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The fascinating Olympus 135/3.5
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 19, 2011 3:41 pm    Post subject: The fascinating Olympus 135/3.5 Reply with quote

Hi,

I want to share my new lens, Olympus 135/3.5.
Actually I bought this lens a month ago. I found it in old lens little shop in Jakarta. I am interested in the size of this lens, its small and have built-in hood, ... and super cheap, the cheapest lens I ever bought (in US dollar its about $50). I thought I could use it if I wanna go traveling and dont want to carry heavy lens Smile I checked the optic are OK so I didnt try it much at that time. I just 'underestimated' this lens. Smile
I bought the OM-EOS adapter and ask the seller to attach the dandelion af-confirm chip. Went home and put it in dry-box!

Until yesterday I tried it in the old lens store and in the park, and .... wow! I was surprised that this lens is superb! Very sharp, good color and almost no CA!

So, these are some shot I took that day. Just resize using Xnview and no photoshop at all.
Hope you enjoy it. Smile


PostPosted: Sat Mar 19, 2011 3:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oly 135/3.5 on 5D



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 19, 2011 3:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The hood is on ...


PostPosted: Sat Mar 19, 2011 3:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bokeh test ... Smile



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 19, 2011 3:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

CA test ...




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PostPosted: Sat Mar 19, 2011 3:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another CA test ...





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PostPosted: Sat Mar 19, 2011 3:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very small nice lens, I agree. I found it's faster brother f2.8 even better.


PostPosted: Sat Mar 19, 2011 3:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Attila wrote:
Very small nice lens, I agree. I found it's faster brother f2.8 even better.


Yes, Sir. I felt like I found a little diamond Smile Very very surprised that the lens so cheap could gave me fantastic result Smile
By the way in Indonesia right now the manual lens hype is so high, and manual lenses are not cheap anymore Smile


PostPosted: Sat Mar 19, 2011 3:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And then I went to the park and this photo suddenly shocked me .... super sharp!! wow ... unbelievable.

Well, I am a newbie in manual lens world, so I dont know much about Olympus lens and other lens sharpness compare to this little one. But it bloody sharp indeed Smile

By the way I use 5D, picture style: Standard with default setting.





PostPosted: Sat Mar 19, 2011 4:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another sharpness test ...






PostPosted: Sat Mar 19, 2011 4:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Flare test ... sun in the frame .... there you go Smile



PostPosted: Sat Mar 19, 2011 4:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

nixland wrote:
Attila wrote:
Very small nice lens, I agree. I found it's faster brother f2.8 even better.


Yes, Sir. I felt like I found a little diamond Smile Very very surprised that the lens so cheap could gave me fantastic result Smile
By the way in Indonesia right now the manual lens hype is so high, and manual lenses are not cheap anymore Smile


This means people start to put them to right place, nice to hear!
This lens is a little diamond right, keep in big respect!


PostPosted: Sat Mar 19, 2011 4:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another bokeh test with flowers ...








PostPosted: Sat Mar 19, 2011 4:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Attila wrote:


This means people start to put them to right place, nice to hear!
This lens is a little diamond right, keep in big respect!


I will Sir. Smile


PostPosted: Sat Mar 19, 2011 4:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another shot ...





PostPosted: Sat Mar 19, 2011 4:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Last one ....





PostPosted: Sat Mar 19, 2011 4:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

congrats, great pics!


PostPosted: Sat Mar 19, 2011 10:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As most of you know, there are a number of these tiny cheap 135 f/3.5s

I, of course, bought the first one I heard about:



minolta MD 135 f/3.5

The minolta runs about 25USD for a mint copy--I think the cheapest of the three I know, the Oly, the pentax, and this one.

Optically I think they are all strong



bigger

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5295/5440424147_8465386147_b.jpg

100



The minolta is about 260 grams, the oly may be slighty lighter



bigger:

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5011/5455077986_2d52aabaf2_b.jpg

The nikon is bigger, but there is a very small nikon E 100, lighter even than these, and a 2.8! It is over shadowed by the legendary 105, but it is half the weight and very sharp as well. They run about 60USD-- or less.


PostPosted: Sat Mar 19, 2011 11:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

uhoh7, thanks a lot for the information and photo samples.
I'll be looking for them.


PostPosted: Sat Mar 19, 2011 11:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nixland - REALLY good results from your Oly! I didn't think this little lens had a particularly good reputation, but it appears that it is a VERY capable lens in the right hands, well done! Smile


PostPosted: Sun Mar 20, 2011 11:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Awww, guys! I just got my Jupiter 11A ... *grumble* Laughing


PostPosted: Sun Mar 20, 2011 2:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ManualFocus-G wrote:
Nixland - REALLY good results from your Oly! I didn't think this little lens had a particularly good reputation, but it appears that it is a VERY capable lens in the right hands, well done! Smile


Thanks Smile

What a surprising lens it is ... the sharpness & the absence of CA, and the size & price Smile


PostPosted: Sun Mar 20, 2011 4:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Trifox's results from Canon FD 135/3.5 are also really impressive: http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/918812/6#9397767

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 20, 2011 5:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

AhamB wrote:
Trifox's results from Canon FD 135/3.5 is also really impressive: http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/918812/6#9397767


also good, but heavier:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canon_FD_135_mm_lens

the excellent olympus 135 f/2.8 is as light as the newest nFD version.




a bit more money though.


PostPosted: Sun Mar 20, 2011 5:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I also had this lens once. And sometimes I really regret to have sold it.
So small and so good. The CAs you show also showed in my pictures.
I just sold it because I had too many 135mm lenses.