Takumar vs Super Takumar ??

J.C. O'Connell hifisapi at gate.net
Wed Jul 21 16:25:03 EDT 2010

takumars are single coated manual aperture lenses for the most part.
Super takumars were single coated with automatic apertures. the 
final smc takumars were smc coated. Those are the most desireable
especially on lenses with a lot of elements like zooms or wide angles.

J.C. O'Connell (mailto:hifisapi at gate.net)
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Subject: Re: Takumar vs Super Takumar ??

Frankly, I would not worry much about the slight differences between them.
They are all superb fun. If you find one reasonably priced BUY IT.

Take for example the 50mm f1.4. I learned on this list just a few days ago
that there are two versions of the Super Takumar, an earlier 8 element
design and a later 7. The 7 element design continued up to the last SMC
Takumar and only the coatings changed. I suppose the conventional wisdom
would be that the coatings only got better over time, but some people
actually desire the earliest model for portraiture BECAUSE it is a bit
softer wide open.

There is nothing like the feeling of the old Taks (any of them) and I
especially appreciate that they are designed to NOT ROLL OFF your table top.

Darren Addy
Kearney, NE

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