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Tele-Takumar/Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 400mm F5.6

Sharpness 
 8.0
Aberrations 
 6.5
Bokeh 
 7.5
Handling 
 8.5
Value 
 8.5
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Tele-Takumar/Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 400mm F5.6

Tele-Takumar/Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 400mm F5.6
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Tele-Takumar/Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 400mm F5.6
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Description:
The Takumar 400mm extreme-telephoto lens came in two variants, both featuring a built-in hood, tripod collar and manual aperture. The photo shows the later variant.

Tele-Takumar 400mm F5.6
Image Format
Full-frame / 35mm film
Lens Mount
M42
Aperture Ring
Yes
Diaphragm
Manual
Optics
5 elements, 5 groups
Mount Variant
M42 Plain
Max. Aperture
F5.6
Min. Aperture
F45
Focusing
Manual
Min. Focus
800 cm
Max. Magnification
0.06x
Filter Size
77 mm
Internal Focus
No
Field of View (Diag. / Horiz.)

APS-C: 4.1 ° / 3.4 °
Full frame: 6.2 ° / 5.2 °
Hood
Built-in, slide out
Case
Lens Cap
Coating
Weather Sealing
No
Other Features
Tripod Mount
Diam x Length
85 x 275 mm
Weight
1300 g
Production Years
1965 to 1971
Engraved Name
Tele-Takumar 1:5.6/400
Product Code
370, 43700
Notes
Tripod mount cannot be removed
Variants

1: Tele Takumar 400mm F5.6 (this lens)
2: Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 400mm F5.6



Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 400mm F5.6
Image Format
Full-frame / 35mm film
Lens Mount
M42
Aperture Ring
Yes
Diaphragm
Manual, 10 blades
Optics
5 elements, 5 groups
Mount Variant
M42 Plain
Max. Aperture
F5.6
Min. Aperture
F45
Focusing
Manual
Min. Focus
800 cm
Max. Magnification
0.06x
Filter Size
77 mm
Internal Focus
No
Field of View (Diag. / Horiz.)

APS-C: 4.1 ° / 3.4 °
Full frame: 6.2 ° / 5.2 °
Hood
Built-in, slide out
Case
Lens Cap
Coating
SMC
Weather Sealing
No
Other Features
Tripod Mount
Diam x Length
85 x 275 mm
Weight
1300 g
Production Years
1971 (start of production)
Engraved Name
Super-Multi-Coated TAKUMAR 1:5.6/400
Product Code
43701
Notes
Tripod mount cannot be removed
Variants
1: Tele Takumar 400mm F5.6
2: Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 400mm F5.6 (this lens)
Features:
Manual FocusAperture RingFull-Frame SupportAdapter needed for DSLRsDiscontinued
Price History:



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Senior Member

Registered: November, 2012
Posts: 159
Lens Review Date: January 4, 2014 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $150.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Metal Build, Smooth Focus, SMC Ver has F45 and coating blocks glare, Sharp at F11, Easy to Focus w Focus Peaking, Excellent for HD Video, Price
Cons: As most lenses, not sharp at wide open with some purple fringing
Sharpness: 8    Aberrations: 7    Bokeh: 8    Handling: 10    Value: 10    Camera Used: K-01 and K3   

Not as sharp as one would hope but good enough to see details. Colors are not as contrasty as other Taks but decent and not faded but true. SMC version helps with glare and colors. Handling is smooth. Build is metal and tank like. I think this is a great starter lens that can take very nice pics at F11+. Would still recommend for the price. Next step, lens with more sharpness and autofocus.

edit: last month in July 2014 I spent every day using this lens. I took some wonderful photos on many days and found this lens to be a keeper until I can afford an upgrade. I need to update that at F8, the lens is sharp I found. The chromatic aberration is something I didnt touch upon enough but there is quite a bit. I've kept the sharpness in the review an 8. I've lowered the aberrations to 7, I want to increase the bokeh to an 8.5 because F8 is plenty sharp with bokeh I didn't find before. I increased the handling to a 10 because it's smooth and as easy as it will get for a manual lens. I've also increased the value to a 10. There is nothing better IMO for the price. Here is the album. https://flic.kr/s/aHsjZhjLXQ
   
Senior Member

Registered: April, 2010
Location: New Mexico
Posts: 179
Lens Review Date: June 6, 2011 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $210.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Nice Focus throw, built strong!
Cons: CA,

This is a great lens. Has CA wide open, But not very noticeable after f8, I'll try to post some photos up. Everyphoto I take is with takumars so check out my photography site.
   
