Super-Takumar 1 Review: 1.8 / 55 Asahi Opt. Co. Lens made in japan

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Super-Takumar 1: 1.8 / 55 Asahi Opt. CO. Lens made in japan

Super-Takumar 1: 1.8/55 Asahi Opt Lens. Co. Lens made in Japan. Large size of this photo. The lens is shown on a digital SLR camera. Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi. Attaching the lens to the camera using M42-Canon EOS adapter with chip.

In short

Super-Takumar 1: 1.8 / 55 Asahi Opt. Co. Lens made in Japan is a good manual fifty kopeck piece with an M42 landing thread.

There is a whole family of similar lenses, which has approximately 8 basic models.

The lens in this review is almost completely identical to the later version. Super-Multi-Coated TAKUMAR 1: 1.8 / 55 ASAHI OPT. CO., JAPAN, but because I will not dwell on it in detail.

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).

Please note that the Super-Takumar version 1: 1.8 / 55 has a few more of its subversions, which differ in details.

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

Review Instance Name Super-Takumar 1: 1.8 / 55 Asahi Opt. Co. Lens made in Japan 5778566 (lettering on switch '37106')
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
  • enlightened optics.
  • The lens is suitable for full-format cameras.
  • metal casecompact size
  • rumors about his radioactivity
Front Filter Diameter 49 mm, metal thread for filters.
Focal length 55 mm

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 a hole with small notches (Example 1, Example 2).
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 215 g (approximately)
Optical design 6 elements in 5 groups.

Takumar 55 1.8 optical schemeThe lens does not use special optical elements in its optical design. The same optical scheme is used by many other lenses.

Lens hood Threaded, screwed into the front filter thread
Manufacturer country LENS MADE IN JAPAN (lens made in Japan).
Period Since 1962, in 1971 replaced by a similar model model Super-Multi-Coated TAKUMAR 1: 1.8 / 55 ASAHI OPT. CO., JAPAN
Price About 50 cu for used option. Prices for modern Pentax lenses can be viewed here.

Below is a detailed view of the lens to accurately identify its version and version.

Super-Takumar 1: 1.8/55 Asahi Opt Lens. Co. Lens made in japan

Super-Takumar 1: 1.8/55 Asahi Opt Lens. Co. Lens made in japan

Super-Takumar 1: 1.8/55 Asahi Opt Lens. Co. Lens made in japan

Super-Takumar 1: 1.8/55 Asahi Opt Lens. Co. Lens made in japan

Super-Takumar 1: 1.8/55 Asahi Opt Lens. Co. Lens made in japan

Super-Takumar 1: 1.8/55 Asahi Opt Lens. Co. Lens made in japan

Super-Takumar 1: 1.8/55 Asahi Opt Lens. Co. Lens made in japan

Super-Takumar 1: 1.8/55 Asahi Opt Lens. Co. Lens made in japan

Super-Takumar 1: 1.8/55 Asahi Opt Lens. Co. Lens made in japan

Super-Takumar 1: 1.8/55 Asahi Opt Lens. Co. Lens made in japan

Super-Takumar 1: 1.8/55 Asahi Opt Lens. Co. Lens made in japan

Super-Takumar 1: 1.8/55 Asahi Opt Lens. Co. Lens made in japan

Super-Takumar 1: 1.8 / 55 Asahi Opt. Co. Lens made in Japan. The lens is shown on a Canon EOS DIGITAL Rebel XSi digital SLR camera. The lens was mounted on the camera using an M42-Canon EOS adapter with a chip. Nearby is a Super-Takumar 1: 2/55 Asahi Opt lens. Co. Lens made in japan

Super-Takumar 1: 1.8 / 55 Asahi Opt. Co. Lens made in Japan. The lens is shown on a digital SLR camera. Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi. Attaching the lens to the camera using M42-Canon EOS adapter with chip. Nearby is the lens Super-Takumar 1: 2 / 55 Asahi Opt. Co. Lens made in japan

Super-Takumar 1: 1.8 / 55 Asahi Opt. Co. Lens made in Japan. The lens is shown on a Canon EOS DIGITAL Rebel XSi digital SLR camera. The lens was mounted on the camera using an M42-Canon EOS adapter with a chip.

Super-Takumar 1: 1.8 / 55 Asahi Opt. Co. Lens made in Japan. The lens is shown on a digital SLR camera. Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi. Attaching the lens to the camera using M42-Canon EOS adapter with chip.

Super-Takumar 1: 1.8 / 55 Asahi Opt. Co. Lens made in Japan. The lens is shown on a Canon EOS DIGITAL Rebel XSi digital SLR camera. The lens was mounted on the camera using an M42-Canon EOS adapter with a chip.

Super-Takumar 1: 1.8 / 55 Asahi Opt. Co. Lens made in Japan. The lens is shown on a digital SLR camera. Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi. Attaching the lens to the camera using M42-Canon EOS adapter with chip.

Super-Takumar 1: 1.8 / 55 Asahi Opt Lenses. Co. Lens made in Japan and Super-Takumar 1: 2/55 Asahi Opt. Co. Lens made in japan

Super-Takumar 1: 1.8 / 55 Asahi Opt Lenses. Co. Lens made in japan and Super-Takumar 1: 2 / 55 Asahi Opt. Co. Lens made in japan

Super-Takumar 1: 1.8 / 55 Asahi Opt Lenses. Co. Lens made in Japan and Canon Lens EF 50mm 1: 1.8 II Canon Lens Made in Japan

Super-Takumar 1: 1.8 / 55 Asahi Opt Lenses. Co. Lens made in japan and Canon Lens EF 50mm 1: 1.8 II Canon Lens Made in Japan

