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Super-Takumar/Auto-Takumar/Takumar 135mm F3.5

Sharpness 
 9.0
Aberrations 
 8.6
Bokeh 
 8.1
Handling 
 9.0
Value 
 9.9
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Super-Takumar/Auto-Takumar/Takumar 135mm F3.5

Super-Takumar/Auto-Takumar/Takumar 135mm F3.5
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Super-Takumar/Auto-Takumar/Takumar 135mm F3.5
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Super-Takumar/Auto-Takumar/Takumar 135mm F3.5
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Super-Takumar/Auto-Takumar/Takumar 135mm F3.5
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Super-Takumar/Auto-Takumar/Takumar 135mm F3.5

Description:
This initial M42 version of a 135mm F3.5 screwmount lens came in 4 variants. Another 2 variants with a different optical design were released later - refer the separate entry for those later variants.

Takumar 1:3.5/135 - chrome and black (first photo):
Takumar 135mm F3.5 (early)
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Image Format
Full-frame / 35mm film
Lens Mount
M42
Aperture Ring
Yes
Diaphragm
Preset, 8 blades
Optics
5 elements, 4 groups
Mount Variant
M42 Plain
Check camera compatibility
Max. Aperture
F3.5
Min. Aperture
F22
Focusing
Manual
Min. Focus
200 cm
Max. Magnification
Filter Size
46 mm
Internal Focus
No
Field of View (Diag. / Horiz.)

APS-C: 12 ° / 10 °
Full frame: 18 ° / 15 °
Hood
Case
Lens Cap
Coating
Weather Sealing
No
Other Features
Diam x Length
Weight
300 g
Production Years
1957 to 1961
Engraved Name
Takumar 1:3.5 f=135mm or Takumar 1:3.5/135
Product Code
324, 43240
Reviews
User reviews
Notes
Chrome and black finish
Variants

1: Takumar 135mm F3.5, chrome and black, close focus 200 cm (this lens)
2: Auto-Takumar 135mm F3.5
3: Takumar 135mm F3.5, all black, close focus 150 cm
4: Super-Takumar 135mm F3.5, model 1, same 5 element optics as the predecessors
5: Super-Takumar 135mm F3.5, model 2, 4 element optical design
6: Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 135mm F3.5, same 4 element optical design as the latest Super-Takumar



Auto-Takumar 1:3.5/135 (second photo):
Auto-Takumar 135mm F3.5
© www.pentaxforums.com, sharable with attribution
Image Format
Full-frame / 35mm film
Lens Mount
M42
Aperture Ring
Yes
Diaphragm
Semi-automatic, 8 blades
Optics
5 elements, 4 groups
Mount Variant
M42 Stop-down Pin
Check camera compatibility
Max. Aperture
F3.5
Min. Aperture
F22
Focusing
Manual
Min. Focus
180 cm
Max. Magnification
0.09x
Filter Size
49 mm
Internal Focus
No
Field of View (Diag. / Horiz.)

APS-C: 12 ° / 10 °
Full frame: 18 ° / 15 °
Hood
Case
Lens Cap
Coating
Weather Sealing
No
Other Features
Diam x Length
Weight
317 g
Production Years
1959 to 1963
Engraved Name
Auto-Takumar 1:3.5/135
Product Code
343
Reviews
User reviews
Variants

1: Takumar 135mm F3.5, chrome and black, close focus 200 cm
2: Auto-Takumar 135mm F3.5 (this lens)
3: Takumar 135mm F3.5, all black, close focus 150 cm
4: Super-Takumar 135mm F3.5, model 1, same 5 element optics as the predecessors
5: Super-Takumar 135mm F3.5, model 2, 4 element optical design
6: Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 135mm F3.5, same 4 element optical design as the latest Super-Takumar



Takumar 1:3.5/135 - black (third photo):
Takumar 135mm F3.5 (late)
© www.pentaxforums.com, sharable with attribution
Image Format
Full-frame / 35mm film
Lens Mount
M42
Aperture Ring
Yes
Diaphragm
Preset, 8 blades
Optics
5 elements, 4 groups
Mount Variant
M42 Plain
Check camera compatibility
Max. Aperture
F3.5
Min. Aperture
F22
Focusing
Manual
Min. Focus
150 cm
Max. Magnification
0.09x
Filter Size
49 mm
Internal Focus
No
Field of View (Diag. / Horiz.)

