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Hello All

 

Thought I would share a picture of old (1961) and new (2015) 135mm M-mount lenses. The old one is no slouch, a tad lighter, half a stop slower, longer, thinner, not as high image quality wide open but still very very good. Obviously, I like this focal length!

 

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Anybody else like 135mm?

Me....

(Old and New)

 

(Old...but not the OLDEST...

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Me....

(Old and New)

 

(Old...but not the OLDEST...

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Hi Luigi, great to see I am not the only one with multiple 135mm lenses 

 

Those 2.8's are awesome. Though your Elmar is not quite as old as mine 

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Some more info: my Elmar is in mint condition, perfect cosmetically and optically. It came with it's original bubble case and IUFOO 12575 hood.

 

Compared with the APO-Telyt, focus throw on the Elmar is long and slow. This allows a high precision, almost too high except for the most exacting work. The Elmar has a built in tripod mount (two sizes of tripod thread). The APO-Telyt is very quick (and yet still precise) to focus and has a built in hood. And the APO-Telyt is very much in the style of the great R APO-Telyt lenses.

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I have an old Elmar, also bought for a less expensive trial incursion into 135mm photography. Mine is also near mint, for a reason. I believe very few samples of this lens experienced extensive travel use. Later I bought a mid-production 135mm Tele-Elmar which is much better optically. However the older Elmar renders in a more old-fashioned way, some would say 'classic'. So, for its modest price, I have kept it for occasional use. I like and enjoy using both lenses, but my need for that focal length is rather limited nowadays.

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I love the 135 focal length, having owned at one time or another all models from the first M mount Elmar up to the present. My first purchase was in 1969 - the venerable 135 Tele-Elmar. The goggled Elmarit was too unwieldy for me. These days though I'm using a Canon 135 3.5 and quite happy with it.

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Some variants :

Hektor 4.5

Elmar 4.0  on OTZFO with 16472K and 16471J rings

Tele-Elmar 4.0 first version

APO-Telyt. 3.4

 

 

 

 

 

(yes, my lenses get used

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