Review Asahi Opt. Co. Super-Takumar 1: 1.9 / 85

For the opportunity Asahi Opt Lens Review. Co. Super-Takumar 1: 1.9 / 85 many thanks to Mikhail Medvedev, as well as the store FOCUSFILM (subscribe to INSTAGRAM).

Asahi Opt. Co. Super-Takumar 1: 1.9 / 85

Asahi Opt. Co. Super-Takumar 1: 1.9 / 85

TTX Asahi Opt. Co. Super-Takumar 1: 1.9 / 85
Focal length: 85mm
Diaphragm: F / 1.9-f / 16.0
Number of aperture blades: 6 pieces
Optical scheme elements \ groups: 5 \ 4
MDF: 85sm
The weight: 340
Landing thread: M42
Front Filter Diameter: 58mm

Super-Takumar 1: 1.9 / 85 - a kind of legend, the lens has good optical properties and a good "indestructible" design. Super-Takumar 1: 1.9 / 8 has two more similar brothers, this Asahi Opt. Co., Auto-Takumar 1: 1.8 / 85 и Asahi Opt. Co., Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 1: 1.8 / 85 and older version Asahi Opt. Co. Super-Takumar 1: 1.9 / 85. The difference in aperture between F / 1.8 F / 1.9 is 1.11 times.

Asahi Opt. Co. Super-Takumar 1: 1.9 / 85

Asahi Opt. Co. Super-Takumar 1: 1.9 / 85

The first thing you notice is the yellowness of the front lens. The lens has only a single layer conventional enlightenmentunlike his brother Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 1: 1.8 / 85. The lens copes poorly with side and back light, sometimes it catches “hares” and at the same time gives good contrast in other conditions.

Asahi Opt. Co. Super-Takumar 1: 1.9 / 85

Asahi Opt. Co. Super-Takumar 1: 1.9 / 85

Focusing on the lens is very smooth, the focus ring rotates 270 degrees. When focusing, all lenses in the lens barrel move. The minimum focusing distance is 85 cm, almost the same as in Jupiter-9 1: 2/85. The depth of field scale is indicated only for f / 4, 8, 16 apertures.

Asahi Opt. Co. Super-Takumar 1: 1.9 / 85

Asahi Opt. Co. Super-Takumar 1: 1.9 / 85

The lens has an excellent combination of aperture and focal length. 85mm is a real portrait lens. If you are chasing aperture, then F / 1.9 in this Super-Takumar 1: 1.9 / 85 is only 1.84 times smaller than in class 85 \ 1.4 lenses. But, in comparison with 85 \ 1.4 lenses, Super-Takumar 1: 1.9 / 85 has very compact sizes, for example, it is no more than fifty dollars Nikon 50mm f / 1.4G AF-S Nikkor, by the way, the diameter of the front filter is exactly the same - 58mm. The lens has diaphragm operation mode switch M \ A, which simplifies its work with modern central control valves, since there is no need to block the mechanism of the diaphragm.

Asahi Opt. Co. Super-Takumar 1: 1.9 / 85

Asahi Opt. Co. Super-Takumar 1: 1.9 / 85

The lens came with metal hood, which is screwed into the thread of the front filter. The lens was discontinued before I was born, but even after decades it continues to work and please with its work.

Asahi Opt. Co. Super-Takumar 1: 1.9 / 85

Asahi Opt. Co. Super-Takumar 1: 1.9 / 85

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 at 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, with the Nikon F-mount), you need to use adapters with a corrective lens, which allows you to focus correctly at all focusing distances. For any mirrorless cameras, 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 Pentax cameras with K mount, you need an M42-Pentax K adapter, 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 'E'/'FE' mount series 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 bayonet mount Micro 4/3 (Micro 4:3) you need an adapter M42-Micro 4/3, you can find it at this link.
  3. CANON M: For cameras with Canon EF-M mount need adapter M42-Canon M, it can be found at this link.
  4. CANON R and RF-S: For cameras with Canon RF mount 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 cameras Nikon Z series (FX/DX) need an 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, you need an M42-Samsung NX adapter, you can find it at this link. There are no adapters for the NX mini camera yet.
  10. PENTAX: For Q-mount cameras, you need an M42-Pentax Q adapter, you can find it at this link.
  11. SIGMA / PANASONIC / LEICA: For cameras with L mount you need an M42-Leica L adapter, you can find it at this link.
  12. LEICA: For cameras with a bayonet mount Leica M 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).

Asahi Opt. Co. Super-Takumar 1: 1.9 / 85

Asahi Opt. Co. Super-Takumar 1: 1.9 / 85

Few people know, but Asahi Opt. Co. Super-Takumar 1.9 / 85 is actually a lens Pentax... Pentax has a lot of very good new and old optics. Roughly speaking, Asahi Opt. Co. and Pentax are the same thing. True, to put Super-Takumar on Pentax, you also need to use an adapter М42 - Pentax (adapter М42 to K bayonet)

Asahi Opt. Co. Super-Takumar 1: 1.9 / 85

Asahi Opt. Co. Super-Takumar 1: 1.9 / 85

Image quality

The lens showed excellent image quality. Moderately sharp, contrasting, however, leading the picture into cold shades.