APS-C: 12 ° / 10 °
Full frame: 18 ° / 15 °
Hood
Case
Lens Cap
Coating
Weather Sealing
No
Other Features
Diam x Length
54x87 mm
Weight
315 g
Production Years
1961 to 1966
Engraved Name
Takumar 1:3.5/135
Product Code
353, 43530
Reviews
User reviews
Notes
All black finish
Variants

1: Takumar 135mm F3.5, chrome and black, close focus 200 cm
2: Auto-Takumar 135mm F3.5
3: Takumar 135mm F3.5, all black, close focus 150 cm†(this lens)
4: Super-Takumar 135mm F3.5, model 1, same 5 element optics as the predecessors
5: Super-Takumar 135mm F3.5, model 2, 4 element optical design
6: Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 135mm F3.5, same 4 element optical design as the latest Super-Takumar



Super-Takumar 135mm F3.5 (first model), fine ribs on aperture ring (fourth photo):
Super-Takumar 135mm F3.5 (model 1)
© www.pentaxforums.com, sharable with attribution
Image Format
Full-frame / 35mm film
Lens Mount
M42
Aperture Ring
Yes
Diaphragm
Automatic, 6 blades
Optics
5 elements, 4 groups
Mount Variant
M42 Stop-down Pin
Check camera compatibility
Max. Aperture
F3.5
Min. Aperture
F22
Focusing
Manual
Min. Focus
150 cm
Max. Magnification
0.11x
Filter Size
49 mm
Internal Focus
No
Field of View (Diag. / Horiz.)

APS-C: 12 ° / 10 °
Full frame: 18 ° / 15 °
Hood
Metal hood
Case
Dedicated hard case
Lens Cap
Coating
Weather Sealing
No
Other Features
Diam x Length
59.5 x 87.5 mm
Weight
350 g
Production Years
1963 to 1965
Engraved Name
Super-Takumar 1:3.5/135
Product Code
354, 43540
Reviews
User reviews
Notes
Fine ribs on aperture ring. May have the numeral 4 marking the F4 F-stop rather than just blank space. Same 5 element optics as the older Auto-Takumar
Variants

1: Takumar 135mm F3.5, chrome and black, close focus 200 cm
2: Auto-Takumar 135mm F3.5
3: Takumar 135mm F3.5, all black, close focus 150 cm
4: Super-Takumar 135mm F3.5, model 1, same 5 element optics as the predecessors (this lens)
5: Super-Takumar 135mm F3.5, model 2, 4 element optical design
6: Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 135mm F3.5, same 4 element optical design as the latest Super-Takumar

Features:
Manual FocusAperture RingFull-Frame SupportAdapter needed for DSLRsDiscontinued
Price History:



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Site Supporter

Registered: January, 2011
Location: Toronto
Posts: 160
Lens Review Date: June 22, 2018 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $35.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: compact size and fairly light weigt
Cons: none for me
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 5    Handling: 10    Value: 10    Camera Used: Asahi Pentax SV and S1a   

Not used that often but comes in handy for those times I need the extra reach. I find the lens sharp with good contrast and colour rendition.
My copy is the Super-Takumar model 1, has a very smooth focus and solid aperature clicks.
It makes up my trio of lenses including the super-multi-coated 35mm f3.5 and the super-takumar 55mm f1.8
   
Senior Member

Registered: March, 2007
Location: Denmark
Posts: 265

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: July 30, 2017 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $60.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Build, size, the preset aperture and rendering
Cons: None at the current price point
Sharpness: 8    Aberrations: 8    Bokeh: 10    Handling: 10    Value: 10    Camera Used: Pentax K-5 and Spotmatic F   

I have both the early model preset Takumar (silver/black) and the late model (all black), and this review concerns both of them.

On the plus side, these preset lenses are very easy to use on a Pentax DSLR in Av-mode. Focus fully open and stop down to the desired aperture to take the picture. You can use the preset ring to choose a definite stop or set the preset ring at F/22 and stop down smoothly without any clicks between fully open and F/22.
Another plus is the compact size and superb build quality. The focus ring and the stop down ring are silky smooth on my two lenses, but the preset ring is a bit stiff on both.
By the way, the early version is the tiniest one with only 46 mm filter ring, whereas the late model preset has a 49 mm filterring like its later siblings (there is an error in the table above on this point - only the early model has 46 mm filter thread)). The early model has a special metal hood, whereas the late model preset use the same hoods as later F/3.5 models with 49mm thread.

