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e-pl3 with pentax lens

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by kurt1968, Nov 18, 2013.

  1. kurt1968

    kurt1968 Mu-43 Regular

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    Oct 30, 2012
    Hi ,
    was looking at some secondhandlenses , long good primes as a telephote on my e-pl3.
    For sale , mint condition, actually never been used is a pentax M 100mm f4 , and a SMC FA 135mm f2.8 .
    Cropfactor would give 200mm or 270mm , would any of these combination work ok ?

    If so , which would you prefer?
     
  2. barbosas

    barbosas Mu-43 Veteran

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  3. kurt1968

    kurt1968 Mu-43 Regular

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  4. lakemcd

    lakemcd Mu-43 Regular

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    May 27, 2013
    Montana
    Gary
    If you are interested, I have a M 100/2.8 that I have excellent results with. If interested I can post pics.
     
  5. barbosas

    barbosas Mu-43 Veteran

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    May 7, 2013
    Lisbon
    Go for the FA135, it's a wonderful lens :)
     
  6. barbosas

    barbosas Mu-43 Veteran

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    If the OP PLANS to buy a Pentax body as he stated that's the only 135mm with AF he can get.



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  7. dougjgreen

    dougjgreen Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 5, 2013
    San Diego
    Doug Green
    Nonetheless, it's silly to buy a Pentax AF lens now for $300 a body he MIGHT buy in the future. Manual focus lenses will work much better adapted to an M43 body than another brand/mount of AF lenses will. And as I said, good quality legacy 135mm f2.8 lenses can be gotten for under $50. You can even get Name Brand 135mm f3.5 lenses for under $35, which will balance better size and weight-wise with an E-PL3 than 135mm f2.8 lenses will

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/KONICA-BRAN...95731768?pt=Camera_Lenses&hash=item20d9f60238
     
  8. barbosas

    barbosas Mu-43 Veteran

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    Costwise you're totally right, there are great legacy 135mm glass for cheap but that doesn't invalidate that the fa135 is a great piece glass and don't know why you say that manual glass works better on m4/3, the FA lineup from Pentax works great on manual bodies.

    You should try a Pentax FA31, it's therapeutic :)


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  9. agentlossing

    agentlossing Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jun 26, 2013
    Andrew Lossing
    That K-01 sure is intriguing, isn't it?

    I have a 135mm Konica Hexanon, and it takes some nice photos. One thing to keep in mind, though, with legacy telephoto lenses is that manual focus is hard. I don't know how it would be with full time image stabilization, but the focusing process without is a little herky-jerky. Hahah.
     
  10. dougjgreen

    dougjgreen Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 5, 2013
    San Diego
    Doug Green
    Because the simple fact is, ANY AF lens for another mount will have to be manually focused on an M43 body, and manual focus lenses ALL provide much better damping on the focus action than ALL AF lenses when used in manual focus mode.
     
  11. HarryS

    HarryS Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Jun 23, 2012
    Midwest, USA
    More than intriguing, probably downright maddening, if you were going to use the K-01 mirrorless camera with a 135mm lens, holding it out and looking at the rear LCD. It has no EVF, built-in or external.

    While this Pentax FA lens has a good reputation, mounted on a K-01, its AF probably has similar CDAF slow focus issues that M43 bodies prior to the EM1 have with Oly 4/3 lenses. However, I believe it's a screw drive lens, so the focus ring should work just like a manual lens. Aperture is mechanical too. Bodies like the Pentax K-X are almost as small, inexpensive, and will work a lot faster. I was looking at the K-X as an upgrade from my K100D before I went for the EPL1.

    I like my Takumar 135mm f3.5. I bought it 5 years ago, before the mirrorless boom jacked up lens prices, so I got it with a 50mm f2, and a 35mm f3.5, plus three cases and six caps, all for around $25.