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03-19-2014, 09:17 AM   #1
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SMC Pentax-M 135mm F3.5 on K3

Not a review quality post, so I thought I would put it here.

Picked up this SMC Pentax-M 135mm F3.5 on eBay back in October of 2012 for $22. I haven't used it much since then and it's been stored with a few other old primes. Came across it again yesterday and thought I'd slap it on the K3:

After having used primarily my big, heavy Sigmas, I did chuckle a bit at how diminutive this looked on the K3, especially with the grip.

Only had a chance to get a couple shots off before my son's friends came over to work on a school project, and I needed to feed them.

As reviewers have noted, the lens is slow (3.5), tends to be a touch soft wide open (such as it is), and needs a little help in the contrast department. But, it's still fun to play with. I dig the built in sliding hood too. Solidly built, all metal.

Couple samples:

1/20s, F3.5, at ISO 800 hand held

1/60s, F8 (I think), ISO 6400 handheld

03-19-2014, 10:20 AM   #2
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I see you have found one of the 135's strong character traits: the best pet portrait lens ever. The minimum focal length is just far enough away that you can fill the frame without causing the critter to get up.
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Some beautiful lads you have there. They both appear to be a bit upset with their current modeling contracts, so I suspect some Greenies were doled out after these recent appearances
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Your wide-open shot cleaned up very well, much better than my copy used to! I need to re-acquire a 135 f/3.5 and/or 200 f/4, two great small lenses with sliding shades

And yes some pets get morose, my cat starts grumbling at me as soon as a camera is switched on anywhere in the house

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Poor guys are ALWAYS my test subjects. They take it pretty well though, don't let these shots fool you.

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