Pentax Takumar 135mm f/3.5 SMC. If you’re looking to purchase this lens I always check Adorama and Ebay for good deals. It helps me if you purchase it through one of these links here in this review. When you purchase through these links it financially enables me to devote time to develop this site further. Thanks for the help! -Todd
15.2 oz (338g)
5 feet (1.5 meters).
6 blades stopping down to f/22.
f/3.5: Sharpness is not to bad with a little little spherical aberration lowering contrast but quite a bit of chromatic aberration.
f/4: Nicely sharp all over with better contrast and almost no spherical aberration but still quite a bit of chromatic aberration.
f/8: Nicely sharp all over but a little less contrast than expected at f/8 and that chromatic aberration is still not entirely gone.
Low amount of vignette at f/3.5 almost all gone at f/4.
Has fairly nice blur even at f/3.5 and would still make for a decent portrait lens. The contrasty areas are a little harsh but thats just from being a f/3.5 and now a larger aperture.
Has a moderate amount of pincushion distortion.
On MF Camera
Optics: ★ ★ ★ ★
Mechanics: ★ ★ ★ ★
Ergonomics: ★ ★ ★
Usefulness: ★ ★ ★
Availability: ★ ★ ★
Overall: ★ ★ ★
On AF Camera
Ergonomics: ★ ★
Overall: ★ ★
Out of 5
Small size, low distortion, great wide open, built well, and easy to run. At f/3.5 the bokeh blur is pretty nice and better then most lenses stopped down to f/3.5.
I personally would not go hunting for this lens because I typically shoot portrait work and I like to blur my backgrounds so I would prefer to have a f/2.8 for a little more money. For landscape or bird photography I would recommend this lens if you can find one for under $75 and they can easily be found at thrift stores for $10.
For portrait work I would prefer and suggest the amazing Takumar 135mm f/2.5 SMC which I’ve seen go for anywhere between $75 and $300. There are deals out there so keep watch.
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