Asahi 55mm f/1.8 Super-Takumar SMC

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The multi-coated version of the Asahi Super-Takumar 55 mm f/1.8 was the kit lens for the Asahi Pentax Spotmatic SLR back in 1960ies. Expect to pay around USD 30 for it on eBay.

Optically, this is a very good lens. It is sharp wide open, and produces saturated colours with a very nice soft bokeh. 55 mm is the ideal focal length for portraits on a DX body.

Mechanical construction is all metal. It gives a very solid feel.

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Mount: M42.
Format: FX/135.
Aperture range: f/1.8 to f/16.
Focus: Manual.
Filter diameter: 49 mm.
IR: No hotspot reports.
Production: 1971-1976.

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