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$1,953 for A* 135/1.8 (also apparently 12% additional off) at Keh
Posted By: Clinton, 07-30-2018, 06:52 AM

Could be a good opportunity to pick up this lens.



Pentax 135mm F/1.8 SMC A* K Mount Manual Focus Lens {77} at KEH Camera Store

In a related thread, there's a 12% off code which looks like it applies: KEH 12% Off Bargain, Excellent & Excellent+ - PentaxForums.com

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I just tried it, and the total with discount is $1,718.64
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It would just sit in the drawer and be a collection queen.
No you've got to get her oot and aboot... and suppling images to make her earn her keep.

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I know there's no real way to measure this, but, just how much better is this thing than the Samyang 135 f2 which seems available new in the USA for about $500 USD?
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I suspect prices on these older classic lenses will be coming down now that we are getting newer glass..but slowly.
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I suspect prices on these older classic lenses will be coming down now that we are getting newer glass..but slowly.
Why do you suppose the owner is selling this rare, masterpiece lens now?

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Why do you suppose the owner is selling this rare, masterpiece lens now?
Yes, sadly for those who have such lenses. Happily for those who want them.
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I know there's no real way to measure this, but, just how much better is this thing than the Samyang 135 f2 which seems available new in the USA for about $500 USD?
From my experience owning both, the Sammy is near aberration free which gives it an edge in wide open sharpness. The A*135 has some purple fringing wide open which takes away from the experience a tiny bit but is still manageable. The A*135 wins hands down in terms of pleasing image colours and also bokeh. For the money, the Samyang is unbeatable. Possibly the sharpest lens I have ever used.

And if you've got both, you'd be foolish to not use the A*135. It's absolutely beautiful.
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some alternatives exist

PENTAX A (Green Star) 135 mm F 1.8 original box case with warranty card | eBay

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Shirley the Seller jests!




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QuoteOriginally posted by pres589 Quote
I know there's no real way to measure this, but, just how much better is this thing than the Samyang 135 f2 which seems available new in the USA for about $500 USD?
Like HarisF1, I have both.


Sharpness: Samyang is sharper wide open. Pentax has some CA from f1.8-2.2, and it catches up to the same league about F2.4. From 3.2 up, both are super sharp and well corrected.

Color Rendering: Pentax is better. I don't like the blues of the Samyang. It's a pretty big difference for portraits.

Bokeh: Under some circumstances Pentax bokeh balls make colored outlines. Despite this, the Pentax bokeh is more pleasing.
Transmittance (T-stop): The Pentax passes significantly more light at F2 than the Samyang does at F2. Wide open it handily beats the Samyang in t-stop, making it superior for (non-astro) low light shooting.

Astroprotography: Near wide open, the Samyang has superior color correction from about 420nm on up to the near UV, making it superior for star photos.

Build/feel/usage: Pentax is much heavier. Pentax quality/feel wins by a mile. Also, you may have to try more than one copy of the Samyang to get one that's uniformly sharp in each corner. (my first one wasn't)
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It sounds like the A* 135 wins but it's not by miles and miles. Maybe by quarter miles...
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