Can I see pictures of 135mm 2.8 lenses mounted on an M43 body?

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by Jonathan F/2, Mar 16, 2012.

  1. Jonathan F/2

    Jonathan F/2 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 10, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
    I'm trying to decide if I want to get an MF 135mm 2.8 lens for my Pen. I'm not sure if it'll be too big for my use. I tried an MF 135mm 3.5 and it fit really well, so I'm debating between these two lenses. I'm aware of the f-stop differences, but I'm trying to balance size, weight and performance.

    Thanks for any pictures!
  2. MajorMagee

    MajorMagee Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 24, 2011
    Dayton, OH
    I have a 135mm f2.8 on an OM mount that's a little smaller than my other 135mm f3.2 on an AR mount. I actually much prefer the f3.2.
  3. dhazeghi

    dhazeghi Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 6, 2010
    San Jose, CA
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    Found this on flickr:

    Panasonic GF1 with OM 135mm f2.8 | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

    The Olympus OM 135/2.8 is one of the smaller ones. I'd say it looks a bit oversized, but it's only a few mm longer than the 135/3.5.

  4. Ned

    Ned Mu-43 Legend

    Jul 18, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    Most 135mm f/2.8 lenses are VERY small. This one is the largest I have (as well as the clearest), and is nearly twice the size, or at least 1/3rd larger than some other 135mm f/2.8 lenses I've used:

    I think if you want the best optical clarity in the smallest form, the OM Zuiko is probably your best bet. It's as small as the rest of the smallest 135mm lenses, but its optical quality is consistently good. There are many small 135mm lenses out there which are a little more questionable (hence the reason why I use the big Zeiss). ;)

    Or if you want to go really compact, how about the OM Zuiko 100mm f/2.8? This is a very popular lens...
    Or wait... didn't you have a Zuiko 100mm f/2.8 at one time?
  5. Justified_Sinner

    Justified_Sinner Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 11, 2010
    Scotland, UK
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    Dauvit Alexander
    Here is the Minolta Tele-Rokkor 135mm f2.8



    Showing the built-in lens hood both extended and retracted. A very useful lens and easy to handle, despite the weight (about 480g) and apparent length. Lovely smooth bokeh when wide open.

    Blossoms by the justified sinner, on Flickr

    I bought this lens for £20 delivered and it is worth every penny.
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  6. spatulaboy

    spatulaboy I'm not really here

    Jul 13, 2011
    North Carolina
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    I have a Minolta as well. Handles great on my G2 but might be too big for the EPM-1.

    <a href="" title="Minolta MD Tele Rokkor 135mm/2.8 by Vincent-F-Tsai (Spatulaboy), on Flickr"> 6142388032_d1c70fb1d8_z. "640" height="427" alt="Minolta MD Tele Rokkor 135mm/2.8"></a>

    That OM 135 looks smaller. Or go for the 100mm like Ned said.
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  7. Jonathan F/2

    Jonathan F/2 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 10, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
    That's my worry. The 135 3.5 I tried was pretty light on the EPM1, but I could imagine the 2.8 being significantly more bulkier.
  8. LVL8hacker

    LVL8hacker Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 4, 2012
    Pinehurst, North Carolina
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    Larry Anderson
    This is my favorite 135mm f/2.8. Its a Cambron in a C/Y mount. Great size and tack sharp. Here are a couple pictures. The second picture is sitting next to a Canon 50mm f/1.4 for size comparisons.


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  9. carpandean

    carpandean Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Oct 29, 2010
    Western NY
    Minolta MD Celtic 135mm f/2.8

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  10. harrysue

    harrysue Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 12, 2011
    If you are looking for the last millimeter here, you should add the adapter size into the total. When you do that, my smallish Takumar 135mm f3.5 is longer than my Canon FD 135 f2.5. Shown are some of my longer lenses on their respective adapters next to the micro 43 40-150 zoom, which when extended is is almost as long as the 70-210.


    I'd also recommend worrying about the reputation of the lens maker and the f-stop instead of size. Of these lenses, the Canon is the legacy 135mm I use because it's well made and has the biggest aperture. It's useful for the extra stop over the M.ED 40-150 zoom.

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  11. chicks

    chicks Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Feb 1, 2012
    The Big Valley, CA
    Another vote for the Canon 2.5.

  12. 13Promet

    13Promet Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 11, 2011
    Sorry for the poor quality, it was taken indoors with the cell phone.

    Nikkor-Q 135/2.8 on GX1
  13. addieleman

    addieleman Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 5, 2010
    The Netherlands
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    Here's a Minolta 135/3.5. The 1:3.5 versions are often considerably smaller and lighter. A late Minolta MD 135/2.8 is also a lot lighter than the earliest MD Rokkor 135/2.8 model.

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  14. penfan2010

    penfan2010 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 12, 2010
    NJ, USA
    Oly OM 135 F2.8

    Jonathan - Oly 135 2.8 on my E-PL1 and G1. Very balanced when you use it on a body with a good grip.


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  15. Jonathan F/2

    Jonathan F/2 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 10, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
    Thanks for the pictures guys! Nice rigs everyone!

    BTW - Do you feel it's fairly easy to focus with the 135? I wish M43 would hurry up already with the fast AF telephoto primes! I'd love a 135 2.8 AF!
  16. Ned

    Ned Mu-43 Legend

    Jul 18, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    I find it's no problem at all. Micro Four-Thirds does give you a little better DOF for focusing...

    This is me panning with the tiny movements of a basketball at 1/30s, manually focused on a 135mm f/2.8...
    and at a normal action shutter speed...

    For those kind of action shots you gotta use the VF-2 though (not sure how well the VF-3 would do as I don't have it). To be able to focus quickly and accurately on the fly with no magnification aid (which obviously won't work for action), the EVF is essential. If you're shooting static subjects, then either EVF or LCD will work just as well.
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  17. Jonathan F/2

    Jonathan F/2 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 10, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
    Thanks Ned! I tried a 135 f/2 on my E-PM1 and I gotta say that setup was beautiful and sooooo sharp! Unfortunately that lens is completely impractical!
  18. Plattso

    Plattso New to Mu-43

    Jul 17, 2011
    135 Elmarit - testing pix upload - My First Time

    Here's my 135mm Elmarit-R on my good ol' EM-5

    Wait a minute. I didn't want to "attach". I want the picture to show up here with the message....
    Oh, do I have to load them up into my "gallery" first?

    Well, stupid thing's out of focus anyway. Jeez, it's always something.
  19. DeeJayK

    DeeJayK Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 8, 2011
    Pacific Northwest, USA
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    Hey Jonathan,

    I don't have any pictures to show you, but I had a Konica (if I recall correctly) 135mm for a short time. I found that I wasn't able to get comfortable with that particular focal length on :43:. It just felt like it was alternately too long or too short depending on what I was trying to shoot.

    It was probably just a personal thing and perhaps I just didn't invest enough time to build a comfort level with that FOV, but I thought I'd just throw my experience out there for you.
  20. VooDoo64

    VooDoo64 Mu-43 Veteran

    Jul 17, 2010
    Zagreb - Croatia
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    Davor Vojvoda