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04-24-2010, 01:44 PM - 1 Like   #16
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QuoteOriginally posted by Douglas_of_Sweden Quote
Yes, it is a very good lens for discrete shots in this sort of occasions. The only better option are the A*135/1.8.



I'f they are not, the lens is not to be blamed...
Look at his left hand (your right).

It looks like he's clenching it to sock her.

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SMC Pentax 135mm f2.5 on digital

After my first post I put the SMC Pentax 135mm f2.5 on the K-7 and took it out when I went downtown to get some charcoal for the grill. Here is some examples of what it can do on a digital APS-C acting like a superfast 200mm:







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That's a beautiful shot!

Are they still married?
I hope so. The wedding was last week.

I'm interested to see the pro's shots. She got this one from almost the same spot. She used a Canon 7D and as far as I could tell, just one lens. I felt bad for bringing 6.
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FA135/2.8. still going to shoot a lot more with this lenses starting tomorrow.



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Aww, the indomitable 135mm focal length!

I own two different 135's. One is the Pentax-M 135mm f/3.5 and the other is the Sears 135mm f/2.8. I like both, but I really love the Sears. So much in fact that after my first one died with a broken aperture diaphragm, I'm now on my fourth one and this one so far holds up. This is maybe the one downside with this particular Sears: its aperture blades really have a proclivity towards drenching themselves in oil.

Since I shoot almost only film it is a true 135mm for me. It's on the short end of what I consider the perfect length for portraiture (135mm to 200mm). Whenever this comes up, it's the lens I use along with a yellow-green filter:



It's also a surprisingly sharp lens. I used it in some semi-macros situations (really more like a close-focus lens) with extension tubes:



Or this one (sharpness was less of a concern here):



And finally, but this is somewhat random, 135mm works very well when being on the edges of Manhattan or Brooklyn. Both the Hudson and the East River seem to be 135mm-friendly as you'll get just the right field of view when peeking across. :-)



Now, as for the reason why these lenses seem less popular on digital bodies: I suspect it's because a lot of them require stop-down metering. And indeed, I've barely used any of the above lenses with my K10D for that reason. At the equivalent of 200mm, you are already pretty long and will therefore have to work a little harder to get a sharp image. This additional step of pressing the green button always enraged me and would somehow manage to induce shake. Of course, all my film bodies have zero gripe with this as they will just meter wide-open and it's the ultimate convenience.

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[ I've added this to the Lens Club index ]

I keep posting shots from the M135/3.5 in the "M" Club thread, but I might as well contribute a few here. I can sort of see why the focal length doesn't attract that much attention on APS-C - it's perceived as too long for portraits, too short for wildlife. On the other hand, it's also usually the longest fast lens you can easily get for under $100, and also the longest fast lens that doesn't seem "big" to someone whose expectations are set by the kit zooms. It's really a great length for capturing performers on stage, on altars, etc - basically "portraits" where circumstances dictate a longer distance than you'd otherwise want. Or portraits where you can afford the extra distance (I find the perspective flattering more often than not). And with a bit of cropping, it can handle some wildlife shots.

The M135/3.5 isn't quite f/2.8, of course, but it's close, and it's easily had for well under $100, and it's no bigger than the 18-55 - and it's a darn good lens.

So with apologies for the repeats, here's a few of my favorite M135/3.5 images.









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I certainly haven't used this lens as much as I should but when I have I found it good for landscape, nature and macro shots (coupled with my Raynox M-150/250).

M135 f/3.5


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M135 f/3.5 + Raynox M-150


M135 f/3.5 + Raynox M-150


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Taken with my newly acquired Pentax-A 135mm f2.8 @ f2.8



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As a film user 135mm is one of my favorite focal lengths. Yes I was one of those people in 1975 that bought the standard set of primes: K28/3.5, K55/1.8 and the K135/3.5.

