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Takumar-F 35-70mm F3.5-4.5

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Takumar-F 35-70mm F3.5-4.5

Takumar-F 35-70mm F3.5-4.5
Takumar-F 35-70mm F3.5-4.5

The Takumar-F 35-70mm is a 2x zoom lens similar to the SMC Pentax-F 35-70mm, though it lacks the SMC coating.

Takumar-F 35-70mm F3.5-4.5
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Image Format
Full-frame / 35mm film
Lens Mount
Pentax K
Aperture Ring
Yes (A setting)
Automatic, 6 blades
8 elements, 8 groups
Mount Variant
Check camera compatibility
Max. Aperture
Min. Aperture
AF (screwdrive)
Min. Focus
32 cm
Max. Magnification
Filter Size
49 mm
Internal Focus
Field of View (Diag. / Horiz.)

APS-C: 45-23 ° / 38-19 °
Full frame: 63-34 ° / 54-29 °
RH-RA 49mm
Lens Cap
Plastic clip-on
Weather Sealing
Other Features
Diam x Length
67 x 50 mm (2.6 x 2 in.)
235 g (8.3 oz.)
Production Years
1987 (start of production)
Engraved Name
TAKUMAR-F ZOOM 1:3.5-4.5 35-70mm
User reviews
No SMC coating
Screwdrive AutofocusAperture RingAutomatic ApertureFull-Frame SupportDiscontinued
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Registered: November, 2013
Posts: 8
Lens Review Date: November 11, 2018 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $75.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: excellent performer
Cons: few CA's wide open
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 8    Bokeh: 10    Handling: 10    Value: 10    Camera Used: k-s1, k-x, k200d    Focusing: 9   

phantastic close ups (flowers)

very nice results at f 8

a sharp pentax lens of old contruction

ps. excellent bokeh

Registered: January, 2012
Location: Tokyo
Posts: 1,862
Lens Review Date: March 30, 2016 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $30.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: Small, good IQ, value, useful macro function
Cons: Poor focus ring, limited range, front element rotates
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 7    Bokeh: 7    Handling: 8    Value: 10    Camera Used: K-20D, K-01   

I have both the Takumar-F version of this lens, which I got first and seems to be more readily available in Japan, and the SMC version. I didnít realise there were two versions at first. I liked the Takumar-F version, so when I found out that there was a supposedly superior SMC version, I got that too. I havenít been able to detect any real-world differences between the two lenses, even when testing them side by side. The reflections on the surface of the front element look different, so I donít doubt there is a difference in the coating, but it just doesnít seem to affect image quality much. This picture shows the differences in markings between the two lenses (Takumar-F on the left, SMC Pentax on the right).

Iíve used this with a K20D and a K-01, and all comments relate to my experiences on APS-C cameras.

Itís a very interesting lens. The zoom range may seem to be limiting, but it's actually very good for pictures of people at outdoor events. I often carry this lens in a very compact kit with a K-01 and a DA21 for any wide-angle shots. It also has a macro function, so it's pretty versatile overall.

It's remarkably small and unobtrusive, no bulkier than a prime, but itís fairly weighty (more than a 18-55 kit lens). The 49mm thread means that it can share filters with the DA limiteds lenses, but note that the front element rotates, so C-PL filters are a pain. The surface plastic feels cheap to the touch, especially the focus ring, but I think itís pretty solidly made inside. It focuses very quickly and accurately, but itís the noisiest lens Iíve tried in operation.

In terms of image quality, it's surprisingly sharp stopped down a little. Bokeh is usually nice enough and you can get some decent separation between subject and background at 70mm for portraits. Thereís a bit of CA, but Iíve seen worse on FA lenses. Flare can affect shots quite badly. I find the screw-on hood for the DA40 works very well with this lens.
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