SMC TAKUMAR 1: 1.8 / 55 ASAHI OPT. CO., JAPAN

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SMC TAKUMAR 1: 1.8/55 ASAHI OPT. CO., JAPAN

SMC TAKUMAR 1: 1.8 / 55 ASAHI OPT. CO., JAPAN. increase

In short

SMC TAKUMAR 1: 1.8 / 55 ASAHI OPT. CO., JAPAN is a good manual fifty dollars. There is a whole family of such lenses, in which there are approximately 8-9 basic models. I already had an older version on my review - Super-Multi-Coated TAKUMAR 1: 1.8 / 55 ASAHI OPT. CO., JAPAN... Personally, I am a great connoisseur and fan of the old Pentax optics (aka ASAHI OPT. CO.), After working with which there are always pleasant emotions.

SMC TAKUMAR 1: 1.8 / 55 ASAHI OPT. CO., JAPAN.

SMC TAKUMAR 1: 1.8 / 55 ASAHI OPT. CO., JAPAN.

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).

SMC TAKUMAR 1: 1.8 / 55 ASAHI OPT. CO., JAPAN.

SMC TAKUMAR 1: 1.8 / 55 ASAHI OPT. CO., JAPAN.

Main technical characteristics of SMC TAKUMAR 1: 1.8 / 55 ASAHI OPT. CO., JAPAN:

Review Instance Name SMC TAKUMAR 1: 1.8 / 55 ASAHI OPT. CO., JAPAN 6841789
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
  • SMC (Sopera-Multi-Coated) - multi-layer optical coating
  • lens suitable for full-frame cameras
  • metal casecompact size
  • 37108 - lens version code (printed on the MAN./AUTO switch)
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 an opening with small notches.
Tags focusing distance scale in meters and feet. DOF scale for F / 4, 8, 11 (not explicitly), 16. Label 'R' for infrared operation.
Diaphragm from f / 1.8 to f / 16. The lens has an aperture control ring. The ring has labels for F / 1.8, 2.8, 4, 5.6, 8, 11, 16. You can set one additional value between each pair of numbers. The aperture ring has a MAN./AUTO switch (auto iris only works on the respective cameras).
MDF 0.45 m, maximum magnification ratio 1: 6.
The weight 200 grams (approx)
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 scheme is used more than early Takumar 55 / 1.8 lenses.

Lens hood Threaded, screwed into the front filter thread
Manufacturer country LENS MADE IN JAPAN (body inscription, lens made in Japan).
Period 1972 – 1975
Price About 50 USD for used option. Prices for modern Pentax lenses can be see here.

SMC TAKUMAR 1: 1.8 / 55 ASAHI OPT. CO., JAPAN is well built. The focusing ring has a rubberized insert and rotates approximately 270 degrees (3/4 of a full turn). The movement of the ring is very smooth, oily, pleasant. During focusing, the front retractable body does not rotate. Focusing occurs by moving the entire lens unit.

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

SMC TAKUMAR 1: 1.8 / 55 ASAHI OPT. CO., JAPAN.

SMC TAKUMAR 1: 1.8 / 55 ASAHI OPT. CO., JAPAN.

Sample photos (Full Frame)

Pictures in the gallery were obtained using Nikon D4 and adapter M42-Nikon F (without lens and chip, without the possibility of focusing to infinity). Photo without processing, converting the original RAW-files with the original utility Nikon Capture NX-D v 1.4.6.

Download / view original photos in RAW format ('.NEF') can be at this link (12 files, Google Drive gallery).

SMC TAKUMAR 1: 1.8 / 55 ASAHI OPT. CO., JAPAN.

SMC TAKUMAR 1: 1.8 / 55 ASAHI OPT. CO., JAPAN.

 

Sample D40 Photos (DX, APS-C)

My examples on Nikon D40 (APS-C, Nikon DX, 6MP CCD) and adapter M42-Nikon F (without lens and chip, without the possibility of focusing to infinity). JPEG from camera, no processing.

Original photos in JPEG format ('.JPG') can be view / download this link (Google Drive, 20 photos)

SMC TAKUMAR 1: 1.8 / 55 ASAHI OPT. CO., JAPAN.

SMC TAKUMAR 1: 1.8 / 55 ASAHI OPT. CO., JAPAN.

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: 14, on the topic: Brief review of SMC TAKUMAR 1: 1.8 / 55 ASAHI OPT. CO., JAPAN

  • Leonid N.

    Was an adapter with a lens used when shooting?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      No, the most common, no lens, no chip, and no focusing to infinity

      • Koba

        Can you find out at what distance, approximately, it focuses without a lens? Second, does it only seem to me, or should I buy it immediately today? Everyone has heard of this simple, super-cheap and great lens, but these examples go too far. The same Ken Tattooed never tired of praising him! Third - thanks a lot for the review!

        • Arkady Shapoval

          The farther chapel with a conventional lensless adapter on Nikon SLR cameras is about 1.5 meters.
          There are a lot of similar Takumars, usually versions from 1.4 are more interesting, but Nikon SLR cameras need something with infinity.

          • Koba

            Thank you very much!

          • P

            And I, on the contrary, did not like smts takumar 50 1,4 compared to 55 1,8, which is much more interesting in terms of the image and bokehe. And the price of 55k is 2 times less than that of yellowing 50 1,4

            • Arkady Shapoval

              50 1.4 of the latest variations does not yellow

              • Rodion

                Takumar exactly? Maybe he doesn't turn yellow because he hasn't accumulated F-centers yet? There is some kind of confusion with them, these fifty rubles. Pentax-M 50 / 1.4 is definitely already without thorium - there and on the image quality it is immediately visible))

  • Bogdan

    Creations yakis sumni, you can do it before the photo session)

  • Vlad

    That's right, it is assembled perfectly and focuses super softly, you still need to look for those, but as far as the picture is concerned, this Takumar is somehow pale among the near-magicians of the same Pancolar 50mm and Pentacon 50mm that I personally like the picture is much more than this Japanese.

    • Rodion

      Do you use it on a crop?

      • Vlad

        a7

  • Old print

    Incomprehensible old stuff. And a pointless article popularizing fossils.

    • neocortex

      So send something worthwhile for the review. For example, the new Pentax 16-50 / 2.8 or something similar!

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