Super-Takumar 1: 1.8 / 55 Asahi Opt Lenses. Co. Lens made in Japan and Canon Lens EF 50mm 1: 1.8 II Canon Lens Made in Japan and Super-Takumar 1: 2/55 Asahi Opt. Co. Lens made in japan

Super-Takumar 1: 1.8 / 55 Asahi Opt Lenses. Co. Lens made in japan and Canon Lens EF 50mm 1: 1.8 II Canon Lens Made in Japan и Super-Takumar 1: 2 / 55 Asahi Opt. Co. Lens made in japan

Super-Takumar 1: 1.8 / 55 Asahi Opt Lenses. Co. Lens made in Japan and Super-Takumar 1: 2/55 Asahi Opt. Co. Lens made in japan

Super-Takumar 1: 1.8 / 55 Asahi Opt Lenses. Co. Lens made in japan and Super-Takumar 1: 2 / 55 Asahi Opt. Co. Lens made in japan

Super-Takumar 1: 1.8 / 55 Asahi Opt Lenses. Co. Lens made in Japan and Super-Takumar 1: 2/55 Asahi Opt. Co. Lens made in japan

Super-Takumar 1: 1.8 / 55 Asahi Opt Lenses. Co. Lens made in japan and Super-Takumar 1: 2 / 55 Asahi Opt. Co. Lens made in japan

Super-Takumar 1: 1.8 / 55 Asahi Opt Lenses. Co. Lens made in Japan and Canon Lens EF 50mm 1: 1.8 II Canon Lens Made in Japan

Super-Takumar 1: 1.8 / 55 Asahi Opt Lenses. Co. Lens made in japan and Canon Lens EF 50mm 1: 1.8 II Canon Lens Made in Japan

Sample photos on Super-Takumar 1: 1.8 / 55

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


You can download the source files in JPEG format. at this link (49 files in the '.JPG' format, 300 MB).

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 and RF-S: 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: 30, on the topic: Review of Super-Takumar 1: 1.8 / 55 Asahi Opt. Co. Lens made in japan

  • Igor

    I tried super Takumar 1, 8 and right there Takumar 1,4. The second is much sharper and there is no blurring on the open diaphragm. If you choose as a regular fifty dollars, then only Takumar with a diaphragm of 1,4.

    • Anatoly

      And even better if it has eight lenses….

  • Sergei

    The picture is nice.

  • anonym

    Arkady, why did you stop shooting in full frame? Did you like 5D?

    “Now I have the opportunity to review a huge number of lenses on a full-frame camera :)”

    It's just that the lens drawing is revealed only in the full frame ...

    PS. And Sony a7 disappeared somewhere ... Pichalka ...

    “I would like to express my deepest gratitude to everyone who helped in raising funds for the Sony a7 (ILCE-7) camera to create reviews on Radozhiv.”

    • Arkady Shapoval

      1D was sold to add funds to the A5
      2. This summer, due to life circumstances, I had to sell all the photo equipment. The other day I even sold nikon d70. On hand, so far only nikon d90 + canon 450d.
      3. As soon as financial and other issues are resolved, I will definitely restore the equipment fleet to create better reviews.

      • anonym

        Thanks for the answer! I just thought that you will enjoy communicating with retro technology. It is unfortunate that you have a difficult financial situation. I hope everything will work out for you! Good luck and success!

        • Dim

          It is unreasonable to sell capital goods

  • anonym

    The full frame will be more interesting)))

  • Ilyas

    Normal 1.8
    Pentacon will be more interesting
    Thanks for the review.

  • photo shooter

    Arkady, if so, what camera would you like to switch to ??

    • Arkady Shapoval

      dreaming is not harmful, but objectively I look - canon mark III or Nikon D810 for work.

      • Basil

        Arkady, then go to the canon? Due to the elute fifty fifty 1.2?

        • Arkady Shapoval

          Considering that the Canon camera appeared a long time ago (I was talking about the 350D in 2012), I didn’t really get off it, I just didn’t always use it.

        • Rodion

          Oh, now, because of fifty dollars, change the system ...

          • zengarden

            You can screw anything onto mirrorless ones;)

            • Basil

              I already know two pros who switched from Nikon to Kenon because of fifty dollars. According to them, Nikonovsky 50 2.4 is nothing compared to Kenonovsky 50 1.2 L. Fatal is some fifty. Photos from him are certainly impressive, but his price is horse-drawn.

              • Yarkiy

                No, what a nonsense! Change the system due to a nonexistent lens, and even a fifty dollars. You are lying dear and do not blush.

        • Oleg

          probably because of 135L. often because of her change the system

        • Michael

          Changing the system over one lens is overkill. So I understand if because of 2)))

  • anonym

    a lot of chromaticity but the edges of the frame are better than that of minolta 1.7 or pentacone especially helios

  • Alexey

    I anticipate an increase in the number of reviews on Canon photographic equipment.

    • Michael

      Nikon has already, if not all, then almost all revised. It's time

  • Snapdragon

    Arkady, but in vain, after having tried all the Nikon lenses, what is called the charter of the colors of the world, which lens made the greatest impression on you?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      The old ones are beautiful from the point of view of design, but in fact, no lens made an impression. Old Kenny shouldn't have included a good lens on the list of the worst 35-70. I took my best photo at 18-105, but a lens for serious work is rubbish. So there is no "wow - this is a super lens!" There are good lenses and comfortable ones to work with.

      • photo shooter

        Arkady, is it really draining Nikon ???

      • Snapdragon

        Arkady thanks for the answer. The hint understood.

  • anonym

    I heard that these lenses are radioactive due to the presence of thorium in the glass. They were seized from people at the airport

    • Rodion

      Not these.

      • anonym

        That's just the one in the review that is radioactive. Google

      • Konstantin

        It was these, personally measured, 1500 mcr / h in gamut on the rear lens at close range.

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