Pentax Super-Takumar 55mm f/2.0 Asahi. If you’re looking to purchase this lens I always check Adorama and Ebay for good deals. It helps me if you purchase it through one of these links here in this review. When you purchase through these links it financially enables me to devote time to develop this site further. Thanks for the help! -Todd
7.2 oz (203g)
1.5 feet (0.45 meters).
6 blades stopping down to f/16.
f/2 A little soft with low contrast and quite a bit of chromatic aberration.
f/2.8: Sharper with a bit better contrast and less chromatic aberration.
f/3.5: Sharper yet with less chromatic aberration.
f/4: Sharper yet with almost no chromatic aberration.
f/8: Very sharp.
There is a fair bit of vignetting at f/2 and quickly clears around f/2.8 and almost gone by f/3.5.
Amazing blur and perfect for a portrait lens.
A fair amount of Barrel Distortion.
On MF Camera
Optics: ★ ★ ★
Mechanics: ★ ★ ★ ★
Ergonomics: ★ ★ ★
Usefulness: ★ ★ ★
Availability: ★ ★
Overall: ★ ★ ★
On AF Camera
Ergonomics: ★ ★
Overall: ★ ★ ★
Out of 5
Want a fantastic 55mm lens at f/2 and don’t mind manual focus then this lens is a bargain. The lens is a little soft at f/2 with a fair amount of chromatic aberration. If you don’t mind stopping it down a bit then this lens is very sharp and fantastic! Plus they are not too hard to find. One thing you need to watch out for is that the elements can turn a yellow tinge over time but this is really easy to get rid of just by simply shining a UV light in it for a little while.
The lens is tiny, handles really well, and is simple to use.
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