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

Sharpness 
 9.0
Aberrations 
 7.0
Bokeh 
 7.0
Handling 
 8.0
Value 
 10.0
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Takumar-F 35-70mm F3.5-4.5

Takumar-F 35-70mm F3.5-4.5
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Takumar-F 35-70mm F3.5-4.5
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Description:
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
Image Format
Full-frame / 35mm film
Lens Mount
Pentax K
Aperture Ring
Yes (A setting)
Diaphragm
Automatic, 6 blades
Optics
8 elements, 8 groups
Mount Variant
KAF
Max. Aperture
F3.5-4.5
Min. Aperture
F22-32
Focusing
AF (screwdrive)
Quick-shift
No
Min. Focus
32 cm
Max. Magnification
0.25x
Filter Size
49 mm
Internal Focus
No
Field of View (Diag. / Horiz.)

APS-C: 45-23 ° / 38-19 °
Full frame: 63-34 ° / 54-29 °
Hood
RH-RA 49mm
Case
S70-70
Lens Cap
Plastic clip-on
Coating
Weather Sealing
No
Other Features
Diam x Length
67 x 50 mm (2.6 x 2 in.)
Weight
235 g (8.3 oz.)
Production Years
1987 (start of production)
Engraved Name
TAKUMAR-F ZOOM 1:3.5-4.5 35-70mm
Notes
No SMC coating
Features:
Screwdrive AutofocusAperture RingAutomatic ApertureFull-Frame SupportDiscontinued



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Registered: January, 2012
Location: Tokyo
Posts: 1,212
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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