Topcon RE Auto Topcor f1.8 58mm

It is the general concensus that all 50mm 'normal' lenses are very good, and I would agree with that, but there are a few that are special and this is one of them. It has everything, extreme sharpness, excellent contrast and microcontrast, rich vibrant colours, smooth bokeh, it just paints beautiful images with exceptional quality. Amazing for a 1960s lens, I directly compared it to my CZJ Biotar 2/58 of the same age and the Topcor blows it away, in fact, the Topcor can compete with much later and more well known top lenses such as the Contax Planar 1.7/50 and Leica Summicron-R 2/50. 



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Fact Sheet


Vendor name Type Compatible camera systems
RE Auto
Focal Min(mm) Focal Max(mm) Focus Min(cm)
Aperture Max Aperture Min. Barrel length(mm)
1.8 22

Elements In Group Diaphragm action Weight (g)


Filter Size (mm) Push on diameter (mm) Angular field

User Comments

That 58/1.8 is a seriously sharp lens. The mount is physically interchangeable with the Exakta mount. - Nathan Tenny

The mechanical quality and finish are both top shelf too, the smoothness and damping ofthe focus mechanism is a joy to use, in terms of engineering excellence, this surpasses all others, even the Leica Summicron-R 2/50.
This lens is often available for less than 100USD and at that price it is a steal. The mount is the same as the Exakta bayonet but with a couple of added levers to communicate with a Topcon body. Adaptation to modern digital cameras is possible using an Exakta type adapter.

Comments (3)
Topcor lenses
3Monday, 01 June 2015 00:15
Kurt Ingham
The 1.4 is even better - though quite large! Adapters for the other Topcon mount are now available and the lenses are much better than expected (and VERY inexpensive). Not in the elite category with the RE units, though
2Wednesday, 23 January 2013 12:22
One of the problems is that there are two totally different Topcon mounts and three variants of the Topcon R mount! That means different adapters... :-(
Seriously Sharp!
1Thursday, 17 January 2013 23:08
Nathan Tenny
That 58/1.8 is a seriously sharp lens. The mount is physically interchangeable with the Exakta mount.

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