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01-08-2010, 07:35 PM   #1
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Can someone identify this Vivitar 135 f2.8?

I just won this auction and the seller says the serial number is 69958 and it has 15 blades. I searched around and couldn't find any information on the manufacturer that starts with 69 (Vivitar Lens Manufactuers)

Besides, 15 blades seems odd to me but anyways I just took a chance and hopefully I can get a nice surprise...

link to the item on Ebay http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=320469712436&ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT

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Hey Duc,

I don't know about that one, but I used to have a 135mm F/3.5 preset Vivitar with 12 blades. The bokeh was nice but the lens was single-coated and thus flare-prone, and contrast was weak.



You're from Saigon! I was a chemical engineering major at Đại Học Kỹ Thuật Phú Thọ way back when....
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Hey Duc,

I don't know about that one, but I used to have a 135mm F/3.5 preset Vivitar with 12 blades. The bokeh was nice but the lens was single-coated and thus flare-prone, and contrast was weak.



You're from Saigon! I was a chemical engineering major at Đại Học Kỹ Thuật Phú Thọ way back when....

Thanks for the info, SOldBear. I'm actually from Canada but went back to Saigon 5 years ago to open my own company providing digital marketing services. Have you returned to Vietnam since then?
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Your lens probably predates the serial number/manufacturer scheme, though there is an outside chance that it was made in 1969 by Olympus. For $27 USD, you probably can't complain though! Remember to post a short review with pictures of and by the lens once it arrives.

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Your lens probably predates the serial number/manufacturer scheme, though there is an outside chance that it was made in 1969 by Olympus. For $27 USD, you probably can't complain though! Remember to post a short review with pictures of and by the lens once it arrives.

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Yah, can't really go wrong with $27

Just found a link on another forum and the photos of the lens posted look very similar to the one posted by my seller, except it's a T-mount not M42 mount

Vivitar 135mm f/2.8 Preset T-mount lens - Steve's Digicams Forums
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QuoteOriginally posted by ducdao Quote
Just found a link on another forum and the photos of the lens posted look very similar to the one posted by my seller, except it's a T-mount not M42 mount
I bet yours is a T-mount as well, but with a T-to-M42 adapter.

Mine is also a T-mount. You can see the chrome-colored adapter between the lens and the camera body.

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QuoteOriginally posted by ducdao Quote
I just won this auction and the seller says the serial number is 69958 and it has 15 blades. I searched around and couldn't find any information on the manufacturer that starts with 69 (Vivitar Lens Manufactuers)
Well, doesn't that link says that 6 = Olympus? It's up to two numbers that you need to determine the manufacturer, but for Olympus, just the first one is enough, same as for Cosina.

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The 1st TWO digits generally indicate lens manufacturer, except serial numbers starting with 6 or 9, which are single digit lens maker codes

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Well, doesn't that link says that 6 = Olympus? It's up to two numbers that you need to determine the manufacturer, but for Olympus, just the first one is enough, same as for Cosina.
Ahhh you're right! I was only looking at the first two digits. So I guess this one was made by Olympus in either 1979 or 1969.

Thanks!

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During the 1970s, Vivitar marketed a 135 f2.8 Close Focus 1:2 lens that was made by Panagor I believe (Close Focus was Vivitar's way of signifying focus closer than usual but not macro). I don't know anything more about the lens except that it produced excellent quality results. I don't know whether this is related to the lens referred to.
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That vivitar lens is a T mount. Perhaps was made by Tokina. I have the 1,8/85 in this version of vivitar. Very good lens.

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QuoteOriginally posted by brownargus Quote
During the 1970s, Vivitar marketed a 135 f2.8 Close Focus 1:2 lens that was made by Panagor I believe (Close Focus was Vivitar's way of signifying focus closer than usual but not macro). I don't know anything more about the lens except that it produced excellent quality results. I don't know whether this is related to the lens referred to.
The Vivitar 135mm F/2.8 close-focusing is actually made by Komine (SN 28xxxx). It is not related to the lens referred to by the OP.

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