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Takumar 58mm F2

Sharpness 
 8.2
Aberrations 
 8.3
Bokeh 
 10.0
Handling 
 8.8
Value 
 8.5
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100% of reviewers $483.80 9.14
Takumar 58mm F2

Takumar 58mm F2
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Takumar 58mm F2

Description:
This is the faster version of the 58mm screwmount lenses.

Takumar 58mm F2
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Image Format
Full-frame / 35mm film
Lens Mount
M42
Aperture Ring
Yes
Diaphragm
Preset, 10 blades
Optics
6 elements, 4 groups
Mount Variant
M42 Plain
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Max. Aperture
F2
Min. Aperture
F22
Focusing
Manual
Min. Focus
60 cm
Max. Magnification
0.12x
Filter Size
46 mm
Internal Focus
No
Field of View (Diag. / Horiz.)

APS-C: 28 ° / 23 °
Full frame: 41 ° / 34 °
Hood
Case
Lens Cap
Coating
Weather Sealing
No
Other Features
Diam x Length
Weight
160 g
Production Years
1957 to 1958
Engraved Name
Takumar 1:2 f=58mm
Reviews
User reviews
Variants
An all-black variant exists
Features:
Manual FocusAperture RingFull-Frame SupportAdapter needed for DSLRsDiscontinued
Price History:



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Registered: September, 2015
Location: Ottawa
Posts: 1,671
Lens Review Date: January 18, 2018 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: N/A | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: bokeh
Cons: flare
Sharpness: 8    Aberrations: 7    Bokeh: 10    Handling: 9    Value: 9    Camera Used: K-5   

My lens came with an AP. Both were in pristine condition. Judging by the faded stickers on the AP knobs, the camera was probably sitting somewhere in a display case and was not used. The lens itself is beautiful, in my opinion. It's made really well. The preset ring clicks with a very satisfactory feeling. The focus ring is a bit heavy. Not sure if it's because the lens is old, or simply because of the grease they used. I read somewhere that subsequent Takumars used a different grease which contributes to the "silky smooth" focusing, but don't quote me on this.

This is probably my favourite lens. How do I review and rate it? From technical point of view, the lens probably won't score high. I am no pixel peeper, but this lens isn't really super sharp, it flares and loses contrast when shooting into the light, and it is not very contrasty wide open. Having said that, all of these things are not really drawbacks because when I want to use a sharp lens with a good flare control for landscapes, I just use a different lens.

What this lens has is a ton of character. Bokeh is beautiful. Can't really add much to that. The first time I took it out for a walk in a flower garden, I was surprised how beautiful the bokeh is. It has that painterly quality - not as pronounced as the Takumar 35 f2.3, but in some ways similar (I am judging by what I see online only, as I don't have the 35mm). There is no swirliness that you see from a Helios, but the bokeh is very pleasing. To me, this is a perfect portrait lens. The lack of contrast wide open I had mentioned above is not a problem. Not really sure what's going on, but the contrast is really easy to add in the post processing. That isn't my experience with other old lenses, such as Helios 40. That lens, depending on the light, can produce such low contrast that it's hard to salvage in the post.

The second time I took it out for a walk in the forest with the kids I was surprised how 3D images look. I haven't really studied this effect much, so I am not sure if it appears when you stop the lens down a bit, but it's definitely there and it's very pronounced. Maybe even more pronounced than one from the FA 43. Colours are beautiful and somewhat similar to the K 28 f3.5.
   
Senior Member

Registered: April, 2011
Location: Stuttgart
Posts: 287
Lens Review Date: August 17, 2014 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $450.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: stunning colour rendition, excellent build quality and a pleasure to use
Cons: rare and expencive
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 10    Handling: 10    Value: 10    Camera Used: K-5   

My Lens Came on a AP Camera attached, directly from Japan. I Used this lens one month without a break on my K-5 and it was a pleasure to use. The first thing I ordered was a step up ring, because the filter thread is 46mm, which is rather unusual. I Made with this lens a couple of portraits, flower shots and Macros and it blessed me always with much better results than expected. It was worth it to search this lens for two years
   
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Registered: November, 2010
Location: California
Posts: 2,223

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: November 30, 2013 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $699.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Small, Sonnar, Unique bokeh rendering and 3D
Cons: None so far - Maybe, not too sharp wide open.
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 10    Bokeh: 10    Handling: 10    Value: 10   

I bought this lens after one year searching for it because of Asahiflex's beautiful photos. I do not regret it. It is the Sonnar bokeh and 3D effect. I will post photos later. I have the Zeiss Sonnar in the Leica mount and it is unbelievable. The design is the same, and I am enjoying it on the K5.

Update Dec. 25/14:
I took this shot last night. Not bad at all.

DonHAgain-1 by Palenquero, on Flickr

Update Dec. 20/14:
I put this lens for sale but I withdrew it, it is so difficult to find it again in such a good condition as it is mine. Here are some samples:

Roses2-1 by Palenquero, on Flickr



Sombrero Vueltiao 1-1 by Palenquero, on Flickr





Update:
Here are some of the first shots (this lens is better than what I thought!):


PentaxK5-Takumar58mmf2@f4-Cup1-1 by Palenquero, on Flickr


PentaxK5-Takumar58mmf2@f2-Cup1-1 by Palenquero, on Flickr

As a comparison, here are some photos taken with the Leica M9 (FF) and the Zeiss Planar 50mmf2 ZM:



M9-ZeissPlanar50mmf2@f2-1 by Palenquero, on Flickr



M9-ZeissPlanar50mmf2@f4-1 by Palenquero, on Flickr



PentaxK5-Takumar58mmf2@f2-Mandarina1-1 by Palenquero, on Flickr



PentaxK5-Takumar58mmf2@f4-Mandarina1-1 by Palenquero, on Flickr


The Takumar Addiction by Palenquero, on Flickr



PentaxK5-Takumar58mmf2@f2-Hybiscus101-1 by Palenquero, on Flickr



PentaxK5-Takumar58mmf2@f2-BirdFood-1 by Palenquero, on Flickr



PentaxK5-Takumar58mmf2@f2-Naranjas-1 by Palenquero, on Flickr



Here is the lens:


AsahiTakumar58mmf2-M39-M42-4-1 by Palenquero, on Flickr
   
New Member

Registered: May, 2013
Location: Near Basle
Posts: 9
Lens Review Date: June 18, 2013 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $400.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Preset, easy to use
Cons: expensive, rare
Sharpness: 8    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 10    Handling: 8    Value: 7    Camera Used: Sony Nex-6, Canon EOS 5D Mark II   

I use the lens on Sony Nex-6 and Canon EOS 5D Mark 2 and Mark 3. The use of the preset aperture on both cameras is easy to handle and fun to work with. I like the work with it more than with the lever on the Auto Takumar 55mm f/2.

The lens has nice and natural colors, better bokeh as the Auto Takumars 55mm f/2 and f/2.2 but also is less sharp than this 2.

The edges are even with closed aperture slightly dull but sharpness is good. I like portraits with the lens.

I didn't have any disturbing CA's yet.

The lens doen't like sidelights, but the flares are controlable and can be used for creativity.

Some photos are at the end of the article here , together with Auto Takumars 55mm f/1.8, f/2 and f/2.2
   
Veteran Member

Registered: January, 2008
Location: Netherlands
Posts: 2,754

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: July 10, 2012 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $300.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Build quality, Sonnar design, Bokeh
Cons: Not very sharp, super hard to find
Sharpness: 7    Aberrations: 7    Bokeh: 10    Handling: 9    Value: 8    Camera Used: Pentax K-5 & Canon 5D   

It would be very hard to write a better review than the previous one, so I decided to let my pictures speak for themselves.


On a Canon 5D (fullframe, the format the lens was intended for):




On Pentax APS-C DSLR's:





   
Senior Member

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

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: May 22, 2011 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $570.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Bokeh, standard lens
Cons: Sharpness is not outstanding

In addition to hefty1's review that says many on this lens, I would say it is a nice standard lens when used on 24x36 camera (either digital - I use it on my Canon 5D - or film). This allows to use it in interiors, rooms, and thanks to the sonnar design, highlights won't be a problem. This lens features a cemeted triplet : imagine how tricky it was to do at this times !
Some samples on 5D : http://kajiwara.weebly.com/takumar-582.html
   
Inactive Account

Registered: September, 2007
Location: Buckinghamshire, UK
Posts: 30

5 users found this helpful
Lens Review Date: May 9, 2010 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: N/A | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Good for portraits, it's a Sonnar!
Cons: Slightly soft at all apertures, rarer than hen's teeth
Sharpness: 7    Aberrations: 8    Bokeh: 10    Handling: 7    Value: 7   

The fastest of the original Gang Of Three normal lenses launched alongside the Asahi Pentax in 1957 and only in production for a very short time (by '58 it had gone) - these were the first lenses made by Asahi in M42 mount.

The optical design is that of a Sonnar and the lens holds the record for being the widest focal length Sonnar ever made for a 35mm SLR (any wider than 58mm and the rear of the lens would have been too close to the film plane and fouled the mirror, that's why 50mm Sonnars are rangefinder items only).

The lens was fantastically expensive when it was new and failed to perform as well as the mid range double-gauss 55/2.2 (which became the basis for all subsequent Pentax 50/55 non-macro lenses), hence finding them today requires years of dedication and a dollop of good luck.

Performance is about what you'd expect from a Sonnar; it's reasonably sharp in the centre and slightly soft at the edges at all apertures. The situation doesn't improve upon stopping down (most Sonnars give their best wide open), you just get a larger depth of field. If you're a sharpness freak then there are plenty of lenses that will suit your needs much better than this one will.

What it does do well is bokeh. The out of focus areas (even foreground and specular highlights) are rendered with a simply gorgeous broad-brush effect which just melts away. Not the colour-soup that you get with a long telephoto lens, nor the fidgety/nervous bokeh you tend to get from sharper lenses; more of an impressionistic painting style which is incredibly attractive. Pictures tend to have a dreamy quality that makes this a perfect lens for portraits where it'll flatter your subjects nicely.

Handling is OK. It's a pre-set lens so there's a degree of fiddling to be done but actually it's not too bad on digital in Av mode (very similar to the Jupiter-9, another Sonnar design). I can't really knock points off for this as pre-set lenses were the cutting edge of technology in 1957 so it shouldn't be judged by today's standards. Focussing is smooth enough but not quite as silky as later Takumars - still much better than pretty much everything else makers were knocking out in that era though (Leitz excepted).

If you do get one beware the rear mount - it's made from aluminium and as a result could be easily cross-threaded if not used with caution. 46mm filters are easy enough to come by these days (thank you Micro 4/3!) but good luck finding an original metal cap.

If you're after a lens for portraiture (and on digital this has an equivalent focal length of 87mm) and you can find one then buy it - you won't be disappointed. If you want a super-sharp performer for those Ansel Adams landscapes then look elsewhere - you'll hate it. If you own a 1957 AP body then send it to me and I'll tell you if they make a good pairing or not...
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