Review of Super-Multi-Coated TAKUMAR 1: 1.8/55 ASAHI OPT. CO., JAPAN

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Super-Multi-Coated TAKUMAR 1: 1.8 / 55 ASAHI OPT. CO., JAPAN

Super-Multi-Coated TAKUMAR 1: 1.8 / 55 ASAHI OPT. CO., JAPAN. Lens shown on a film SLR camera Nikon EL2. Enlarge Image.

In short

Super-Multi-Coated TAKUMAR 1: 1.8 / 55 is a good manual fifty dollars. There is a whole family of these lenses with approximately 8 basic models. I already had an older version on my review - Auto-Takumar 1: 1.8 / 55 ASAHI OPT. CO... Personally, I am a great connoisseur and lover of old Pentax optics (aka ASAHI OPT. CO.), After working with which there are always pleasant emotions.

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).

Main specifications of ASAHI OPT. CO., JAPAN Super-Multi-Coated TAKUMAR 1: 1.8 / 55:

Review Instance Name ASAHI OPT. CO., JAPAN Super-Multi-Coated TAKUMAR 1: 1.8 / 55 5606503
Basic properties
  • M42x1 / 45.5 - common landing thread 'M42'.
  • manual focus only.
  • aperture control ringas well as semi-automatic iris control using the ring aperture and pusher aperture cameras that have it.
  • MAN/AUTO - aperture control mode switch
  • Super-multi-coated - multilayer enlightenment of optics.
  • The lens is suitable for full-format cameras.
  • metal casecompact size
Front Filter Diameter 49 mm, metal thread for filters.
Focal length 55 mm, EGF for APS-C 1.6X cameras is 88mm, EGF for APS-H 1.3X cameras is 71.5mm.
Zoom ratio 1 X (this is a fixed lens, it does not have a zoom).
Designed by for film cameras with a frame size of 24 x 36
Number of aperture blades 6 petals. At an intermediate value between F / 1.8 and F / 2.8, the diaphragm blades form an opening with small notches.
Tags focus distance scale in meters and feet. IPIG scale for F / 4, 8, 11, 16. Label for working in the infrared spectrum.
Diaphragm from f / 1.8 to f / 16. The lens has an aperture control ring. On the ring there are labels for F / 1.8, 2.8, 4, 5.6, 8, 11. You can set one additional value between each pair of numbers. The aperture ring has a MAN./AUTO switch (automatic aperture only works on the respective cameras).
MDF 0.45 m, maximum magnification ratio 1: 10.
The weight 240 g (approximately)
Optical design 6 elements in 5 groups.

Takumar 55 1.8 optical scheme

The lens does not use special optical elements in its optical design. The same optical design is used by earlier Takumar 55 / 1.8 lenses.

Lens hood Threaded, screwed into the front filter thread
Manufacturer country LENS MADE IN JAPAN (lens made in Japan).
Period From 1971, in 1972, the SMC TAKUMAR 1: 1.8 / 55 model was replaced with a similar model
Price About 50 USD for used option. Prices for modern Pentax lenses can be see here.

Super-Multi-Coated TAKUMAR 1: 1.8 / 55 is well assembled. The focus ring has no rubberized inserts, rotates approximately 270 degrees. The ring stroke is very smooth, oily, pleasant. During focusing, the front retractable body does not rotate. Focusing occurs by moving the entire lens block.

Super-Multi-Coated TAKUMAR 1: 1.8 / 55 ASAHI OPT. CO., JAPAN

Super-Multi-Coated TAKUMAR 1: 1.8 / 55 ASAHI OPT. CO., JAPAN

Super-Multi-Coated TAKUMAR 1: 1.8 / 55 ASAHI OPT. CO., JAPAN

Super-Multi-Coated TAKUMAR 1: 1.8 / 55 ASAHI OPT. CO., JAPAN

Super-Multi-Coated TAKUMAR 1: 1.8 / 55 ASAHI OPT. CO., JAPAN

Super-Multi-Coated TAKUMAR 1: 1.8 / 55 ASAHI OPT. CO., JAPAN

Super-Multi-Coated TAKUMAR 1: 1.8 / 55 ASAHI OPT. CO., JAPAN

TAKUMAR 1: 1.8 / 55 ASAHI OPT Super-Multi-Coated Lens Aperture Control Switch CO., JAPAN

