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REVIEW: S-M-C Takumar 55mm f/1.8

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Posted by Bengt Köhler Sandberg 2012-07-08


S-M-C Takumar 55mm f/1.8

Made by the Asahi Optical Co. Ltd, later known as Pentax Corporation.


Specs:

Lens:
55mm

Aperture:
f/1.8 to f/16
6 bladed aperure

Focus:
Infinit to 0.45m (1.5ft)

Mount:
M42

Covers:
Standard 35mm film size (24×36 mm negative)

S-M-C Takumar 55mm
                            f/1.8

Image quality

Analogue B&W film
Great sharpness and very little cornersoftness wide open but you have some light hotspot towards the middle.
The lens is just awesome from f/2.8.
S-M-C Takumar 55mm
                            f/1.8
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f/1.8 - f/2.8 - f/4 - f/5.6 - f/8 - f/11 - f/16

Bokeh
Really good!
S-M-C Takumar
                                                    55mm f/1.8
S-M-C
                                                          Takumar 55mm
                                                          f/1.8

Flare
Handles flares very well.
S-M-C
                                                          Takumar 55mm
                                                          f/1.8
S-M-C
                                                          Takumar 55mm
                                                          f/1.8


Digital
Pictures taken with a Canon 500D at ISO100 and I used a M42 to Canon mount adapter
S-M-C
                                                          Takumar 55mm
                                                          f/1.8
Download full size image. Here (up to 5mb)
f/1.8 - f/2.8 - f/4 - f/5.6 - f/8 - f/11 - f/16

Bokeh
S-M-C
                                                          Takumar 55mm
                                                          f/1.8
S-M-C
                                                          Takumar 55mm
                                                          f/1.8
S-M-C Takumar 55mm
                                              f/1.8

Flare
S-M-C
                                                          Takumar 55mm
                                                          f/1.8


Filming
S-M-C Takumar 55mm
                                            f/1.8

Build quality

Really good!
Robust and got a nice feel to it.


Conclusion

One of my personal favorites!
Great image quality and it look and feels great.
Can't ask for much more.


Thumbs up:
Image quality
Build quality
Feel

Thumbs down:
Light hotspot wide open but I must say that's a miner thumbs down



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S-M-C Takumar 55mm f/1.8

Technical Info
Scanner: Plustek OpticFilm 7600i
Film: Rollei RPX 100
Developer: Kodak D76

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