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03-11-2008, 01:22 AM   #1
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SMC-M 75-150/4, anyone else gobsmacked by this sleeper?

Ello! Got a brand new (yep, actually brand new, even though they were made from 1980-85) SMC-M 75-150/4. Some fluke of nature had a collector buy it and never use it. And it just r.o.c.k.s. I can't believe nobody has every raved about these on the forum before?

Mine cost US$110 delivered and many others go for peanuts. Unless I got a lucky copy or something - seeing as how I was lucky enough to get a great Tamron 28-75.

Will post pics after the weekend, but the incidental shots are something else.

And as for weird, after a week of using Tamron 28-75, it doesn't back focus at 28mm anymore - just faultless at all lenghts. I'm thinking this isn't normal?... hope it doesn't revert I'll have to do the newspaper thing and post some shots, it's just sharp all over, from 2.8, and focus is f.a.s.t and spot on. It makes the grade as the 'if you could only have one lens' lens. And if you need to go wide, throw it on a Pentax film SLR!

Just an FYI.

03-12-2008, 03:01 PM   #2
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123K10D I can second that on the 75-150. For the price it is an outstanding lens. Great color and contrast. Fine sharpness. I found a copy in great shape too. Mine was in a the Pentax case.

On a budget this lens is money well spent.
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QuoteOriginally posted by 123K10D Quote
Ello! Got a brand new (yep, actually brand new, even though they were made from 1980-85) SMC-M 75-150/4. Some fluke of nature had a collector buy it and never use it. And it just r.o.c.k.s. I can't believe nobody has every raved about these on the forum before?

Mine cost US$110 delivered and many others go for peanuts. Unless I got a lucky copy or something - seeing as how I was lucky enough to get a great Tamron 28-75.

Will post pics after the weekend, but the incidental shots are something else.

And as for weird, after a week of using Tamron 28-75, it doesn't back focus at 28mm anymore - just faultless at all lenghts. I'm thinking this isn't normal?... hope it doesn't revert I'll have to do the newspaper thing and post some shots, it's just sharp all over, from 2.8, and focus is f.a.s.t and spot on. It makes the grade as the 'if you could only have one lens' lens. And if you need to go wide, throw it on a Pentax film SLR!

Just an FYI.
I just got this lens to use with my K5iis. It is absolutely brilliant. So far I find it better than my Canon 24-105mm F4L lens on my other camera, Canon 5D.
10-16-2013, 03:34 PM   #4
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A very fine lens and a useful zoom range (arguably more so on full 135 format than APS). Plus nicely compact, with a built-in hood. Outstanding value at the prices these can be found for.

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It is indeed a nice lens. Very sharp, and compact too.
Thanks to everyone in this thread for reminding me that I should take my 75-150 out this weekend for some shots.

FWIW, the sample gallery link for this lens is here:
https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/lens-sample-photo-archive/181697-super-mu...-150mm-f4.html
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Heh. Mine has been on the For Sale shelf for over a year. Funny, I never seem to actually list it.
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This post caught my eye as I have the older brother K 45-150 F4 that has all the same qualities describing. Bag full of primes indeed.
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The 45-125? I got one of those recently (came with film body I wanted) and haven't had a chance to try it out yet.

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QuoteOriginally posted by baro-nite Quote
The 45-125? I got one of those recently (came with film body I wanted) and haven't had a chance to try it out yet.
Yep that one. (oops)
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I have both the M 80~200/4.5 and the M 75~150/4. Both are fine zooms with the later being a little faster, lighter and sharper in my opinion.

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I have a copy in sight, How does it compare with my M85/2, M100/4 macro and M135/3.5 ?
Same price range that 123K10D mentioned.

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QuoteOriginally posted by bassek Quote
I have a copy in sight, How does it compare with my M85/2, M100/4 macro and M135/3.5 ?
Same price range that 123K10D mentioned.
Compared to the M135/3.5 the M75-150 seems to have a very similar IQ. Both are perfectly usable wide open. The M75-150 gives you the advantage of being a zoom, making it easier to compose your shots. The price that you pay is the increased weight and bulk. The throw of the focus ring on the M75-150 is also a bit less than on the M135. The built-in hoods are far too short for APS on both. Both can also give purple fringing at times. Subjectively, the M75-150 seems to like scenes with plenty of contrasty light better than the M135. A nice lens, but don't pay over the odds for it.

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