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Takumar 55mm F2.2

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50% of reviewers $136.00 6.50
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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Forum Member

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: July, 2010
Location: Clermont-Ferrand, France
Posts: 221
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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