This got me thinking again about some of the other Takumars I’ve owned and used.
Quite simply they’re my favourite single lens brand, due to their luxurious feel, high build quality, beautiful performance, and that the M42 mount makes them highly adaptable to all manner of other film and digital cameras.
With film, I’ve used Takumars on their native M42 bodies, like the wonderful Asahi Spotmatic F and Spotmatic ES, a dozen or more Pentax K mount bodies, like the ME Super, MG, MV, A and more, Chinon and Ricoh K mount bodies, a Contax 139 Quartz and 167MT, possibly the two most beautiful SLRs I’ve ever used, plus their Yashica cousins.
One of my cheapest but most effective film combos was a Takumar plus Canon EOS 500, the latter of which cost me 99p.
On the digital front, Takumars have graced a Sony NEX 3N, Sony A100 and A350 DSLRs, five or six Pentax DLSRs, and a Micro Four Thirds Panasonic Lumix GF1.
Back to the Takumars though, and here are a selection of my favourite images.
Have you used any Asahi Takumars, and if so which are your favourites? What’s your favourite brand/range of lenses you’ve ever used?
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