XVI. Pentax Takumar 6X7

Information Related to everything Pentax Takumar 6X7

[•] Fujifilm Meets Pentax 6X7

Welcome to the world of Pentax Takumar 6X7 Super Multi Coated Lenses.

I hope to grow this page with information on the Takumar 6X7 series lenses engraved with the text “Super-Multi-Coated” on the front. Will be an on going project.

These are the focal lengths for review 45mm F4, 55mm F3.5, 75mm F4.5,  90mm F2.8, 105mm F2.4 and 135mm F4 Macro as a complete set, review and test.

Super-Multi-Coated â€“ The early Takumar lenses were made with single-layer coated elements and along the production line by 1971 Pentax upped their game with the introduction of Super-Multi-Coated lenses which have up to 7 layers of coatings. This attention to detail and production process corresponded with efficiency problems. Many professionals in the photography industry stand by the quality of these Pentax lenses often saying that Takumar’s were better than Zeiss and Leica

[•] Pentax Takumar 6X7 Lens Set

After much research regarding these Pentax lenses I have found that they are phenomenal in performance. You can find these lenses for amazing value that will definitely grow in value. Modern medium format digital might eat into your budget but the option in lens choice like this are in a class of their own. 

[•] The ASAHI Pentax Way by Herbert Keppler
[•] Pentax Takumar 6X7 Lens Talk

👓 Pentax 6X7 Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 45mm F4

[•] Pentax Takumar 6X7 45mm SMC F4
[•] Australian Way of Life Version 2 B&W
[•] Apple Craze is Over?

Testing begun with the 45mm F4 and in all honesty its a nice lens and build quality by Pentax is second to none. Maybe a tad weighty and and bulky but compared to today’s Canon RF lenses released these Pentax are very acceptable. Can be cumbersome for street photography and travel. Focusing is pretty simple and easy to use. At this stage I decided to use the aperture open at F4 and if needed close down for landscapes to eliminate lens any softness but I believe this is going to be a sharp lens. I think the softness comes from lens design optimized for film photography. F4 predominately to get as much light into the sensor as possible as slow shutter speeds on the GFX is quite challenging. Let’s see how the sensor reacts when shooting wide open but so far results look great.

[•] Mirrored Opera House

I’m finding the more I use this lens the more I like it and it’s character suits my style of photography. Enjoyable to use and compliments the GFX50s sensor with a glowing warmth and richness in the colours. I do recommend a lens hood even though I don’t have one but will look at trying to find one. Unfortunately all the hoods for the 6X7 lenses are pricey in the second hand market.

[•] Opera House Wedding

An example of the lens flare typical without a hood photographing in semi-direct sunlight.

[•] Pentax Takumar 6X7 45mm SMC F4
[•] Psh Scarf

Out of all lens that I own this 45mm has instantly grown on me as the best lens for people portraits.

[•] Pentax Takumar 6X7 45mm SMC F4

Currently working on a Panoramic series of Australian icon’s using the Pentax 45mm 6X7 SMC. Results are very good and image holds a nice character.

[•] Let’s have Lunch at Barangaroo

I know Fujifilm make some fantastic lenses for the GFX system but the Pentax lenses are phenomenally fantastic and offer great value. Not only is the performance above and beyond they produce a distinguished vintage classy look. I think the style in my opinion captivates you for a second longer when looking at photographs and for me I love the extra charm visually. Manual focus a non issue these lenses they are designed to be used with mirrorless.

[•] Sydney Opera House Panoramic

Review in progress please come back.

👓 Pentax 6X7 Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 55mm F3.5

Sample until I hit the streets of Sydney but the cat is out of the bag. This lens is HUGE and I’m not gonna lie about how it looks on the camera or even when walking the streets with it. I’ve decided to name this lens “The Hulk”

[•] Pentax Takumar 6X7 55mm SMC F3.5
[•] Pentax Takumar 6X7 55mm F3.5 Lens

In all honesty the 55mm F3.5 gives a nice look to the image. sharp in the centre. fall off very good when shot wide open and a keeper in my book. subtle yet satisfying.

[•] Pentax Takumar 6X7 55mm F3.5 Lens
[•] Pentax Takumar 6X7 55mm F3.5 Lens
[•] Sea Cliff Bridge 400m
[•] Honda say Cheese
[•] Close up can you believe it.

Review in progress please come back.

👓 Pentax 6X7 Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 75mm F4

[•] Pentax Takumar 75mm 6X7 F7 Lens

Still reviewing the Pentax 75mm. We had rain for 2 days so thought i’d go for a drive down to Helensburgh metropolitan railway tunnel for a snap test photo. ND filter added with a 1 second exposure. I always feel like doing a black and white edit on this location. I think i shot this wide open at F4 and forgot to switch the lens to manual as it was supposed to be at F22 but some times a mistake changes my mind on the result. softness on the corners draws you into the tunnel so I can’t complain. But for those wanting to know edge to edge sharpness you’ll have to wait for when I next use the lens.

[•] Pentax Takumar 75mm 6X7 F7 Lens

Review in progress please come back.

