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04-21-2013, 12:17 PM   #1
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Best value 135?

I'm looking into picking up a 135 prime. What is your suggestion for me, given that price is a small consideration (otherwise I'd just get the A*135, like most of us would). AF and A ring are nice but not necessary.

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What about a SMC M 135/3.5 ... good and won't break the bank ... J

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04-21-2013, 12:28 PM   #3
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K 135mm f2.5. IMO it and the M 50mm f1.7 are the (most) outstanding and inexpensive lenses in K mount.
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I own the M135/3.5 and can say it is a quality piece of kit.

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I meant the SMC (not bayonet takumar). Although the SMC K 135mm f/2.5 likely goes for about $200. it's quality makes it (relatively) inexpensive.
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QuoteOriginally posted by mickey Quote
I own the M135/3.5 and can say it is a quality piece of kit.
I just acquired one (thus my suggestion) and I really like what I'm getting out of this lens ... J
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I paid about $15 for a Rikenon XR 135/2.8 - quite heavy but quite talented also.



I also second/third the SMC-M 135/3.5 especially if 'small' is a factor to you. I needed one click down from f/3.5 on my copy, wide open wasn't very crisp; by 5.6 it was impressive.
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QuoteOriginally posted by innivus Quote
otherwise I'd just get the A*135, like most of us would
I'll just sit quiet on this thread then.

04-21-2013, 01:14 PM   #9
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Another vote for the M135/3.5 - small, sharp, built in hood, inexpensive.
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I picked up a cheapo 135 on fleabay u could try there, I think I paid 30 bucks for it with shipping. Its an asanuma 135 f2.8 and I got to say its a great lens really sharp even at 2.8
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The Takumar 2.8/135 [Bayonet] is not less sharp than SMC-M 2.8 and the older M42-Takumars.
And you won't miss the SMC (at least I don't with my copy).
I heard the Takumar 2.5 is not on par.
04-21-2013, 01:43 PM   #12
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I got a Takumar 135/2.5 at a thrift shop for $2.99 with original caps... Best $2.99 I've ever spent.

04-21-2013, 01:51 PM   #13
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I would second the SMC K135/2.5. This is a truly outstanding lens for a relatively low price. It is very sharp and is one of those lenses that can make the subject pop out of the background, much like my FA77 does. If you can find one, get it!
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I too love my M 135/3.5.
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This test shows the M135/3.5 along with some of the other lenses mentioned here. The Vivitar/Komine would be very competitive and cheaper if you already had an M42 adapter. It is too bad I didn't have the Sears 135/2.8 when I did this.

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-slr-lens-discussion/68032-135mm-le...imes-zoom.html
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