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05-12-2009, 12:35 PM   #1
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Could someone tell me what this lens is worth?

Its a K mount lens that says Vivitar 135mm 1:2.8 MC Telephoto No.817141 52mm. I've been trying to look it up, to no avail. I would really appreciate the help of somebody who actually knows heads from tails. Thank you!







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The Vivitar 135s generally go for under $50 USD with most of those under $35 USD with the high end reserved for lenses in excellent condition. I paid $30 USD for mine in M42 mount (picture here). For lenses made from the early '70s through about 1990, it is possible to determine the manufacturer and an estimate of age from the serial number (see here). The serial number on your lens only fits the pattern if you accept a manufacturers number of "1". Hard to say who made it and when.

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Is that Pentax-compatible K-mount or Minolta MC mount? I only ask because it has "MC" in the name and the picture of the mount is pretty wretched. Anyway, I didn't see any completed e-bay listings for K-mount but my ballpark guess would be $10-30?
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I agree with other, It worth for $30 or so. You can still do some great closeup shot with it. But you can find better 135mm out there. From the picture, i don't think this lens has that good of coating, second no macro. If you want a better 135mm, try something like Sears 135mm Macro, it will give you better pictures.

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QuoteOriginally posted by AndrewG NY Quote
Is that Pentax-compatible K-mount or Minolta MC mount? I only ask because it has "MC" in the name and the picture of the mount is pretty wretched.
"MC" in lens names means "Multi Coated".
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QuoteOriginally posted by Erik Quote
"MC" in lens names means "Multi Coated".
Fair 'nuff.
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Yes, I think $30 is about right if the glass is in good shape. The Vivitar 200/3.5 is also very common and goes for a similar price. Somehow I wound up with three of them from various package deals. All three are made by Komine.
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QuoteOriginally posted by AndrewG NY Quote
Is that Pentax-compatible K-mount or Minolta MC mount?
In the first picture, you can see "PK" on the aperture ring...

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QuoteOriginally posted by OregonJim Quote
In the first picture, you can see "PK" on the aperture ring...
Yea, I noticed that too.
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QuoteOriginally posted by OregonJim Quote
Yes, I think $30 is about right if the glass is in good shape. The Vivitar 200/3.5 is also very common and goes for a similar price. Somehow I wound up with three of them from various package deals. All three are made by Komine.
I guess I probably should have mentioned in my earlier comment that while the pricing can go higher, I would not give much over the $30 that I spent for my Viv 135/2.8 unless it were in pristine shape with original caps and original case. Mine (Komine-made) is a great lens. In fact, it may be my second-best lens after the FA 35/2 in terms of sharpness. But the truth is that most 135mm lenses are pretty good and Vivitar 135s in good shape are pretty common. If I were looking to spend more on a MF 135 in K-mount, I would probably look for Pentax K, M, or A glass. As mentioned above, a Rikenon/Sears 135 would be a good option as well.

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$30 is a bit high on freebay. I will say around $15 if you have time to dig.
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