Which faster 135-150mm?

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by apicius9, Feb 17, 2011.

  1. apicius9

    apicius9 Mu-43 Veteran

    Feb 1, 2010
    Honolulu, Hawaii

    I am in the process of streamlining my collection a bit - trying to get reasonable after my manic phase ;) I am well covered in most ranges, but I was wondering what you would recommend as a faster manual lens (let's say 2.0 - 2.8) in the 135-150mm range for my GH2. I have a few older lenses in that range (some 150mm c-mounts, an old 135 Hektor, old 135 Sonnar etc), but they are all 4.0 or slower and I plan on selling most of them to narrow it down to one decent lens in that range. I was looking at newer 135mm Sonnars or the Leica R 135mm Elmarit, but I am hoping there will be something a little cheaper out there? Reasonably sharp wide open and not too difficult with flares would be great.


  2. shrimp123

    shrimp123 Mu-43 Regular

    Oct 9, 2010
    i have used one of vivitar 135mm/f2.8 on 4/3. Decent and cheap.

    but once i switched to u4/3 i have it up for sale, since i "feel" it is too long on my epl1, as far as balance with adapter is concerned.

    i cant find a 135-200 that balances nice on my epl1 :(

  3. labcoatguy

    labcoatguy Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 23, 2011
    Cambridge, MA, US
    There are Olympus OMs at 135, one at 2.8 and 3.5. I have a 3.5 coming in the mail and should be able to give an impression of it it this weekend.
  4. jimr.pdx

    jimr.pdx Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 5, 2010
    near Longview ~1hr from PDX
    Real Name:
    Jim R
    I came to :43: from Pentax gear, so that's all I can suggest.

    I had a Rikenon XR 135/2.8, great images but quite heavy at 500g. I find that a 500-gram lens ± is too near my threshold, I tend to find excuses not to carry them - so I sold it. Sadly, that removes a bunch of fast telephoto lenses from my list. :frown: Pentax made several series of lenses including the Pentax-M (fully manual), -A (auto-aperture but still has aperture ring) and earlier lenses, including many with M42 threads. The M series is generally acclaimed as the most compact, which for :43: makes sense to me. The Pentax-M 135/3.5 may be a smidge slow for you but it's just my type at 270g; they also made a 150/3.5. For more speed there are -M 100mm and 120mm f/2.8s. I'd love to find the latter, 270g + built-in hood! Reviews of all these at pentaxforums site. Pentax-A 135mm is also f/2.8.

    p.s. money no object? how about the 135 f/1.8 Pentax-A*? at 865g it's clearly not for me :smile:
  5. thearne3

    thearne3 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jan 28, 2010
    Redding, CT USA
    I just got the OM 135 f2.8 - a very compact lens, seems to be sharp wide open, as well. It's only 3 1/8" long, 12oz, and takes 55mm filter. Full data here:


    I am trading up from a great lens - not quite as fast - the Hexanon 135 f3.2. Hexanon also makes an f2.5. Full data here (look under the AR section):

    www.buhla.de - Overview Konica SLR Hexanon and Hexar lenses

    Shameless plug: Hexanon f3.2 is for sale in Classifieds. :rolleyes:

    Note: anything faster than 2.5 is going to be expensive at 100mm+
  6. penfan2010

    penfan2010 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 12, 2010
    NJ, USA
    Agree with Thearne3, the Oly OM 135mm F2.8 is a great lens. Used it for a long time on my OM-1, E-500 and E-P1, and it was nice to have a (almost) F2.8 lens with the last 2 cameras. Very sharp, nice color, easy to hand hold.
  7. iliakoltsov

    iliakoltsov Mu-43 Regular

    Aug 7, 2010
    Well a faster than 2.8 is hard to find , but i will recommend 1 lens heavy yes, built like a tank yes, but delivers great pictures on M4/3 the Tamron BBAR 135 F2.5 Adaptall2 (03B). To my knowledge not a very expensive lens either.
  8. ean10775

    ean10775 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 31, 2011
    Cleveland, Ohio
    Real Name:
    Another vote for OM Zuiko Auto-T 135mm f/2.8

    In addition it has a built in hood.

    I've had mine for a while, using it on both a Canon EOS 350D and 5DmkII, though I just used it on my E-PL1 for the first time last night. (Indoors at 3200 ISO no less) I'm pretty happy with it.

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  9. Alexander92

    Alexander92 New to Mu-43

    Oct 17, 2010
    What about the Canon FD 135 F2 Quite rare i think but maybe it is cheaper than a leica lens..
  10. apicius9

    apicius9 Mu-43 Veteran

    Feb 1, 2010
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    I didn't have Oly on my radar, so that's something I will have to look into, thanks for the tip. I was thinking about the Canon FD 135/2 but that seems hard to find. Has anybody tried a Sonnar 135/2.8 on m4/3? I have a number of really nice 150mm c-mount lenses that are not bad at all, but my favorite, the Schneider 150/3.3, is a hunk of metal and glass and also comes in at over a pound in weight, even though it reasonably compact.

    I will keep looking but keep the Oly in mind.

  11. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin .

    Oct 9, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    Real Name:
    Keep in mind that the FD 135/2 is a monster of a lens as well as being expensive and hard to find but having said that I'd still love to see one working on a m4/3 camera.
  12. Wlodek

    Wlodek Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 19, 2011
    BC, Canada
    SMC Pentax-M 120mm F2.8 is a very god lens. Not too large and a high quality construction.
  13. f6cvalkyrie

    f6cvalkyrie Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 12, 2010
    Brussels, Belgium
    Nikkor 135/2.0 is an excellent lens, but may be heavier or more expensive than you want to carry or spend.

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