Takumar Beauty with Super-Takumar 50mm f/1.4 8-element and Sony A7

super-takumar 50mm f/1.4 8-element

super-takumar 50mm f/1.4 8-element

super-takumar 50mm f/1.4 8-element

super-takumar 50mm f/1.4 8-element

super-takumar 50mm f/1.4 8-element

Some square crops with Super-Takumar 50mm f/1.4 8-element and Sony A7. Some of the shots don't have the critical focus but I like the color and bokeh in my first day with the lens.    They are shot with Super-Takumar 50mm f/1.4 8-element in f/1.4 and f/2.0 with Sony A7. I went through great length of trouble with repeated return of 8-element version of the Super-Takumar 50mm f/1.4. When I finally get a good copy, it is worth the efforts, the tiny Super-Takumar have good color, contrast and off-focus rendering is smooth and pleasing. 

I tried two other lenses to shoot similar scene the next day with Contax G Carl Zeiss Planar 45mm f/2.0 and Canon FD 50mm f/1.4 SSC. The Takumar wins hand-down on the bokeh and color though the Canon is not too bad to my surprises. The Canon has a much warmer tone and more glowing edges at wide open aperture. I hate my Contax experience not because of poor quality but I use it with a Deo TechArt AF v2 adapter and it just kills the experience with AF hunting. But even if I have a perfect adapter, my biased opinion goes straight to the 8-element version of the Super-Takumar 50mm f/1.4.


remister said...

Hello, found your blog through some old posts made on photo.net with the Takumars! I just got a Super Multi Coated Takumar 50mm f1.4 and have an a7. Which adapter are you using for it? I want to make sure I get the right one. Thanks!

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