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11-03-2010, 04:54 AM   #16
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Wow, great response! Thank you, especially for the samples.

I hadn't noticed the 135mm club. Thanks Lowell, I'll have a look. I've looked at F and FA 135's but I have a problem with paying new lens prices for a second-hand lens. I don't feel I really need a 135mm, since I have the D FA 100mm. I've been having some fun with a manual Kiron 28mm f2 lately, and the 135 I'm considering would be for occasional use with the 28mm.

Screw mount is not on my list. I don't have an adapter, and MF is hard, and must be a lot harder when looking through a stopped down aperture.

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If you are looking for a cheap small k-mount 135mm, I can recommend the Super Ozeck 135mm f2.8 Close focusing lens. Small, reasonably sharp (better than my 135mm Komine vivitar (not the close focusing variant)) and focus down to ~0.7m.

Some low light test shots here...
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QuoteOriginally posted by Pentaxor Quote
I had handled 4 of them personally. Super-Tak 135/2.5, SMC-Tak 135/2.5, K135/2.5 and of course the FA135/2.8. well, actually 5, if I'm going to include the Takumar bayonet 135/2.5 which was eeerrr.....not quite up there with the other 4.

and believe me, the K135/f2.5 is a bit sharper. the only reason why I never really considered keeping either of the f/2.5 is because of my need for an AF 135mm lens.

this statement coming from the person who recommended you the F135mm.
You said "..looks to have.." giving the impression what you are saying was based off of the images provided. My original statement stands
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QuoteOriginally posted by yeatzee Quote
You said "..looks to have.." giving the impression what you are saying was based off of the images provided. My original statement stands
c'mon yeatzee, you can do better than that than just basing it from personal impressions because of misquoting or misreading the whole sentence.

anyways, it's your prerogative of what you believe. I'm just here stating the lens facts.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Pentaxor Quote
yup, the K135 is a bit sharper and looks to have a better bokeh perhaps due to a much narrow FOV (cite background wideness difference). I have the same issue with the ST/SMCT and K135/2.5 with it's manual use since I most of the time use it for action/candid shots. it would be no problem for portraits but that's not the only thing I would use a 135mm for.

For me, the FA is at least as sharp, but the AF is convenient.



QuoteOriginally posted by audiobomber Quote
Wow, great response! Thank you, especially for the samples.

I hadn't noticed the 135mm club. Thanks Lowell, I'll have a look. I've looked at F and FA 135's but I have a problem with paying new lens prices for a second-hand lens. I don't feel I really need a 135mm, since I have the D FA 100mm. I've been having some fun with a manual Kiron 28mm f2 lately, and the 135 I'm considering would be for occasional use with the 28mm.

Screw mount is not on my list. I don't have an adapter, and MF is hard, and must be a lot harder when looking through a stopped down aperture.

Sadly for me, I never did warm up to a 100/2.8 macro for shots other than macros. Here are some test shots I put up comparing a couple of short teles (55, 85,100,135). I just find that subject isolation is not as great and focusing response is slower.
I want a lens for Portrait -some short teles compared - ClubSNAP Photography Forums

The M135 may suit you well. Cheap, small and lighter. Good performance too from pictures posted in this forum.
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Audiobomber Focusing is done wide open with a preset You focus and then stop down while in Av mode it is actually pretty easy. In fact if you like Av mode presets and M42 are the way to go, but if you like manual mode K mounts are the way to go. I have ultimately built both K and M42 lens kits. I switch back and forth as I feel
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Audiobomber Focusing is done wide open with a preset You focus and then stop down while in Av mode it is actually pretty easy. In fact if you like Av mode presets and M42 are the way to go, but if you like manual mode K mounts are the way to go. I have ultimately built both K and M42 lens kits. I switch back and forth as I feel
Maybe I should try an M42 just for the experience.
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QuoteOriginally posted by audiobomber Quote
Maybe I should try an M42 just for the experience.
I tried one 3 years ago. Now I have 11 from 24 mm through 200 mm

All I can say is be careful or LBA will bite.

It is also worthwhile to hang onto an old body and put a split image focusing screen into it

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