Super-Takumar 1: 1.4 / 50 review (8/6, Planar assassin)

According provided by Super-Takumar 1: 1.4 / 50 Asahi Opt. Co., Lens made in Japan (first version) many thanks to Vitaly Klyuchevsky, who responded to my request to find such a lens.

Super-Takumar 1: 1.4 / 50 Asahi Opt. Co., Lens made in Japan

Super-Takumar 1: 1.4 / 50 Asahi Opt. Co., Lens made in Japan. Enlarge Image.

This review shows the first version of the Super-Takumar 1: 1.4 / 50 lens, which uses an optical circuit with 8 elements in 6 groups. Subsequently, this lens was replaced by Super-Takumar 1: 1.4 / 50 with an optical design for 7 elements in 6 groups. Externally, the lenses are very similar, they can be distinguished by the following signs:

  • version 8/6 has a red bar, which is responsible for correcting focus during infrared shooting, located to the right of number 4. For version 7/6, the bar is to the left of number 4.
  • The rear lens in version 8/6 is slightly stronger than in 7/6.
  • all versions of the 8/6 had an aperture mode switch labeled 'A M', versions 7/6 more often used the 'Auto Man' designations on the switch.
  • all 8/6 versions did not have a white dot on the aperture ring near the F / 1.4 value, versions 7/6 might or may not have this point.

The complexity of manufacturing a glued triplet with curved optical elements has led to the fact that in the future a simpler scheme of 7 elements in 6 groups was used. While Super-Takumar 1:1.4/50 8/6 was mentioned as 'Planar killer'since the 7/6 scheme was common, which is classic Planar. Fate decreed that the Planar killer was replaced with the same Planar.

Super-Takumar Optical Circuit Design

Super-Takumar optical design. Version 7/6 uses a glued doublet, version 8/6 uses a glued triplet.

There is a small 'family' of Takumar 1: 1.4 / 50 lens of which four main models can be distinguished: Super-Takumar with 8 lenses (from this review), Super-Takumar with 7 lenses, Super-Multi-Coated Takumar and SMC Takumar.

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).

In parallel with the Takumar 1: 1.4 / 50 line, more lines were produced Takumar 1: 1.8 / 55 и Takumar 1: 2 / 55.

Super-Takumar 1: 1.4 / 50 Asahi Opt. Co.,

Super-Takumar 1: 1.4 / 50 Asahi Opt. Co. on the camera Canon EOS DIGITAL 450D

Main technical specifications Super-Takumar 1: 1.4 / 50 Asahi Opt. Co.,:

Review Instance Name Super-Takumar 1: 1.4 / 50 Asahi Opt. Co., Lens made in Japan 1220678
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.
  • M / A - aperture control mode switch
  • enlightened optics
  • The lens is suitable for full-format cameras.
  • metal casecompact size
  • rumors about his radioactivity
  • former planar killer
Front Filter Diameter 49 mm, metal thread for filters.
Focal length 50 mm

Zoom ratio 1 x
Designed by for film cameras with a frame size of 24 x 36
Number of aperture blades 6 petals
Tags focus distance scale in meters and feet. The depth of field scale for F / 4, 8, 11 (not explicitly), 16. Label for working in the infrared spectrum.
Diaphragm from f / 1.4 to f / 16. The lens has an aperture control ring. There are marks on the ring for F / 1.4, 2, 2.8, 4, 5.6, 8, 11, 16. You can set one additional value between each pair of numbers (except between F / 1.4 and F / 2, as well as between F / 11 and F / 16). The aperture ring has an M / A switch (automatic aperture only works on the respective cameras).
MDF 0.45 m,
The weight 230 g (approximately)
Optical design 8 elements in 6 groups.

Takumar 50 1.4 optical design 8

The lens does not use special optical elements in its optical design.

Lens hood Threaded, screwed into the front filter thread
Manufacturer country Lens made in Japan (lens made in Japan).
Period It was released in 1964. In the same year it was replaced by a version Super takumar 1: 1.4 / 50 Asahi Opt. Co. Lens made in japan
Price From 80 to 300 cu for used option.

Prices for modern Pentax lenses are available see here.

Super-Takumar 1: 1.4 / 50 is well assembled. The focus ring has no rubberized inserts, rotates approximately 180 degrees. The ring travel is smooth and pleasant. During focusing, the front retractable body does not rotate. Focusing occurs by moving the entire lens block.

Super-Takumar 1: 1.4 / 50 Asahi Opt. Co.,

Nikon Nikkor-SC Auto 1: 1.2 f = 55mm and Super-Takumar 1: 1.4 / 50 Asahi Opt. Co.

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

Super-Takumar 1: 1.4 / 50 Asahi Opt. Co.,

Super-Takumar 1: 1.4 / 50 Asahi Opt. Co. on the camera Canon EOS DIGITAL 450D

Super-Takumar 1: 1.4 / 50 Asahi Opt. Co.,

Super-Takumar 1: 1.4 / 50 Asahi Opt. Co. on the camera Canon EOS DIGITAL 450D

Super-Takumar 1: 1.4 / 50 Asahi Opt. Co.,

Super-Takumar 1: 1.4 / 50 Asahi Opt. Co. on the camera Canon EOS DIGITAL 450D

Super-Takumar 1: 1.4 / 50 Asahi Opt. Co.,

Super-Takumar 1: 1.4 / 50 Asahi Opt. Co.

