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11-07-2007, 10:28 PM   #1
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Looking for a 135mm Prime

Hey everyone. I am going to a concert in a few weeks and I want to take pictures of the show while I am there, and from where I am going to be I think a fast 135mm will be my best options for getting good shots as I don't want to use a flash. I will be taking one of my 50mm's as well in case I score a super sweet location but I don't want to get in people's way as I am trying to shoot so I think a 135mm will be my best bet.

With that being said I am on the hunt for a nice piece of glass. I have seen the Sears 135 and the Pentax 135 that are both f/2.8. Of the two which is better and what are my other options that I should be exploring. I thought that there was a f/1.9 that was made.

And yes I know about the DA* 50-135mm, well that ain't gonna happen so don't even bother.

11-07-2007, 10:35 PM   #2
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Voigtlander 125mm f2.5 :P I dont know anything that would beat that in the range 10mm too short though, but also a liiittle bit faster
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Don't forget the Pentax 135/2.5 . Also at last resort you can use your VS1 70-210 . I don't have it but my guess is at 135mm , it can't be that slow ! Do a few test shots just to be sure . Is that 70-210 an "A" lens ? If so you might be better off with it . Hope this helps !
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I just picked up a Sears manual 135 for exactly the same reason... check out my gallery of a few shots from that show Chapman Concert - Quick Develop - a photoset on Flickr We were 6th row center. The 50 worked as well for full stage shots...

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I got a Soligor 135 f2.8 last week, and I agree with you.
It is a good size for concerts, and what not.

I got mine partly for the weddings I'm photographing in the spring.
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Iíve got the Soligor 135/2.8 as well, and it feels very solid, even the front lens cap is in metal. However, it does have a problem with a blue blooming effect at f2.8 and 3.5, nice resolution though. But I guess the blooming, if itís not only my lens, could be a problem at a weeding with all that white and black going on.
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If you don't mind manual: Hoya HMC 135 f2.8
I can only recommend it...
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QuoteOriginally posted by Gimbal Quote
I’ve got the Soligor 135/2.8 as well, and it feels very solid, even the front lens cap is in metal. However, it does have a problem with a blue blooming effect at f2.8 and 3.5, nice resolution though. But I guess the blooming, if it’s not only my lens, could be a problem at a weeding with all that white and black going on.
I haven't noticed that blue blooming effect yet, although I haven't taken all that many pictures with mine yet.

I do have some sticking aperture blades, so I probably won't be using the lens until I have the time to take it apart and fix the problem

Other than that I like it so far. I probably paid too much though

After I fix the blades I'll try making a lens review on it, even though it appears to be pretty rare.

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I have the Pentax 135 f2.5 manual and love it on the K10D. It got a pretty good review from Photozone Pentax SMC-K 135mm f/2.5 - Photozone Review / Quick Test Report

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As an alternative if you don't find the Pentax. I got hold of a Tokina 135/2.8 manual quite cheap. I was not expecting much but it have been good for a lot of lowlight shots. All the dancing and performing photos on this page was taken with the Tokina. Click twice to see full size.
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I have the k 135 2.5 its big bulky and friggin' awesome, very sharp
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There is a A* 135/1.8 but I have never seen it for sale in my 4 years of using Pentax cameras! I do have K135/2.5 and FA135/2.8 and both are excellent lenses.

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Thanks for the inputs guys, if I dont find anything online I may hit the pawn shops and see if I get lucky.
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