Overview of Auto Takumar 55mm 1.8.

Auto Takumar 55mm 1.8 was produced by Asahi Optical Co. - the progenitor of Pentax optics. Takumaras are still renowned for their excellent picture and build quality.

TTX Asahi Optical Co. Auto-Takumar 55mm f / 1.8-16.0:
Optical design: 6 elements in 5 groups
Focal length: 55mm
Diaphragm: F1.8-F16
Number of aperture bladess: 6
The weight: 215

Auto-Takumar 55mm f1.8

Auto-Takumar 55mm f1.8

Asahi (Pentax) Auto-Takumar 55 mm f / 1.8 It is born a Japanese, was produced in the distant 1960s. Standard, high-speed very popular lens of those times under the Pentax system, due to the M42 thread, it could and can be used on most cameras. The Japanese make only high-quality equipment, which actually was confirmed when using Auto-Takumar.

Sample photo on the Takumar 55mm F1.8

Sample photo on the Takumar 55mm F1.8

There are a lot of Takumarov with parameters 55mm f / 1.8-16.0, from the first Takumar 1: 1.8 / 55mm 1958 to Auto-takumar (was in two versions) and Super takumar (was in two versions) and even before Super-Multi Coated Takumar. The last was the 1972 SMC Takumar. Lenses have the same optical design, but have different illumination and aperture controls. Here is a review Asahi Optical Co., SMC Takumar 1: 2/55 with a little less aperture.

Sample photo on the Takumar 55mm F1.8

Blur example on Takumar 55mm F1.8

The optical scheme of the lens of 6 elements in 5 groups is a classic solution for those times, and a simple one Nikon 50mm f1.8D uses also 6 elements in 5 groups, this scheme has not been changed since 1978. It so happened that at the time of writing the Takumar 55mm f / 1.8 review, a new Nikon 50mm f / 1.8 Gwhich already uses another optical design with aspherical elements.

Photo at Takumar 55mm 1.8

Photo at Takumar 55mm 1.8

The highlight of the lens is its yellow enlightenment, which is sometimes called "thorium enlightenment" and is credited with terrifying radioactivity. As well as thorium superheavy crowns (types of glass) that improve the picture. In fact, the Japanese should know something about radiation, and it is unlikely that they would produce dangerous lenses. But nevertheless, as folk craftsmen with dosimeters show, lenses decently light (emit radiation).

Photo at Takumar 55mm 1.8

Photo at Takumar 55mm 1.8

The lens is perfectly assembled., you feel a lot of weight for such sizes - glass and iron and nothing more. The lens has an M / A aperture control switch. Auto-Takumar 55mm f / 1.8-16.0 is ideal for use on both FX cameras and DX cameras. On cropped DXs, you need to consider the effect of narrowing the angle of view, which becomes about the same as for an 83mm lens on the FX. This allows you to use the lens as a portrait on DX cameras. Of course, a six-blade aperture is not very suitable for a portrait, but soft portraits can be made on a fully open one. To get round spots in the blur zone there is a wonderful Tair-11, all fifty dollars are usually depleted in the number of aperture blades.

Auto-Takumar 55mm f / 1.8-16.0 photo in backlight

Auto-Takumar 55mm f / 1.8-16.0 photo in backlight

How to use with modern cameras?

Lenses with mounting thread M42 (M42 X 1 / 45.5), such as the lens from this review, are very easy to use on almost any modern digital camera (both SLR and mirrorless), for this it is enough to choose the right adapter (adapter). You do not need to carry out any additional steps to modify the lens.

The cheapest adapters can be found aliexpress.com... There are adapters (adapters) with a chip that provide more convenience during shooting, usually chips are used to confirm focus and / or metering exposure, and form the correct EXIF. The chip does not affect the image quality in any way.

For some SLR cameras (for example, Nikon F) it is necessary to use adapters with a corrective lens, which allows correct focusing at all focusing distances. For any mirrorless camera, such a lens is not needed, and the adapter is a simple decorated hollow metal tube with an appropriate mount.

