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07-18-2013, 02:59 PM   #46
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The little M135 f3.5 :




And a much bigger Cosina Cosinon Auto MC 135mm f2.8 :




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QuoteOriginally posted by southlander Quote
Ignmar: just be warned the green/purple chromatic aberrations in the OOF bokeh can sometimes be quite prominent. It pays to choose the background with some care. Minor CA clears up in Light room or similar software OK though. If you look at the image of the pelicans with the jetty in the background, there is some stubborn green CA on the jetty outline where there is high contrast to the water surface. Backlit leaves/branches are things I would specifically seek to avoid in the background. But overall, the M135 can produce some very nice images.
Thanks for your advice, i'll look for it.

Anyone got any experiences with Universar Auto PC 135mm /2,8? i believe it made by Mitake Optical Co. i think it pretty good deal look like brand new got box and manual but the down side is the seller just want to sell a whole set it got universa Interflex TL, Universar Auto MC 55mm /2,8, 35mm/2,8. and 135mm/2.8 for 100 buck.
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A Few More 135's

Thanks to everyone for posting great 135mm photos, the little M135 f/3.5 really looks good, I should use mine more.
There's been a lot of free live music nearby, the 'Jazz In The Park' series every Sunday evening at City Park has been very lively and well-attended. I also went to a 'Raise The Roof' concert, a rooftop music event. The first photo shows Esme Patterson there. She's a local singer/songwriter with a fine band, including a pedal steel player. K-7, smc A 135mm @ f/5.0, 1/500s, ISO 100.
Next photo is the horn section from the Kenny Walker Jazz Sextet, here I upped the f/stop to try to get both the trumpet and sax player in sharp focus, and it worked out pretty well. K10D, smc 135mm @ f/11.0, 1/125s, ISO 100.
3rd is the bass player from the Ron Miles Quartet, K-7, smc A 135mm @ f/5.0, 1/320s, ISO 100.
Last, Ron Miles on trumpet, K-7, smc 135mm @ f/4.0, 1/125s, ISO 100.
Hope you enjoy these!
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I seem to be a bit late for the party but for the record, I'm a big 135 fan. The FA135/2.8 is great for candid portraits when I need more reach than I can get from the FA 77.

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QuoteOriginally posted by rbefly Quote
Thanks to everyone for posting great 135mm photos, the little M135 f/3.5 really looks good, I should use mine more.
There's been a lot of free live music nearby, the 'Jazz In The Park' series every Sunday evening at City Park has been very lively and well-attended. I also went to a 'Raise The Roof' concert, a rooftop music event. The first photo shows Esme Patterson there. She's a local singer/songwriter with a fine band, including a pedal steel player. K-7, smc A 135mm @ f/5.0, 1/500s, ISO 100.
Next photo is the horn section from the Kenny Walker Jazz Sextet, here I upped the f/stop to try to get both the trumpet and sax player in sharp focus, and it worked out pretty well. K10D, smc 135mm @ f/11.0, 1/125s, ISO 100.
3rd is the bass player from the Ron Miles Quartet, K-7, smc A 135mm @ f/5.0, 1/320s, ISO 100.
Last, Ron Miles on trumpet, K-7, smc 135mm @ f/4.0, 1/125s, ISO 100.
Hope you enjoy these!
Ron
Nice photos.
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Some photo i take with Universa MC Auto 135mm F2.8 ( M42 )

@2.8. wide open it just too soft for my taste.



@5.6



@8




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More 135mm Users, Welcome!

Hi Dave, better late than never! I also like the 135 FL for candid portraits and casual street shots, you're not in anyone's face and many times it results in a more relaxed look.
Hello Southlander, thanks for the kind words, shooting musical events is one of my favorite venues. 135mm has (to me, anyway) just the right 'reach' for stage shooting, plus the tele isolation factor.
Greetings, Ignmar, some nice photos you've posted. I'm not familiar with the Universa lens, but it does appear soft wide open. I like the bokeh, though, especially the blue wall and background.
It does sharpen up considerably at f/5.6 and looks razor-sharp at f/8. My smc A 135mm f/2.8 has a sweet spot around f/4.0-f/5.6, very good sharpness and contrast but still isolates the subject. And the skin tones (color, contrast, overall rendering) in the mid-apertures can't be faulted!
Thanks to everyone for posting,
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These were taken with my K-7 and M135/3.5 on a slightly overcast morning with a polarizer at our city's botanical gardens' outdoor lily ponds. Previously had the Takumar Bayonet 135/2.5, but I couldn't get what I wanted with it. This slightly fungified M135, however, has been golden for me! Only real complaint is the ~5ft MFD--any other quibbles are just part of the charm of a film-era manual lens. So yes, my 135 gets love from me!













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Excellent shots, Flix! Can you recall the aperture used? I have recently acquired a few M lenses, and I'm sort of re-discovering photography again. My first two purchases were a 135/3.5 and an M 200/4, both of which seem fairly soft wide open. Is this your impression? I haven't spent enough time with either one, though, to come up with a final opinion. I'm loving their petiteness and ease of use, though.
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QuoteOriginally posted by jcdoss Quote
Excellent shots, Flix! Can you recall the aperture used?
Thanks!

Not entirely sure on the aperture...most of the time that morning I was at 5.6 or 8, but some were definitely wide open as I didn't have a tripod with me--just maybe not the few I posted. I do agree that the 135/3.5 is not super sharp wide open, but the contrast is better than my old Tak Bayonet. (No surprise there, what with the M having full smc.) So at 3.5 it might be better for portraits or whatever. Still eminently usable wide open, just have to watch out for CA. Just my .02.
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We're on a roll here with this 135mm loving! Keep up the postings!
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I love my Takumar Bayonet 135mm f2.5. Maybe I just don't know what I'm missing, but as far as image quality, it seems on par with my two Pentax-M SMC lenses (the 28mm f2.8 and the 50mm f1.7).
The focus throw is absolutely wonderful and I think due to the size of the barrel, it's the best handling lens I own. It's just a pleasure to use.

I might be getting a Pentax-A 135 f2.8 soon. Then I'll compare and see if the SMC coating really makes that much of a difference.

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I just got a 135/2.5 EBC Fujinon m42 lens, and I was shocked to see what that lens sells for at auction, about 5x what I paid for mine. Is it just a collectible or is it that good? I don't have another 135 to compare it to.
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QuoteOriginally posted by mndean Quote
I just got a 135/2.5 EBC Fujinon m42 lens, and I was shocked to see what that lens sells for at auction, about 5x what I paid for mine. Is it just a collectible or is it that good? I don't have another 135 to compare it to.
Anything under f/2.8 on a 135mm automagically adds to its price. Its like 50mm's - every jump under f/2 seems to make the price go up exponentially.
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...unless it's the Takumar Bayonet 135 2.5 One of those just sold for 11.50 in excellent condition. That's probably the price of the caps it came with, and I think of the lens as being free...
But I do love mine, and wouldn't think of selling it. A little PP to add contrast is all it needs - and less of it than my Pentax-M 50 1.7, which I love but is not quite as sharp as the Takumar. Maybe I just got a good one?
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