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sammykhalifa

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I don't see much around here about people adapting any of the multitude of old 135mm lenses. Is there a reason for that? Is it because it becomes a very uncomfortable focal length on m43? Just wondering, as you can find these out and about fairly often and they might be fun to try out. Seems like a 135 was part of every kit.
 

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I had Oly and Pentacon Auto 135mm, and now I have Meyer Görlitz Orestor, but I rarely use it. For me, 135mm become very specialised tele, especially if you need fast lenses. The modern autofocus tele zoom is much more versatile.
 

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I have an old Vivitar Series 1 135/2.3 lens in Minolta mount, along with an m43 adaptor. In principle, this would be a useful tele on m43. In reality, I have the Olympus 50-200/2.8-3.5, and it's not worth carrying the Vivitar for the 1 stop difference. I haven't tested it, but I'd guess the IQ of the Olympus lens is better as well.
 

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I find the focal length to be far too long for what I do. A shame as the 135s are generally quite good optically and as you say are cheap and available.
 

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I used to have an adapted Konica Hexanon 135/3.2, and while it was a lovely lens I just never found much use for it - especially after picking up a cheap Oly 40-150.
 

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I have an excelllent OM 135/3,5, late edition. Like it a whole lot, and have taken some good shots with it. But it is a bit oddball on m43. Tend to grab the
Oly 75 for my tele-needs. Maybe I should take it out more, maybe it grows on me.



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Actually I have a Pentax 135 and love it to pieces. nice and compact for this type of lens. Cost me maybe $5.00 with leather case at an estate sale. Tons of fun. Oh, and I use it also on my Pentax K1000 kit. This lens is part of the holy trinity . . . the 28mm, the 50mm and the 135. :smile:
 

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With the Olympus 40-150 zoom often dropping down to the $100 USD price level, there is less interest in the old 135mm's, but they do remain easy to find, dirt cheap, and relatively good in my opinion.

I used to find the extra stop on a 135 f2.8 or 135mm F2.5 useful on my 12MP Pens, but the headroom gained in ISO with the 16MP sensors made it easier to bring the 40-150. The focal length is for special uses, like sports events, some music shows, maybe a zoo, or the occasional bird.
 

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I love my 135 I used it all day today!
 

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I have a Canon FD 135 F2.5 and am happy with it. I also had a konica 135 F3.2 and it is sharp, but i upgraded to the canon, which is very sharp. I tried a few zooms, and they don't cut it after using primes. I have a Oly 75 too, and although its perhaps my sharpest lens, it auto focuses slow, so I don't give up much with a manual focus. You can pick up cheap 135s, and I don't use tele lens that much, so I'd rather have a cheap fast 135 than a slow zoom any day.
 

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I have a Canon FD f/2.8 and it's good.

I thought about trying a 'speed adapter' if it exists for this lens, but then I realised there's no point when I have the O75.
 

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I have an old Canon FD 135mm f/3.5 with the aperture stuck wide open. I also have the nice O40-150 so I didn't think I would use it much.
It is not very good for things that are far away. But... it has some magic when you get close to the minimum focus distance.

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135mm with a focal reducer becomes a useful long portrait lens with an effective focal length of ~190mm and smaller depth of field. Some of the old 135mm's also have a different rendering than modern glass which could be interesting in a portrait setting. For this. you don't even need the expensive Metabones focal reducer, the cheaper ones would do since you don't need sharp edges.
 

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For me, 135mm on m43 is quite long (probably too long for portraits), but not as long as my 45-200mm lens, and on my G3 any legacy lens wouldn't be stabilised.

So that's why I've not considered longer legacy lenses. (I have a 40mm Hexanon, but at this shorter length, the lack of stabilisation is less of an issue.)
 

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Tried it (OM 135/3.5) and didn't like it. Too long for my tastes. Besides the 40-150 is more useful and can be had for very little money.
 

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I have one, but like others, rarely use it. For most things, I find that the 80-200/4 serves me just as well, and is easier to frame. I am keeping my eye out for a copy of the Vivitar Close Focus 135, which gets down to 1:2 natively. Made by Komine, and I have and love the 28/2 version they made. This one seems to get similar reviews.
 
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