Asahi Pentax SMC Takumar 55mm f/2 Lens Review

This lens is a second Takumar in my collection, Takumars are quite rare in Hungary. Much easier to get any Japanese and German lenses than Asahi Pentax lenses in M42 screw. So I am happy to get it, I heard about this lens: great for close-up works, because pretty sharp and focusing distance is quiet short. I found after the test this lens has beautiful bokeh and quite good sharpness. I not recommend for close-up works, just if you don't have money to take better lens for this purpose.
Asahi Pentax SMC Takumar 55mm f/2 M42
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Asahi pentax
smc takumar
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  auto-manual 200
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This lens has same sharpness than Helios-44 58mm f/2 and Biotar 58mm f/2. I found it has better bokeh than Helios and Biotar, really close for Pancolar 50mm f/1.8. If I need to make an order between this lenses, first place for Pancolar and Takumar, second place for Biotar 58mm f/2  and Helios-44 58mm f/2. If you need a very good general purpose ~50 mm lens , this lens a perfect choice.

User opinions:

A very sharp lens,very good multi coating, very high quality, all metal construction (except the rubberized focusing ring), very smooth focusing.

(Veijo Vilva)

The older 55mm f2 lens is razor sharp.

(wj Gibson) 

I really like the SMC Takumar 55mm.f2 lens very sharp with great color rendition!!!!!!

(Michael McCullough)


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Comments (3)
lens radioactivity
3Friday, 11 July 2014 12:42
Thank you so much!
lens radioactivity
2Thursday, 10 July 2014 22:15
all safe even radioactive lenses , just don't sleep with them :)
radioactive lens?
1Thursday, 10 July 2014 18:22
Dear Attila! It is an interesting site!
I have a problem with this and similar lenses, namely, they are radioacive. Is their level of radioactivity dangerous? Should I buy this lens above? Greetings/Üdvözlettel: Sándor

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