Asahi Pentax Super-Takumar 105mm f2.8 M42 Lens Review

I guess everybody heard about Takumar lenses quality and so many people use the common ones like 135mm Takumar lenses. They are sharp, quality built lenses. Imagine this quality in a faster, shorter focal length. This lens a perfect, portrait lens very well built, reasonable fast and sharp wide open.Quite rare lens show up two or three times per year on Ebay. In my opinion quality is good as than it's more expensive brother Takumar 85mm f1.8. I really enjoyed to work with this lens. Easy to handle , light weight, always a good performer.

Fact Sheet

Vendor name Type Product year
 Asahi Pentax
Focal Min(mm) Focal Max(mm) Focus Min(cm)
Aperture Max Aperture Min. Barrel length(mm)
 2.8  22  
Elements In Group Diaphragm action Weight (g)
Auto|Manual  285
Filter Size (mm) Push on diameter (mm) Angular field


User Comments

This is an excellent lens that I have used off and on for portraits for about 30 years - starting when I took a portrait class in the Army! Also it is light and handy.


I use a 105/2.8 Super Takumar occasionally and it is an excellent portrait lens, comparable with the Canon 100/2.8 that I have but smaller and lighter. There was also an M42 SMC multicoated version too which might cope with flare better for a backlit portrait but the Super Takumar is fine with a lens hood on it.



Comments (3)
Boa lente x preco
3Wednesday, 09 July 2014 12:53
Uso geralmente quando vou ao campo, passeios pela pequena cidade fotografando as pessoas e vegetacao.
Pela construcao e seu valor, me sinto mais tranquilo em andar com ela pelas ruas espetada na minha D70s....
I have two copies of this lens
2Saturday, 17 December 2011 06:23
One copy is old and beatup, the other one is mint, both produce the greatest, sharpest photos ever. I discover this lens late in life and does not como off my camera for a moment.
Rugged lens
1Tuesday, 21 September 2010 19:45
One of my favourites when I was still shooting film. Rugged enough to survive an expedition through the Altaj mountains.

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