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04-20-2010, 12:54 PM   #1
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Bokina versus Bokeh Monster, which bokeh you prefer?

first off, I don't have the Bokina or the 90/2.5 , although I do have the Bokeh Monster or the Pentacon 135/2.8 preset.

I would be interested to know who owns both or atleast own one of either of their thoughts with regards to the bokeh of both lens from wide open til f16 or whatever aperture opening they used the lens. and which bokeh do they prefer. is one better than the other? or they render the bokeh great just the same?

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I have both

I have Meyer-Optik Gorlitz Orestor 2.8/135 and Vivitar Series 1 90mm 1:2.5 VMC Macro.

They are totally different. Meyer is nice, very old lens - acceptable sharp at f2.8. Bokeh is ok but I have number of lenses with better one.

Vivitar is extremally sharp from f2.5, have creamy bokeh (one of best) and it is macro lens. I love it because it is multipurpose lens : portrait and macro. I don't know another lens with such ability. I sold Voigtlander 90/3.5 after some period of having both.

Vivitar Series 1 90mm 1:2.5 VMC Macro Photo Gallery by Piotr Sobolewski at

Meyer-Optik Gorlitz Orestor 2.8/135 Photo Gallery by Piotr Sobolewski at
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I have never seen anything that has more desirable bokeh than the Vivitar Series 1 90mm "Bokina".

I have seen several lenses that come close. The latest one that really impressed me was the Vivitar 85mm f/1.4 (made by Samyang) that sells for under $350 new.
It was a well-built solid feeling manual focus lens with "A" contacts.

Very similar focal range to the Bokina, a little "faster", and a lot easier to find than the "Bokina"... but I wouldn't call it a Bokina replacement.

I have never used the Pentacon 135mm but I can say that I don't really care for that focal range on a APS-C DSLR camera.
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That is a beautiful photograph.


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