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Takumar 83mm F1.9

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4 49,590 Thu January 14, 2016
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100% of reviewers $1,250.00 9.25
Takumar 83mm F1.9

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

Extremely rare Takumar lens with less than 1,000 copies produced.

This lens originated in 1953 in the M37 mount for the Asahiflex camera. With seven lens elements aberrations were well controlled, in particular spherical aberrations.

Takumar 83mm F1.9
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Image Format
Full-frame / 35mm film
Lens Mount
Aperture Ring
7 elements, 4 groups
Mount Variant
M42 Plain
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Max. Aperture
Min. Aperture
Min. Focus
110 cm
Max. Magnification
Filter Size
49 mm
Internal Focus
Field of View (Diag. / Horiz.)

APS-C: 20 ° / 16 °
Full frame: 29 ° / 24 °
Lens Cap
Weather Sealing
Other Features
Diam x Length
305 g
Production Years
1957 to 1959
Engraved Name
Takumar 1:1.9 f=83mm
Product Code
User reviews
This lens originated in 1953 in the M37 mount for the Asahiflex camera.
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
Review Date: January 14, 2016 Recommended | Price: $1,250.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Unique among the Takumar lenses. Great for portrait.
Cons: 37mm mount needs ring to upgrade to m42
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 10    Bokeh: 10    Handling: 10    Value: 10    Camera Used: K3   

I am evaluating here the Asahi Kogaku Takumar 83/1.9 (all Chrome) with a 37mm screwmount made originally for the Asahiflex cameras., which preceeded the Takumar 83/1.9 shown here (mostly black). It is the same lens, but better built quality. This lens is worth the high priced paid for it. It is great for portraits, there is a neseqoi to it. The press text advertised it as: Along the Takumar 135/3.5 telephoto lens, aberrations are reduced in the ultimate value shown by wave optics. Especially the spherical aberration is smaller than any lens made in Japan (1953). Most suitable for portraits, night photography, stage pictures as well as for general photographs.
An up-to-date fast telephoto with second group consisting of 3 cemented elements, which categorizes it to the "Sonnar" design family. Different from other Sonnars s the splitted rear group. I agree with all the above.
I like this lens a lot and I recommended, if you can get it. A good mint copy could be in the $1,200 to $1,400.

Asahi-Kogaku Takumar 83mm f1.9 @ f1.9 by Palenquero Photography, on Flickr

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

Kabab & more by Palenquero Photography, on Flickr

Kabab&More-Mi Amigo-1 by Palenquero Photography, on Flickr

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

Asahi-Kogaku Takumar 83mm f1.9 - JewelryMall-1 by Palenquero Photography, on Flickr

Asahiflex 29 by K. Medeiros, on Flickr
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Registered: March, 2013
Posts: 1

1 user found this helpful
Review Date: March 8, 2013 Recommended | Rating: 8 

Pros: Lovely out of focus characteristic, and very dependent (= able to manipulate) on apeture
Cons: nil, but not ultimate sharpness
Sharpness: 7    Aberrations: 7    Bokeh: 9    Handling: 9    Value: 9    Camera Used: Canon 1Ds, 5DMk2   

This is a sweet lens and great for close quarter portraits. Lovely out of focus fall off. Is sharp stopped down but there are finer lenses at that brief (I use Leica Apo Macro Elmarit for that).
I bought this bundled for a song, and was pleased to spend a little to clean relubricate etc. Preset is great for using on digital SLR.

Registered: July, 2010
Location: Clermont-Ferrand, France
Posts: 355
Review Date: May 22, 2011 Recommended | Rating: 10 

Pros: Bokeh, extremely compact (49mm filters on a ~85mm f/1.9 lens !)
Cons: Deserves a S-M-C coating

My sample is quite sharp even at full aperture (note that I'm using it on K100D 6 Mpix and Canon 5D 13Mpix - not demanding sensors). The only drawback is a flare resistance that could be improved. It has the typical Sonnar signature : great smooth bokeh, using it on the 5D is a real pleasure. This M42 version has only 10 blades (instead of 18 in the M37 version) but this is not exactly a problem.
More details and samples on Canon 5D :
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Registered: August, 2010
Location: chicago, illinois, USA
Posts: 23
Review Date: August 7, 2010 Recommended | Rating: 9 

Pros: the smallest fast short tele I know
Cons: Somewhat soft wide open, not the most confidence-inspiring coating

Just starting to use this lens (finally finished fixing the diaphragm blades), so I don't know it all that well yet, but gee, c'mon, lenses just don't get any hipper than this.

On my H2 this combo just has to be the lightest rig of its kind.
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