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

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100% of reviewers $45.00 7.33
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: April, 2009
Location: Madrid, Spain
Posts: 10,496
Review Date: May 13, 2022 Recommended | Price: $30.00 | Rating: 5 

Pros: Compact, cheap
Cons: Not super-sharp, low contrast, very limited range
Sharpness: 5    Aberrations: 7    Bokeh: 5    Handling: 5    Value: 5    Camera Used: K-3    Focusing: 7   

I owned one of these for a while until I got the superior SMC version. I didn't use it much because it didn't usually produce very good photos and on APS-C the focal range is not that useful. I suspect my copy front or back focused a bit so I used live-view but even then the images tended to be dull, lacklustre.

I'd recommend waiting a bit more or spending a bit more to get the SMC version, which I now own and, though I haven't used it much yet, is sharper with much better contrast.

A couple of sample images.

by Jonathan MacDonald, on Flickr

by Jonathan MacDonald, on Flickr
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Registered: November, 2013
Posts: 14
Review Date: November 11, 2018 Recommended | Price: $75.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: excellent performer for this few money / bon copain pour peu d'argent
Cons: few CA's wide open and closed in the corners with APS-C
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 8    Bokeh: 8    Handling: 9    Value: 10    Camera Used: K-5, k-s1, k-x, k200d, Ricoh x-rp, Fuji x.e1 , x-t100    Focusing: 9   

++ phantastic close ups (flowers) - even with achromatic macro lens element or small extension tube / fleurs magnifiques - aussi avec lentille macro achromatique ou petite bague d'extension

++ very nice results with excellent center sharpness between f 6,3 and f 13 / résultats formidables avec un piqué extraordinair entre f 6,3 et f 13

++ very good color rendition and few flare / couleurs excellentes et peu de flou

+ fine bokeh / bokeh agréable

+ good contrast / bon contraste

O unfortunately some CAs in the extreme corners (visible on big magnifications) / malheureusement quelques aberrations chromatiques dans les coins extrèmes (visibles à extrèmes agrandissments)

8.5 points (for portraits landscapes, macro photos a.s.o./ 8,5 points (pour portaits, paysages, macro photos etc.)

Registered: January, 2012
Location: Tokyo
Posts: 2,751
Review Date: March 30, 2016 Recommended | 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 didn’t 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 haven’t 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 don’t doubt there is a difference in the coating, but it just doesn’t 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).

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

It’s 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 it’s 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 it’s pretty solidly made inside. It focuses very quickly and accurately, but it’s the noisiest lens I’ve 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. There’s a bit of CA, but I’ve 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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