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05-17-2011, 02:25 PM   #1
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Hello everyone, i'm new here and i need some advice for some lenses. I'm studying photography at University of Arts "George Enescu" Iasi; The Faculty of Fine Arts, Decorative Arts and Design. I don't have a big budget for a prime tele lens and I've searched the internet for some cheap used lenses for analog cameras and found the following : Rexatar 135/F2.8 ; HC Edixar 135/F2,8 and Pentax SMC-K 135mm f3.5 . The first two are half the price of the pentax and i'd like to go for that but i don't know if they are sharp and good. Can someone give me some advice ?

05-17-2011, 03:04 PM   #2
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QuoteOriginally posted by rares Quote
Rexatar 135/F2.8
There is a short thread about this lens here:

For the Pentax-K 135mm F3.5:

Hope this helps..
05-17-2011, 03:19 PM   #3
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Here in the US, the SMC Pentax-M 135mm f3.5 is usually about $50 and has excellent image quality. The older SMC Pentax 135mm f3.5 is very close, except bigger, only 6 aperture blades and no built-in hood. It should sell for approximately the same price as the M version. I don't know anything about the other two brands you mention. If they are screw-mount lenses, the cost of the adapter must be considered. A Vivitar 135mm f2.8 with a serial number starting with 28 is very good, often much cheaper than Pentax, and a good screw-mount option.
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The SMC-K is the same design as the SMC Takumar and a very good lens indeed. Many try to get the 135/2.5 for the extra speed but the 3.5 is capable if producing equally good results. If your budget can manage it, you won't regret it.


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Oddly enough I saw today an SMC 135/2.5 (K) for $75 at henrys outlet center in Mississauga that is seriously under value for a lens that sells normally for $200. The only reason I didn't get it was I already have one
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Thanks guys, the pentax costs 70e, the other two around 40e, they have pentax k mount.
The Rexatar doesn't look like it has good optics (better than Tamron 70-300) but it looks wonderful image of lens. Can't find more info for the edixar lens so i'll go for the pentax. If the shipment wasn't so expensive to get stuff from US or Europe, i'd have more lenses to choose

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