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Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 135mm f/2.5 (s/n 43812) Lens

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Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 135mm f/2.5 (s/n 43812) lens

Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 135mm f/2.5 (s/n 43812) lens

Optical design

Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 135mm f/2.5 (s/n 43812) optical design

Format: 35mm SLR

Type: Prime lens

Focusing: Manual Focus (MF)

Lens mounts: M42

First year of production: 1972

Last year of production: 1979

Optical design: 6 elements in 6 groups

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Average price: $228


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The Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 135mm f/2.5 (s/n 43812) is a telephoto fast lens with a multilayer coating and 18° field-of-view (FOV). It is widely used for shooting distant objects and portraits.

Released in 1968, the Super-Takumar 135mm f/2.5 (p/n 43801) does not have much in common with its third and the last replica (p/n 43812). The optical scheme had been considerably revised , the lense weight had changed.

The Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 135mm f/2.5 (p/n 43812) is remarkable for its reliable construction and exellent optical characteristics. With aperture wide open, it is in a portrait way soft, very sharp in focusing area with a slight vignette. However, with aperture closed at one half- stop, it provides exellent sharpness and microcontrast in the frame. The image it produces  is  up to f/5.6 soft.

It is equiped with an instant-return diaphragm with a mode selector. In outward appearance, the focal depth scale, starting with 4, sets the lens apart its namesake (p/n 43802). It came with the Takumar 1:2.5,135mm 1:4,200 mm .

It is considered up to now to be one of the best  medium telephoto lenses. In many ways due to the arrival of such lenses, the legend, named Pentax, arose.

The build is  metal. The aperure ring with a one-half-stop f-number scale (from f2.5 to f16).

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Posted by: Leopold   Date of publication: 27.12.2011

Mechanical quality5.004
Optical quality5.004
Pricing / Value4.754
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