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05-04-2009, 05:28 AM   #31
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BTW, some realy nice portraits here. The man with the sausage and the man with the pass port photos are my favorits (are they of him as a young man?).

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it's not only the lens

Your pics are just wonderful. No doubt it's a great lens but you're also a great photographer.

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Great portraits,.. which f stop did you use most frequently for those portrait shots?

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QuoteOriginally posted by Douglas_of_Sweden Quote
The OP is talking about the Pentax SMC 135mm f2.5 lens from the first K mount generation ...

... which explains its bad reputation.
Douglas has given quite a full explanation.
I have SMC K135 1:2.5 and it rocks even wide open.
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this may be heresy but...

has anyone considered the samyang 85mm F1.4 (AKA vivitar, bower et al) plus the SMC-F 1.7x AF TC?


I tried this out because my light travel kit is presently the Sigma 10-20 F4-5.6, the tamron 28-75 F2.8 and the 135 F2.5

I am not knocking the SMC 135 F2.5 (as I own one and it is a great lens) but the Samyang 85mm is the same weight and with the TC (add a few grams) gives the option of having a second focal length that is very-very fast.
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these picture are amazing starscream. i like the portrait of the man with a messed up eye. very powerful image..

QuoteOriginally posted by Douglas_of_Sweden Quote
The OP is talking about the Pentax SMC This 6-6 lens is considered Pentax 2nd best 135mm.
im actually looking for a 'cheap' 135mm. whats #1? any suggestions for this focal length?

are any of the 'cheapo' (sears, jc penny, vivitar) 135mm f2.8 any good or will i be wasting my money?

Ive seen the takumar 135mm f2.5 too which if its the same optics looks like it could be a winner too.
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QuoteOriginally posted by eyou Quote
these picture are amazing starscream. i like the portrait of the man with a messed up eye. very powerful image..



im actually looking for a 'cheap' 135mm. whats #1? any suggestions for this focal length?
define cheap? I passed on a sears 135 F2.8 for $10 , my SMC 135 F2.5 (K mount) cost $125 cdn, and I see lots of k mount Taks and M42 thread lenses in the $125-150 range
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are any of the 'cheapo' (sears, jc penny, vivitar) 135mm f2.8 any good or will i be wasting my money?
to some extent you get what you pay for but I suppose the sears F2.8 for $10 would have been a good buy
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Ive seen the takumar 135mm f2.5 too which if its the same optics looks like it could be a winner too.
I think the lens varients are well documented, look for the SMC takumar screw mount version based on the comments I have seen here

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Just picked one of these up, and I'm lovin' it. Sharp, great color and a FOV that lets you take an intimate shot without getting intimate. Like other M or K lenses, it seems to have one sweet spot in the aperture where the green button works--f/4, however, every stop after that is overexposed with the exception of f/16. It's not too hard to remember, really.
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Just picked one of these up, and I'm lovin' it.
Me too :-D From a shop were it supposedly has been sitting from new. Looks like it too. I had to remove an old price sticker (with a much higher price) with acetone Otherwise perfect.

Paid < 100 too.
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QuoteOriginally posted by winglik Quote
Great picture, I have the same primer lens, got it from ebay for a low price. Great tele-lens. I would said it takes better pictures than the M42 Takumar 135mm.

It may be pretty much the same as the M42 SMC Takumar...which is very nice.
The original Takumars lacked the coating. The Super Tak had a better design and coating and the SMC topped that.
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The various Sears lenses were made by just about everyone. AFIK,Tokina,Cosina,Samyang,Ricoh and Mamiya at some point did some stuff for Sears....probably..so did lesser makers. Same for JC Penny and Focal (K-Mart),quality can vary a lot...but the prices will be LOW. Chinon made a nice 135,in K mount. I wonder if those were ever Sears branded?

I did have a Vivitar that by the sn codes was made by Komine..who made the most respected Series One..VERY nice. It was an M42. No doubt the Kino (Kiron) Vivi's are all nice...SN starts with 22. A( K or M ) SMC 135 should go for at most about $60 + ship on ebay.....which is not far from what they cost new.

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I have the original fixed tak, SMC K and SMC tak.....great lenses but I think it's the photographer that shines in those shots. Makes me want to go out and take some pics!
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