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12-07-2013, 07:04 AM   #1
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Help me choose my next manual lens!

Hi folks,

After acquiring my second K-01, I want to pick up some nice legacy glass. I've been puttering around with my M 50/1.7 and focus peaking--it's really getting addictive! I'd like to acquire something a bit longer, and I know that there are tons of great vintage lenses out there.

What should I buy next?

12-07-2013, 07:58 AM   #2
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Addicitive, isn't it?

For something a bit longer, get an 85mm if you can find/afford one. The M 85/2 is the cheapest legacy Pentax 85mm and it's superb, though people say the Takumar and K 85mm lenses are even better.

If you can't find/afford one, then you can find 100 or 105mm lenses more easily and cheaply. The M 100/2.8 & Takumar 105/2.8 are both very nice (but not as nice as the 85s) and quite easy to find. Bear in mind Takumar's are M42 mount so you'll need an adapter (I'd strongly recommend an original Pentax one) but there's lots of great M42 glass out there to try too.
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How much longer? The next longer focal length in the M series is 85mm. The 135/3.5 is plentiful and cheap. The 100/4 is a 1:2 macro.

It's unfortunate that Pentax never made an A 85/2, the A* 85/1.4 is kinda pricey...but there is always the Samyang.
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Most of those 85s are a bit more than I care to spend--I'm trying to stay below ~$150. There are a few M 100/2.8 on ebay that are reasonably priced and look intriguing in the lens reviews. Any thoughts regarding the 100/2.8 vs the 100/4 Macro?

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Get the M135/3.5. Stupidly cheap, physically small and sharp wide open.
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QuoteOriginally posted by kh1234567890 Quote
Get the M135/3.5. Stupidly cheap, physically small and sharp wide open.
I like the looks of this lens. Are you aware of any significant differences between this lens and the Takumar 135/2.8?
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QuoteOriginally posted by Fat Albert Quote
I like the looks of this lens. Are you aware of any significant differences between this lens and the Takumar 135/2.8?
The Takumar Bayonet was a budget lens. No SMC and a 4 element optical design. Not that a 4 element optical design is a bad thing. The A135/2.8 is a 4 element design and is a nice sharp lens.
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Bought the M 135/3.5 on ebay and the seller happened to live the next town over, so I'll be posting some pics tonight. First impression: this is tougher than I thought to shoot handheld in dim light. It's much lighter than I'd expect of this FL.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Fat Albert Quote
Bought the M 135/3.5 on ebay and the seller happened to live the next town over, so I'll be posting some pics tonight. First impression: this is tougher than I thought to shoot handheld in dim light. It's much lighter than I'd expect of this FL.
Persevere. I love that lens.
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Looking forward to the photos!
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135mm indoors requires a fairly big room...








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Are you after a prime lens? If not the Pentax SMC-A 35-105 3.5 is a great lens if you don't mind the 3.5 and it's called a "stack of primes" for good reason.
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QuoteOriginally posted by boriscleto Quote
135mm indoors requires a fairly big room...
Nice shots. The 135 does work out great when you have that big room. You can be invisible and no one realizes how much reach the lens has. I was going to suggest the Pentax-M 100mm f2.8, maybe 2X the 135/3.5 price. The M100/2.8 has a better minimum focus distance (3 meters instead of 5), a tick faster, and a more useful indoors focal length. The Pentax-M 85m f2 is even more practical indoors but crosses the price/value line for me.
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In addition to the M50/1.7 I have gotten the M85/2, M100/4 and the M135/3.5 without breaking the bank. They are all terrific.
Too bad the Wide M lenses are expensive, I guess they were expensive in the 70's too.

Nice owl, boriscleto.What was the occasion if I may ask?

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Nice owl, boriscleto.What was the occasion if I may ask?

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The folks from Wild Wings in Honeoye Falls, NY came to Beaver Lake Nature Center in Baldwinsville, NY in April and gave a presentation about 4 of the birds they have rescued. They presented an American Kestrel (second picture), Broad-winged Hawk, Great Horned Owl and the Saw-Whet in the last picture.

The first picture is from my cousin's book reading in November.

Beaver Lake has a fairly large meeting room and everyone in attendance had assigned seating. I was in the second row of seats behind 3 boys who weren't even paying attention. The tallest sat right in front of me...
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