I catch myself wanting to say this 135 is a favorite lens of mine, truth is I favor them all – maybe that makes me a lens polygamist but that’s kinda the way it is.
Having said that I am being teased about would I favor multiple wives, in the same spirit of teasing I think one is enough for any man to handle.
Lenses are different, inanimate, each with a “personality” of their own, and as a person I and others may attach an importance to certain things others will be amused by.
Men may favor a certain tool, women a dress, ultimately no harm no foul if it doesn’t become obsessive.
I suppose I am a tactile person, not the touchy feely type, rather one that enjoys the feel of a good tool, a nice piece of leather, lumber, or bark on a tree.
Probably explains my inclination in wanting to say a favored lens – if it’s a Takumar or any “vintage” Pentax lens they share the same feeling of being well made, dependable, and if you know what it is you ask of them predictable as well.
This lens had a production run from 1963 to 1971, a lens that is either four or five decades old depending on the year made, and is a testament to it’s quality that it is still sought after.
The optics consist of 4 elements in 4 groups, at a fixed focal length of 135mm with a minimum aperture of F.22 to a maximum of f3.5 – it’s not a big lens, relatively compact in length and narrow in girth, but dynamite comes in small packages as they say.
I’ve got a Sigma 24-70 next to it in the photo and the size difference is obvious. The Sigma takes an 82mm filter and the Tak a 49mm.
I like the Sigma or I wouldn’t have it, but the tak is sharper, and as I’ve said previously I prefer fixed focal length over zoom…. a matter of personal choice, though there are some good zoom lenses.
In my opinion the 135mm f3.5 Super Tak rates the well honed knife award for sharpness.
I’m doing my best to keep the photographers planetary alignment my friend alluded to together just a little longer as I may have stumbled upon an SMC Pentax 100mm f2.8 in a Kmount said to be in excellent condition with a little cosmetic wear re the finish – if so it could become another favorite lens. It’s nice to have friends in the thrift store who will notify you of such things.
Phew, if these lenses ever divorce me en masse I’m going to be in the soup big time.
Lens Hoods – the importance of a hood can’t be stressed enough, doesn’t matter if you’re indoors or out.
They reduce the possibility of flare and boost resolution – the supply is endless and the cost from a few dollars to what I consider an extreme.
I would also suggest step up adapters for filters – instead of buying a “specialty” filter like a polarizer of ND for various size lenses buy one for a larger lens you may have and use an adapter to fit it to smaller ones – works well, you sacrifice nothing, and save some money in the process.
The adapters are cheap and usually can be found in a packaged assortment of sizes.