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Showcase Vivitar 135mm 2.8 Konica Mount

Discussion in 'Adapted Lens Sample Image Showcase' started by dbuckle, Jul 10, 2011.

  1. dbuckle

    dbuckle Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

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  2. ryansinibaldi

    ryansinibaldi Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 9, 2012
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  3. eno789

    eno789 Mu-43 Veteran

    Jul 5, 2010
    Bay Area, California
    For Vivitar branded lenses, the same optical formula were often used across different mounts. But there are actually quite a few different versions of 135mm f/2.8. The manufacturer (often reflected from the first two digits of the serial number), filter size, and marking often give more clue about whether the lenses are the same or not. I have a Vivitar close focusing (Komine made) with filter size of 62mm in Minolta mount that I like a lot. I'd suggest we provide a bit more info on the lens especially it's Vivitar. Thanks!
  4. ryansinibaldi

    ryansinibaldi Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 9, 2012
    Thanks I actually ran the numbers and found out its a Tokina formula from 1976.
  5. veereshai

    veereshai Mu-43 Top Veteran

    May 12, 2011
    Arlington, VA
    I had got a Vivitar 135mm f2.8 Close-Focusing lens from lattiboy here and had not use it on field till yesterday. What should I say, I am impressed. The working distance is good and the 1:2 magnification is a nice touch. Here's what I got:

    Gram-Blue by Veeresh_ai, on Flickr

    As you can see, it's very sharp.
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  6. dbuckle

    dbuckle Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

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  7. speedandstyle

    speedandstyle Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    I have a Komine made Vivitar 135mm f2.8 in Nikon pre-AI and love it! It was one of my favorite lenses when I shot 35mm film. The day I got my first Nikon adaptor it was the first lens I tested and I think I like it even more on m4/3. Here is a picture I just processed last night but shot months ago.

    E-PL1    ---       f/1.0    1/400s    ISO 200
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  8. marcsitkin

    marcsitkin Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Jan 24, 2013
    Harwich, MA USA
    Marc Sitkin
    This is from an f2.8 in a Minolta mount. Ser # 28635543 (Komine). It seems to perform better in flatter lighting conditions, and has a fair amount of ghosting in brightly lit conditions wide open. This does lessen slightly when stopped down a couple stops. These have been sharpened in PP to the normal degrees I usually do.

    On the OMD, I find it challenging to hand hold. I also have a Nikkor 100 2.8, which is a bit easier to handle due to the shorter focal length. I'll put this on a tripod one day and also do some comparison tests to an Oly 135 f3.5 I have.



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  9. dbuckle

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  10. tjdean01

    tjdean01 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Feb 20, 2013
    I just bought one of these. I can't wait to see how she does wide-open; and then how the 1:2 macro looks!
  11. piggsy

    piggsy Mu-43 All-Pro

    Close Focusing (28xxxxxx) with the Vivitar 2x Macro Focusing Teleconverter at maximum magnification, straight out of camera -


    There are a few things you could pick apart here - but bearing in mind this is handheld and it's not stopped down much and has no hood on it (yet) - I am pretty impressed with this old thing.

    Real downside - there is no 270mm IBIS setting on the E-P5. Which isn't so massively important for flash macro shooting, but for macro aiming (at 540mm equivalent with >1:1 magnification) it is sorely missed :D 
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  12. piggsy

    piggsy Mu-43 All-Pro

    Rest of today's pics with the 2xMFTC. Have to say I'm really impressed with this combo - really wish I had a proper hood for this, and my flash setup could use a proper diffuser to go with this kind of range (I have a ghetto one I made out of foam, and the Fstoppers Flashdisc, neither of which are at all up to macro lighting at these kinds of working distances with the FL600R), but apart from that, holy crap I did not expect anything like this kind of quality.











    ^ think that's a sugarbag bee being eaten there, which are not at all large bees, and you can still make out the details on its wings and pollen sacs through the web :D 

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  13. piggsy

    piggsy Mu-43 All-Pro

    Lens on camera -


    Lens roughly doubles in size at closest focus.

    Very reasonable size and weight for M43, I'd say slightly easier handling than the Tokina AT-X 90 2.5. With the 2xMFTC - much less so - getting into proper, genuinely difficult to handle territory there, especially with both the teleconverter and lens at maximum extension, even with a grip and flash bracket on the camera. But the upside is, you then have a greater than 1:1 mag 270mm close focusing tele/macro :D .

    Some more with just the lens - after I made this hideous thing for a flash diffuser (it works a lot better than it looks).



    Some more with the lens and 2xMFTC






    Being able to shoot flower closeups of flowers well into someone's yard from the footpath at this quality is pretty neat, gotta say. For very close macro - it's difficult to use because of the bulk and weight, but perversely, it's somewhat easier than the Oly Zuiko 60mm 2.8 for some cases, because it's much easier to position your body at the longer working distances. Again if you look too close you will find a number of flaws but nothing I think that affects the images for web use even cropped down a ways.
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  14. piggsy

    piggsy Mu-43 All-Pro

    Some from the last couple of days. Was a mistake to take it out without a flash and no diopters - immediately came across a bunch of tiny sugarbag bees and a variety of very small ladybug hatchlings in a windy field :D , but it worked out well enough. They're so reflective when they're fresh that I spent ages trying to kill these weird broad blue fringes of what I thought was blue CA and was actually them reflecting the sky :D 











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  15. gnarlydog australia

    gnarlydog australia Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Feb 23, 2015
    Brisbane, Australia
    Damiano Visocnik
    after seeing the images on this thread I had to have a "little look" ;)  on eBay and I was surprised to see some very good offers for lenses in great shape
    I scored a Komine in M42 mount for $15, but for that price I was not expecting much...
    Instead, I now amazed by the sharpness and ease of focusing.
    wide open:
    23517804059_d9f9c5f2e5_b. by gnarlydog, on Flickr
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  16. dbuckle

    dbuckle Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    I just ordered another of these in a Nikon AI mount version for $14.95.
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    dbuckle Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

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  19. barry13

    barry13 Super Moderator; Photon Wrangler Subscribing Member

    Mar 7, 2014
    Southern California
    @piggsy@piggsy, could you post a pic of the 1:1 macro teleconverter that matches the Komine 135mm?

    I found someone selling the Close Focus lens, and I only see 1 converter for sale online, with a helicoid... Hoping it's the right one.

  20. piggsy

    piggsy Mu-43 All-Pro

    Back then I didn't have the diopters so I just used the Vivitar 2xMFTC. It needs a really good lens not to be the same as cropping - the Vivitar 90mm F2.5 is the only one I can use it with that isn't like that (and even then, barely - the 200/4 and 135/2.8 are much and very slightly worse than cropping respectively). The 135/2.8 CF gets ALL of its macro ability from extension - it's a 131mm lens that's pushed forwards to get to 1:2, which means if you used a full on macro helicoid with it, you'd end up with probably something longer than your forearm arm pushing it to 1:1 like that (another 65mm extension would be needed). You would want a helicoid that had a tripod mount on it at least.

    I'd definitely use diopters if they were an option instead.
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