Super-Takumar 1: 1.4 / 50 Asahi Opt. Co.,

Super-Takumar 1: 1.4 / 50 Asahi Opt. Co.

Super-Takumar 1: 1.4 / 50 Asahi Opt. Co.,

Super-Takumar 1: 1.4 / 50 Asahi Opt. Co.

Super-Takumar 1: 1.4 / 50 Asahi Opt. Co.,

Super-Takumar 1: 1.4 / 50 Asahi Opt. Co.

Super-Takumar 1: 1.4 / 50 Asahi Opt. Co.,

Super-Takumar 1: 1.4 / 50 Asahi Opt. Co.

Sample Photos

Pictures from Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi (aka Canon EOS DIGITAL 450D, aka Canon EOS Kiss X2) An adapter was used for shooting M42-Canon EOS. The photos in the gallery below are shown without processing, on camera JPEG. During shooting was used safety filter Toshiba 49mm SL-C Japan.

Download source files in format JPEG can at this link (126 files in the '.JPG' format, 460 MB).

Super-Takumar 1: 1.4 / 50 Asahi Opt. Co.,

Super-Takumar 1: 1.4 / 50 Asahi Opt. Co.

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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Super-Takumar 1: 1.4 / 50 Asahi Opt. Co.,

Super-Takumar 1: 1.4 / 50 Asahi Opt. Co. and Nikon Nikkor-SC Auto 1: 1.2 f = 55mm

Half a century later position of the assassins Planarov do not occupy Takumara, Distagon 50/1.4 и 55/1.4.

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Comments: 23, on the topic: Review of Super-Takumar 1: 1.4 / 50 (8/6, Planar assassin)

  • Andrei

    but a personal impression? How is he to you?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Personally, I don't really care, Zeiss Planars (and similar ones on their diagram) are "cleaner" in design. I expected more from the “killer”, because I did not indicate my personal impressions in the review itself.

    • Victor

      Almost all Takumaras (not stupid, of course!) Are excellent optics. It is difficult for an outsider to determine their optical qualities. The pictures that Arkady exhibits here (thanks to him for his work), for me, personally, say absolutely nothing. In fact, they all look the same on the monitor. Another thing is to try it for yourself. I think that among the readers of this portal there are still “mastodons” who independently printed b / w photos on an enlarger - they will understand me. Take it and try it! Like it! (Note. At one time, I had Takumaras in my arsenal. I was pleased! But ... you should always have the opportunity to compare!)

      • reader

        Arkady does not even bear the shadow of a doubt about German optics. even if the most advanced aliens send optics to a billion megapixels, it’s still not worth comparing with German, but where are the Asians. how many joys I don’t read is just such a view develops. once you write reviews you have to be impartial. it’s not even criticism, so that there is some kind of result, it’s necessary to blurt out just like that to get it.

        • Arkady Shapoval

          Most likely this is an erroneous opinion

  • Molchanov Yuri

    It behaves well against the sun (35.jpg). That's what they cost money in Germany, even pretty worn out.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      In fact, against the sun is so-so (worse than average). As an example:

  • Ilyas

    Oh, would you roll)
    and yes, soapy

  • Onotole

    Arkady, a typo has crept into the title of the review - 8/7 instead of 8/6, judging further in the text.

    Z.Y. Thanks for the review, it may be optically and far from the strongest glass, but the picture from it is very pleasant, much better than yesterday's Takumar.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Fixed

  • anonym

    Thanks for the review. :)

  • Reader

    Judging by the archive with examples for the review, Arkady shot 2000 frames

    • Arkady Shapoval

      About 3000

  • anonym

    Super-Takumar 1: 1.4 / 50 (8/6, Planar killer) ... ..and photographers.)

  • NE

    In my opinion, in Helios some rear lens also protruded, but not so much .. or on the verge. However Helios 44 58 1: 2 it was

    • Arkady Shapoval

      No, the focal is not that and the aperture is not that.

  • Ilya

    Thanks for the review, the only thing forgot to mention one important point is that this is the only 50 1.4 takumar in which there are no radioactive elements.

  • anonym

    Comrades, will infinity work on the specified adapter (micro 4/3) installed on the OM-D em10 Mark 2?

    • anonym

      In the comments on Ali they write:
      The thickness of the adapter is 25,38. should be 26,21 focus more infiniti.

      Can anyone advise a proven adapter with infinity?

      • Michael

        If the adapter is shorter, infinity comes earlier, i.e. it will be with this adapter, but there will be no MDF. I can’t tell you a proven adapter

      • Sergos

        Once upon a time, in the 90s, I got a super takumar No. 3961988. judging by the review, it is not radioactive and the lens does not yellow. finally bothered to put on a sony 7r and was shocked by the sharpness of the picture. the only drawback is that it lathers at infinity but only at f1.4 . put f2-everything is fine. what is it.

    • R'RёS,R ° F "RёR№

      I had a regular adapter, no name, everything worked. There was infinity, MDF did not measure, but approximately corresponded.

  • Frozen Dog

    There is one caveat. The Planar killer wets the Planars in the near field, up to 5 meters, or even closer. Then everything is as usual. In addition, sticking is possible in the rear component, so there are not so many such lenses in a live state.
    In the middle field and at the end, the later versions with SMC enlightenment work better.

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