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Takumar 55mm F2.2

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67% of reviewers $130.67 7.33
Takumar 55mm F2.2

Takumar 55mm F2.2
Takumar 55mm F2.2

This slow normal lens was replaced with an Auto-Takumar, also F2.2, in 1961, but with 6 lens elements instead of 5. Refer the separate entry for that lens.

Takumar 55mm F2.2
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Image Format
Full-frame / 35mm film
Lens Mount
Aperture Ring
Preset, 10 blades
5 elements, 5 groups
Mount Variant
M42 Plain
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Max. Aperture
Min. Aperture
Min. Focus
55 cm
Max. Magnification
Filter Size
46 mm
Internal Focus
Field of View (Diag. / Horiz.)

APS-C: 29 ° / 25 °
Full frame: 43 ° / 36 °
Lens Cap
Weather Sealing
Other Features
Diam x Length
155 g
Production Years
1957 to 1959
Engraved Name
Takumar 1:2.2 f=55mm
User reviews

1: Takumar 55mm F2.2, pre-set diaphragm, 5 optical elements (this lens)
2: Auto-Takumar 55mm F2.2, semi-automatic diaphragm, 6 optical elements

Manual FocusAperture RingFull-Frame SupportAdapter needed for DSLRsDiscontinued
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Registered: July, 2010
Location: Clermont-Ferrand, France
Posts: 324
Lens Review Date: May 22, 2011 I can recommend this lens: No | Price: $170.00 | Rating: 4 

Pros: Historical : one of the first M42 Takumar
Cons: Sharpness is not outstanding

Historical part : one of the standard lenses for the Asahi Pentax AP - Gaussian design
What surprised me first when I fitted this lens on my K100D is the very cold color rendering, even visible in the viewfinder. I've never experienced it again with an other lens. Its general performances (sharpness, flare resistance, color rendition) are not oustanding (but far acceptable for a 1957 lens), its bokeh is not that bad. Due to its performance/price ratio, I would not recommend it to a user.
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Registered: April, 2010
Location: Santa Barbara
Posts: 60

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: July 3, 2011 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $102.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Sharp on K-x
Cons: None for 1958 vintage

This pre-set 1958 lens works on K-x digital much better than expected. The 2.4 58mm (Heliar) Takumar has a bit better color for portraits, but this 2.2 55mm out resolves it easily. Mine is in 146xxx segment, so there maybe some sample variation to other copies.

I'll let few test pictures at f4 do the additional talking.
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Registered: February, 2014
Location: Pennsylvania
Posts: 2,110
Lens Review Date: May 2, 2020 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $120.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Color rendition, 10 blade aperture Bokeh!
Cons: Flare without a lens hood
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 8    Bokeh: 9    Handling: 8    Value: 8    Camera Used: K-r, K5, K5iis   

I purchased this lens to display on my Asahi Pentax (AP) camera. My sample is in near mint condition, suffering only from stiff grease in the focusing helicoid. A nice feature of this old design is the two ring, preset aperture control. It makes stop down metering in AV mode a breeze and allows smooth intermediate aperture control. Reaching to the front of the lens is different, but not a real hindrance to operation. Used on my K5 and K5iis for general subjects, the limitations of the old five element, single coated design become apparent. Glowing edges and contrast loss due to flare can be an issue. However, get up close to your subject, especially one with vibrant colors and the rendering can be almost magical.

The perfect match has been my 12.1 MP K-r, a Takumar #1 Extension tube and the 55/2.2. Closeups of flowers. Wow. The milky smooth bokeh is a true winner. Colors render true and rich with the K-r, much better than the later bodies. Yes, contrast needs to be punched up a bit in post processing, and shooting in RAW is a prerequisite. A deep lens hood really is a requirement. I chose one which would definitely vignette on a full frame body. I definitely recommend this Takumar to vintage lens user-collectors who love old glass for its unique rendering. If you want perfection, look at newer designs like the SMC Takumar 55/1.8.
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