Quatre en Tak

4 photos Using the X-Pro1 – Mitakon/Zhongyi Lens Turbo MD/FXMD/M42 adapter – Asahi Super-Takumar 50mm f/1.4

Focus is paper thin – Bokeh is harsh and flawed.














    1. Writing one up this weekend 🙂 Had a couple of fun days with the lens turbo and Helios 😀 Definitely a fun combo.

      Thank you for reading

  1. Hi, based on your experience using manual glass, is there such a thing as a “universal mount” or at least the most adaptable mount? The reason I’m asking is that I want to get a speedbooster/lens turbo that can be adapted for use for multiple lens systems such as what you did here – a Minolta MD lens turbo that can be used with Minolta MD and M42 lenses.

  2. Have you tried the Super Tak 55mm 1.8??? It seems to be gaining some steam from the mirrorless crowd and I figure you would have such a cheap lens in possession.

  3. Jonas, I picked up a Super Takumar 50mm f/1,4 recently, I have used it with both Kipon and K&F adapters (they both seem perfectly). The colours that you can get are simply out of this world, I simply call it analog colour because it doesn’t seem possible to get these kinds of colours with newer lenses. I always thought people were better at processing than I am (I don’t do that much, it usually doesn’t take me more than 10-15 minutes to finish a photo) but your vintage lens reviews definitely have me thinking in another direction. Thanks very much for taking the time to document these lenses for all of us. Have you tried a Carl Zeiss Flektagon, or a Carl Zeiss Pan Colar? I have ordered both of these, in addition to the usual vintage starter of a Helios 44M-4.


  4. Help… !
    Well…. I found an excellent Super Takumar f/1.4 50mm, 1966, in perfect condition…;-)
    My idea was to use it on my XT-20 and XE-2, with a ZhongYi lens turbo II… to get a very “luminous” lens with maybe “sweet bokeh”…
    BUT: when I screw the jewel to my Lens TurboII, it starts blocking…. can’t go all the way… Like around 3meters, feels like the rear lens of the “Super Tak'” gets in contact withLens Turbo II “front” lens….
    Any ideas about this?
    Did you encounter such annoying detail?
    thanks for reply… 😉
    Pascal Cosse

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