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

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

Super-Takumar 1: 2/55 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. The lens was mounted on the camera using an M42-Canon EOS adapter with a chip.

In short

Super-Takumar 1: 2/55 Asahi Opt. Co. Lens made in Japan is a good classic fifty dollars. It differs from the mass of other fifty kopecks by a slightly increased focal length (55 vs 50 mm). Such Takumars have quite a pleasant picture at open aperture. In general, Super-Takumar 1: 2/55 is no worse than its faster counterpart Super-Takumar 1: 1.8 / 55.

There is a small 'family' of Takumar 1: 2/55 lenses from which three main models can be distinguished: Auto-Takumar, Super-Takumar and SMC Takumar. In parallel with the Takumar 1: 2/55 line, the Takumar 1: 1.8 / 55 and Takumar 1: 1.4 / 50 lines were also produced.

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 technical specifications Super-Takumar 1: 2/55 Asahi Opt. Co. Lens made in Japan:

Review Instance Name Asahi Opt. Co. Lens made in Japan Super-Takumar 1: 2/55 4107018 (inscription on switch '37103')
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
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 / 2 and F / 2.8, the diaphragm blades form a hole with small notches (example).
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 / 2 to f / 16. The lens has an aperture control ring. There are marks on the ring for F / 2, 2.8, 4, 5.6, 8, 11. You can set one additional value between each pair of numbers (except between F / 11 and F / 16). 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 210 g (approximately)
Optical design 6 elements in 5 groups.

Super-Takumar - optical design

The 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  From 1962 to 1973. Later it was replaced by a version SMC TAKUMAR 1: 2/55 ASAHI OPT. CO., JAPAN
Price About 40 cu for used option.

Prices for modern Pentax lenses can be viewed here.

Super-Takumar 1: 2/55 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Super-Takumar 1: 2/55 Asahi Opt Lens. 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

Lenses Super-Takumar 1: 1.8 / 55 Asahi Opt. 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

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

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

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

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

Sample photos on Super-Takumar 1: 2 / 55:

The lens is sharp enough in the center of the frame already at F / 2. At F / 2.8, sharpness is noticeably increased. In terms of sharpness, the lens is similar to many other fifty dollars. I find a nice overall drawing a key feature. Recently, I write less and less about sharpness, distortion, chromatic aberration and vignetting with similar old lenses. Often these manuals are used for creative photography where the 'correct' optical properties are not so important.

Pictures in the gallery were obtained using Canon EOS Digital Rebel Xsi и adapter M42-Canon EFand Sony a6300 (ILCE-6300) and adapter M42-Sony NEX. Photo without processing, on-camera JPEG.

Download source files in format JPEG + RAW is possible at this link (38 files in '.JPG' / '. ARW' 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: 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: 20, on the topic: Review of Super-Takumar 1: 2 / 55 Asahi Opt. Co. Lens made in japan

  • witness

    And yet, he is radioactive! :)

    • Arkady Shapoval

      This property is specified in the main properties.

      • witness

        Thank you, Arkady, I saw a small line. But these are not rumors. :)

        • Oleg

          In Kiev, the natural background is higher than that of this miracle ...

          • witness

            What did you measure? :)

            • Oleg

              The topic has already been erased to holes, and it’s not comme il faut in a decent society to talk about such a conversation, because it’s possible to go down to srach Nikon VSKenon ...

      • Rodion

        Does it turn yellow in the light? If so, most likely there is thorium.

        • Alexey

          This is not only the problem of the Tokumars, but the helios also sin.

          • anonym

            Ha ha ha! How else would poor Helios be pinched?

          • zengarden

            I did not notice this.

          • Rodion

            Shield ???

          • Rodion

            Helios turn yellow because of the lead crowns, there, rather yellow-green - "bottle". Takumaras with thorium give exactly the infernal brown-yellow tint of the lenses.

  • Snapdragon

    I thought that the whole discussion would come down to its radioactivity. You better see how he washes the background! A wonderful old politician!

    • anonym

      But I didn’t like the background. It’s not blurry, it’s rough.

    • Rodion

      IMHO, an unremarkable poltos, of which there are thousands.

    • zengarden

      He doesn’t wash it, he takumarit it :)

    • lynx

      Washes so that the background glows gently!
      From the background. )))

  • Vadim Ch.

    Colleague citizens! Please share. Reviews, experience are just interesting. Got it for a penny and in excellent condition MC Super Albinar Auto 1: 2,8 / 135 made in Japan. I could not resist the price, condition (both general and lenses). In the net, information is scarce. Whose "creation" is this, can anyone come across? 42nd thread, became through adapter on 600th Canon.

    • Paul

      I have a UMC ALBINAR SPECIAL 1: 2.8 \ 135mm M42 enlightenment slightly bluish at an angle and at another angle greenish but also slightly Lens made in japan 6 petals firms called the lens an albinar, read on one Western site what it was like Yashiha did before a certain year and then the owner of the albinar network died (he was called an albinar or were these two brothers an albinar was generally named after the owners or owner) and the company stopped ordering photo technique. the lens colors are chilly but very natural well, that is, it doesn’t embellish surprisingly HA practically no open sharpness is excellent (for open) even throughout the frame (I have a crop of 70 pentax K1.5) rings at 7-4 which optical scheme I can’t understand but compared with JUPITER MS 5.6a, jupiter clearly leaked in sharpness on the distant plans fota true from hand but on the same settings

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