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12-09-2015, 03:29 PM   #16
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I have been waiting for a 135 lens for a while. I'm sure it would be expensive, if it was an f: 2.8 I will be one of the first ones to jump into it.

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...only if it was apochromatic. At f/1.8 LoCa is bad enough, even with most f/2.8 telephoto lenses.
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I could have done with the extra stop-and-a-half tonight, but given what it's likely to cost I'll happily stick with the FA135/2.8. Mine did well tonight, even if I did have to let the ISO drift significantly north of where I'd have preferred it. Made me wish for a 200/2.8 at one point, but I suspect the extra mass and focal length would have caused more headaches than it cured.
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If they start producing FA 135s again, I'd be in for that.

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An modernized f/2.8 version, with no CA, great sharpness wide open, I'am all for it.

Something faster that going to be huge/heavy, I'll never buy it. I'll 10 time prefer an ltd f/2.8 than a DFA f/1.8 or f/2.
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I think given the small size of the others, 135mm might not fit in too well as a limited prime. I'd almost defend a plastic bodied version a la the DA35 and DA50, but something that substantial really deserves a metal mount.
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Pentax will need to deliver a bunch of other lense before making a 2/135 - the old A1.8/135 design is not suitable for digital. (Even) Samyang is better today. Give it 5 years. Before we will see many FF zooms, new 50, new 85, new 2.8/300, new large apeture wide angle. I would buy one next year, but I am also ready to buy a 70-200 2.8 right now.
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a 135mm f2.0 is really not all that big or heavy. In fact I'd argue that its the smallest lens in my Nikon kit bag... (compared to 50mm Sigma Art, 24-70mm f2.8, and 70-200mm f2.8 VRII) It was also the cheapest ($900 new, compared to $999 for the Sigma and around $2k each for the two zooms)


I know you guys like fast, but really... f2.0 is PAPER thin for depth of field on that lens. We're talking if you get the iris in focus on one eye, the eye lid is already starting to show major focus drop off. It's incredibly, stupidly, awesomely sharp and amazing rendering and compression... but it requires pinpoint accuracy. I usually shoot mine at f4-5.6

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I would definitely line up - lusted after the A*135 for a long time now - just can't afford $3K+
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QuoteOriginally posted by Nicolas06 Quote
An modernized f/2.8 version, with no CA, great sharpness wide open, I'am all for it.
I agree. f/2.8 provides considerable DOF control, but most 135/2.8 lenses from the past suffer from a fair amount of LoCA.

QuoteOriginally posted by Wired Quote
I know you guys like fast, but really... f2.0 is PAPER thin for depth of field on that lens.
What they said. Even 85mm at f/2 is difficult critical focus with.


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I'd wish for a f/2.0 or f/2.4 135mm -- slightly less expensive, slightly more compact, with Apo correction and a MFD like the FA 135. That would be one of my dream lenses. My current approximation (MF only) is the Voigtlander f/2.5 125mm Macro. Not exactly compact and lightweight though.
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I asked a question about 135mm primes on APS-C a while back, and got some very interesting responses: https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/10-pentax-slr-lens-discussion/276646-how-...ime-aps-c.html
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Update a year later: I sold the K135/2.5 a while back and replaced it recently with the FA135/2.8, which is relatively tiny and much closer focussing, with the added bonus of extremely fast autofocus.
On the down side, it is certainly prone to CA, and it's no beauty, but I think I have a keeper until a DFA version is released.
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QuoteOriginally posted by wkraus Quote
I'd wish for a f/2.0 or f/2.4 135mm -- slightly less expensive, slightly more compact, with Apo correction and a MFD like the FA 135. That would be one of my dream lenses. My current approximation (MF only) is the Voigtlander f/2.5 125mm Macro. Not exactly compact and lightweight though.
Have you considered the Samyang f/2.0 135mm?
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QuoteOriginally posted by vaper Quote
Have you considered the Samyang f/2.0 135mm?
Yes of course, since I am extremly fond of my Samyang f/2.0 16mm. I'll see what Pentax is going to announce next year before going any further (it's easy for me to wait anyway since I can't really afford it right now).
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