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Takumar 83mm F1.9

Sharpness 
 9.5
Aberrations 
 9.5
Bokeh 
 10.0
Handling 
 10.0
Value 
 9.5
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Takumar 83mm F1.9

Takumar 83mm F1.9
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Takumar 83mm F1.9

Description:
This fast 83mm short tele and portrait lens was introduced in 1953. It had aberrations well controlled due to its many lens elements. This lens was later released in an M42 mount version.

Name engraved on lens: Asahi-Kogaku Takumar 1:1.9 f=83mm


WeightDiam x LengthFilter SizeMin. Focus
350 g49 mm3.5 ft
Diagonal FoV (24x36)Horizontal FoV (24x36)Min. ApertureMax. Aperture
29 degrees24.5 degreesf/16f/1.9
Diagonal FoV (APS-C)Horizontal FoV (APS-C)DiaphragmOptical Construction
20 degrees16 degreesPre-set7 elements in 4 groups
Distance scale in feet only
Features:
Manual FocusAperture RingFull-Frame SupportAdapter needed for DSLRsDiscontinued
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Registered: November, 2010
Location: California
Posts: 2,223

2 users found this helpful
Lens Review Date: January 17, 2015 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $1,250.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: IQ, bokeh, shinny silver, small, color
Cons: Still looking for it, not available, hard to find and $$$
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 10    Bokeh: 10    Handling: 10    Value: 10    Camera Used: K3   

Just got a mint copy that has not been used much, so it is going to Eric for cleaning. It is the 37mm, a $7 adapter ring was enough to put it it. NO problems whatsoever. The lens is great at night or with low light. Price paid was a collector's choice, no need to publish it here. Here are some shots:

Asahiflex Takumar 83mmf1.9-Naranja-1 by Palenquero, on Flickr

Asahiflex Takumar 83mmf1.9@f1.9-Candado-1 by Palenquero, on Flickr

Asahiflex Takumar 83mmf1.9@f1.9 Sign-1 by Palenquero, on Flickr


Asahiflex Takumar 83mmf1.9-Nothing-1 by Palenquero, on Flickr


Asahiflex Takumar 83mmf1.9-YellowLeaves-1 by Palenquero, on Flickr

Asahiflex Takumar 83mmf1.9@f1.9-El Farol by Palenquero, on Flickr

Asahiflex Takumar 83mm f1.9 - Grua by Palenquero, on Flickr

Asahiflex Takumar 83mm f1.9 - MP2 by Palenquero, on Flickr


Asahi-Kogaku Takumar 83mm f1.9 @ f1.9 by Palenquero, on Flickr
   
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Registered: May, 2013
Location: Near Basle
Posts: 9

2 users found this helpful
Lens Review Date: July 11, 2014 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $800.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Nice bokeh and colors
Cons:
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 10    Handling: 10    Value: 9    Camera Used: Sony A7r, Nex 6, 5DM2   

The lens is especially suitable for Portraits or single objects, which you want to emphasize from the surroundings . From f/2.5 the lens is sharp. The bokeh stays nice even with closed aperture. It has a pastel-like color reproduction and a nice bokeh. It's not a diva as the Biotar 1.5/75, you know in advance how the image will be. The character of the lens remains independent of the aperture or distance.
Some photos are on http://aisen.ch/takumar_83mm/
   
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Registered: June, 2008
Location: Florida Hill Country
Posts: 17,250
Lens Review Date: June 13, 2011 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: N/A | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: great portrait and short tele on film
Cons: m37 mount.

This is a great portrait lens and o.k. short tele for even low light use. However, I have a devil of a time focusing the Asahiflex with the waist level finder in low light. I need to try out the Galileo finder and use the distance scale for focus. It is one of 2 lens that I know of that Asahi made that had a cemented 3-element group (the later m42 version did as well. It is basically a Sonnar design with 7 elements arranged into 4 groups. The other lens that had a 3-element cemented group was the 8-element version of the Super Tak 50/1.4 8. This made these lenses relatively expensive to manufacture. This review is based on strictly film via Asahiflex body.
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