Asahi Pentax Takumar 85mm 1.8
The Asahi Pentax Takumar 85mm 1.8 Super-Multi-Coated is a fast portraiture lens that offers great sharpness, a good bookeh paired with above average build quality. As all the other Takumar lenses it has great ergonomics and is a joy to shoot. Its’ main competitor is certainly the Carl Zeiss 1.8 80mm Pancolar.
Asahi Pentax Takumar 85mm 1.8 Versions
The 85mm Asahi Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 1.8 was manufactured in Japan in the 1970ies. It is available in an all black finish. All lenses are Super-Multi-Coated. It was manufactured with M42 mount and Pentax K mount.
- M42 / Pentax mount
- Pentax K
- Lens elements: 6
- Minimum focusing distance: 85cm
- Filter mount: M58 x 0.75
Asahi Pentax Takumar 85mm 1.8 Recommendation
- excellent bookeh
- very sharp, also in the corners
- fast lens
- solid metal construction
- superb ergonomics
- infinity focus works on Canon DSLR
The 85mm Takumar is a classic portraiture lens that offers both stunnigly sharp images and a superb bookeh. It is probably the best Takumar lens along with the 1.4 50mm Takumar.
It is very sharp even when shot wide open. At f1.8 it can handle most available light shots. Its’ bookeh is really amazing.
The focusing is very precise. The all metal and glass construction really sets standards in terms of build quality. It is a joy to shoot with. Personally I prefer the 1.8 85mm Takumar over the Carl Zeiss Jena 1.8 80mm.
- hard to find
- heavy all metal construction
85mm Takumar is regarded as the best lens in the Takumar line up and as one of the best lenses in its’ focal length range. As such it has become very collectable and it is not available for a bargain price. Lenses using the Pentax-K mount tend to be a bit cheaper.
As the Takumar 85mm is a solid all metal construction it is also a bit heavy. This does not make it very suitable to shoot on compact cameras such as micro 4/3 systems.
Asahi Pentax Takumar 85mm 1.8 Video
Video shot at F8 on Canon full frame