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Super Takumar 55mm f/1.8 vs M42 Fujinon 55mm f/1.8
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 12, 2021 3:29 pm    Post subject: Super Takumar 55mm f/1.8 vs M42 Fujinon 55mm f/1.8 Reply with quote

I received the Fujinon a couple of weeks ago, and played a bit with it. Already through the viewfinder I could see this lens is a solid performer. Today I decided to compare it to another favorite classic, the Super Takumar 55mm f/1.8. Understand this test is limited to what I'm actually testing. Camera A7RII on tripod, with 2 sec self timer.

This is what the lenses look like:



The pictures:

bokehcomparison55mm by devoscasper, on Flickr

First thing that struck me, is that the Super Takumar has bigger bokeh balls, probably indicating a slightly wider aperture at all aperture settings compared to the Fujinon. Furthermore: both lenses have hexagonal bokeh balls when stopped down.

Then, 100% crops of wine label:

crops55mma by devoscasper, on Flickr


Wide open, the Fujinon looks a bit sharper to me, most apparent when looking at the right side of the label.
At f/2.8 the Fujinon is very sharp. Look at the texture of the paper. At smaller apertures, the differences are minor.

Lets look at another 100% crop:

crops55mm by devoscasper, on Flickr

The difference wide open is negligible. At f/2.8, the Fujinon is incredibly sharp, more so than the Takumar. At smaller apertures, the Fujinon is slightly sharper, but the difference is minimal.

Winner of this (limited) lens test is the Fujinon IMO. It is incredibly sharp at f/2.8, considering this is a lens designed for film and not a 42+ mp camera. It actually looks like center resolution is at its optimum at this aperture, which surprises me.
Handling of both lenses is incredibly good.


PostPosted: Sun Sep 12, 2021 4:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you, caspert79.
Your comparisons are concise and well laid out.


PostPosted: Sun Sep 12, 2021 6:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

55 wrote:
Thank you, caspert79.
Your comparisons are concise and well laid out.


Thanks 😊, I’ll actually have to test them more thoroughly outside, but two small kids and a busy job 😉


PostPosted: Sun Sep 12, 2021 8:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

caspert79 wrote:

. . . but two small kids and a busy job 😉


Yes, understood.
It's good to have such "problems" Smile.


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 12, 2021 10:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you for these.
I have always liked both lenses for their wonderful buttery bokeh
My Fujinon seems a little "crisper" closed down than my Tak but I love the Takumar for portraits.
I have owned and sold many nifty fifties, but these two stay
Tom


PostPosted: Mon Sep 13, 2021 11:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interesting test, I have both lenses - I use the Takumar a lot, but the Fujinon very rarely. (I usually use the 2.2 bokeh king.)

Your Takumar looks a lot warmer, is the lens yellowed?


PostPosted: Mon Sep 13, 2021 5:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lloydy wrote:
Interesting test, I have both lenses - I use the Takumar a lot, but the Fujinon very rarely. (I usually use the 2.2 bokeh king.)

Your Takumar looks a lot warmer, is the lens yellowed?


I think it's the room light. Outside, colors are cooler than the Takumar's.


PostPosted: Mon Sep 13, 2021 5:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oldhand wrote:
Thank you for these.
I have always liked both lenses for their wonderful buttery bokeh
My Fujinon seems a little "crisper" closed down than my Tak but I love the Takumar for portraits.
I have owned and sold many nifty fifties, but these two stay
Tom


Yeah, and they are real bargains, so no need to sell them.


PostPosted: Mon Sep 13, 2021 7:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

caspert79 wrote:
Oldhand wrote:
Thank you for these.
I have always liked both lenses for their wonderful buttery bokeh
My Fujinon seems a little "crisper" closed down than my Tak but I love the Takumar for portraits.
I have owned and sold many nifty fifties, but these two stay
Tom


Yeah, and they are real bargains, so no need to sell them.


I agree with Oldhand about these two. They're both excellent.

I will say this: I own three of the Takumars, and seven of the Fujinons. There's a reason. The Takumars obviously have superb build quality, and they're all equal performers. The Fujinons have a lot more variation in performance from unit to unit, but the two best ones I own are just absolutely incredible. What sold me was shooting macro with them. Using the good ones I can stop them down to f/16 and they're just stunningly sharp - so sharp I couldn't believe my eyes the first time I looked at my RAWs. Unfortunately they don't all measure up to that standard.

Interestingly, my one of my best Fujinons is an old silver-aperture-ring version, and the other is an EBC, so there's not telling whether you've got a great one or just a good one unless you try it out.

The other M42 lens I'd throw into this comparison is the 55mm Auto Mamiya/Sekor f/1.8. I'm impressed with mine every time I try it.


PostPosted: Mon Sep 13, 2021 7:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

KEO wrote:

The other M42 lens I'd throw into this comparison is the 55mm Auto Mamiya/Sekor f/1.8. I'm impressed with mine every time I try it.


Interesting. I did quite a large test of 50/55/58 mm lenses last year. Most lenses performed equal. But the Mamiya EF 50/1.7 showed that extra bit of sharpness that I see in my Fujinon as well. I should compare the Mamiya and Fujinon one day.