My first prime


I just got my first prime: the Super Takumar 50mm f1.4 lens



The focus mechanism of this lens is beautiful – so much smoother & capable of subtle/fine adjustment than any of my Canon lenses!


the only downside to this lens is that it is radioactive!

“Radiation coming from an old lens from the early 1970s is measured with a simple geiger counter. This lens is the famous 50mm f/1.4 Super-Multicoated Takumar (S-M-C Takumar), well known for its radioactive thorium glass element near the rear of the lens. Some photographers claim this lens is one of the finest ever made, and use it as one of their favorites, despite the radioactivity.”

7 Responses to My first prime

  1. Wow, awesome! I have the 28, 35, 50, and 135. Silky focus pulling. I find the images pleasantly contrasty. Been shooting video with ’em too. So glad you’re on the SuperTak train!

    • tim says:

      fantastic – I am hunting for some wide SuperTak lenses now!

      • Jon Tidey says:

        I think 28mm was the widest they made. My camera has a 2x crop factor so that 28mm would look quite a bit narrower.

        I tried the 300mm at a camera shop, looked ridiculous on my little camera but image quality was really nice. Super shaky handheld.

        These vintage lenses feel so solid, I think the modern equivalent would be the Voitlanders, but they open up to F0.95, for $1000. At F0.95 they must have a microscopic area of focus, F1.8 is hard to use for closeups and portraits at times.

  2. Jon Tidey says:

    Very nice! I have the 55mm F1.8 and it’s my main lens for my Micro Four Thirds camera (Olympus E-PL5). I love it, $50 well spent.

  3. robin says:

    There’s nothing like a prime, and I have shot with little else since 1981. Pentax have made some of the truly outstanding lenses in SLR history. The Taks also have the advantage of being cheap, something you cannot say of the FA Limiteds — nice though they are!

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