What manual focus 135mm f2.8 do you have?

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toxinoz
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Re: Olympus OM 135/2.8
In reply to Surefoot, Jul 25, 2013

Nice images. I also have the old Zuiko 135, but find the focus seems a little off (OK in viewfinder, calibrated for my eyes, but not so when I see the images on screen). Maybe I am doing something wrong (other than failing to focus)?

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Tokina RMC 135mm f:2.8
In reply to paul613, Jul 25, 2013

I got this little gem I post a link to see pictures, it is in my plans a mini review - so if anybody knows some things for the history of tokina's RMC lens it is very welcome.

here is the link . TOKINA RMC 135

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Re: What manual focus 135mm f2.8 do you have?
In reply to leendertcv, Jul 25, 2013

1) Rexatar 135 f2.8. Probably the first lens I ever bought and this was back in 1971. I keep this lens for sentimental reasons. It has no value otherwise. You cannot even find adapters for it easily. I made my own.

Rex 135

2) Next up on the money list is a Sear 135mm f2.8 in FD mount. It cost me $5.

Sears FD 135. Heat from the cornfield is causing the wind mill to be fuzzy.

Sears FD 135. A little closer subject. This lens is a purple fringer, but you can't see it here.

3) Takumar M42 135mm f3.5. So it's not f2.8, but it's light and sharp. I got it with a Tak 50mm f2, and a Tak 35mm f3.5, all three for $35.

Takumar (Pentax) 135mm f3.5

4) Final lens is the heaviest. Canon FD 135mm f2.5 SC. This one cost me the biggest money. $45 USD before shipping.

Canon FD 135 f2.5

I always say that 135 f2.8's are common and should be inexpensive. Don't spend a lot a money trying to emulate a new 150mm f2.8.

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Minolta MD 2,8/135
In reply to drpoop, Jul 25, 2013

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Minolta Rokkor 135 f 2.8

This thing is heavy as a turd, but fun to use

Seems to be the famous 4 lens construction.

Mine is light weight and quite compact. IQ is better than the Panasonic 45-150, even wide open. However, I don't use it very often.

It was EUR 65, for me the rumored EUR 2935 for AF is a bit much. Still, I might have considered it, if it was in the quality and price range of the Olympus 1,8/75.

Peter

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Carl Zeiss 135mm f2.8
In reply to leendertcv, Jul 25, 2013

A few shots with Carl Zeiss 135mm f2.8 on GH2. Bought it on eBay for 65 British pounds. The first Praktica-m4/3 adapter I bought had issues (could not focus to infinity properly) so I had to buy the second one which actually goes beyond infinity focus, which allows precise focusing.

The single problem is that it purple finges a lot. All the images are JPEG-processed. I took them before starting to use SilkyPix 5 on a regular basis. If I was taking them now, the output would be quite different.

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Re: Tokina RMC 135mm f:2.8
In reply to Spiridakis Michael, Jul 25, 2013

Very nice pictures!

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Re: Tokina RMC 135mm f:2.8
In reply to Spiridakis Michael, Jul 25, 2013

Spiridakis Michael wrote:

I got this little gem I post a link to see pictures, it is in my plans a mini review - so if anybody knows some things for the history of tokina's RMC lens it is very welcome.

here is the link . TOKINA RMC 135

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Very well done. Good quality on the images, looks like a really good combination.

ps - the photographer did a good job

Thanks for sharing!!

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Canon FD 135mm F2.0
In reply to dotweb, Jul 25, 2013

The Canon FD 135mm F2.0 is one of my favorite FD lenses, it should have been and 'L'. Amazing image quality and a it has a built in lens hood (no $70 accessory *cough* Olympus *cough*). This lens is a bit more expensive than some of the other options, but I think it is worth it.

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Chose Super Takumar 135mm/3.5 over Nikkor-Q 135mm/2.8
In reply to leendertcv, Jul 25, 2013

I'm stretching your question to let me recommend the Super Takumar 135mm/3.5, with M42 mount. I sold my Nikkor-Q 135mm/2.8 because it was so soft wide open, and the images from both lenses were comparable at f/4.

The Super Tak's handling was far superior. Not only is it smaller and lighter, but its action is smooth, while my Nikkor 135 had a tight focus ring that made manual focus a chore. I've read similar complaints from other users of old Nikkor 135s.

You can find sample images on flickr that are much better than what I could post.

I don't want to bash the Nikkor, because its images were beautiful when it wasn't wide open. But I had a hard time finding any significant difference in image quality between the Nikkor and the Takumar, while the difference in handling was significant.

Note that my Nikkor was an old, pre-AI version. I would expect newer Nikkors, Ai and Ai-S versions, to have smoother focusing.

