Showcase Vivitar 135mm 2.8 Konica Mount

barry13

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Do you think the 135mm is worth buying for $100USD? I haven't been able to find a Bokina for under $250.
I don't really need 1:1, but I'd like to have a lens like this for macro, portraits, etc. that would be more portable than the 40-150Pro.

I've also seen 100mm Rokkor macros for $100+

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Really depends what you want to do with it I guess. The 135 CF isn't at all a bad lens for macro - there are a couple of times when I've posted images from it next to the oly 60 ... which are...... ..... . .... here and here. It's not in the same league as the Bokinas for basic IQ but then few lenses are, and it's longer than they are. If you want cheap + long your other alternatives might be -

Pentax 100/4
Olympus 135/4.5
Vivitar 100/3.5
Vivitar 70-210 (read up on these here - Vivitar 70-210 Series 1 Macro Zoom Lenses - Mark Roberts Photography )

If you want 'bokina for cheaper' the tamron 90 is supposedly about 95% as good optically and $$-$$$ less because it doesn't have the same group of collectors raving about it. Same way there are "lester a dines" costing a fortune and the other 90-105 lenses of pretty much an identical design and almost indistinguishable from sample variation quality costing a lot less because they don't have a sticker of teeth on 'em.
 
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Found this lens a couple years ago at a thrift store. Not the close-focusing variant, unfortunately.
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A new lens for me. The close focusing version by Komine, in OM mount too.

A sea of blue from the Wisteria, lens at f/4
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and looking into the eye of a Nasturtium, lens at f/8. Hand-held and I think the focus has suffered.
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I believe this is a Komine version (S/N 287255xx) in m42 mount, but it is NOT close-focusing. It has 6 aperture blades (2.8 - 22) and a (cracked) plastic/rubber focus ring.
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(wide-open at mfd)

I did some comparisons against my Rokkor-X 135/2.8 and they are very close, but istm that the bokeh is a bit creamier on the Rokkor (both wide-open and stopped-down). Regardless, they are close, and sharpness is close as well.


I also have recently acquired an 8-bladed version (2.8 - 16) in Konica K/AR mount, but am lacking an adapter atm. S/N 282380xx, apparently Komine as well, with a metal focus ring.
 

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I believe this is a Komine version (S/N 287255xx) in m42 mount, but it is NOT close-focusing. It has 6 aperture blades (2.8 - 22) and a (cracked) plastic/rubber focus ring.
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(wide-open at mfd)

I did some comparisons against my Rokkor-X 135/2.8 and they are very close, but istm that the bokeh is a bit creamier on the Rokkor (both wide-open and stopped-down). Regardless, they are close, and sharpness is close as well.


I also have recently acquired an 8-bladed version (2.8 - 16) in Konica K/AR mount, but am lacking an adapter atm. S/N 282380xx, apparently Komine as well, with a metal focus ring.
My lens is Komine, close focusing, with 8 blades. The aperture adjusts from f/2.8 to f/22 in half stops. Serial number 288076xx. It has Auto Telephoto Close Focusing written around the front of the lens. The focus ring rotates 1 1/2 turns from infinity to max magnification 1:2. Good for fine tuning focus, but quite an exercise if you decide to focus on distant scenery after a macro shot.
 

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Another couple of pics from the 135/2.8 CF.

First the flower of something known locally as the Coral Tree. Flowers are loaded with nectar and popular with our nectar sipping birds.

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And a close-up at 1:2 of the stamen,

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E-M1 with the regular Komine 135/2.8

ISO 3200, 1/500 at 2.8.
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This is the T-mount version I found at a thrift store on sale for $1.50. 15 aperture blades. The glass looks fine, but the lens is rather soft. Taken at f/4 on the G9 of our peach tree in blossom yesterday.

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