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Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 55 mm f/ 1.8 Lens

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Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 55 mm f/ 1.8 lens

Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 55 mm f/ 1.8 lens

Optical design

Super-Multi-Coated 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: 1971

Last year of production: 1972

Optical design: 6 elements in 5 groups

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Average price: $40

Specifications:

Focal lengthMax. apertureMin. apertureBladesMin. Focus (m.)Filter Ø (mm.)Weight (gr/oz)Length (mm/in)
55mmf/1.8f/1660.4549239/8,445/1,8

Additional information:

Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 55mm f/1.8 is the second last version of this lens. The focus ring is made of metal. The last version, from 1972 upwards, has a rubber ring and the lettering is "SMC".

The PROs of this Lens are:

  •  sharpness
  •  contrast
  •  Colors
  •  built Quality
  •  haptics
  •  smooth bokeh

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Posted by: Andreas Lindemann   Date of publication: 31.05.2015


Mechanical quality4.754
Optical quality5.004
Usability4.754
Pricing / Value5.004
Bokeh5.004
Overall lens rating
4.90

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Owner reviews: Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 55 mm f/ 1.8

Leo Koikov 22.02.2017 19:00:52
Period of use: 10 days

Strengths:

All the PROs listed above are 100% true

Mechanically better than Super-Multi-Coated 7-element Tak 50 1.4 

Half-stops

Buttery smooth focusing with longer throw than the 50 1.4 and tactile feedback similar to the preset Tak 50 f4 macro. Semi-erotic experience...

Dirt cheap


Weaknesses:

None


Comments:

Stunning image quality on Fuji X-E2, pretty much a Leica territory. As someone said "this should be the legendary normal range Takumar, not the 50 1.4". I do like the IQ of the Super-Multi-Coated 7-element Tak 50 1.4 on Fiji X-E2 but the Super-Multi-Coated Tac 55 1.8 and Super-Multi-Coated Tac 50 4 macro are really special. I have K-mount Pentax-A 50mm 1.2, SMC Pentax-M 50mm 1.7, Pentax-FA 50mm 1.4 and while my copies are not bad lenses by any standards, they do not live up to their reputation neither on Pentax K-5 nor on Fiji X-E2. Those 2 Tacs certainly do!

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