SMC M 135mm f/3.5


tyronet2000

Link Posted 30/07/2013 - 11:13
Forgot I had this lens. It looks in good condition but to be honest I can't think of where it would be useful. I think I may be spoilt with the 18-135mm and have other lenses which overlap this range. Any suggestions as where a 135mm would come into it's own or is it really one for the charity shop?
Regards
Stan

PPG

Algernon

Link Posted 30/07/2013 - 13:04
Probably worth 30 - 39 if you sell it. Quite useful
on film for portraits or as a 200mm equivalent on Digital.

I can't remember what it was like wide open, but it's very
sharp at f/5.6 - f/8.

'
Half Man... Half Pentax ... Half Cucumber

Pentax K-1 + K-5 and some other stuff

Algi

Helpful

tyronet2000

Link Posted 30/07/2013 - 13:26
Was trying it out in the garden and soon found my limitations of hand holding and trying to keep sharp focus I'll have to try it out at all the settings using a tripod. Might be a handy size for doing a sparrow/starling/pigeon watch. Wonder how it will perform on the K3
Regards
Stan

PPG

Algernon

Link Posted 30/07/2013 - 13:34
Should be worth the GDP of a small country when the
Ricoh AS-IF full frame comes out and drives up prices
of 28mm, 50mm and 135mm lenses

300mm is really the minimum for birds on APS-C
The 135mm f/3.5 doesn't focus very close either.

'
Half Man... Half Pentax ... Half Cucumber

Pentax K-1 + K-5 and some other stuff

Algi
Last Edited by Algernon on 30/07/2013 - 13:36

Jonathan-Mac

Link Posted 30/07/2013 - 19:23
It's a decent lens. I take mine on holiday to have a long lens for occasional use as it's a lot smaller and lighter than my 55-300, plus 35mm-compatible as I tend to pack a film SLR these days too.
Pentax hybrid user - Digital K3, film 645 and 35mm SLR and Pentax (&other) lenses adapted to Fuji X and Panasonic L digital
Fan of DA limited and old manual lenses

kh1234567890

Link Posted 30/07/2013 - 23:40
Algernon wrote:
I can't remember what it was like wide open, but it's very sharp at f/5.6 - f/8.

It is quite useable even wide open.
Flickr Stream

tyronet2000

Link Posted 31/07/2013 - 08:19
kh1234567890 wrote:
Algernon wrote:
I can't remember what it was like wide open, but it's very sharp at f/5.6 - f/8.

It is quite useable even wide open.

Thanks for the link Karel, some interesting images there. I think I'll just keep the lens a while longer
Regards
Stan

PPG
Add a Comment
You must be registered or logged-in to comment.