The Asahi (Pentax) Super-Takumar 55 mm f/ 1.8 is a decent single coated lens for m42. Reproduces natural, pure colors. Makes the picture softer with F1.8 set. The picture with this lens is notable for very saturated colors.
Just like other lenses of the Takumar series, Super-Takumar 55 mm f/ 1.8 lens is notable for high optic quality and flawless assembly.
Focusing is manual. When the focusing ring moves, its motion is very smooth, without jerks or squeaking.
Super-Takumar 55 mm f/ 1.8 lens is made of glass and metal only. It has metal front lens cap and metal threaded hood. The rear lens cap is plastic.
The picture formed by the lens with open aperture is notable for beautiful and visually balanced picture as well as smooth and harmonious bokeh. Fully functional with F1.8. Can be too sharp with f8-f16.
The lens is poorly tolerant to diffused light (e.g. from a window) as well as to sidelight and backlight.
When using Super-Takumar 55mm f/1.8 with a digital camera, you will get the greatest convenience if you replace the standard focusing screen by a screen with Doden`s wedges and micro-raster.
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Posted by: Sergei Borodin Date of publication: 30.07.2010