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04-21-2013, 11:14 PM   #16
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How small of a consideration is the price? You can periodically find F 135 and FA 135 (both f/2.8) both here in the market place and elsewhere for prices that run between $300ish and $400ish. I bought my F 135 last year on ebay for $350, and I am very happy with it.

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I once had a K 135mm f/2.5..... its over-rated.
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I have a JC Penney 135mm f2.8. Sharpness wide open could be better, but it can be picked up for peanuts.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Jean Poitiers Quote
What about a SMC M 135/3.5
Probably the most bang for your buck, really nice lens, inexpensive, usually about 50$.

QuoteOriginally posted by dms Quote
K 135mm f2.5
Much larger, faster, extremely sharp, but much more expensive.

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the SMC K 135mm f/2.5 likely goes for about $200. it's quality makes it (relatively) inexpensive.
See, we have different definitions of "inexpensive".

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The Takumar 2.8/135 [Bayonet]
That one is fine, indeed, I used it for a time. Bokeh is great, sharpness pretty good, contrast a bit on the low side but there's nothing wrong with it.

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Thanks for the suggestions so far, everyone; this has been very helpful.

As for price, it isn't a huge deal. I'm just looking for a 135 that's decent enough to figure out what I might use a 135 for - its obviously a popular length, I just never have found myself reaching for any I might have had… possibly because I never really got great results from them. And I don't want to burn $500 on a lens only to find out it isn't my cup of tea.

The 135/3.5 zeiss jena seems to test well, and the m42 mount doesn't bother me. Anyone have any experience with this lens?
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I have a S.Takumar 135/3.5 and 135/2.5 (early version); K135/2.5 and FA135/2.8
Between them, I'd just settle for the FA.
Reasons, AF, sharp and nice contrast, colors and focuses a bit closer than the others.

I do like the S.Takumar 135/2.5 on FF though.
I'm often surprised how well it handles OOF linear objects (which can be a mess with some lenses) with pretty nice bokeh.

A135/1.8, amazing as it is (my bro has it), is overpriced in today's market compared to v.good modern offerings on Canon/Nikon (ie. 135/2).
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Get the pentax K 135 F/2.5. It is probably my favorite K lens.


More examples can be found here

NaCl(slightly heavier than a modern lens but smaller considering it's F/2.5 aperture)H2O
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QuoteOriginally posted by innivus Quote
As for price, it isn't a huge deal. I'm just looking for a 135 that's decent enough to figure out what I might use a 135 for - its obviously a popular length, I just never have found myself reaching for any I might have had… possibly because I never really got great results from them. And I don't want to burn $500 on a lens only to find out it isn't my cup of tea.
In that case, you might cosnider enlarging your choices a bit. I presonally have had 3 135mm lenses , the M120mm and the M150 (very similar fields of view compared to a 135mm) and now I'm using the DFA100 macro WR as a short tele (when not using the 60-250, that is). I previously had the K135 and the FA50 macro, and decided to sell both and get the 100 macro instead. Having a F50 also f1,7, I felt I was duplicating focal lengths. For a short and compact tele the 100 macro is fantastic, plus it's WR. I've never missed the extra 135mm , actually I think 100mm is more versatile.

Food for thought. If it's just for experimenting, comparable focal lengths could serve you well also.

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QuoteOriginally posted by innivus Quote
... The 135/3.5 zeiss jena seems to test well, and the m42 mount doesn't bother me. Anyone have any experience with this lens?
Yes, it's quite nice ... i should it more often ... J


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I have the K135/2.5 and the hood. I have had but sold the K135/3.5 (though that's also a wonderful lens) and the M135/3.5 because I thought the K/2.5 was the best of the three. With a hood it is an outstanding lens and at f/5.6 yields beautiful, 3D floral portraits and produces sharp, vibrant general purpose photos.

I just got a pristine M75~150/4 ZOOM for $57. It could easily equal almost every 135 mentioned (not the A*135) - possibly even the K - in sharpness and resolution, though f/4 is limiting. Hoods are important.

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I assume that you prefer bayonet and manual rather than M42 thread ( SMC Takumar 135 f/3,5 or CZJ 135 f/3,5 ) . Therefore , I would give another vote for the K 135 f/2,5 . A really very good lens , beautifully made. The only minus , is that you have to find the hood for it . This is the advantage of the M 135 f/3,5 , since it has built in hood .
The FA 135 f/2,8 seems to be also very good .

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Is there a 135mm lens in production?
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QuoteOriginally posted by innivus Quote
The 135/3.5 zeiss jena seems to test well, and the m42 mount doesn't bother me. Anyone have any experience with this lens?
I have one of the more recent m42 CZJ's...the "electric" version...and absolutely love it.


It is tremendously sharp wide open:


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QuoteOriginally posted by jcdoss Quote
Is there a 135mm lens in production?
Yes...
  • Canon 135/2 (!!)
  • Nikkor 135/2 (!!)
  • Zeiss Apo Sonnar 135/2 (!!!)
  • Sony/Zeiss 135/1.8 (!!!!!)
...and perhaps others, though none in Pentax-K.


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...and my personal value favorite...

Vivitar (Komine-made) 135/2.8. Generally available for less than $35.


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