For SLR cameras

  1. CANON: For cameras Canon EOS with bayonet mount EF / EF-S need an M42-Canon EOS adapter, such an adapter with a chip can be found herewithout chip here.
  2. NIKON: For cameras Nikon DX / FXas well as for cameras Fujifilm и Kodak with a Nikon F mount, you need an M42-Nikon F adapter, you can buy such an adapter without a lens and a chip here, with a lens without a chip herewith chip without lens here, with lens and chip here. Why a lens? Why chip?
  3. PENTAX: For cameras Pentax with mount K you need an adapter M42-Pentax K, you can buy such an adapter here.
  4. SONY/MINOLTA: For cameras with a Sony / Minolta A mount, you need the M42-Sony A adapter, you can find such an adapter without a chip at this linkwith a chip at this link.
  5. OLYMPUS / PANASONIC / LEICA: For cameras with a 4/3 bayonet mount (not to be confused with Micro 4/3!) You need an M42-4 / 3 adapter, you can buy such an adapter here.

For mirrorless cameras

  1. SONY: For cameras with an 'E' series mount SonyNEX и Sony Alpha you need an adapter M42-Sony E (aka M42-Sony Nex), you can find it at this link. An autofocus adapter is also available for these cameras. Techart PRO Leica M - Sony E Autofocus Adapterwhich can be found at this link.
  2. OLYMPUS / PANASONIC / KODAK /  XIAOMI: For cameras with a Micro 4/3 bayonet mount (Micro 4: 3), you need the M42-Micro 4/3 adapter, you can find it at this link.
  3. CANON M: For cameras with a bayonet mount Canon EF-M need adapter M42-Canon M, it can be found at this link.
  4. CANON R: For cameras with a bayonet mount Canon r need adapter M42-Canon R, it can be found at this link.
  5. Nikon 1: For cameras Nikon 1 Series need adapter M42-Nikon 1, you can find it at this link.
  6. Nikon Z: For series cameras Nikon Z need adapter M42-Nikon Z, it can be found at this link.
  7. FUJIFILM X: For cameras with mount X need an M42-Fuji X adapter, you can find it at this link.
  8. FUJIFILM GFX: For medium format cameras G-mount need M42-Fuji GFX adapter, you can find it at this link.
  9. SAMSUNG: For cameras with NX mount need adapter M42-Samsung NX, you can find it at this link. For the camera Nx mini adapters do not exist yet.
  10. PENTAX: For cameras with Q mount need an adapter M42-Pentax Q, you can find it at this link.
  11. SIGMA / PANASONIC / LEICA: For cameras with L mount, you need the M42-Leica L adapter, you can find it at this link.
  12. LEICA: For cameras with a Leica M mount need adapter M42-L / M, you can find it at this link.

If you have any questions on compatibility and adapters - ask in the comments (comments do not require any registration at all).

Auto-Takumar 55mm f1.8 camera view

View of the Auto-Takumar 55mm f1.8 on the camera. I shoot on a radioactive Takumar

In contrast, it has new automated lenses, the Auto-Takumar 55 1.8 has all necessary values ​​and markings aperture, depth of field, distance to the focus object, the switch of the aperture setting method as it is supposed to be a good manual lens. Of course, in our time, it’s easier to take a couple of test shots than to measure the distance to the photographed object with a tape measure. When focusing, the entire lens block moves, you can forget about internal focusing.

View Auto-Takumar 55mm f1.8

View Auto-Takumar 55mm f1.8

The lens reproduces colors very well, it turns a little yellow. Bokeh is very plastic, smooth. At maximum aperture, sharpness is not very good, softit lens. Like any fifty-fifty (although it has a 55mm focal length) it gives good sharpness in the F5.6-F8 region. Starting with 2.8, the image becomes sharp. The lens has enlightenment, but it doesn’t hold lateral and backlight. HA even open-ended are perfectly acceptable.

Sample photo

Sample photo

 

Sample photos on Auto-Takumar 55mm f / 1.8-16.0. All photos were taken in RAW, conversion to JPEG at auto levels, reduced size, module imprinted EXIF. Photo, in fact, without processing.

All major versions of similar lenses Asahi Opt. Co., Takumar / Pentax:

1.2/50

  1. SMC PENTAX 1: 1.2 / 50 ASAHI OPT. CO., JAPAN (7/6, 20947, 1975-1984)
  2. SMC PENTAX-A 1: 1.2 50mm + black / silver 'SPECIAL' (7/6, 20987, 1984-2004)