👓 Pentax 6X7 Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 90mm F2.8

[•] Pentax Takumar 6X7 90mm F2.8 Lens
[•] Ford Falcon XC Coupe 
[•] Pentax Takumar 90mm 6X7 SMC F2.8

Trying to decide between the 90mm F2.8 and 105mm F2.4 was a week of research. The 105mm has a lovely bokeh and a shorter fall off compared to the 90mm. Between the two shallow depth of view varied with research and found the 90mm more to my liking especially with sharpness and lens fall off when shot wide open.

What do I think of the Pentax 6X7 90mm F2.8 SMC lens?

Lens performance at F2.8 I call it “Softsharpness” is a term I have to coin for the lens performance typical of the output at the widest aperture. See the white dot on the aperture dial. This is an interesting find on the Pentax 90mm 6X7 F2.8. So as I said Softsharpness for lens characteristics when wide open but when set to this white dot this is when the lens really shines. One important feature is the “White DOT” a highlighted indicator of the next stop down to F4 on the aperture readings. This for me is the optimal recommended setting to get the best out of the lens when aperture is set at that reading mark. If you do open all the way the images taken are significant of 1980’s fashion and typical of that look when shooting with film or easily captured when paired with digital. I do recommend setting to the “White DOT” for 99.9% of shooting to get optimal performance.

I can’t complain about shooting a few stops over with a back lit subject with this classic lens and get excellent results. So the 90mm is not razor sharp at F2.8 at least with this knowledge store it deep into the back of the brain for a specific project in the future.

Note: This lens the adjustment for focus is within millimeters and leaves no room for error. Thank god we have excellent control with digital punch in with today’s mirror-less camera’s enables shooting to be enjoyable and easy to use. I have to photograph more situations to further highlight the strengths and weaknesses of this 90mm but so far happy with the progress especially with the “White DOT” findings.

The white dot next to the full open aperture value indicates an aperture which is one full stop slower. The click stops between aperture values are equivalent to the in-between values. No click stops are provided at the extreme ends of the aperture scales.

After you go down a few stops this lens is phenomenal edge to edge sharpness. If you own this lens you know how lucky you are it just ticks all the right boxes for me as a photographer. Note As you look through the viewfinder of the GFX it feels like a 50mm but it is not lets do the math 0.79 Sensor size X 90mm = 71.1mm lens. With this focal length it feels like you can cover all bases. If compared to the 105mm the 90mm would be used more but then again it depends on what you prefer more in focal length. When in comes to image render, output, contrast and colour that is whole other ball game. The 105 has its qualities and in the end comes down to the user.

Review in progress please come back.

👓 Pentax 6X7 Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 105mm F2.4

[•] Pentax 6X7 Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 105mm F2.4

Initially I thought I’d just have the 90mm but the more I use these lenses the more I have grown to like the performance and could not resist this famous sort after lens. Phenomenal performance no doubt the 105mm will be a welcomed addition lens.

[•] Pentax 105mm 6X7 F2.4 meets Fujifilm GFX50s

The legendary Pentax 105mm meets Fujifilm GFX50s. Using a Kipon 6X7 to GFX mount makes it possible for the impossible.

[•] Pentax 105mm 6X7 F2.4 meets Fujifilm GFX50s
[•] Pentax Takumar 105mm 6X7 SMC F2.4

The 90mm is known as “The Legend” and as soon as you lift the camera to your eye you can tell this lens is for a specific task. Portraits portraits portraits. I can see why I prefer the 90mm over the 105mm but the 105mm is known for its legendary status by Pentax photographers. I do have some plans to use this lens to photograph a live band and that’s where I know this lens will shine.

I know its not ideal to shoot sport but I couldn’t to test this lens being stuck between family commitments. Next week I’m tagging along with a friend to see a live band so in between having a few sips of refreshments at the establishment I plan to take a few snaps.

[•] Pentax Takumar 105mm 6X7 SMC F2.4

Sample of my son riding his bike with a black and white convert and by testing the lens performance has cemented my thoughts on what I would use it for. Keep you all posted with more photos soon. Pentax cultists are definitely onto something.

[•] I Love a Sun burnt Country and the 105mm

Review in progress please come back.

👓 Pentax 6X7 Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 135mm F4 Macro

[•] Pentax 6X7 Extender X3, X2, X1.
[•] Pentax 135mm 6X7 F4 SMC Takumar

Probably the most difficult photograph to capture with the flowers moving in a breeze and the bee on a constant move. Tell you what this lens is a recommended favorite and works extremely well with medium format Fujifilm.

[•]  Pentax 135mm 6X7 F4 SMC Takumar
[•] Pentax 135mm 6X7 F4 SMC Takumar
[•] Pentax Bee
[•] Fujifilm GFX50s with Pentax 45mm 6X7 SMC Lens

Recommended Adapter use the Kipon 67-GFX. The Kipon is a quality product snapped into place. Solid construction and completes the setup. I wasn’t a fan of the Fotodiox adapter which had play in the fitment on both flange mounts. So it will come down to luck on the fitment of any adapter unfortunately.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s