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09-21-2011, 02:07 PM   #1
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Three Vivitar lenses I found for sale..........

I ran across some lenses that I am kinda interested in they are all screw mount Vivitars, 1~105mm 2.8, 1-135 2.8, and 1-200mm 3.5. This person wants $100 for all of them but is wanting me to make an offer.
Are these good lenses? are they worth going after? If so what would be a good offer for all of them if they are in good condition?
I really like old lenses and dont care about auto focus, auto aperture etc... I am just wondering about them, I cannot find much info on them in the lens review database here at PF.

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There are some fairly extensive discussions on this site regarding the 135/2.8 and 200/3.5. I may even have started one (both?) of them.

Both are decent lenses, especially for the prices generally charged. Great build too. Here is a link to my photos on Flickr taken with the 135/2.8:
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and a single image taken with the 200/3.5:
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(I don't shoot much with the 200 except for film on my M42 bodies.)


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havent owned the others, but i did sell my Viv 200/3.5(Komine), good cond, for less than $20, FWIW. I've seen them for $15 on craigslist. Frankly, the S-M-C Tak 200/4 is a much better lens if you can afford to pay closer to $80-100 for one.
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The threads I started about the 135/2.8:
https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-slr-lens-discussion/51785-new-arri...rst-three.html

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-slr-lens-discussion/56834-few-more...135-2-8-a.html

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QuoteOriginally posted by mikeSF Quote
havent owned the others, but i did sell my Viv 200/3.5(Komine), good cond, for less than $20, FWIW. I've seen them for $15 on craigslist. Frankly, the S-M-C Tak 200/4 is a much better lens if you can afford to pay closer to $80-100 for one.
I paid less than $40 each for my 135/2.8 and 200/3.5, both in LN condition. I have never used the S-M-C Tak 200/4, but can vouch that the Viv 200 gives the Pentax-M 200/4 a solid run for its money except for size/weight. (Could not find the link for the comparison images I posted here back in the distant past.)


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QuoteOriginally posted by stevebrot Quote
I paid less than $40 each for my 135/2.8 and 200/3.5, both in LN condition. I have never used the S-M-C Tak 200/4, but can vouch that the Viv 200 gives the Pentax-M 200/4 a solid run for its money except for size/weight. (Could not find the link for the comparison images I posted here back in the distant past.)


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i did also own the M-200/4 at the same time, bought all three to compare and keep the best. I'd agree that the Viv 200 and M-200 are comparable in quality but the S-M-C Tak is a couple notches above both.
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There are lots of different 135/2.8 lenses as it was a common telephoto. 105's and the 200/3.5 are less common. The price is not bad but try obviously to get lower. Look to see if any indicate MC on the front. Multi coated lenses are superior and newer

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QuoteOriginally posted by mikeSF Quote
i did also own the M-200/4 at the same time, bought all three to compare and keep the best. I'd agree that the Viv 200 and M-200 are comparable in quality but the S-M-C Tak is a couple notches above both.
I remember your comparisons...now if we could only find the links!!!


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QuoteOriginally posted by Lowell Goudge Quote
There are lots of different 135/2.8 lenses as it was a common telephoto. 105's and the 200/3.5 are less common. The price is not bad but try obviously to get lower. Look to see if any indicate MC on the front.
Good point Lowell. Mine are both the Komine-made variants in M42 mount. (serial numbers 28xxxxxxx)

IIRC, the 105 is supposed to be a pretty decent lens too.


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Thanks everyone I appreciate the input, I am going to go and check them out soon this week and I just might get them just to play around with them, I am really intrigued about screw mount lenses and how they work with all this new technology, I find it rather impressive.
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Just to add perspective I paid $100 for a pentax 200/3.5 preset takumar. Excellent lens and I defy anyone to find one again at that price. Presets are a lot of fun
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Just to add perspective I paid $100 for a pentax 200/3.5 preset takumar. Excellent lens and I defy anyone to find one again at that price. Presets are a lot of fun
what is a preset?
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A preset is a manual aperture lens with 2 aperture rings one to set the final F stop and one that opens and closes the aperture
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QuoteOriginally posted by Lowell Goudge Quote
There are lots of different 135/2.8 lenses as it was a common telephoto. 105's and the 200/3.5 are less common. The price is not bad but try obviously to get lower. Look to see if any indicate MC on the front.
Vivitar may not have made as many 135/2.8s as 28mm lenses, but there are a lot. On eBay, I've seen some pretty old T2 mounts, all metal focus rings, short serial numbers that don't conform to the well known code. Then regular M42, all metal, many of these Tokina. Some are also the same lens in a T4 mount, and/or have a Soligor twin. (That sounds like the 105mm f2.8 listed by the OP.) Text is white or red. The Komine-made ones started with that style, then switched to a rubber focus grip with some green lettering. The 200/3.5 looks like this lens's big brother. There are also TX lenses, 135/2.5, 135/2.8 and 200/3.5, all made by Tokina. Later versions have better coatings, and I think Komine coatings or designs are more flare-resistant than Tokina. Build quality is very good for all these. There's a close-focus 135/2.8 that's very good and sells for a lot. It should say close focus on it.

Prices on these lenses are weird. If you look on eBay, you can get what I think are the better ones (Komine-made rubber-grip) for minimum bid+shipping, for the 135/2.8 and 200/3.5. But you can also find them selling for $40 each. I think they are worth the $40 but obviously paying less is nicer.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Lowell Goudge Quote
Just to add perspective I paid $100 for a pentax 200/3.5 preset takumar. Excellent lens and I defy anyone to find one again at that price. Presets are a lot of fun
I know where to find a super-nice Takumar 135mm f3.5 preset for only $60.
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