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05-28-2008, 11:50 AM   #16
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OK, see the prices of 3.5 M and 2.5 M.

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Ugh... I'm amazed at how many people absolutely despise the Takumar bayonet 135mm f2.5 lens. Granted, it's not the hands-down best 135mm lens on the market ... but it's NOT junk.

The fundamental thing to keep in mind with any lens that lacks good optical coating is that you MUST use a hood even in situations where you typically don't think you'll need one.

Lenses that lack anti-reflection and ultraviolet coatings tend to be more vulnerable to reflection and refraction resulting in poor color fidelity and increased flare and ghost images/halos.

Add a lens hood and avoid pointing the lens DIRECTLY at a light source and you don't have to worry about the lack of optical coatings. Some of the greatest lenses ever made didn't have optical coatings ... and they still create amazing images today.

I took this image with the Takumar 135mm f/2.5 wide open:

Sure, it's not the best lens (and that's not the world's best sample image) but the point is that the Takumar 135 isn't junk.

Wholeheartedly agree. I have the NON-SMC version, and its one of my favorite lenses.
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Its the 13mm f3.5 for me. This is a really brilliant little lens. Sharp as a tack.
K mount. Built in hood. IMHO brilliant as I said.
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The best 135 that I have had is in the Marketplace now and it is the vivitar 135 f2.8 close focusing. It is sharp wide open and allows you 1:2 magnification. I have also had the super Takumar 135 f2.5 and it is a good lens, thought it didnt even get close

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Still another vote for the K135/2.5, but the best bang-for-the-buck is the M135/3.5 lens. Excellent copies available for well less that $50, and is a very compact design that is quite useful wide open. (I have both, but don't use the M much since getting the K. Both the K and M are manual lenses.)
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An often overlooked lens is the SMC-M 150mm/3.5. It is a joy to use, it is small, sharp and contrasty. I realize it isn't a 135, but it's pretty close, and is well worth looking at if you are looking for something in the range.
Also, the old SMC 105/2.5 is a pretty incredible optic.
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QuoteOriginally posted by volosong Quote
Still another vote for the K135/2.5, but the best bang-for-the-buck is the M135/3.5 lens. Excellent copies available for well less that $50, and is a very compact design that is quite useful wide open. (I have both, but don't use the M much since getting the K. Both the K and M are manual lenses.)
That's the only drawback in this focal length, the A series just isn't up to par for the manual focus version. One of the few A's I avoid. I'd love to snag an F or FA 135. Anybody got one?
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I have the A 135mm f/2.8 and I would say the images I've taken with it are pretty good. I took a chance getting this lens even after reading some of the negative online comments regarding this lens.

Unfortunately I have to say such comments do get rehashed and regurgitated wholesale without the benefit of extensive first hand testing. IMO the center and edge detail is pretty good and having the A setting on the aperture ring is definitely a big advantage over the previous and more common M and K versions.




Both taken with the A 135mm f/2.8

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QuoteOriginally posted by revinhood Quote
135mm which is better?
pentax 135 f2,5
pentax 135 f2,8
pentax 135 f3,5
I'm looking for the best optical quality, not the greatest brightness.
thanks
I think the list should have been a little more detailed

Specifically I believe the following would have helped people a little.
-the 135mm F2.5 should be SMC 135mm F2.5
-the 135mm F3.5 should be SMC-M-135 F3.5 and
-the 135mm F2.8 shsould be SMC-A-135 F2.8

As I doubt anyone owns them all, it will be hard for anyone to give you a comparison, but here is my take.

I don't like the M series lenses, they feel "cheap" have inconsistant drag on the focusing collar and are slow, and that does mater.

If the F2.8 is an A series lens, that has a big advantage on newer DSLRs because it can work with P-TTL flash, and work in Av mode

Personally, I have the 135 F2.5 and believe it is a very good lens, and very sharp. the extra speed is specifically why I took this lens, and in some conditions the 1/2 stop really does matter.
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QuoteOriginally posted by JJJPhoto Quote
Ugh... I'm amazed at how many people absolutely despise the Takumar bayonet 135mm f2.5 lens. Granted, it's not the hands-down best 135mm lens on the market ... but it's NOT junk.

The fundamental thing to keep in mind with any lens that lacks good optical coating is that you MUST use a hood even in situations where you typically don't think you'll need one.

Lenses that lack anti-reflection and ultraviolet coatings tend to be more vulnerable to reflection and refraction resulting in poor color fidelity and increased flare and ghost images/halos.

Add a lens hood and avoid pointing the lens DIRECTLY at a light source and you don't have to worry about the lack of optical coatings. Some of the greatest lenses ever made didn't have optical coatings ... and they still create amazing images today.

I took this image with the Takumar 135mm f/2.5 wide open:



Sure, it's not the best lens (and that's not the world's best sample image) but the point is that the Takumar 135 isn't junk.
I believe there are multiple versions of the Tak. BUT...when I had the chance of getting a K moutn TAK 135F2.5 or the SMC 135 F2.5 I saw them both, side by side in a store, same price for both, no decision, took the SMC and left the Tak.
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Dennis, these are amazing shots!
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Dennis, these are amazing shots!
Thanks bro, just happened to pass by a garden plot and managed to shoot these images.
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I saw the super Takuma 135mm and also seems very good.
once again be in doubt, jejeje
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Thanks bro, just happened to pass by a garden plot and managed to shoot these images.
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at the end I bought a super paragon 135mm f / 2.8.
say it is very good
we'll see
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