Asahi Opt. Co. Super-Takumar 1: 1.9 / 85

Asahi Opt. Co. Super-Takumar 1: 1.9 / 85

Personal impressions

An excellent portrait lens without further ado. I really love 85mm fixes. Asahi Opt. Co. Super-Takumar 1: 1.9 / 85 you just need to take and shoot.

Asahi Opt. Co. Super-Takumar 1: 1.9 / 85

Asahi Opt. Co. Super-Takumar 1: 1.9 / 85

Sample Photos

RAW original photos ('.CR2' from Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II) can be download / watch this link. A few photos with little editing here.

Asahi Opt. Co. Super-Takumar 1: 1.9 / 85

Asahi Opt. Co. Super-Takumar 1: 1.9 / 85


Asahi Opt. Co. Super takumar 1: 1.9 / 85 - good a true portrait lens with the characteristic features of a portrait lens - long focal length and aperture, and most importantly - a pleasant pattern. Recommend.

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Comments: 23, on the topic: Asahi Opt review. Co. Super-Takumar 1: 1.9 / 85

  • Eugene

    Very good review, thanks, great site, I like to come here, and the girl is beautiful))))

  • Andrei

    Great review! Thanks again - the best site where you can find everything !!!!!

  • Aleisey

    great review. I liked the lens design! thanks!

  • Alexander

    Post reviews on “Non-autofocus lenses on Sony NEX” ( ), although there are nexes, they are always happy to review old manual optics.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Provide me with Sony Nex and review on Sony Nex. Note that now there is an opportunity to make reviews on a full frame, which can show all the “beauty of the lens”. Sony Nex has not yet acquired full-size sensors. Also, I plan to buy a Sony Nex 5 for myself in order to test rangefinder optics and M42 with infinity (so as not to buy Pentax, Canon also for M42). In general, it would be great if someone threw in a cheap used one.

  • Arseny

    I will support the previous comment, your reviews aren’t enough on the super popular forum for sony nex systems

  • Akio

    Of course it draws beautifully, but the price is somewhat frightening ...
    Is Jupiter 9 much inferior to this glass?
    As I myself see, the sharpness here is open with excellent :)

  • pokropi

    Arkady, good day. I would like to express special gratitude for your reviews on optics and the site as a whole. When choosing manual optics, mm85 opted for this particular lens, the price and radioactivity, in principle, do not scare, taking into account the picture being drawn. But after a detailed examination of the lens construct, a worm of doubt "got in", in particular, a small white pin on the mount. And we have a question for you. Is this pin getting in the way when this lens is attached to the Nikon B7000? And if it gets in the way, what did you do with it?

  • Michael

    Selling in excellent condition.
    Who cares, write:
    The lens is really beautiful and very rare, so I can’t sell it cheaply.

  • Andrei

    Please review the Fuji X-E2. Fuji turned out to be a very interesting camera

  • Passed by .......

    What makes it especially exciting is that people don't even walk around on really standing legendary lenses like this one. 10 comments from the 12th year))). Awareness and photographic knowledge of people does inspire certain hopes like ... ..

    • Andrei

      As comrade Chubais used to say about his previous wife (before Dunya): "Yes, I have a beautiful wife, but this is not a reason to show her to everyone." I have an SMC 85 \ 1.8 - the best lens I've ever shot. But then people and the price of 1.9 scares away ...

      • Good M

        Well, like, I would not say that boots 1.2 and 1.4 take off worse and af prevent them from living, but among the Takumar variety, yes, certainly 1.8 and 1.9 are not bad. Jupiters are simply in a bucket in bulk at once of all modifications. Nicorra, boots of fd fd and so on is a separate topic for conversation.
        I can’t support what's right on ah. All the same, a hole for the deuce. But not bad either. Such are the things.

        • Andrey T.

          I would treat 1.2 and 1.4 Canon separately. 1.2 is an excellent lens and the choice between it and the Takumar 1.8 is purely a matter of taste (if we take the cost out of brackets). Canon has a more average "European" picture, Takumara has a more "Japanese" picture. The second is more in line with my tastes; I don't hold a single European at focal lengths longer than 75 (and shorter than 35). But with 1.4 the situation is more complicated. In my opinion, in the picture it looks like 50 \ 1.4 USM too much, which is not good for a focal 85 mm.

  • reader

    SMC 85 \ 1.8 is much more expensive than this in the review. also available in the garage. fundamentally avoid optics with gluing in the lenses.

    • B. R. P.

      Do not store in the garage)

      • reader

        Oh! my "garage" is unconventional, in a closet. there I have an optics park.

  • reader

    as far as I read on the Internet, Takumara’s fonty fifty fifty and 85 1.8, and 1.9 like not.

  • York

    That's where the MDF is, after all, not 85mm, but 85cm.
    And so - as usual, a good overview, excellent glass. As for me, it is somewhat bland when open, but in fact the picture is light and airy.

  • Vitali

    Dear A.Sh., a review of a portrait without portraits ……. ???? Full-length portraits can be shot with anything, tree trunks all the more

    • Archie

      Fiercely plus.

    • Michael

      And you can also shoot portraits with anything you like

      • Novel

        It depends on whose.

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