Photography, on Flickr

Tangerines by Palenquero Photography, on Flickr

Asahi-Kigaku Takumar 50mmf3.5@f8-K3-Mandarinas by Palenquero Photography, on Flickr

Asahi-Kigaku Takumar 50mmf3.5@f8-K3-DoNotEnter by Palenquero Photography, on Flickr


Asahi-Kigaku Takumar 50mmf3.5@f8-K3-Depot by Palenquero Photography, on Flickr



Asahi-Kigaku Takumar 50mmf3.5@f8-K3-ChocxoCafe by Palenquero Photography, on Flickr

Asahi-Kigaku Takumar 50mmf3.5@f3.5-K3-Tangerines by Palenquero Photography, on Flickr

Asahi-Kigaku Takumar 50mmf3.5@f3.5-K3-Mandarinas by Palenquero Photography, on Flickr


Asahi-Kigaku Takumar 50mmf3.5@f3.5-K3-DoNotEnter by Palenquero Photography, on Flickr



Asahi-Kigaku Takumar 50mmf3.5@f3.5-K3-Depot by Palenquero Photography, on Flickr



Asahi-Kigaku Takumar 50mmf3.5@f3.5-K3-ChocxoCafe by Palenquero Photography, on Flickr

Asahi-Kigaku Takumar 50mmf3.5-K3-Hybiscus1a by Palenquero Photography, on Flickr

Asahi-Kigaku Takumar 50mmf3.5-K3-Hybiscus1 by Palenquero Photography, on Flickr
   
Senior Member

Registered: July, 2010
Location: Clermont-Ferrand, France
Posts: 221
Lens Review Date: May 22, 2011 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $100.00 | Rating: 7 

 
Pros: Tiny and light lens
Cons: Slow

Even being one of the oldest Pentax lenses, this lens has good qualities. Optically, it is very similar to the Industar 50-2 50/3.5, I compared them and did not notice any difference apart from the parture blades (7 on the russian, 12 on the japanese). Stronger built than the russian one (160g vs. 100g). It has the typical Tessar signature.
Some samples and more details : http://kajiwara.weebly.com/takumar-5035.html
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