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DA* 50-135mm F2.8 7971.17%
K 135mm F2.5 3228.83%
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10-23-2014, 11:16 PM   #1
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Lens Tournament: DA* 50-135mm F2.4 vs K 135mm F2.5

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the knockout round of the Greatest Pentax Lens Tournament! The rules are simple: Two lenses enter. You must choose one. The winner moves to Knockout Round Two. The loser is gone. Check out the bracket here, which is based on the user nomination results.

In this telephoto knockout match, the SMC Pentax-DA* 50-135mm F2.8 factes the SMC Pentax 135mm F2.8.

Make your choice by voting in the poll above. You will need to log in or register if you don't yet have a forum account.
Feel free to argue, persuade, and generally carry on after that. Voting will be open for exactly 24 hours.

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10-23-2014, 11:22 PM   #2
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This one is tougher. I am very happy with my DA*50-135, but the results I have seen from the 135/2.5 are simply incredible. I have no personal experience with it, but I would actually give it the nod.
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I don't have either lens, and never scrutinized images from them, so I'm not going to vote. But I do know that some people bought into Pentax specifically for the 50-135.
10-24-2014, 02:52 AM   #4
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I don't know. I think I would pick the 50-135 in this match up. The lens that I would give a clear win over the 50-135 would be the A* 135mm f1.8. Now that's an amazing lens.

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No check box for the F/FA 135mm f2.8? DA* 50-135mm f2.8 it is then. (it's a amazing lens)
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Having recently acquired the K135/2.5 and used it on the Single in challenge this month, I think its a fabulous lens - as sharp as a 50/1.7 and wonderful rendering. So it gets my vote.

Here are my challenge photos from the K135/2.5 this October if anyone's interested. https://www.flickr.com/photos/95859572@N06/sets/72157648186385386/
10-24-2014, 05:13 AM   #7
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Had both .....and both are good lenses, but if I had to choose one I will go with 50-135/2.8. At the end I decided to buy FA135/2.8, but out of three DA* is perhaps the best lens,,,,
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I have the SMC Takumar 135/2.5, which I've had from new. It's a great lens, and I believe it's optically identical to the K 135/2.5. However, the DA*50-135/2.8, which I also have, wins on versatility and ease of use. I haven't actually put the two of them together for comparative purposes, but I've had good IQ from both. If I recall correctly, someone here did a comparison that included these two lenses, and there wasn't much in it.

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QuoteOriginally posted by utak Quote
Having recently acquired the K135/2.5 and used it on the Single in challenge this month, I think its a fabulous lens - as sharp as a 50/1.7 and wonderful rendering. So it gets my vote.

Here are my challenge photos from the K135/2.5 this October if anyone's interested. https://www.flickr.com/photos/95859572@N06/sets/72157648186385386/
Very nice set of photos, well done.
10-24-2014, 06:27 AM   #10
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I'm very happy I have never owned the 50~135 so that I can (IMHO) deny myself the right to vote in this playoff round rather than submit to common logic and vote against the venerable medium telephoto I nominated.. That is, of course, because I covet and pursue SMC K lenses to the ends of the earth. I've had the K135 three times now. Every time I sell it I'm drawn to buying it back.

I've learned my lesson.

OWTH -K135!!

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I have not handled or used the 50-135 2.8, but I do own the K135 2.5, and even though I still have not played enough with it to discover the whole focus throw range, I LOVE the pictures I have gotten. Of my favorites I have taken, the majority are from this lens.
Vote for K135mm f/2.5
10-24-2014, 09:13 AM   #12
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I vote for K135 2.5 as I have it and it is sharp from wide open.
10-24-2014, 09:48 AM   #14
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QuoteOriginally posted by monochrome Quote
I'm very happy I have never owned the 50~135 so that I can (IMHO) deny myself the right to vote in this playoff round rather than submit to common logic and vote against the venerable medium telephoto I nominated.. That is, of course, because I covet and pursue SMC K lenses to the ends of the earth. I've had the K135 three times now. Every time I sell it I'm drawn to buying it back.

I've learned my lesson.

OWTH -K135!!
I'm sure you can guess which one I voted for!

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10-24-2014, 10:07 AM   #15
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I have both, and voted for the K 135/2.5.
The DA* still needed for it's purpose, but the joy is K135/2.5.
It is simply incredible lens, so nice that I also got the smc tak version to use on canon FF.
and on a FF body (like a7r/5d/5dm2) even more awesome...
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