I posted this stuff about HoToP (the Holy Trilogy of Photography) some time ago when I still had too many cameras and too many Canons.
Now that I’m somewhat older and wiser (not!) I have again this terrible trio of lenses, but this time for a real camera – my Spotmatic SP. I have the 28mm f:3.5, the 55mm f:1.8 and the 135mm f:2.5 Takumars.
I would have expected to use the 55mm most (which is the case) and the 28 just behind it and the 135mm way down in the field. Problem is, that big heavy behemoth of a lens is, right behind the 55, my favorite.
I like the feel of it on the Spotmatic. the heft in my hand, the solid metal construction. And I like the smoothness of the focus and the precise action of the aperture ring.
But above all I love the rendering of this lens. I still have to shoot a roll of black and white film with it but in color, though a humble Agfa Vista 200, if does make miracles!
Colors are popping, contrast is great… this might make me regret what I said about my preference in color film HERE just yesterday!
As I said, it was the first roll, but definitely not the last I shot using this lens.
OK, color and contrast are nice to have but what about this very long focal length?
In fact this is a question I have asked myself each time I went out with a 135mm on a camera. And each time I found just the stuff that looks good with it.
Just like a 50mm (or 55, sorry Takumar) this focal lenght seems natural to me. I see stuff and I automatically position myself within inches of the right spot. No sprint to get the correct frame. Can anyone tell me why this is so? Why do we seem to find the correct distance form our subjects with this automatic precision, depending on the lenses we have on our cameras?
And we don’t use zooms, do we?
Anyways, I hesitiated before buying this 135mm f:2.5 as it is significantly more expensive than the f:3.5 version. But it’s worth every cent, believe me.
I can isolate any individual flower, bring out the grain and beauty of old wood and paint the most beautiful light pictures (man that does sound so full of myself – sorry).
I love this lens! Do yourselves a favour if you shoot M42 cameras or even digital cameras.
Get a Takumar 135mm f:2.5!
Well, I think after this post I’ll stop posting gear stuff for a while. I’m not promising anything, mind you.
Thanks for stopping by!