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Prinz 135mm F/2.8 [Any good?]

ikillrocknroll
Posted 25/06/2008 - 11:52 Link
USED PRINZ 135MM
F2.8 TELEPHOTO LENS

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Any good for £19 and a dabble in telephoto? (Longest lens I have is -55mm ) Will it fit okay and not break my camera?
http://www.behance.net/robbranigan
K20D, DA18-55II, FA50 1.4, DA10-17
To buy: Metz 58 AF-1, DA*50-135, DA12-24, DA100M
johnriley
Posted 25/06/2008 - 14:12 Link
I've actually used one of these on film, a very, very long time ago. As I recall it was OK without being startling, but a bit on the bluish side as far as colour balance goes. The aperture ring and focusing ring work the opposiye way round to Pentax which was a bit of a nuiscance.
Best regards, John
hefty1
Posted 25/06/2008 - 14:25 Link
There's a gallery of photos taken with the f3.5 version on a K10D here: http://www.pbase.com/niblue/prinz_galaxy_135_f35

Whilst it doesn't look a match for the DA*50-135 it doesn't look too bad either - certainly worth twenty quid for the odd times when you want a tele lens.

As for breaking your camera, check it doesn't have the "Ricoh Pin" (and remove if it does) and don't force anything - should be OK I'd have thought.
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johnriley
Posted 25/06/2008 - 14:30 Link
The f3.5 lens is a totally different lens from a different manufacturer and is probably a better lens than the f2.8 one.
Best regards, John
hefty1
Posted 25/06/2008 - 14:42 Link
Oh well, blows my theory out of the window then!

If you're after a cheap tele lens then why not have a look for a Pentax M200/4? There are plenty about, they're very compact and the IQ is reasonable (if not exactly stellar). I paid less than thirty quid for mine a couple of months ago and that was for a near-mint example with original caps and leather hard case.

Plenty of example photos here:

www.pbase.com/cameras/pentax/smc_m_200_40

It's not the sharpest lens I own, nor does it have the most pleasing bokeh, etc but I find it preferable (at 200mm) to my Tamron 70-300. Worth having for ocassional use.
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ikillrocknroll
Posted 25/06/2008 - 15:50 Link
Im thinking 135 because I will at some point be purchasing a 50-135, so I want to consider the range.

I've been thinking of buying this for months, I'll probably just leave it.
http://www.behance.net/robbranigan
K20D, DA18-55II, FA50 1.4, DA10-17
To buy: Metz 58 AF-1, DA*50-135, DA12-24, DA100M
johnriley
Posted 25/06/2008 - 15:53 Link
If you can find a Pentax 135mm it will be much better. Unfortunately they have been selling for Silly Money on eBay recently.
Best regards, John
niblue
Posted 30/06/2008 - 12:35 Link
The 135mm F3.5 pictures mentioned earlier were some of mine. The lens I have isn't all that great - I've had a few no-name 135mm F2.8's in my time though and they've all tended to be at least reasonably ok for sharpness but sometimes without the best of colour renditions (perhaps less of a problem with digital than with film).

A Pentax 135mm will definitely be a safer, if more expensive, option however make sure you go for one that has SMC coating.
cabstar
Posted 07/07/2008 - 00:01 Link
I have this lens, for the price I think it is great, I shot my nieces birthday with it, kept a distance so I could get lots of candids.

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Have used it for gig photgraphy but did get some purple fringing, this could be down to the low light though, this was shot at ISO3200 on my pentax K100d, a very dark gig.



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It has a long focus screw so is very forgiving which helps me with my poor eye sight.
PPG Wedding photography Flickr
Concert photography

Currently on a Pentax hiatus until an FF Pentax is released

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