Senior Member

Registered: November, 2009
Location: Slovenija
Posts: 145
Lens Review Date: August 30, 2010 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $210.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: sharp, can be used witout tripod, lens hood
Cons: min. fokus distance

Lens is despite 35-40 years of age very usefull. Very sharp at f8-11. CA is well controlled. It has usefull lens hood. For the price that I paid very good lens
   
Pentaxian

Registered: April, 2008
Location: Central Ohio (formerly SF Bay Area)
Posts: 1,468
Lens Review Date: February 12, 2009 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $175.00 | Rating: 7 

 
Pros: build quality, reasonably sharp
Cons: heavy, colors a bit flat, not easy to focus

Mine is the Tele Takumar version (non-SMC).

This is a pretty nice lens, though as the others have said, heavy. It's reasonably sharp for an old lens, especially when stopped down.

It has the usual Takumar high build quality, and the controls are satisfying to operate. The aperture ring is fully manual -- no auto/manual switch as with the smaller Takumars, and no dual-ring preset mechanism. If you want to focus wide-open and snap stopped down, you'll need to count clicks on the ring.

You'll see some CA from time to time in high-contrast scenes, particularly at wide-open apertures (wide-open is relative with this thing, only reaching f/5.6). But it's not bad.

I find I need to punch-up the colors a little more with this lens than I do with others -- it's an easy problem to solve. It's not that the contrast is bad, it's just lacking saturation for whatever reason. The older non-SMC coating, perhaps?

For the extreme-tele-lens seeker on a budget, I'd say this is a very good choice.
   
Veteran Member

Registered: May, 2007
Location: Toronto
Posts: 1,418
Lens Review Date: January 15, 2009 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: N/A | Rating: 7 

 
Pros: cheap telephoto lens, sharp, well built, built-in lens hood
Cons: CA, min focus 8m, weight
Sharpness: 8    Aberrations: 6    Bokeh: 7    Handling: 7    Value: 7   

I got this lens in the winter time, so my first test for it is to go out to a park and hunt some birds. With the snow and long grass, CA shows in most of the pic. Not that they are hard to remove with PP tho.

As you should already know, it is a fully manual lens. Only M mode will let you set the shutter speed, and you do need to go in and change ISO from time to time depends on your situation. Or you can shoot with other mode, where camera choose the shutter speed and ISO while you turn the aperture ring on the lens which is quite handy.

see:
https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/post-your-photos/46715-early-morning-birds.html

I would recommend this lens if you are low in $ and want a telephoto lens for the range.
   
New Member

Registered: May, 2007
Location: Waterloo, Ontario (Canada)
Posts: 10
Lens Review Date: December 27, 2008 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $200.00 | Rating: 7 

 
Pros: Sharp.
Cons: Heavy, f/5.6, min focus distance 8m.

If you are looking for an extreme telephoto lens, and don't mind a max aperture of 1/5.6, then this lens might be a good option for you.

Pros:
1. Sharp.
2. Built-in extendable lens hood.
3. Built-in tripod mount (you'll need it).
4. Doubles as a big stick, in case someone tries to take your Limited lenses.

Cons:
1. Heavy. It weighs more than a newborn infant, but doesn't cost as much.
2. Long focussing throw ring; not recommended for speedy action or tracking shots.
3. Max aperture of f/5.6. This beast needs a lot of light.
4. Closest focus distance is 8 meters!


Overall: For the money this is a great lens if you need something in the 400mm range. However, you might want to consider the Pentax-A version instead since its closest focussing distance is 5m closer.
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