SMC Pentax-A Zoom 28-135mm f/4...has anyone used this lens?

Discussion in 'Classic Manual Cameras' started by Andy Collins, Jul 21, 2017.

  1. I just acquired this lens to use on my ME Super and K2, but I wondered if anyone had ever used this lens and if so, what are your thoughts about it?
     
  2. It was quite expensive when new, but more than likely one of the better performing wide to tele zooms. Being an "A" lens it will function in shutter priority or program mode in later Pentax cameras, even those with the "crippled" K mount. You could even use it on a Pentax ZX-5, for example, and have everything except autofocus.
    Looking forward to seeing some images.
     
  3. Thanks, Mike. I've got it mounted on my ME Super right now. I'll be working on fixing a faulty K2 this weekend and once that's repaired, I'll mount it on that one as well.
     
  4. m42dave

    m42dave Dave E.

    Andy, I remember the 28-135 coming out around the time the Super Program was introduced, and seem to recall it being reviewed by one of the major photo magazines at the time. I think it was regarded as a pretty good lens in its day. My stepfather considered one as he wanted an "all in one" zoom with constant aperture, but decided against it due to its bulk and filter size (77mm).

    Around the same time, Tokina made a 28-135 f/4-4.6, which they also built for Konica. It is an excellent lens and more compact.
     
  5. m42dave

    m42dave Dave E.

  6. Rick, Dave, thanks for the information and the helpful links. It's certainly a beast of a lens but based on the pictures I've seen that were taken with this lens, I'm very hopeful that I'll be quite satisfied with the results from it. Those pics from Geoff Thompson look really nice!
     
  7. I have the Pentax-A 35-105mm f/3.5 lens, which has a much higher review on Pentax Forums, and I was pretty disappointed in it, at least at the telephoto end. With the 28-135 being a wider zoom ration, and lower reviewed, my expectations would be lower.
     

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