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    Vivitar 135mm for Minolta

    How do you rate this lens? I saw one just for Euro 19. If it is good may be I will pick on SRT-101.
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    Vivitar 135mm for Minolta

    I have a number of different Vivitar 135mm lenses. The plain 135/2.8 Fixed mount Ser. 28XXX... is a very good performer. The 135/2.8 Close Focusing is an excellent lens and focuses to 1:2. The 135/3.5 Fixed mount Ser. 37XXX... is a decent lens if not as good as the 135/2.8 Fixed mount. The 135/2.3 Series 1 is very nice and focuses to 1 meter. It' heavy. There were f/2.8 and f/3.5 T4 lenses Ser. 37XXX... which are adequate if in good condition. There were f/2.5 and f/2.8 TX series lenses Ser. 37XXX.... Both are good. The f/2.8 lens is quite compact. The later Ser. 9XXX... lenses work but I can't vouch for their sharpness. I have a number of Minolta Rokkor and Celtic lenses which are all godd and which are also not too expensive. Any of the Vivitars I have listed would be fine for $19 if in good condition.

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    I would like to throw in one other manufacturer into the mix. Makinon. Solid, sturdy. A very good lens with a great feel. I adored it from the moment I laid eyes on it. And it performs well to this day.
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    Depends on the series. Series 1 lenses described here:

    http://cybernetdenis.net/vivitar.htm

    Minolta MC/MD were usually quite good and are hardly over-priced now, especially the 135mm lenses. I have the old MC 135/2.8 that's very sweet.

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    The 135 f/2.3 is a very nice lens, as is the 200 f/3 -- Vivitar Series One.

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    I just bought Vivitar 135mm f/2.8 OM mount for euro 37. I have no idea about its performance...
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    I have the Series 1 70-210 non-AI, an extremely early version seeing as they began production of the 70-210 3.5 in January of 1975 and mine is a March 1975 copy.

    If it weren't for AF I would use it over my Canon 70-200 f4L IS
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    The first three Series 1 lenses were great as were the three solid CATs. Can't speak to the other Series 1 lenses, though their first point and shoot with a manual zoom was excellent also.

    The 200/3 I had was very close to as good as my fathers Nikkor 180/2.8 many moons back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by baachitraka View Post
    How do you rate this lens? I saw one just for Euro 19. If it is good may be I will pick on SRT-101.
    the Vivitar 135 2.8 M/MD lens is very nice here are some sample shots with

    it on My Minolta SR7
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Minolta SR7 Fuji 200 6 rs.jpg   Minolta SR7 Fuji 200 4 rs.jpg   Minolta SR7 Fuji 200 3 rs.jpg   Minolta SR7 Fuji 200 9 rs.jpg  

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