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04-10-2010, 09:40 PM   #1
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Pentax SMC-A 135mm F2.8 - Test Shots

I was looking at Pentax listing on Craigslist last week (bad thing to do, really) and I stumbled across a listing for a used A 135mm F2.8. I've always been interested in picking up a manual focus 135mm and like the flexibility of having auto aperture on an MF lens.

Long story short, I landed a nice, clean copy for an even nicer price ($95) and find it's a good balance between reach and size. Great for a walkabout lens even with a minimum focusing distance of 1.2 meters. Good contrast depending on angle of light and sharp (when the shooter can get the focus right...), and pleasant bokeh. Only thing I noticed is that after taking a shot, there's a slight mechanical sound (hope it's not problematic!).

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These are all great photos, I was looking at this lens when I had a Pentax a while back, but what is up with that snow? I've seen quite a few photos of snow that don't look good at all today, is that just the Pentax camera metering?

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Seems to be good.
Some have said that the A135 was one of the "lesser" 135s in Pentax history. But from your shots it seems pretty good IMO...
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not too bad Steve. I'm going out today to try out the 2 135s. hope it doesn't rain though. haven't really checked the weather channel but I hope it would be like yesterday's weather. really nice.
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Pentax Smc-A 135mm F2.8

Been underated by some, Actually it a good lens and i have been using most of the time till recently just got the Pentax Smc K 135mm F2.5. Some shot by
A135mm F2.8.



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very nice photos. this looks like the lens to have in that rage.

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QuoteOriginally posted by legacyb4 Quote
I was looking at Pentax listing on Craigslist last week (bad thing to do, really) and I stumbled across a listing for a used A 135mm F2.8.
The lens looks decent though I am sure the shots could benefit from some PP to bring out the contrast etc. As is they seem a bit dull, without the usual Pentax "pop".

EDIT: Looking again I think that in the second and third you may have missed focus a bit.
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These all look great to me. The color looks good and the bokeh is wonderful. However, I would a little contrast in PP to make it pop a bit more.
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