Pentax Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 200mm f/4.0 SM
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Pentax Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 200mm f/4.0 SM Specifications

Super-Multi-Coating

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Specifications

Pentax Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 200mm f/4.0 SM

Minimum Aperture f/22
Lens Element 5
Diaphram Fully Automatic with 
depth of field preview setting

Open aperture metering on Spotmatic F, ES, ESII

Stop-down metering on 
all M42 screw mount TTL cameras

Minimum Focusing Distance 2.5 meters/8.2 feet
Angle of View 12.5 degrees
Weight  550 grams/19.3 ounces
Length 5.4 inches
Filter Size 58mm
Lens Cap Size 60mm
Price when new $239.50

The 200mm lens is considered to be a medium telephoto lens.  This is good for wildlife, sports and news action photography.  It is light enough for hand-held telephoto shots.   The lens is compact and lightweight and uses the same sized filter and caps as the 24mm f/3.5.

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Features

Super-Multi-Coating

Super-Multi-Coating This coating - developed for spacecraft windows and precision optical machines - reduces internal reflections to a low 0.2% per air-to-glass surface. As a result, more light is transmitted to your film. Flare, fog and ghost images are virtually eliminated. Image contrast is greatly improved, even in detail areas. Color balance is also improved since transmission is more even over the visible light spectrum.

No conventionally coated lens in the world can match the performance of a Super-Multi-Coated Takumar. Shoot toward the sun or reflective surfaces. Take strongly back-lit photos. Tackle really tough lighting situations. If your lens is a Super-Multi-Coated Takumar, you can expect crisper detail, sharper contrast and more vibrant color.

To understand why this was such a great breakthrough, in lens manufacture, you need to know a few basics. All lens elements have a common problem - reflection at every glass-to-air surface. This means light transmission is lost, and light scattering inside the lens causes flare and ghost images.

As recently as 1940, no coating was used on photographic lenses, and less than half the light entering was transmitted through the lens. Over the years (Asahi was among the first) developed methods of depositing a thin film of magnesium fluoride on lens surfaces. This was followed by 2 or 3-layer coatings which further reduced reflections.

With the advent of the space age, researchers started work on ways to cut reflection on instrument cover glasses for high performance aircraft and for viewing windows in Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, and LEM spacecraft.

This research was the basis of the multi-coating system used exclusively on the Super-Multi-Coated Takumar lenses that cuts surface reflection to a phenomenal low of 0.2%. Ghost images are eliminated or drastically reduced, even when shooting into the sun. Reduced flare means greater contrast, much truer color, much more detail in both highlight and shadow areas.

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Pentax Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 200mm f/4.0 SM Asahi Optical began manufacturing specialized lenses in 1919, and has been producing lenses for general photography since 1932, twenty years before the Pentax, the first SLR camera from Japan - was manufactured.

Painstaking hand craftsmanship, the highest quality raw materials and the most advanced technological know-how are combined in the manufacture of each Super Takumar.

In the beginning, lens design required logarithmic tables, slide rules- and great patience. It often took three competent designers several years of steady work to complete the computation of a single 4-element lens. Today, Asahi utilizes the most modern electronic computer equipment which performs extremely complicated calculations very rapidly and with great accuracy.
Fine optics alone cannot make a superior lens; the mechanical components are equally important. Lens barrels of Super Takumar lenses are precision machined for accurate positioning of all elements. Tolerances are so tight you have to break a vacuum to disassemble some elements. Each Super Takumar has dust and moisture-proof seals and a special diaphragm damper that cuts down on wear, vibration and bounce so you get consistent aperture openings.

Pentax Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 200mm f/4.0 SM
Pentax Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 200mm f/4.0 SM All mechanical components are precision machined to microscopic tolerances. Specially lubricated, wear-resistant metals assure consistently accurate apertures year after year. Screw mounts are the most precise method of holding a lens firmly in place. Perfectly matched threaded mountings on Super Takumar make changing lenses quick and easy - even in the dark.

 

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Infra-Red Index

Infra-red Index Pentax Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 200mm f/4.0 SM When taking infra-red photographs, the focal point shifts slightly, and therefore, the lens must be extended accordingly. The difference varies depending on the lens, and it is indicated by the small "R" index or short orange line. In infra-red photography, use this infra-red index. First, focus your lens on your subject. Determine the lens-to-subject distance from the distance scale. Then match your "R" mark by turning the distance scale accordingly. If your subject is in focus at infinity, turn the distance ring and move infinity mark to the "R" index. Also, remember to use an R2 (red) or O2 (orange) filter and special infra-red film in this special photography.

 

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