FS: Pentax F 135mm f2.8 [IF]


LennyBloke

Link Posted 07/09/2018 - 15:52
I have a fairly rare F series 135/2.8 IF lens up for sale - superb on full frame and APS-C, it has a user rating of 9.54 over on PentaxForums ( https://www.pentaxforums.com/lensreviews/SMC-Pentax-F-135mm-F2.8-Lens.html ) and was the penultimate AF 135mm manufactured by Pentax (the FA is the last one but they share the same optical formula I believe).

The condition of this one is pretty average cosmetically - there is some of the grey coating scraped off on the main barrel, the serial number block is not present (stupid idea having a serial number on a rubberised block that can be removed or wear and fall out), the AF is fully working but is quite aggressive and noisy (if you've owned F series lenses then you may already be familiar with this) - there is a very slight "resistance" at between 2.5 and 3 feet, hardly noticeable but it is there. Optically quite clean (some minor dust and one or two tiny marks inside) and the aperture is positive and working fully.

It's getting harder and harder to find these in top condition - it is a 30 year old lens - so if you're a collector then this probably isn't for you. If you want a good user lens then this could be the one.

















Here's a mini Flickr albums of shots of and with the lens from this afternoon. There is no PP (default sharpening has been removed) except for minor exposure, highlights & shadows) :

https://www.flickr.com/photos/62460860@N05/albums/72157697865423902

You'll see that it's biggest weakness is purple fringeing/CA - I purposely haven't removed it to show how it is before PP.


Price: £189 plus P&P

UK Only, Bank Transfer, Cheque (cleared), PayPal (Gift), Postal Order or Cash on collection, Inspection Welcome.

LennyBloke
Last Edited by LennyBloke on 07/09/2018 - 15:53

danofmk

Link Posted 07/09/2018 - 16:45
How does the IQ compare with the SMC K equivalent?

I am taking a wild guess you've owned both at some point!

LennyBloke

Link Posted 07/09/2018 - 17:27
danofmk wrote:
How does the IQ compare with the SMC K equivalent?

I am taking a wild guess you've owned both at some point!

I do own both but the K is really only part of a mini collection now - the K135/2.5 has a bit of a cult status, and for build quality you'll struggle to find anything better - optically it was top class and still does a fine job, but for me the Automation and AF of the 'F' coupled with sharpness wide open does it for me.

If you want the K it'll be up for sale soon All my K lenses (bar one) will be going
LennyBloke

danofmk

Link Posted 07/09/2018 - 21:54
I've got the K and love it so am considering having an AF option at the focal length as well

If you're selling a 24mm K I might have to dust off the wallet....

LennyBloke

Link Posted 07/09/2018 - 21:57
danofmk wrote:
I've got the K and love it so am considering having an AF option at the focal length as well

If you're selling a 24mm K I might have to dust off the wallet....

No 24


Just 28/3.5, 28/2.0, 35/2.0, 50/1.2, 85/1.8, 105/2.8 & 135/2.5
LennyBloke

HarisF1

Link Posted 07/09/2018 - 23:21
LennyBloke wrote:
danofmk wrote:
I've got the K and love it so am considering having an AF option at the focal length as well

If you're selling a 24mm K I might have to dust off the wallet....

No 24


Just 28/3.5, 28/2.0, 35/2.0, 50/1.2, 85/1.8, 105/2.8 & 135/2.5

womble

Link Posted 10/09/2018 - 01:03
There are two lenses on the that list of Ks I don't have yet...
Kris Lockyear
It is an illusion that photos are made with the camera… they are made with the eye, heart and head. Henri Cartier-Bresson
Lots of film bodies, a couple of digital ones, too many lenses (mainly older glass) and a Horseman LE 5x4.

My website

LennyBloke

Link Posted 10/09/2018 - 07:20
womble wrote:
There are two lenses on the that list of Ks I don't have yet...

Yet!


LennyBloke

womble

Link Posted 10/09/2018 - 22:49
LennyBloke wrote:
womble wrote:
There are two lenses on the that list of Ks I don't have yet...

Yet!


That dreaded word 'yet'. I've picked all the low hanging fruit K-series prime-wise, and a few of the less low-hanging ones. Filling the gaps is, by necessity, a slow process as the lenses are rarer and rather more pricey.
Kris Lockyear
It is an illusion that photos are made with the camera… they are made with the eye, heart and head. Henri Cartier-Bresson
Lots of film bodies, a couple of digital ones, too many lenses (mainly older glass) and a Horseman LE 5x4.

My website

LennyBloke

Link Posted 02/10/2018 - 22:18
BUMP and a price drop...…



….. £175
LennyBloke

HarisF1

Link Posted 02/10/2018 - 22:43
Anyone want a longer FA77? This is the lens.

LennyBloke

Link Posted 07/10/2018 - 13:25
A few images taken with this lens on a K1 mkII this morning:

1. at f2.8.



2.



3.



4.



5. at f5.6 - focus is on the door knob.


LennyBloke

Kim C

Link Posted 07/10/2018 - 14:23
LennyBloke wrote:
danofmk wrote:
I've got the K and love it so am considering having an AF option at the focal length as well

If you're selling a 24mm K I might have to dust off the wallet....

No 24


Just 28/3.5, 28/2.0, 35/2.0, 50/1.2, 85/1.8, 105/2.8 & 135/2.5

Getting harder to fill in any gaps.

LennyBloke

Link Posted 11/11/2018 - 10:07
Sunday Bump

A stunning lens, worthy of pairing up with a K1
LennyBloke

Kim C

Link Posted 11/11/2018 - 11:20
So tempting. If it was the FA, I'd probably go for it.
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