Super-Multi-Coated TAKUMAR 1: 1.8 / 55 ASAHI OPT. CO., JAPAN

Super-Multi-Coated TAKUMAR 1: 1.8 / 55 ASAHI OPT. CO., JAPAN

Super-Multi-Coated TAKUMAR 1: 1.8 / 55 ASAHI OPT. CO., JAPAN

Super-Multi-Coated TAKUMAR 1: 1.8 / 55 ASAHI OPT. CO., JAPAN

Super-Multi-Coated TAKUMAR 1: 1.8 / 55 ASAHI OPT. CO., JAPAN

Super-Multi-Coated TAKUMAR 1: 1.8 / 55 ASAHI OPT. CO., JAPAN

Super-Multi-Coated TAKUMAR 1: 1.8 / 55 ASAHI OPT. CO., JAPAN

Super-Multi-Coated TAKUMAR 1: 1.8 / 55 ASAHI OPT aperture blades. CO., JAPAN

Super-Multi-Coated TAKUMAR 1: 1.8 / 55 ASAHI OPT. CO., JAPAN

Super-Multi-Coated TAKUMAR 1: 1.8 / 55 ASAHI OPT. CO., JAPAN

Super-Multi-Coated TAKUMAR 1: 1.8 / 55 ASAHI OPT. CO., JAPAN

Super-Multi-Coated TAKUMAR 1: 1.8 / 55 ASAHI OPT. CO., JAPAN

Super-Multi-Coated TAKUMAR 1: 1.8 / 55 ASAHI OPT. CO., JAPAN

Super-Multi-Coated TAKUMAR 1: 1.8 / 55 ASAHI OPT. CO., JAPAN with a metal hood

Super-Multi-Coated TAKUMAR 1: 1.8 / 55 ASAHI OPT. CO., JAPAN

Super-Multi-Coated TAKUMAR 1: 1.8 / 55 ASAHI OPT. CO., JAPAN with hood and back cover

Super-Multi-Coated TAKUMAR 1: 1.8 / 55 ASAHI OPT. CO., JAPAN

Super-Multi-Coated TAKUMAR 1: 1.8 / 55 ASAHI OPT. CO., JAPAN with a hood

Super-Multi-Coated TAKUMAR 1: 1.8 / 55 ASAHI OPT. CO., JAPAN

Lens sizes Tokina SD 24-70 F2.8 (IF) FX AT-X PRO Aspherical and Super-Multi-Coated TAKUMAR 1: 1.8 / 55 ASAHI OPT. CO., JAPAN

Super-Multi-Coated TAKUMAR 1: 1.8 / 55 ASAHI OPT. CO., JAPAN

Super-Multi-Coated TAKUMAR 1: 1.8 / 55 ASAHI OPT. CO., JAPAN shown on camera Canon EOS Rebel Xsi

The lens creates a valid image. The entire network is already full of information about a nice drawing of these lenses.

Pictures in the gallery were obtained using Canon EOS Digital Rebel Xsi and an M42-Canon EF adapter (an adapter with a chip programmed in F / 1.4). Photo without processing, on-camera JPEG.

You can download RAW + JPEG source files at this link (30 files in the '.JPG' + '. ARW ′ format, 200 MB).

A brief video review can be viewed on my Youtube channel, here hereor below:

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).

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Comments: 23, on the topic: Review of Super-Multi-Coated TAKUMAR 1: 1.8 / 55 ASAHI OPT. CO., JAPAN

  • Ilyas

    takumar as takumar. Nothing interesting

    • Denis

      the takumar's most interesting thing is radioactivity.
      but this instance has no such property?

      • Rodion

        No. Only those flashing vigorously yellow light (cause and effect are rearranged here on purpose on purpose :)).
        This is almost all (with very rare exceptions) 50 / 1.4 and 35/2 above all. It is possible that 20 / 4.5 is also sinful.

        • zengarden

          Yellowness appears over time on thorium enlightenment (or glass?) Is removed by ultraviolet radiation.

          • Rodion

            Honestly, the mechanism for the disappearance of yellowness under the influence of UV is not obvious. Something suggests that this is a placebo. That will be when the exact comparison "before / after" with the measurement of light transmission - I believe.
            PS Thorium is in glass - in super-heavy flints, apparently.

