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12-10-2009, 02:32 PM   #76
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QuoteOriginally posted by Art Vandelay II Quote
I'm trying to decide on which 135mm to get for my Pentax LX. This thread makes the SMC f/2.5 look like the clear winner, but I can't decide between it the SMC-M 135mm f/3.5 (half the price & smaller) or the SMC-A 135mm f/2.8 (the A part would be nice if I decide to get another Pentax DSLR). Does anyone have an opinion on the matter?
I don't have any experience with the Pentax-A. IMO, if I really needed the convenience of the A position, I would look for an F or FA and also get improved performance. Here's a test I did that included the other two:

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-slr-lens-discussion/68032-135mm-le...imes-zoom.html

I ended up keeping them both, unable to choose between size and speed.

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Never at a loss for an opinion.

From my perspective, I think the K 135/2.5 would be a consensus winner in a Pentax 135mm poll. The other 135s have their supporters but the K 135/2.5 has the fairy dust factor going for it. It is, of course, going to be the most expensive option in the MF category. The K 135/3.5 and M 135/3.5 are also very good and will perform well on your LX camera. All three have their shortcomings on a DSLR as you are well aware.

If you are still shooting a lot of film I would opt for the K 135/2.5. If digital is your passion the A 135/2.8 gets good reviews in the lens review area. It will perform well on the LX and has the benefit of the A setting on digital. In this case the A 135/2.8 is a little more versatile and probably the better choice. The good news is you can't really lose no matter which way you choose.

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I think the FA 135/2.8 should be included there as well. although the K135/2.5 is a bit sharper though. but anyway, you can't go wrong with those Pentax 135s, except maybe the non-SMC TAK.
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QuoteOriginally posted by 8540tomg Quote
Never at a loss for an opinion.
Thanks for the input, that's the problem...how does one go about choosing when all are very capable? Oh well, it's a good problem to have, and at least they're cheap. Worst case scenario I'll just buy all three and figure out which I want to keep.

QuoteOriginally posted by Just1MoreDave Quote
I don't have any experience with the Pentax-A. IMO, if I really needed the convenience of the A position, I would look for an F or FA and also get improved performance. Here's a test I did that included the other two:
Wow, what can I say, great work (and that is surely work). Those tests are great. To my eyes it looks like the SMC-135/2.5 is the winner (no surprise there). I was shocked by the Vivitar TX and was thinking it might be a viable alternative until I got the the 2nd bokeh test of the flowers. The bokeh is just way to sharp and nervous for me. I just sold a Voigtlander 40mm 1.4 Nokton that had that issue. Nervous bokeh is fun to play with in certain shots, but it doesn't fly for an every day lens.

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but anyway, you can't go wrong with those Pentax 135s, except maybe the non-SMC TAK.
Thanks, yeah, I actually used the non-SMC 135mm in college 12 years ago with my K1000. I shouldn't blame the lens, because I know it was my fault, but man, I don't think I ever got a good shot with it. Then I tried it on on my K100D after I got it (2 years ago) and the images were all so washed out I never bothered using it again.
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BUMP!

Got this litle gem home today. Havent realy tested it much but i thought i could at least bump the thread with some lensporn


Sorry for the litle miss focus there.....placed focus to far away.

GLAS!


Size MATTERS!!!


One litle pic wih the 135, under the kitchen fan light.... f8 close to the nearest focus distance, but cropped 50%



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QuoteOriginally posted by the swede Quote
Got this litle gem home today. Havent realy tested it much but i thought i could at least bump the thread with some lensporn


Sorry for the litle miss focus there.....placed focus to far away.

GLAS!


Size MATTERS!!!


One litle pic wih the 135, under the kitchen fan light.... f8 close to the nearest focus distance, but cropped 50%
I so want to mug you right now !
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My favourite portrait lens.

Does well indoors...




...and outdoors.




All thanks to Frank.
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Bumping

Not only good for portraits.

1/250, f 2,5 ISO-100
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My favourite portrait lens.





All thanks to Frank.


This one is really GREAT. Thanks

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Great shots you have here.

These lens is truly amazing.

A pleasure to the eyes

How is this lens compared to the older (i think!) S-M-C Takumar 105/2.8 ? Optically speaking of course.

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More where that came from

QuoteOriginally posted by Piotr Quote
This one is really GREAT. Thanks
Thank you Piotr.

Here are a few more to whet your appetite.




Ah, heck, might as well show the whole set. Set 1 Set 2

Enjoy.
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Well, today I joined the club... got this little gem:



and here one of my first shots, which I am surprised there was not PF apparent, taken wide open:


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Well, today I joined the club... got this little gem:



and here one of my first shots, which I am surprised there was not PF apparent, taken wide open:

At last, I had to go out in the rain to give this lens a decent subject:

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I need to add a little of little of poison to this thread. The photos are amazing here and it is because of great talent of people.
I collected togerther Leica 135/2.8, Contax 135/2.8, Meyer 135/2.8 & Pentax 135/2.5. In addition I have for testes Sigma 100-300/4 and Sigma 70-200/2.8.
From my tests it looks that Contax/Zeiss is the best of group, later there is Leica, than Sigma 70-200 and Pentax. My Pentax is really weak at f2.5 and improves really at f8. I will publish more detailed report in the future.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Piotr Quote
The photos are amazing here and it is because of great talent of people.
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I will publish more detailed report in the future.
If you won't post it here, please post a link to the respective thread. Looking forward to your results.
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