1.4/50

  1. Super takumar 1: 1.4 / 50 Asahi Opt. Co., Lens made in Japan (8/6, 358, 1964-1966)
  2. Super takumar 1: 1.4 / 50 Asahi Opt. Co. Lens made in japan (7/6, 37800, 1965-1971)
  3. Super-Multi-Coated TAKUMAR 1: 1.4 / 50 ASAHI OPT. CO., JAPAN (7/6, 37902, 1971-1972)
  4. SMC TAKUMAR 1: 1.4 / 50 ASAHI OPT. CO., JAPAN (7/6, 37908, 1972-1975)
  5. SMC PENTAX 1: 1.4 / 50 ASAHI OPT. CO., JAPAN (7/6, 20847, 1975-1977)
  6. SMC PENTAX-M 1: 1.4 50mm ASAHI OPT. CO., JAPAN (7/6, 20867, 1977-1984)
  7. SMC PENTAX-A 1: 1.4 50mm (7/6, 20887, 1984-1989)
  8. SMC PENTAX-F 1: 1.4 50mm (7/6, 20827, 1987-1991)
  9. SMC PENTAX-FA 1: 1.4 50mm (7/6, 20817, 1991-2018[?])
  10. HD PENTAX-D FA * 1: 1.4 50mm SDM AW (15/9, 21260, 2018->)

1.4/55

  1. SMC PENTAX-DA * 1: 1.4 55mm SDM (-, 9/8, 21790, 2008->)

1.7/50

  1. SMC PENTAX-M 1: 1.7 50mm ASAHI OPT. CO., JAPAN (6/5, 20877, 1977-1984)
  2. SMC PENTAX-A 1: 1.7 50mm (6/5, 20897, 1984-1989)
  3. SMC PENTAX-F 1: 1.7 50mm (6/5, 20837, 1987-1991)
  4. SMC PENTAX-FA 1: 1.7 50mm (6/5, 20907, 1991-2004)

1.8/50

  1. SMC PENTAX-DA 1: 1.8 50mm (6/5, 22177, 2012->)

2/50

  1. SMC PENTAX-M 1:2 50mm ASAHI OPTICAL CO. (5/5, 20677, 1979-1985)
  2. SMC PENTAX-A 1: 2 50mm (5/5, 20697, 1985-1998)

1.8/55

  1. Auto-takumar 1: 1.8 / 55 ASAHI OPT. CO. Lens made in japan (6/5, 1958-1962)
  2. Super takumar 1: 1.8 / 55 Asahi Opt. Co. Lens made in japan (6/5, 37106, 1965-1971)
  3. Super-Multi-Coated TAKUMAR 1: 1.8 / 55 ASAHI OPT. CO., JAPAN (6/5, 37104, 1971-1972)
  4. SMC TAKUMAR 1: 1.8 / 55 ASAHI OPT. CO., JAPAN (6/5, 37108, 1972-1975)

2/55

  1. Auto-takumar 1: 2 f = 55mm Asahi Opt. Co., Japan (6/5, 34100, 1958-1959)
  2. Super takumar 1: 2 / 55 Asahi Opt. Co. Lens made in japan (6/5, 37103, 1962-1973)
  3. SMC TAKUMAR 1: 2 / 55 ASAHI OPT. CO., JAPAN (6/5, 37109, 1973-1975)

black-silver 2/58, 2.4/58, 1.9/55, 2.2/55:

  1. takumar 1: 2 f = 58mm (6/4, 1957-1958, M42)
  2. takumar 1: 2.4 f = 58mm (5/3, 1957-1958, M42)
  3. Auto-takumar 1: 1.9 f = 55mm (6/5, 1958-1959, M42)
  4. Auto-takumar 1:2.2/55 (6/5, 1961-1963, M42)

The names of the lenses in this list correspond exactly to the inscription with the lens name near the front lens (except for the serial number).

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Portrait on Auto-Takumar 55mm f / 1.8-16.0

Portrait on Auto-Takumar 55mm f / 1.8-16.0


Conclusion:

Auto-Takumar 55mm f / 1.8-16.0 is a good, suitable manual fifty-kopeck piece for slow photo experiments and photo creativity with excellent bokeh and color reproduction.

UPDATE: There was an overview of a later model - Super-Multi-Coated TAKUMAR 1: 1.8 / 55 ASAHI OPT. CO., JAPAN.

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Comments: 26, on the topic: Overview of Auto-Takumar 1: 1.8 / 55 ASAHI OPT. CO.

  • Hmm, our puzzle is now known) And I recognize the hand of the master))).

    I've been waiting for Takuma to appear on your camera for so long. I really liked not the intricate name, but the fault of Takuma - the Japanese scientist.

    I read your article and ... I'm surprised!

    If someone says that your Radozhiva is uninteresting now, I will bite))
    Although I do not like to read reviews, your article is interesting!

