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10-30-2012, 07:03 PM   #1
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Vivitar Series 1 primes: 135mm f/2.3 and 200mm f/3.0 Marketplace Listing

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Vivitar Series 1 primes: 135mm f/2.3 and 200mm f/3.0

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$300 for both

Item Location
Elkton, MD (United States)

Item Description
Vivitar Series 1 135mm f/2.3 - $179 shipped (US) Sale pending.
I bought the Vivitar 135 f/2.3 with the goal of having a faster 135mm lens. What I really want is a 135mm f/1.8, but those are much more expensive. Though it is faster (slightly) and closer-focusing than my K 135 f/2.5, I prefer the rendering of the K to that of the Vivitar. It's decently sharp at f/2.3, but there is some portrait-friendly softness wide open. It's a large lens and looks pretty nifty on the camera. It has a built-in lens shade and comes with front and rear caps (not original). It has curved aperture blades which keep the aperture close to circular for the first few stops. It takes 72mm filters - same as the 200 f/3. The glass is in great shape - no issues to report other than minor internal dust. The aperture is clean as can be. Mechanically it operates perfectly. There are a few blemishes on the body of the lens, but nothing ugly. Here are photos:

Vivitar Series 1 200 f/3 - $159 shipped (US) SOLD
The Vivitar 200 f/3 is tantalizingly close to f/2.8. It's a decent lens, but I can't justify keeping it. With its built-in hood, 72mm filter ring, curved aperture blades, and overall appearance, it's definitely the sibling of the 135 f/2.3 above. It's a bit softer wide open than the 135, but still quite usable, and sharpens up stopped down. This lens has a flaw - it's missing the rubber grip of the focusing ring. The price is lower for this reason. If I were keeping it, I would get some non-skid tape from the hardware store and use it to make a grip, since the smooth surface can be slippery. There are a few blemishes on the lens body, but like the 135, the glass and mechanics are fine. Comes with a rear cap, but no front cap. I'm including a 72mm skylight filter, though.

In the interest of full disclosure, both lenses are prone to purple fringing. I prefer this to the type of fringing I get from the K 135 f/2.5, which ranges from magenta to cyan, and is more difficult to correct than simple PF.

Buy them both for $300, shipped. All prices include PayPal fees.

I'm going to insert some photos directly into this listing later, but for now, here is a link to a gallery with photos of both lenses.

Since the 135 is sale pending, here are photos of/from the 200:

Wide open (slightly front-focused by me):

Wide open or f/4:

Can't recall f-stop:

Wide open, low light:

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Returns accepted if dissatisfied. Buyer pays return shipping regardless of reason for return.

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10-30-2012, 07:31 PM   #2
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Oh... Such a beauty....
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Like the seller, I have both the Vivitar 135mm f2.3 and the Pentax K 2.5, I came to the opposite conclusion though and I sold my Pentax. I find the Viv to be super sharp wide open, but with some PF. The pentax isn't as sharp wide open, but is better with the PF. The Vivitar focuses to 3 feet, the Pentax about 5, I found the close focus to be very useful especially indoors. This is a great lens and rarely seen. If I didn't have one I buy it! Free bump for the seller.
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I'd be all over it if only it was an A-series; auto-aperture function...


10-31-2012, 05:10 AM   #5
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QuoteOriginally posted by SyncGuy Quote
I'd be all over it if only it was an A-series; auto-aperture function...

If it were auto aperture, I'd be keeping it!

Also, stealth PM responded to.

Edit: Sale pending on the 135.

Last edited by Designosophy; 10-31-2012 at 09:05 AM. Reason: To avoid double-post
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I saw one of these today in Olympus mount. Lovely looking lens, just needed some cleaning.

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