Olympus Telephoto Zuiko 135mm f/3.5 Manual Focus Lens for OM-Series Cameras

mr_botak

Mu-43 Veteran
Joined
Dec 4, 2011
Messages
222
Location
Reading, UK
Real Name
David
It works well, and is cheap, but is a long lens so gives a very narrow field of view. This may, or may not be a problem depending on what you are shooting.
 

bigboysdad

Mu-43 All-Pro
Joined
Aug 25, 2013
Messages
1,643
Location
Sydney/ London
I have noted what you've all said. I only asked because it's so cheap at B&H at the moment and it's a prime (using an adapted zoom doesn't sound fun with the camera's IS). Thanks for the responses.
 

HarryS

Mu-43 Top Veteran
Joined
Jun 23, 2012
Messages
988
Location
Midwest, USA
While I've never owned an OM 135, I've no complaints about the performance of the 135's I own, even though some of them were dirt cheap. Can't go wrong with a Zuiko, and they still look good in the 21st century from an industrial design perspective.

With all due respect to BH, maybe you can save some money at KEH.com. They are well regarded for used gear and many people think the BGN rating is quite conservative.

EDIT: I just noted you're in London where nothing photographic is cheap.
 

Glenn S

Mu-43 Top Veteran
Joined
Feb 1, 2010
Messages
791
I have the OM Zuiko 135mm f2.8 and have used it with the EM-5 and EM-1 and find it an excellent little lens, beautifully made and sharp.

Subscribe to see EXIF info for this image (if available)
 

ckrueger

Mu-43 Veteran
Joined
Jul 16, 2011
Messages
304
I've had an OM 135/3.5 for years. I bought a BGN lens on KEH. I've always been really happy with KEH. My 135/3.5 had a couple nicks and dings on the body, but no more than one of my own lenses would have after 30 years. :)

It was OK on my 5D... it didn't handle sunlight well, reducing contrast considerably whenever the sun was anywhere near the frame. Its resolution was OK for its price, but couldn't compare with my Sigma 70-300 (about the same as the Panasonic 100-300 for M43). I didn't use it much.

On my M43 cameras it seems a bit better, but that might just be because it was easier to focus accurately with magnification. In any case, I still didn't use it much, because my other teles are better. To get resolution that matches my 100-300 (or even my 14-140) I have to stop it down to f/5.6, and if I do that, why bother using it at all when I could get better performance in a zoom?

I finally get along with this lens now with my A7. Sony's focus peaking is spectacular (I wish my EM1 was as usable), and the look of the lens is nicer on FF, to me. At f/3.5 it mushes out the corners and looks nice for short DOF portraits, and at f/5.6 or f/8 it gets decently sharp. It's still not very sharp, but you can make nice photos with it.

Oh, one more thing about this lens: you aren't going to take any kind of close-ups with it. Its MFD is very long.

From what I understand the 135/2.8 is better, but it's more expensive. The OM 135/3.5 is really cheap, and OM is a nice mount. I might also suggest a cheap OM 50/1.8 if you're hitting up KEH and don't already have a 45/1.8. The 28/3.5 is a really nice lens too, although it's not a great lens on M43 (any 14-42 is better).
 

mr_botak

Mu-43 Veteran
Joined
Dec 4, 2011
Messages
222
Location
Reading, UK
Real Name
David
Having tried both the 3.5 and 2.8, I found the 3.5 consistently better - sharper with more contrast. Also lighter.

There's always a lot of these for sale on Ebay, you should be able to snag one of the 3.5s in an auction for less than £20.
 

dweller

Mu-43 Veteran
Joined
Sep 14, 2012
Messages
409
Location
London, UK
Having tried both the 3.5 and 2.8, I found the 3.5 consistently better - sharper with more contrast. Also lighter.

There's always a lot of these for sale on Ebay, you should be able to snag one of the 3.5s in an auction for less than £20.
I agree that the 3.5 is a better buy, it is sharper and more compact.
However I still like the 2.8 for the extra stop and smoother bokeh and with a focal reducer the centre sharpens up a tad.
 
Links on this page may be to our affiliates. Sales through affiliate links may benefit this site.
Mu-43 is a fan site and not associated with Olympus, Panasonic, or other manufacturers mentioned on this site.
Forum post reactions by Twemoji: https://github.com/twitter/twemoji
Copyright © 2009-2019 Amin Forums, LLC
Top Bottom