Takumar is the name that Asahi Optical gave to its lenses, notably but not exclusively those for its own SLR cameras. Named after the Japanese-American portrait painter, Takuma Kajiwara (梶原啄磨, Kajiwara Takuma), whose brother Kumao Kajiwara founded Asahi Optical. 'Normal' lenses were once-upon-a-time standard issue with the sale of a camera. This makes them turn up regularly (some more than others) on the used marketplace, and as more people use these fixed-focal gems, the more popular they are becoming.
Oct 05, 2014 · This first round of 50mm SLR camera lens testing will cover some of the fast f/1.4 glass. Four lenses total, all 50/1.4; Pentax Super Takumar, Canon FDn, Konica Hexanon AR, and SMC Pentax. Here are the vignetting test results on the top three finishers, at f/1.4. They were all pretty close. Super Takumar: -2.84(f-stops) Canon FDn: -2.7(f-stops)
Jan 13, 2009 · The early Takumar designs were gorgeously built — they’re just about the smoothest-focusing lenses ever made, Leica not excepted. This excellent mechanical construction and “feel” lasted through the SMCP-M lens, which handles marvelously (for me, the commonplace SMCP-M lens is just about ideal in terms of size, weight, feel, and handling).