PENTAX PK SMCM 135MM F3.5


philstaff

Link Posted 03/10/2010 - 17:10
Will this lens work with the K100D and K10D and is it any good there is one for sale in my local camera store and if I can do a trade off with a lens I have for sale I wouldnt mind doing a deal. I have read the Pentax 135/3.5 SMCM has a very good reputation but not sure of the PK smc 135 3.5.


Ian

womble

Link Posted 03/10/2010 - 17:50
Yes, it'll work with stop down metering (which is a bit dodgy I'll admit). Pretty nice lens, quite small, but not a nice as the much bigger and heavier K series 135mm f/2.5.

They are pretty common as they date from the time when 28/50/135 was a common trio of lenses so don't pay over the odds for it.

K.
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Hardgravity

Link Posted 03/10/2010 - 18:52
Cracking lens on a ME or MESuper, if you can live with stop down metering then it's well worth a play.

I got mine for £20 and have used it on both my DSLRs.

Can't confirm what Kris says about the 2.5 version though, they seem pretty scarce.
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pschlute

Link Posted 03/10/2010 - 18:55
I can only speak for the M version and as Kris says they are plentiful, so do't pay too much. The M has a built in hood and is superd on digital.

Here is one taken with mine



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womble

Link Posted 03/10/2010 - 18:57
Lovely image Peter. K.
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.

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Dangermouse

Link Posted 03/10/2010 - 20:30
I don't think there's such a thing as a bad K series lens (the original SMC Pentax range from 1975-77 are often known as the K series). If it's in good condition and the price is fair then go for it. Don't pay more than £50 and for that I'd expect mint or nearly so.

I find stop down metering is accurate down to about f11, go below that and it starts underexposing badly although you can easily meter at f8 then use a bit of simple calculation to set the shutter speed for smaller apertures.

I don't have the 135mm from the K series but I do have the 120mm f2.8, which is a very nice lens indeed. Smooth and solid as all K series and with a nicely unusual focal length.
Matt

Shooting the Welsh Wilderness with K-m, KX, MX, ME Super and assorted lenses.

philstaff

Link Posted 11/10/2010 - 14:46



Got it this morning and I think this will make a nice lens to take my dog portraits thanks for the feed back guys the photo is straight from the k100 D untouched.
Ian

pschlute

Link Posted 11/10/2010 - 15:04
I knew you wouldn't regret it.
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philstaff

Link Posted 11/10/2010 - 15:15
Payed £30 for it and at that price Im more than happy, to be honest Peter the photo looks 10 times better than from the P Bucket upload.
Ian

asview

Link Posted 15/10/2010 - 13:59
excellent lens got mine for £20 pin sharp and lovely contrast,
on my K7 it meters well without much intervention, its certainly sharper than my 50-150 2.8 Sigma

all the best.
albert

Dangermouse

Link Posted 15/10/2010 - 15:05
Paid £50 for mine, it is pretty much mint though. Very handy if you want to do some discreet architectural studies, fit it to a black ME S equipped with a wrist strap and you can cradle it in a hand against your hip while walking about. The length and speed enable you to fill the frame with interesting details without any blur problems from shooting handheld.

I didn't originally realise that we were talking about the M version as opposed to the K, which is a much larger lens.
Matt

Shooting the Welsh Wilderness with K-m, KX, MX, ME Super and assorted lenses.
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