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10-30-2007, 08:23 AM   #1
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My new (old) 150mm

This might be the lens I've been looking for. Paid $61 including shipping on ebay last week. Snapped this photo off the balcony this morning to give it a quick test. The second image was cropped to 2.5 mg which is about the max I'd crop if I wanted to print something. This lens is about 1/4 of an inch longer than my M135 f3.5 so it is very small. I'm thinking it will be a nice light nature walk around lens that gives me decent reach and easy to hand hold. Shot at f8.

My screw mount 200mm f4 is much more cumbersome than this one. Maybe the M200mm f4 would be better--NO-NO, enough is enough!

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Ken


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10-30-2007, 02:06 PM   #2
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That lady is ruthless!! I have been busted by her a time or 2

Lens looks great!
10-30-2007, 05:27 PM   #3
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Oh drats for me... Good for you...

I lost that ebay auction to you... It hurts seeing the evidence on how stupid I was not to bid higher. Do you remember what had you capped your bid at... I happened to check ebay just before the auction ended and bid too low buy the time I got the memo I had been out bid... there was not enough time left.
It is funny how sometimes no one is bidding on these gems and other time the average ones are bid way up. Wish I could figure it out.

This looks like a real winner for you. I had a good feeling about it, but would not pull the trigger for a real bid. Oh well, at least it is still in the family and I will be able to see pics from it.

Congrats on a swell ebay buy.
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10-30-2007, 06:59 PM   #4
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Hi Gus,

Thanks for not bidding higher. I put a max bid in at $80 which is reasonable but low enough that if somebody wanted it bad enough they could get it. It came with a nice hard case and UV filter.

Regards,

Ken

10-31-2007, 02:28 AM   #5
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Hi Ken

Looks like you have got a very good copy of the lens there! As I said in another thread, it is a very nice little lens, just a little bigger than M100/2.8 and smaller than M200/4. I have never done any direct comparisons but I think/feel M150/3.5 might be sharper than M200/4 (I used to own both lenses).

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10-31-2007, 04:19 AM   #6
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I once had that lens.
I tested it against the M135/3.5 and it was absolutely identical in all respects.
So I decided to sell the 150, because it is rarer and brings more money.
I got 95 Euro.
10-31-2007, 04:40 AM   #7
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Copies vary

QuoteOriginally posted by blende8 Quote
I once had that lens.
I tested it against the M135/3.5 and it was absolutely identical in all respects.
So I decided to sell the 150, because it is rarer and brings more money.
I got 95 Euro.
I have both but I'm not into testing much. My "gut" tells me the 150 is a little sharper than my 135. Of course copies vary and the 150 is my newest toy so you are probably right. Your reason for selling the 150 is interesting. I'm still in the collecting stage of this great hobby. The M and A series suits me the best. They are small, light, built well, and have a wonderful feel. With the number of cameras Pentax is selling and the promise of more models in January I think these lenses will increase or at worst hold present pricing. We might discover a year from now 95 Euro is a bargain for this lens. At least I hope so.

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10-31-2007, 05:53 AM   #8
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the vivitar/komine 200/3.5 is something to look for. they are heavy but shoot on a par with the M200/4. i've found the M42 to be a little sharper than the K mount but not by much.

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Hi Roy,
I've decided I'm willing to sacrifice a little IQ for size of lens. There is an A 200mm f4 on it's way to me. That should round out the 2 kits I'm putting together, a zoom kit and a prime kit. Haven't started to play with TC's yet. I do OK hand holding my A 70-210 zoom so am guessing the A 200 will be fine without a tripod in average light. After testing that lens I need to see how much the IQ drops when a cheap 2X teleconverter is added and if I can still hand hold it. Another month and I'll be at the end of my first year with a DSLR. It's been fun and a great learning experiance. Still have a lot more questions than answers. I'm excited about future bodies with improved ISO and SR preformance so that hand held shooting become easier with my old glass.

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Ken
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