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 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

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Testing has begun with the 45mm F4 and in all honesty its a nice lens. Maybe a tad weighty and cumbersome for street photography focusing is pretty simple and easy to use. So its questionable at this early stage to use the aperture open just at F4 and I’ve opted to close down to eliminate lens softness. I think the softness is more the fact that the lens is optimised for film photography. F4 predominately used for indoors to get as much light into the sensor as possible. So far results look good.

[•] Mirrored Opera House

This is an excellent lens oozes character that suits my style of photography. Enjoyable and easy to focus 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 lense’s 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.

[•] Psh Scarf

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

[•] Sydney Opera House Panoramic

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

Review in progress please come back.

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

[•] GFX50s with Pentax 6X7 55mm F3.5 Sample

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.

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

Review in progress please come back.

👓 Pentax 6X7 Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 70mm F4

Review in progress please come back.

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

[•] Pentax Takumar 6X7 90mm F2.8 Lens

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.

[•] Pentax Takumar 6X7 90mm F2.8 Lens @F2.8 with GFX50s

How can I complain about shooting a few stops over with a back lit subject with this classic lens and get a result as above. 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 millimetres and leaves no room for error. Thank god we have excellent control with digital punch in with today’s mirrorless 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.

[•] Pentax Takumar 6X7 90mm F2.8 Lens @F2.8 with GFX50s
[•] Pentax Takumar 6X7 90mm F2.8 Lens @F8 with GFX50s

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 135mm F4 Macro

Review in progress please come back.

[•] Fujifilm GFX50s with Pentax 45mm 6X7 SMC Lens

Recommended Adapter use the Kipon 67-GFX. The Fotodiox adapter had play in the fitment on both flange mounts. That small amount of play was enough to not en still confidence in the product. The Kipon is a quality product snapped into place. Solid construction and completes the setup.

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