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Re: JCPenney Co 135mm f2.8
In reply to Atwater, Jul 25, 2013

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Pentax mount, purchased new in about 1980. Very sharp-- surprisingly so. I'm away from my computer, so sorry, no examples to hand.

One of the first used lenses I bought for my Pentax dSLR was a Sears 135/2.8 for $5.  It was a nice lens and I got some decent shots with it.  Wound up giving it away to a local student (who later sold it, but c'est la vie).

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Re: What manual focus 135mm f2.8 do you have?
In reply to leendertcv, Jul 25, 2013

Here's a few (google doc, reattach the 'bit.' and 'ly')

http://bit. ly/9FQ6R1

Prices are out of date though. Short story; Minolta 135/2.8 - good and cheap, OM 135/2.8 - better and more expensive,  Nikon 135/2 AIS - best and most expensive

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Re: What manual focus 135mm f2.8 do you have?
In reply to drpoop, Jul 26, 2013

I've got one of these in the cabinet too. No body to use it on though.

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Constructive Criticism is always welcome, however please understand that I am not a pixel peeper.

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Re: What manual focus 135mm f2.8 do you have?
In reply to leendertcv, Jul 26, 2013

I have two 135mm legacy lenses in OM mount, one Makinon 135/2.8 and one Olympus Zuiko 135/3.5. The former has unfortunately developed a sticky aperture ring which makes it frustrating to use. It was never very impressive anyway, Makinon was one of the small low-cost lens makers in the 70s.

Here is one from the Zuiko:

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Re: What manual focus 135mm f2.8 do you have?
In reply to leendertcv, Jul 26, 2013

I have a contax/yashica which has been discussed here:

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/41901665

But I use it with samsung nx300, not having a m4/3 camera, but it should be great on 4/3 as well.

The worst part are ca, but they are easily corrected in pp.

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Re: What manual focus 135mm f2.8 do you have?
In reply to tecnoworld, Jul 26, 2013

I too have been using a contax 135f2.8 (but on an em-5). I don't have sample photos but it is ok. THe biggest issue is I missed focus quite a few time

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There is a comparison of 12 135mm on 5d2 (not totally relevant to em-5 since ca/resolution will differ a bit):

http://forum.mflenses.com/twelve-2-8-135mm-lenses-compared-on-5dmkii-t39463.html

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Anyways it was never my favorite contax lens but the only 'long' lens I owned and it was cheap enough to hang on to after I switched to digital.

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Re: Chose Super Takumar 135mm/3.5 over Nikkor-Q 135mm/2.8
In reply to Sudo Nimh, Jul 26, 2013

I have the Pentax M135 3.5 and it's an outstanding lens for it's size and weight.  And it has a built in hood.  And it's usually dirt cheap.

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Re: JCPenney Co 135mm f2.8
In reply to Russ Houston, Jul 26, 2013

Russ Houston wrote:

Atwater wrote:

Pentax mount, purchased new in about 1980. Very sharp-- surprisingly so. I'm away from my computer, so sorry, no examples to hand.

One of the first used lenses I bought for my Pentax dSLR was a Sears 135/2.8 for $5. It was a nice lens and I got some decent shots with it. Wound up giving it away to a local student (who later sold it, but c'est la vie).

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Yup, some of those dept. store lenses were great.  I enjoyed the results I got from that 135mm on film more than any of my other lenses.  These days, my Oly 40-150 takes its place in my bag.

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Only one f/2.8 but other 135s...
In reply to leendertcv, Jul 26, 2013

The 135/2.8 is a Y/C-mount Zeiss. It performs fine on m43 aside from CA issues, which can be corrected.

My favorite SLR 135mm is the Pentax f/2.5 Super-Multi-Coated Takumar, M42 screwmount version. This is the one I use most often on my OM-D5.

I also have the Soviet-era Zeiss Jena f/3.5, which performs almost identically to the Y/C Zeiss but focuses closer...down to 1 meter. This one gets the second-most use on m43.

Optically the best 135s I own are the Leitz Tele-Elmar and Zeiss Sonnar, both f/4. I use 'em on Leica & Contax rangefinder film cameras.

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Re: Olympus OM 135/2.8
In reply to toxinoz, Jul 27, 2013

toxinoz wrote:

Nice images. I also have the old Zuiko 135, but find the focus seems a little off (OK in viewfinder, calibrated for my eyes, but not so when I see the images on screen). Maybe I am doing something wrong (other than failing to focus)?

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Beware that this is actually a pretty long telephoto, 270mm eq. That means you need at least 1/300s with a Panasonic body. Also a good holding technique is needed, forget holding your camera like a point and shoot...

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