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vivitar 135mm 2.8

chris topher , Jan 06, 2005; 01:21 a.m.

just picked up a vivitar 135mm f2.8 manual focus for 20$. any one ever used this lens before? any insite would be helpful. thanks.

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Kelly Flanigan , Jan 06, 2005; 02:02 a.m.

My 135mm F2.8 Vivitar in T4 Autodiaphrame mount was about 50 dollars; when gasoline was 25 to 28 cents per gallon; in the 1960's. It is the lens to the left of the Exakta. It is greatt at F5.6 and stopped down more; and good at F4; and ok at F2.8. I still have the lens; it was mailordered from Cambridge Camera; and has been on Exaktas; Nikons; Nikkormats. The T4 system adapters allow for usages on different cameras.

Kelly Flanigan , Jan 06, 2005; 02:05 a.m.

The preset 135mm F2.8 lenses in the 1960's were made by Soligor; Cambron; Vivitar; in independent lens makers. They were 20 bucks without the T adapter; which was about 3 dollars then.

chris topher , Jan 06, 2005; 02:45 a.m.

mine looks a little different from that one. its for pentax k mounts.

G Thomas , Jan 06, 2005; 03:00 a.m.

I still have my Vivitar 135/f2.8 bought around 1969, preset and with the T-mount. I've always prized this lens as being one of the sharpest I own. It's comparable to a vintage Rokkor that I have from the same period. It will perform well.

G Thomas , Jan 06, 2005; 03:06 a.m.

But rereading the thread, yours must be from later if it has the K mount. Vivitar over the years has marketed some lenses of their own design (eg early Series 1 lenses) and at other times has branded leses made by other manufacturers. Basic lens designs like the 135/f2.8 often don't change much over the years, so I still would expect your lens would be a good performer.

Jeff Polaski , Jan 06, 2005; 06:55 a.m.

I have a Soligor 300mm f/5.5 in a T4 mount that I used on a Spotmatic. Looked for K-mount T4 for years, but only found a TX adapter that is close but not quite full function. Can only open up to f/8.0. Anyone have experience with T4 and K-mount?

Pablo Coronel , Jan 06, 2005; 08:38 a.m.

Is a very good lens. Vivitar had excellent mid-teles and later excellent zooms. I tried one of those for my Spotmatic at the local used-store and liked it. When I came back to get it it was go-go-gone.

Kelly Flanigan , Jan 06, 2005; 10:11 a.m.

The bump on the side of the lens; near the bottom is the Exakta Auto diaphrame gizmo; on the Exakta T4 Vivitar adapter. The K mount came out in the 1970's; the T4 series morphed into a different series; with adapters; that could be used on these newer camera lens lines; with more auto features.

C Carl , Jan 06, 2005; 10:44 a.m.

My first outfit was a Spotmatic with a preset Lentar 300, auto Soligor 135, and auto Takumar 50 lenses (the Takumar was outstanding). It was stolen in 1970.

Then I bought a Nikkormat FTN, and a Vivitar 135 2.8 lens (for $59) that was smaller than the Soligor. The aperture blades broke several years later.

"Brandon's Dad"


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