On the negative side, the min. focus distance is only 200 cm on the early model and 180 cm on the late model.

Image quality is quite good on both models. They are pretty sharp even wide open without being critically sharp for portrait work. i.e. they give quite pleasing results. Action work is not their forte, but they are fine for portrait work, landscape, flowers and the like.

[On the Pentax Spotmatic F and later Spotmatics the S-M-C Takumars work best, as the Spotmatic F introduced open aperture metering with these lenses.]

Size comparison (from left): S-M-C Takumar 135mm F2.5, S-M-C Takumar 135mm F3.5, Takumar 135mm F3.5 (late model) and Takumar 135mm F3.5 (early model with its special hood).


K-5 portrait:


Crop:
   
Senior Member

Registered: March, 2010
Location: Texas
Posts: 195

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: February 11, 2015 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: N/A | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Lens Design, Image Quality, Build
Cons:

I have the version with the cocking lever. This lens seems to go under the radar a little bit and might deserve more attention since it obtains the smooth, beautiful image characteristics of the other lenses with 5 elements in 4 groups-Super Takumar 120 2.8/105 2.8/85 1.9 and the M85 2, and, the variant but similar M 100 2.8. It will get you surprisingly great results once you give it a chance. It is very sharp at all apertures and there is nothing to report in the way of problems image wise. It is as clean, free from ca as my 37AM and better than my 135 2.5 S-M-C Takumar. Mechanically it is a superior lens. Even though mine is in mint condition, the aperture ring is just a bit stiff, but it is a minor issue. Auto Taks tend to suffer from a little stiffness sometimes, but, still, they are mechanically sound lenses with a great build. I would prefer the lens to be a tad bit bigger. I've never cared for the slender design of some of the 135s. I'm sure many folks are opposite and would love the demure size of this one. As with all good lenses, when put to proper use, this lens is a winner.
   
Senior Member

Registered: June, 2012
Posts: 276

3 users found this helpful
Lens Review Date: August 25, 2013 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $25.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Cheap, sturdy, pre-set easy to use in Av mode
Cons: not for fast moving subjects
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 7    Bokeh: 9    Handling: 8    Value: 10    Camera Used: K5   

I have the chrome version and the condition was still great. Pre-set ring is a bit stiff but the aperture ring was smooth. Focus throw is very large which is very good for fine tuning but not useful for fast moving subjects (unless they are >15 m away).

Very sharp in my opinion. Coupled with Pentax DSLR in-body stabilisation system it is very easy to use, just preset aperture, focus, then close down and shoot. Unlike K or M lenses, the preset lenses are usable in Av mode because you can (have to) physically close down the aperture.

ISO 6400 image below seems sharp (no post-process). Slow moving animals are fine to shoot with.


This croc is shot at a relatively lower ISO 200 (there is a fence between me and the animal but was blurred out thanks to the focal length and relatively large aperture than cheap zooms,


DIfficult but not impossible to capture fast subject!



Overall this is lens I would recommend if you want to get used to the 135mm focal length before going for a more expensive modern lens.
   
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Registered: July, 2012
Posts: 890

5 users found this helpful
Lens Review Date: June 23, 2013 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $50.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Small size, preset controls, pre-SMC color rendition
Cons: None for its cost
Sharpness: 8    Aberrations: 8    Bokeh: 8    Handling: 10    Value: 10    Camera Used: K20D, K-01   

Mine is the all black version. Itís a very cute lens, and surprisingly small and light compared to later SMC Takumar 135s. With preset controls itís a joy to use if you enjoy manual lenses.

It's sharp enough for the vast majority of purposes - portraits, still life, street scenes etc. A good deep hood is not essential but helps to avoid flare and overly-light images; the original hood is shown in the photo below. I havenít noticed the lens being particularly prone to CA or purple fringing.

One notable reason to buy these pre super-multi-coated lenses is their color rendition. Thereís something special and different about images from early Takumar lenses up to and including early versions of the Super Takumars. A kind of cool glow that does not detract too much from sharpness; quite distinct from modern digital lenses. Just don't expect this lens to perform like a 100mm Macro!!

