|Posted: Thu Apr 30, 2009 1:42 pm Post subject: Asahi Auto Takumar 35/3.5
|I was quite curious how this lens performs in comparision with other 35mm Takumars, that is why I decided to get one. Well... the lens is even smaller than the Super / S-M-C Takumar 35/3.5:
Optical performance isn't bad, but definately not stunnig. My copy doesn't hit infinity with my adapter (checked also on split-screen praktica), so I used thinner adapter for testing.
Lens is based on retrofocal tessar-based design. I expected great sharpness and distracticnq bokeh. But the lens performed in a different way.
CA - very well corrected, almost none.
Sharpness - centre is very acceptable even at f/3.5, but sharpeness decreases radially, so corners are softer. I obtained best results at f/11, however per-pixel detail is still not at the level of S-M-C 35/3.5, Super 35/2 "PRO" or Auto 35/2.3.
Bokeh seems to be quite good for a 35mm lens, but OOF lights can show disc with ring-like borders (similar to tessar).
First two shots are taken at f/3.5, last one at f/11. All of them can be viewed in full resolution.
I think this lens is good budget performer, but Super / S-M-C 35/3.5 is sharper to me and its price is very close.
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