On film 135mm is great for portrait and telephoto work, here are a couple slide scans:

K135/3.5 as a telephoto:




K135/2.5 as a portrait:



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Ok...you guys have got me wondering why I don't shoot more with my M42 Vivitar 135/2.8. Let me see, what is there in the archives...

Natural Abstract In Glass

K10D, Vivitar 135/2.8 (M42, Komine-made)

The monochrome version of the above made it to PPG!


Mt. Adams at Dusk

Pentax SV, Vivitar 135/2.8 (M42, Komine-made), Kodak Ektar 100

Taken this last summer with the famous "Sightseeing Screwmount" Pentax SV. I was out shooting with the "classic kit"...full manual 35mm SLR, 28mm wide angle, 55mm normal, and 135mm short telephoto.


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K10D, Vivitar 135/2.8 (M42, Komine-made)

One of the first test shots I did with the lens.


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K135/2.5 shot at around f4 (but could have been wide open if I look at the oof lights)
A real pity that I don't use this focal length more..
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Some lens fetish

The SMC Pentax 135mm f2.5 on a resently renovated black K2:


SMC Pentax-M 135mm f3.5 on my MX (which works now again since I got a replacement cap for the forward leveler):


Two odd fellows. Makinon 135/2.8 macro and Sears 135/2.8 macro. Both offers a close up function rotating the front lens element further away from the rest of the lens elements reaching 1:4 or 1:5. When I was trying to research the Makinon, I discovered the existence of the Sears lens, but from what I could find out, they were by different manufacturers. Eventually got a copy of the Sears lens for about 2 USdollar (15 Swedish crowns), 135mm lenses can indeed be gotten for almost nothing, but having them in hand it is clear that they are not the same design. They just build on the same basic simple idea.


Will be shooting with all these lenses, the SMC Pentax 135mm f3.5 (which I couldn't find today), some more 3rd part lenses, some Super Takumar, and maybe even my Konica Hexanon (though they don't allow infinity focus on a Pentax DSLR). And of course the SMC Pentax-A*135/1.8. But all in due time. Have to work a bit now.

Does anyone have the Tamron Adaptall 2 135mm? Is it any good?
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Already many good shots in this thread! Just a few that hit a soft point with me:

QuoteOriginally posted by Pentaxor Quote
FA135/2.8. still going to shoot a lot more with this lenses starting tomorrow.

Makes me long for my tullips to come up, but there are just leafes yet. The colors comes out very nicely here. Are the colors straight out of the camera?

QuoteOriginally posted by vparseval Quote





Now, as for the reason why these lenses seem less popular on digital bodies: I suspect it's because a lot of them require stop-down metering. And indeed, I've barely used any of the above lenses with my K10D for that reason. At the equivalent of 200mm, you are already pretty long and will therefore have to work a little harder to get a sharp image. This additional step of pressing the green button always enraged me and would somehow manage to induce shake. Of course, all my film bodies have zero gripe with this as they will just meter wide-open and it's the ultimate convenience.

Cheers,
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Great portrait, love it!

You probably have a point there, but there are many KA 135mm lenses and they don't seam that popular either. Besides, I think it can be overcome with training. I just keep my thumb on the gren botton all the time when I shoot with K lenses and just press it the moment before I focus, in one swift motion.

QuoteOriginally posted by Marc Sabatella Quote
[ I've added this to the Lens Club index ]




Most be one of the best stage shots I've seen from you!
Thanks for putting us on the lens club index.

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M135 f/3.5




M135 f/3.5 + Raynox M-150
Really like these two. Have the same bugg here, but haven't been able to get as good a shot of it.

QuoteOriginally posted by pinholecam Quote
K135/2.5 shot at around f4 (but could have been wide open if I look at the oof lights)
A real pity that I don't use this focal length more..
Also a great portrait! You should use it more!


I'd like to encourage everyone to check if the lenses they post here are in the lens reviews. If they are not there, plese add them and a review, and if they are there already, make a review. I'll try to do the same for my 135mm's.
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