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Lens model: Asahi Pentax Super Takumar 85mm f/1.9

At a glance: The Asahi Pentax Super Takumar 85mm f/1.9 lens is legendary for its superior build quality, exquisite optics, tack sharpness, and second-to-none bokeh. The version I acquired for testing turned out to be a rather rare iteration, featuring a minimum aperture of f/10 (instead of the usual f/16 or less common f/20) and 6 aperture blades (versus the usual 8).

Our score: 9/10

Where to buy: ebay, Amazon


Asahi Pentax Super Takumar 85mm f/1.9 at a glance

  • Excellent sharpness, colors and contrast
  • Very little barrel distortion(-0.40% average over all aperatures)
  • Low lateral chromatic aberration
  • Fast and bright f/1.9 maximum aperture allows for shallow depth of field and for good results in low-light photography
  • Quite sharp at center wide open at f/1.9 and sharpest across the frame by f/5.6
  • Excellent image compression for a good bokeh effect
  • Ideal for weddings, portraits, and other close up work

Asahi Pentax Super Takumar 85mm f/1.9 Adapted for my Sony A7rii

Asahi Pentax Super Takumar 85mm f/1.9 Adapted for Sony A7rii

Asahi Pentax Super Takumar 85mm f/1.9 (Images)

Technical Specifications

Focal Length (35mm format): 85mm
Maximum Aperture: f/1.9
Minimum Aperture: f/10
Mount format: M42 Universal Screw Mount
Format: 35mm Film
Angle of View (35mm format): 29° 24°
Focusing Distance: 0.85m to Inifinity
Elements/Groups: 5 elements in 4 groups
Number of Blades: 6
Focus type: Manual Focus (MF)
Filter size: 58mm
Manufacturer: Asahi Pentax
Country of Manufacture: Japan
Weight: 282g

Equipment

The sample images in this post were captured using a Sony A7r, Mark III

The product images were captured using a Samsung Galaxy Note 9