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04-24-2010, 09:13 AM - 3 Likes   #1
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135mm lens club

When I was a kid, what most people had to their SLR was just three lenses: a 28mm, a 50mm and a 135mm. For that reason, there are both more copies of these lenses, and more versions from more brands, than any other focal lengths. You still notice this on the 2nd hand market: as long as they are not extremely fast, you can get many 28mm/f2.8, 50mm/f1.7 or 135mm/f2.8 for almost nothing.

We have several 50mm clubs, there have been whole threads on the different 28mm's, for example the Vivitar 28mm's. On the APS-C digitals we have learned to use the 28mm wide angles as inexpensive normal lenses, the 50mm's as fine portrait lenses, but what about the 135mm's. It appears that people quite often say that they don't find a use for this focal length on a digital cropped DSLR.

But is that fair? Back in the old full frame film days, the 2nd prime tele you got was either a 85mm for portrait, or a 200mm. If we found that usefull back then, why would not a 135mm with a view angle on APS-C close to the 200mm on full frame be usefull? And you could easilly get it at a speed that would have been a dream for most in a 200mm. 135/2.8 = 200/2.8!

I find my 135mm's usefull on digital for street shooting, stage shooting, sport, my kids, some more or less domestic animals, etc. Of course, I still use them on film cameras.

To restore the 135mm lenses to their proper place, I'd like to invite you all to the 135mm club. The club is for any 135mm that can be mounted on a SLR or DSLR. Playing with converters, tubes or bellows are also OK. Just make use of your old forgotten 135mm's! Pictures by the 135mm lenses and pictures of the 135mm lenses. But primes only.

Let me start by introducing the SMC Pentax 135mm f2.5 used on the MX with Ilford XP:








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Haven't had much time to play with a recent purchase from a local seller, but I picked up an A 135mm. It's a nice size for the focal length, no doubt!



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Curse you, Batman!!!

Now I have to go out with my pre-set Vivitar 135 2.8 that I never even shot with!!!

Will post later with the dastardly results.
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Douglas, what happened to those scans? They don't look very good. I'm sure the original negative is much better.

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Good grief what a club . . . I will go bonkers figuring where to start.

Preset Takumar
Super Tak
Tamron 135mm f2.8 adapt-a-matic
Focal 135mm f2.8 k-mount
Sears 135mm f2.8 PK/R

(we won't get into other "mounts" . . . . )

This will need to be added to category 2 or 3 in the Lens Club Index by one of the mods.

Edit: Now in Index

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Douglas, what happened to those scans? They don't look very good. I'm sure the original negative is much better.
Too busy to do my own scans, so I just took the scans the lab made, which are often so-so. This was some 2-3 years ago. Perhaps I should scan them myself, but there are so many negatives I should scan.
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Pentax F 135 f2.8

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interestig concept

I have an SMC-Pentax F2.3 a SMC Takumar F3.5, a tele- Lentar F2.8 (M42) preset with 16 blade aperture, and a XR rikenon F2.8 (M42) which suffers from reflection off the sensor.

time to go on a shoot 135mm mission.

What about zooms shot at 135mm? I could add vivitar Series 1 70-210 F3,5 version 1 and sigma APO 70-200F2.8 EX also

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The K135/2.5 is great at weddings when you don't want to get in the way.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Just1MoreDave Quote
The K135/2.5 is great at weddings when you don't want to get in the way.
That's a beautiful shot!

Are they still married?
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QuoteOriginally posted by pcarfan Quote
Love my F135
Yessss!

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Sorry, double post.

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interestig concept

I have an SMC-Pentax F2.3 a SMC Takumar F3.5, a tele- Lentar F2.8 (M42) preset with 16 blade aperture, and a XR rikenon F2.8 (M42) which suffers from reflection off the sensor.

time to go on a shoot 135mm mission.

What about zooms shot at 135mm? I could add vivitar Series 1 70-210 F3,5 version 1 and sigma APO 70-200F2.8 EX also
I'd prefer that we restrict the thread to 135mm primes. Three prime lenses (28, 50, 135mm) were in every SLR photographer's bag for decades. They dominated completely before they were gradually replaced by a pair of zoom lenses (like 28-70 and 70-210mm) as the minima lens set. There are good lenses among them also, like the ones you list (and plenty of bad ones), but that is a totally different story. Keep this thread 135mm primes, please.
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Lovely shot!
That's a lens I'm still looking for.
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The K135/2.5 is great at weddings when you don't want to get in the way.
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.

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That's a beautiful shot!

Are they still married?
I'f they are not, the lens is not to be blamed...
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