135mm?

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by sammykhalifa, Aug 26, 2014.

  1. sammykhalifa

    sammykhalifa Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Jun 22, 2012
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    Neil
    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.
     
  2. fluberman

    fluberman Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Alex
    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.
     
  3. bassman

    bassman Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Scott
    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.
     
  4. mr_botak

    mr_botak Mu-43 Veteran

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    David
    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.
     
  5. fin azvandi

    fin azvandi Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 12, 2011
    South Bend, IN
    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.
     
  6. bassman

    bassman Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Scott
    Mine's especially cheap, as I bought it new in 1976 :smile:
     
  7. Neftun

    Neftun Mu-43 Veteran

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    Patrick Kristiansen
    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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  8. Droogie

    Droogie Mu-43 Veteran

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    Feb 23, 2013
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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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  9. HarryS

    HarryS Mu-43 Top Veteran

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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.
     
  10. CiaranCReilly

    CiaranCReilly Mu-43 Veteran

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    Ciaran Reilly
    From my experience, and what I've read here, I'd say the Olympus 40-150mm is the main reason!
     
  11. LPST

    LPST U.S. Navy Vet.

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    Will
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    I love my 135 I used it all day today!
     
  12. walter_j

    walter_j Mu-43 Veteran

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    Walter
    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.
     
  13. T N Args

    T N Args Agent Photocateur

    Dec 3, 2013
    Adelaide, Australia
    call me Arg
    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.
     
  14. dccase

    dccase Mu-43 Regular

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    Feb 25, 2014
    Massachusetts, USA
    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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  15. RnR

    RnR Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 25, 2011
    Brisbane, Australia
    Hasse
    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.
     
  16. G3user

    G3user Mu-43 Regular

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    Nov 26, 2013
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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.)
     
  17. maxsoul

    maxsoul Mu-43 Regular

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  18. Markb

    Markb Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Mark
    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.
     
  19. Cruzan80

    Cruzan80 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 23, 2012
    Denver, Co
    Sean Rastsmith
    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.