Forgot Password
Pentax Camera Forums Home

Show Printable Version Search this Thread
08-17-2010, 09:32 AM   #1
Senior Member

Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Va
Photos: Albums
Posts: 119
JC Penney 135mm - and another lens question.

I have an opportunity to purchase a JC Penney 135mm lens?. The markings are =55, no 799997 1:2.8 = 135mm.

It had a Takumar lens cap on it (miscapped?).

It looks really nice, dust on the outside lens but other then that seems perfect.

However (and it is something I have noticed on other pawn shop lenses) the apeture control (pin?lever?) device seems slightly bent. Is this normal?

The lens itself is $15. Seems like a win win even if that is slightly bent. I played with settings and it all seemed smooth.

There was another lens there that for the price seemed nice also... however one of the 3 ridges (yes im probably using the wring terminology) had a knotch in it. Is that actually a Pentax lens? It was I believe made by Vivitar.

Thanks for any advice.

08-17-2010, 09:53 AM   #2
Loyal Site Supporter
pacerr's Avatar

Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Henry, TN
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 2,910
Take your K-mount body to the store and try 'em - just don't mount any lens that has a spring-loaded pin not found in the same position on your pentax lenses.

Make a few pictures at one stop above max aperture and judge for yourself.

08-17-2010, 10:12 AM   #3
Veteran Member

Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Western Missouri
Posts: 429
I've now used the auto-aperture version of the JCP 135/2.8 for 23 years.

JC Penney 135mm f2.8 Multi-Coated Lens Reviews - Pentax Third-Party Lens Review Database

I like the lens quite a bit even though it won't mount directly to my K200D because of the aperture lever protector ridge thing. It's definitely worth $15 if you have a means for using it. It's a wonderful lens (focal length and function) on my old film Pentax camera.
08-17-2010, 11:17 AM   #4
Senior Member

Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Va
Photos: Albums
Posts: 119
Original Poster
I saw that BGrace but it didnt look like the lens I was thinking about. All my marking were on the inner part of the lens lip.

Yours appear on the outside.

meh I will buy it anyway and repost with pictures.

Thanks for the replies.

08-17-2010, 01:52 PM   #5
Senior Member

Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Va
Photos: Albums
Posts: 119
Original Poster
Well I got it and it works. Now to work on my SLR skills. And it was $10!
06-17-2011, 09:36 PM   #6
New Member

Join Date: Jun 2011
Posts: 12
I just bought a version of this lens. It was very cheap, and my expectations were pretty low. But I really like it. Not super sharp, but it's really easy to focus, and produces some very nice colors. I got mine for $25 on ebay...definitely worth it.
06-18-2011, 10:59 AM   #7
Forum Member

Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Gwynedd
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 93
Have you got a photo of the lens? I'd be interested to see if we can work out it's origin. I purchased a mystery 135mm from ebay which matched the pics in the user reviews of the JC Penney. It turned out to be a Focal MC branded lens. I can confirm it is identical, and has a 52mm filter thread. It's a nice lens.

I also have a Vivitar Komine 135mm f2.8 in OM moun, which is similar, but has the 55mm filter thread. Both lenses perform similarly, the Vivitar has the edge on sharpness wide open but then the Focal is fungussed up.
06-18-2011, 02:12 PM   #8
Veteran Member
RioRico's Avatar

Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Limbo, California
Posts: 11,264
The USA chain stores Sears, JC Penny, K-Mart (Focal brand), often bought and rebadged photo gear from the same makers that supplied Vivitar, Porst, Albinar, and many other marketers. Sears had the greatest variety (including stuff from Pentax and Canon and Agfa, sometimes badged as Tower) while K-Mart/Focal and JC Penny had much slimmer selections. It's not surprising to see the same lens badged with all those imprints, as well as Soligor, Lentar, Hanimex, Rokinon, and various no-names.

Those USA chain stores generally had good quality standards. I have yet to encounter a BAD prime lens labeled Sears or Focal; I haven't run across JC Penny lenses yet, but I read that they're equivalent. Older zooms with store- or marketer- badges suffer the same drawbacks as most (but not all) older zooms -- technology has much improved over time, and most newer zooms are notably better than most older zooms.

Those Sears and Focal 135/2.8's are usually pretty good. The six I've had were all fine. The JC Penny is likely from the same source as those and Vivitars and Soligors. Enjoy!

06-18-2011, 04:23 PM   #9
Loyal Site Supporter
pacerr's Avatar

Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Henry, TN
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 2,910
RioRico's said it well. The common rebadged lenses from Sears, etc, are bargains. It was hard to screw up a 28, 50 or 135mm prime in those days and the zooms weren't too bad when used with discretion either.

I've got a Sears 135/2.8 that's as good as any other 135 of that era I've tried and it lives with a 25mm extension tube attached because I know its 'numbers' so well I don't even have to think about it after 20+ years.


  • Submit Thread to Facebook Facebook
  • Submit Thread to Twitter Twitter
  • Submit Thread to Digg Digg
Tags - Make this thread easier to find by adding keywords to it!
135mm, bent, jc, k-mount, lens, penney, pentax lens, slr lens, win
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
SEARS 1:2.8 f=135mm macro lens question luma Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 2 04-25-2010 07:14 AM
For Sale - Sold: Takumar 135mm f2.5, JC Penney 28mm f2.8 mrpackerguy Sold Items 1 11-23-2008 11:39 AM
Chinon 135mm 2.8 Question xfire Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 2 05-08-2008 07:10 AM
DA* 50-135mm Question ramshot Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 24 03-22-2008 08:24 AM
For Sale - Sold: SuperTak 35mm f/3.5, Soligor 135mm f/2.8, Hanimex 135mm f/2.8 (M42 lens) hinman Sold Items 14 01-14-2008 11:36 AM

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 08:21 PM. | See also:, part of our network of photo forums!
  • Red (Default)
  • Green
  • Gray
  • Dark
  • Dark Yellow
  • Dark Blue
  • Old Red
  • Old Green
  • Old Gray
  • Dial-Up Style
Hello! It's great to see you back on the forum! Have you considered joining the community?
Creating a FREE ACCOUNT takes under a minute, removes ads, and lets you post! [Dismiss]