August 27, 2015 at 3:05AM, Edited August 27, 3:07AM


50mm Super Takumar

I recently stumbled upon a 50mm Super Takumar selling for approx $60 (I'm not from the US). There is some wear on the body, but the glass seemed okay (no dust, no fungus). Would you consider buying it?


Pretty much all of the old 50mm lenses are good when shooting video. If it's in good shape and it will fit your camera, then why not ?

I picked up an old Canon FD 50mm f/1.8 used lens for $25, and it produces a great image. I also own two Nikon 50mm f/1.4 AI-S lenses that I use all the time for corporate interviews. All of these lenses are great for video.

August 27, 2015 at 6:00AM

Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer

One thing to be aware of. Many of the Takumars and Super Takumars around that focal length (50, 55 etc) are radioactive due to the thorium put in the glass nearest to the camera. It's not really a problem. Just don't eat it or store it down your boxers.

Excellent lenses. I have 3. They don't get the use they ought as my preference in my own collection are the Helios, the Contax Yashica and CZJ. On bang for buck, the Olympus is still the star, available at pocket money prices.

Julian Richards

December 8, 2017 at 10:34AM

Simplest possible answer: for $60, YES.

December 19, 2017 at 8:17AM

You voted '+1'.

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