Sunday, 25 May 2014

Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 50mm f1.4 M42 Lens Review

Let me introduce you the superberb old lens from Japan, here S-M-C Takumar.

Takumar is the famous optical factory from japan well known as "Asahi Opti Co." which produced a lot of high quality lenses. S-M-C Takumar is one of those lenses. Great built in quality, great optical design. S-M-C (Super Multicoated) Takumar in my opinion one of the best 50mm lenses. Some people said Takumar 50mm f1.4 is planar killer (Carl Zeiss Planar 50mm f1.4). Supermulticoated (S-M-C in front barrel of lens) is the rare one. Luckily i got one. Here some sample from this lens

Front View of Takumar

Side View

Back View

Image test Result (i used Sony NEX 5N)
S-M-C Takumar 50mm f1.4

Even though this lens already old but its perform is still outstanding for me. Great dimension, great bokeh, great tonal.

S-M-C Takumar 50mm f`.4
The coating of this lens coated by radioactive, no wonder its image result would be different, Hope all of you can try this lens.

S-M-C Takumar 50mm f1.4


YES -- I Have one on my Spotmatic F and I also have on a 'gift' CONTAX RTS II Quartz the 50mm f1.4 PLANAR and the Takumar is just as sharp, even though 'older' . The Takumar is the 'Radio-Active' one and slightly 'yellowed' .

Thx Peter , Yap takumar will yellowed due its age because radioactive coating. :D

For you whats the best lens takumar or planar?

Nuno = For takumar 8 element if you compare to planar 50mm f1.4 is nearly equal. Planar good in 3D pop up . takumar good in yellowish tonal. :)
wide open planar has a little bit purple fringing :)

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