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Super-Takumar 55 mm f/ 1.8 Lens

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Super-Takumar 55 mm f/ 1.8 lens

Super-Takumar 55 mm f/ 1.8 lens

Super-Takumar 55 mm f/ 1.8 lens

Super-Takumar 55 mm f/ 1.8 lens

Super-Takumar 55 mm f/ 1.8 lens

Optical design

Super-Takumar 55 mm f/ 1.8 optical design

Format: 35mm SLR

Type: Prime lens

Focusing: Manual Focus (MF)

Lens mounts: M42

First year of production: 1963

Last year of production: 1971

Optical design: 6 elements in 5 groups

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Average price: $67


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Additional information:

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

Photos taken with this lens Super-Takumar 55 mm f/ 1.8:

A Good Catch
Autor: Cezary
4.67 0 1289

Autor: Cezary
4.6 0 1539

Street Life - Bokeh at f/2
Autor: Cezary
4.4 0 1557

Autor: luvr
4.33 0 3175

Mechanical quality4.6712
Optical quality3.6213
Pricing / Value3.9212
Overall lens rating

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Owner reviews: Super-Takumar 55 mm f/ 1.8

Bakin 1.1.2000 00:00:01
Period of use: 3 years

  • Inexpensive
  • Beautiful picture
  • Compact
  • Reliable constructive
  • Smooth Focusing


    I wish there were more aperture blades. If you close the aperture a little, bokeh is not that smooth anymore…


    Very good value for money. A good choice for portraiture. I've had 3 of these and all were of the invariable Japanese quality.