1957: Takumar

The first series of Takumar lenses, made for the Asahi Pentax (AP) was named just Takumar. They were preset lenses, which means one has to first choose the correct aperture settings, then turn the second aperture ring to the smallest number (full opening) to obtain maximum light for focusing, and finally turn the the same ring back till it stops at the preset aperture value before releasing the shutter. It may seem more complicated than it really is. The preset Takumars followed the AP and the S model until the next generation, the Auto-Takumars, came with the Asahi Pentax K in 1958. In spite of this, preset Takumar lenses were to be produced for many years to come.

1957: Takumar 35/4:

The Takumar 35/4 was the first japanese wide angel lens for SLR cameras. Due to the mirror construction, most producers did not find the room for a wide angle lens, as it demanded more space within the camera. Asahi/Takumar was the first producer to solve this. Note: rangefinder cameras had wide angle lenses for many years already, since there was no mirror to to block the somewhat deeper construction demanded to make a wide angle lens. Sn: 214601.
Filter size 46, weight 135 grams. Aperture 4 to 22. Note that there was only one aperture ring, not the usual double ring for preset and opening.

1957: Takumar 55/2,2:

The most common standard lens to follow the first Asahi Pentax cameras was the 55/2,2. Here one of my four of the kind, the sn.146421 (AP). The others being: 142996 (AP), 145135 (AP), 146567 (AP), 161501 (S).
Filter size 46, 155 grams. Aperture 2,2 to 22.

1957: Takumar 58/2:

The rarest of the three normal lenses to follow the AP: The Takumar 58/2. 6 elements, 4 groups. 46 mm filter. Sn. 150277.
f 2-22. Height: 31 mm compressed, 39 mm extracted. Weight: 160 grams.

1957: Takumar 58/2,4:

Another of the first M 42 lenses, the 58/2,4. Sn: 154707.
Filter size 46, 155 grams. Aperture 2,4 to 22.

1964: Macro-Takumar 50/4:

This Macro-Takumar was a late preset one, produced first in 1964.
This first Macro-Takumar weighed 265 grams. Filterdiameter 49. Shown compressed.
Fully extended.

1958: Takumar 105/2,8:

The 105/2,8 portrait tele. Sn: 173230.
Filterdiameter 46. Weight: 250 grams.

1957: Takumar 135/3,5:

The 3,5 135mm Takumar lens was introduced in 1957, but came in two versions; the first edition from 1957 till 1961 had a close focus of 200 cm weighing 300 grams, while the second edition had another construction. Close focus was 150cm and weight was 315 grams. Both editions had 5 elements in 4 groups. S.n. on this one is 358997. While the first edition had Japan written in front, this one wrote "Lens made in Japan". Might be a good way of separating them.
Filter size 46, 300 grams. Aperture 3,5 to 22.
Another lens of the second edition, produced between 1961 and 1966, the 135/3,5 sn: 483683.

1958: Takumar 200/3,5:

This amazing lens was introduced in 1958, although this copy is produced some years later. Sn: 1434451.
Filter size 67, 750 grams without collar. Aperture 3,5 to 22.

1962 (1958): Tele-Takumar 200/5,6:

The Tele-Takumar 200/5,6 was released in 1962, but identical to the Takumar version from 1958. Sn: 1887516.
Filterdiameter 49. Weight 370 grams. Aperture 5,6 to 22.

Bosse 14.04.2017 11:04

Thank you, Baard-Einar!

Jon 04.04.2017 19:56

Can you advise a good source for information on the variations in M42 extension tubes made by Pentax?

Baard-Einar 13.04.2017 17:05


Have a look here for info. https://www.pentaxforums.com/accessoryreviews/Bellows-Extension-Tubes-Etc-Genuine-Pentax-c102.html

Both K and m42 are mentioned

Bosse 10.04.2017 18:50

Sorry, but no. I would have suggested Pentax Forum, but they have a review on the Auto set for K-mount, only. Anyone out there who can help?

Bosse 25.10.2014 21:32

Oh yes, there are still several lenses missing in my collection. I have been working on Rectaflex lately, but still trying to keep an eye on old Pentax goodies!

FSP 24.10.2014 21:50

The rarest of all : theTakumar 85mm F1.9 and the 1957 55mm 1.8..still looking forward them since 3 years without success;)

FSP 24.10.2014 21:46

Dear Bosse good news ,i'd just got a beautilful 1957 Takumar 55mm F2.2 and a 1957 105mm F2.8. Two lenses aremissing in your collection (and mine!) it seems:

FSP 30.07.2014 20:58

Just shared on my professional FB ;) :

FSP 30.07.2014 15:10

Hi Boss,
Just back from the US where i found two new 35mm f4 boxed and ..A brand new 58mm f2,4!! So happy

Bosse 30.07.2014 15:36

Wow! Congratulations!

Bosse 01.01.2014 22:59

A happy New Year to everyone!
And to FSP: Congratulations with the 35/4 Takumar!

FSP 01.01.2014 22:02

Wish you a happy near Bosse!

FSP 01.01.2014 22:01

Dear Bosse good news: i 'd just got a 1957 Takumar 35/4 , brand new condition and boxed, i seem lucky eh? Still looking forward some 58mm..

FSP 04.12.2013 11:01

My pleasure dear Bosse. Congratulation for your @site ,i'm also a collector of Takumar and professionnal photographer i own also a brand new AP K model of 1958

Bosse 04.12.2013 01:24

Hi again,
You are right, the lying lens is an Auto-Takumar, while the standing one is my Takumar version. I have them both. Will be corrected. Thanks again!

FSP 03.12.2013 22:17

Again me, excuse me but i saw another little bug: in the auto Takumar section,about the 1959: Auto-Takumar 105/2,8 the second picture i sone of a 1958 Takumar

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02.11 | 16:32

Thank you! I should have said around 500000. Also remember that sometimes a top plate was broken and had to replace it with a spare one numbered differently.

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I think your SN indications for the S1 may be a little off. I just picked up a chrome one with SN 527384.

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