Using a different lens every week (ahmm… well) for 70+ weeks (or more)… ;)

Week 5: Asahi Super-Takumar 3.5/135

This week I present the last Takumar lens of my collection. I used to have some more but sold the others – something that I regularly do in order to pay for new gear. 😉

This Takumar 3.5/135 looks like a typical Super-Takumar lens and offers the built and handling quality that each of this series provides. Focus is smooth, the lens feels well constructed and manufactured. You never get the impression that it might let you down.

It’s optical performance is being discussed a lot in all those internet boards and forums. Some say it’s a great lens, others complain about certain flaws. Often a bad bokeh is mentioned. I cannot agree to that. OK, I do have lenses that generate a much smoother bokeh, but the Tak 135 has yet to disappoint me.

Asahi Super-Takumar 3.5/135

Click to see larger...


This image shows that even with nasty twigs in the ooF areas the lens behaves well. Bokeh highlights, though, could be rendered a bit more pleasant, I’ll grant you that.

Sharpness and contrast are very good – this is kind of characteristic for Takumars.

Asahi Super-Takumar 3.5/135

Click to see larger...

With a maximum aperture of f/3.5 this 135mm lens is not really fast, but it’s not far away from the widely spread 2.8/135 lenses and the f/3.5 makes this lens a little more affordable. This Takumar is an underrated lens. You can find it for rather little money regularly. Thus it’s a fantasic lens for those who want to start a collection or those who want to try shooting with a 135mm lens, as long as you can cope with the minimum focus distance of 1.5 metres. The M42-screwmount is easily adapted to EOS, Sigma, Pentax or Olympus DSLRs.

Asahi Super-Takumar 3.5/135

Click to see larger...


Asahi Super-Takumar 3.5/135

Click to see larger...





3 responses

  1. hi I was luck to discover your subject in google
    your Topics is splendid
    I learn a lot in your subject really thanks very much
    btw the theme of you blog is really magnificentsuper
    where can find it

    November 30, 2010 at 08:03

  2. Ha. A photographer with the same WordPress theme AND sporting the Super Tak?! What are the chances? Nice to meet you. Sweet shots. (I love my Tak too.)

    September 13, 2014 at 01:13

    • Hi! This “blog” meanwhile has turned into one with lower priority, I’m afraid. But nice that you like your Takumar lenses, too. 🙂

      September 15, 2014 at 16:38

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s