            • zengarden

              This is a proven method, it is easy to google. For example: https://goo.gl/1mi4Qt
              Only a powerful UV lamp is more difficult to find.

              • zengarden

                Although, of course, this is more like witchcraft :) you need to know exactly what caused the yellow tint (some decay products of thorium dioxide) and how exactly UV radiation affects it. It is unlikely that anyone was doing this seriously.

        • SONY

          The photographs from the article clearly show the yellow thorium glass rear lens.

      • Rodion

        And there is nothing interesting about its radioactivity. The background is about nothing - when working, zero influence.
        But the colors are clumsy because of the color of the glass. And the T-stop aperture is half the size of the F-stop.

      • SONY

        Yes, this lens model is radioactive.
        There is no great danger in this, but the fact takes place.

  • Eugene o

    Another nice fifty dollars with a warm lamp - in the sense of a film - image.

  • Maugli

    Tokina 24-70! Arkady, in short, is it better than the first version from Canon?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Yes, better than the first version from Canon.

    • Oleg

      but weaker than the second ...

  • Ivan ...

    Indeed, nothing unusual (about the drawing). Yet the eight-lens 50 / 1,4 is two heads ABOVE ...

  • Simon

    Good sharpness ... present ... where the pigeon is very visible ... GeLiUs will not give this ...

  • Nikita Vladimirovich

    Since I was a little confused at the beginning, I will correct it a little. They were created not for full-size film cameras, but for narrow-format film cameras, that is, with a frame of 24x36 mm or using 135 film in general. The term "full-frame camera" can be mistaken for "format", that is, it uses film with a frame size of 9x12, 18x24 and others like them, including cameras with sliders that allow you to tilt the lens relative to the plane of the sensing element and control the plane of field, as and outlook in general.
    Here, as I understand it, I mean the full, without crop format of a digital camera - the same 24x36 mm with an indication of the relative focal length when installed on cameras with a crop including. A lens for film cameras was simply created, and the author did not go into the terminology in order to avoid confusion, since the target audience of the site, as far as I understand, is mainly the owners of digital cameras.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Fixed

  • anonym

    I am amazed at the naivety of the authors who assert that this lens is “inferior”. Did you yourself use it in your work? This is a film camera lens with a frame window of 24 X 36 mm. For almost 50 years of photographic experience, a lot of 50 mm lenses have passed through my hands. I dare to say that this one is one of the best! And further. First - try it yourself, then - comment. And not vice versa.

    • Ivan ...

      The fact of the matter is that I tried it ... And with full responsibility I say that 55 / 1,8 is an NORMAL about fifty dollars, which has not proven itself to be outstanding. Not the worst, but not the best either. I repeat that the Eight-Lens fifty-kopeck piece is a lot! If, as you write, a mass of 50mm lenses has passed through your hands, then don't you know …… ..

  • Nik

    He was also the owner of a similar glass. SMC is only not decrypted.
    At the same time he shot on Helios 44m
    The difference is serious for me. As in the execution, assembly. So in the picture. At taku it is warmer, smoother, more filmy.
    Gelika is colder and twisted in the open constantly.

  • Igor_K

    And I like its "cartoonish" color rendering, so funny. Of course, it will lose to the eight-lens in all respects, but (IMHO), the Geliki of the 44XX type is no match for it in terms of convenience, focusing accuracy, not to mention reliability. To be fair, I will note that “44-3” is a special topic, but unfortunately, it is not a “long-liver” - the vicious design of the diaphragm will manifest itself very quickly! Takumaras, in my opinion, are just good, very reliable “staffs” of the fix era. It is simply unethical to compare them with the “planars”, expensive “Yashinons”, “Fujinons”, “!, 2 - Tomioka”, not to mention the exotic “Topcon” “animals”! Even the “ordinary” “Pancolar”, not even multi-enlightened, will easily “tear apart” any “taku” of a similar luminosity (both porst, and Sears, and Revunon, and Chinon - Cosinon, etc., by the way, too). But, I think that the main rule for choosing a staff, is still the ancient aphorism: "If you want the quality of the" summilux "- buy" summilux ", and do not be guilty, you will not win, well, in extreme cases, the" planar "of the last 2 modifications! But if for 600-1000 UAH, then here - takumar is good, very good!

  • Igor_K

    For spelling - "sorry", after the holiday was written! All who celebrate - Happy Holidays!

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