None of the Takumar 135mm 3.5s are expensive, and this version seems to suffer somewhat in IQ comparisons on-line to later SMC Takumar versions (not to mention the 135 2.5s or K/M series), which can make it even more cost effective to buy. Itís a 9 to me because itís so beautifully engineered and such great value. The bottom line is that if you put the effort into composing, focusing and metering etc., this lens will produce excellent images. And you really have to hold one to realise just how cute it is...







   
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Registered: December, 2012
Posts: 94
Lens Review Date: December 29, 2012 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: N/A | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Image, build quality and great feel
Cons:
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 8    Handling: 8    Value: 9   









Image quality filming
   
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Registered: January, 2012
Location: Norwich, Norfolk.
Posts: 3
Lens Review Date: December 16, 2012 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: N/A | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Compact. Simple to operate. Sharp. Build quality.
Cons: Lens is nearly 60 years old (but in better shape than me at 65). None.
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 10    Bokeh: 8    Handling: 7    Value: 10    Camera Used: K-r; K100D.   

Mine is the silver / black model. The lens was offered on EBay as damaged. The damage was a minor chip on the very edge of the front lens, I needed a magnifying glass to confirm it. It makes no difference whatsoever to the recorded image. I managed to win the auction with a bid of £10.60, a prime lens of this quality!

The lens is compact and extremely well built. I have and will, use this on the K-r and K100D, making it the equivalent of a 200mm telephoto. The image is sharp and without any CA, which will enable even further cropping, without too much degradation of the picture. The preset makes this lens simple to operate. The colours are good with have excellent contrast. The focus is long and it can be difficult to change focus points at speed.It is a pleasure to use, and has a real ďfeel-goodĒ factor (as with most of these vintage lens).
The only possible downside may be that it has to be operated in manual mode (but thatís a plus as far as I am concerned) and it needs an adaptor for the 42mm thread.

If you get a chance to obtain a copy you wonít be disappointed.
   
Pentaxian

Registered: September, 2010
Location: Colorado
Posts: 1,337

3 users found this helpful
Lens Review Date: February 12, 2012 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $20.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: TINY, Sharp, Preset, Bokeh, Build
Cons: None
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 9    Handling: 10    Value: 10    Camera Used: Pentax K-x   

I recently picked up the silver and black rendition of this lens. It is a very compact 135mm lens. The build quality is outstanding as well as the photos it takes. The lens is very sharp, and it handles bright conditions well (I don't have a hood for it),

I've only used the lens for a short time and it is fast becoming one of my favorites. I've only used it on landscapes so far, but I expect it will make an excellent portrait lens as well. Here are a few samples from this lens.


RMNP 4 Feb 2012 2 by Colorado CJ, on Flickr


RMNP 4 Feb 2012 1 by Colorado CJ, on Flickr


RMNP 4 Feb 2012 3 by Colorado CJ, on Flickr


RMNP 4 Feb 2012 5 by Colorado CJ, on Flickr
   
Senior Member

Registered: April, 2010
Location: Seattle
Posts: 153
Lens Review Date: August 29, 2010 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $80.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: small size, preset works well for aperture setting
Cons: needs a lens shade, contrast is somewhat light

This is an all black body second and newer version.

This is a wonderful lens and a lot of fun to work with. Great build as you would expect from a Takumar and the preset is nice to work with for setting the aperture.

Would easily purchase one of these earlier Takumar lenses.

   
Senior Member

Registered: December, 2009
Location: Kagoshima, Japan
Posts: 237

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: July 4, 2010 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $10.00 | Rating: 7 

 
Pros: small, light, portable, preset
Cons: N/A (refer to review)

Since there's no actual review of this lens, I'll post the first one.

Mine is the first (silver-black) version.

I bought the lens recently, but when I got it it was in a really bad mechanical shape. The lens reeks of oil and doesn't focus to infinity so I'm really inclined to say that the previous owner had some tampering with it. This is why I can't make a fully objective review of it. The lens had no cap nor a hood, so I don't know about them, but it came with a brown hard case as opposed to the black ones I have.

The optics are good, and great for portraiture. The filter ring is smaller than the normal at (i think) 43mm. This makes the lens a really small telephoto, having the mount cap just a little smaller than the diameter of the lens.

This little fellow is a lens I would carry everywhere if it wasn't because of it's mechanical damage, which is why I can't more than put a tentative 7 to it. If I get another copy (and I want one) I'll review the score.
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