  • R'RёS,R ° F "RёR№

    Forgot to write? that on a diaphragm from 8 to 11, this Takumar tears a full-frame matrix.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      If it's not difficult, explain what exactly you mean by “tears a full-frame matrix”. I haven't used it on a full frame yet.

      • Nicholas

        It is likely that the resolution of the lens at these aperture values ​​exceeds the resolution of the matrix?

        By the way, what kind of Takumar do you recommend? What else have you encountered? As far as I remember, they were released under the same name and with the K mount?

        • Arkady Shapoval

          No, the resolution, even on covered ones, does not tear 12mp. Those that tried everything are very similar to this one in the review, they are just alterations and completions of each other. You need to look at the current instance. I don’t know about the K mount, I’ve only met the M42, maybe they’re coming under K.

        • Ivan

          so far, my only takumar is the SMC Takumar 28 / 3.5, sharp, small, cheap (I got it from a baby for 2,5 kilo rubles), it turns a little red, but otherwise - an extremely pleasant lens

  • Nicholas

    Have you ever performed the Takumar vs Rokkor test? Now I was just puzzled by the choice of fifty dollars. The types of bayonets do not matter much - to sharpen one line under the sigma tail or to fence adapters. I’m thinking, who to try? I consider Planar and Summicron, but the toad is choking. OKS 50 mm may not fit. An autofocus sigma lens is a good lens, but for this money I'd rather take a manual zeiss. Zenitar-M 50 \ 1,7? Takumar? Rokkor? In general, I want a combination of high aperture ratio with high resolution. What would you suggest?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      In Takumara, I did not notice super resolution-sharpness. Rokkor just did not come across. Zenitar-M 50 \ 1,7 is not bad or already collect on Summicron so that there is moral satisfaction that half a cent is what you need. As for the comparative test, there is simply no time and material to review.

  • Nicholas

    Well, I shoot everything that I shoot, including the optics from the tank sight; so the inscription “summikron” will not warm the soul. Just a fifty-kopeck piece on a crop is not the most needed lens; so I don’t want to invest significantly in it. But if you really invest, then Summicron or Planar?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Both are good, but did not hold in their hands, I can not help with advice.

  • Alexander

    Dear Arkady! I purchased Tacumar SMC 55 1: 1,8 tested - the results and conclusions are similar to yours. In my LJ I give a link to your site.
    If interested - write to the mail.

  • Paul

    Hello Arkady! I'm tormented by the choice. SMC Takumar 50 1.4 or EBC Fujinon 50 1.4. I consider Pancolar 1.8 too. What do you advise?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      If you wrote tasks for which a lens is selected, perhaps I could be of some help.

  • Paul

    Arkady, I choose a staffer from these 3 lenses

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Fujinon is very interesting

  • Paul

    Thanks! For himself, he also singled out. The truth is expensive and it is necessary to search.

  • Lev Nikolaevich

    So did anyone put at least a radiometer-dosimeter such as "Radex", "Ecolog" and others "MKS" and "RDG" on the front and rear Super Multi Coated Tokumar 1,8 / 55 lenses?

    • Ruslan Bond

      I have 1,34 2 cm from the back and 0,27 from the front, 0,48 from the side)

  • Zmitser

    The picture resembles my copy of Jupiter-9
    Thanks to Arkady, otherwise I was going to buy a subject, and here you have examples of photos.

  • Alex

    Recently acquired such only the MS version. I also have Helios 44m4 and MC Industar 50 / 2,8. Only Industar can compete with Takumar. The only drawback of Takumara is slightly catches hares in the open with hard backlight. But the contrast is better than industrial. What else do I like about this lens? Convenient Man / Auto switch, compactness and lightness (About 200 grams) and of course boke! Let me remind you again that I wrote about the multi-enlightenment version. If possible, take it only with the MS, then get real pleasure from shooting with this lens!

  • Sergei

    1.4 / 50 mm is still preferable)))

  • Maksim

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  • Maksim

    I will sell the Super-Takumar 55 mm f / 1,8 lens http://fotoselling.ru/products/19198322
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  • Alexey

    Hello Arkady, tell me please Takumar on nikon through an ordinary adapter shoots at infinity?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Doesn't take off.

  • Paul

    You are probably not very lucky with the instance. I never cover the diaphragm on my lens, because it’s sharp, there are almost no open XA (you can rarely find a light green border, but you need to look for it), and yes, I like the boke.
    PS Recently I got a trophy photo set from a Takumar car. Everyone gives a magic picture. What a shame for the Soviet photographic equipment ...

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