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JC Penney 135mm f2.8 Multi-Coated

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JC Penney 135mm f2.8 Multi-Coated

JC Penney 135mm f2.8 Multi-Coated
JC Penney 135mm f2.8 Multi-Coated
JC Penney 135mm f2.8 Multi-Coated
JC Penney 135mm f2.8 Multi-Coated

I received this lens from a friend when I purchased her Pentax k1000. It is a JC Penney 135mm lens. The filter ring is 52mm, and it is a k mount. Its is F2.8 and the zoom is read in ft. from 4.5-30, or 1.4-10 meters. Since I got the lense pretty much free I am very happy with it. It seems like really good glass. I have seen a few of them floating around on ebay, but havent seen many besides that. I have heard it could be relabled Pentax glass, but dont know if it is for sure. Here are a few sample shots I have taken with it:

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Registered: May, 2013
Posts: 26
Lens Review Date: July 13, 2017 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: None indicated | Rating: 8 

Pros: Sharpness, bokeh
Cons: Focus can be fiddly, purple fringing
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 6    Bokeh: 10    Handling: 9    Value: 10    Camera Used: K3   

I don't remember where or when I got this lens. Maybe with my K1000? I've probably had it for at least 20 years and never used it until recently. It's the only 135mm lens I have, so I wanted to try this focal length. It can take really good pictures but I get more duds with this one than my other manual lenses. And it can have terrible purple fringing when shooting toward light. When it's sharp, though, it's really sharp. The bokeh and colors are nice also. And of course, the build quality is excellent.

I posted some pictures taken with this lens at
Junior Member

Registered: July, 2014
Posts: 37
Lens Review Date: March 9, 2016 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $30.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: build, IQ, slightly fast
Cons: a little dark, not too fast
Sharpness: 8    Aberrations: 7    Bokeh: 7    Handling: 7    Value: 9    Camera Used: K100D, K50   

Bought on ebay. Pleased with this lens because of low price and nice images. The focal length on a crop sensor DSLR is a bit long for everyday use. But if you haven't used a 135mm, the perception at this focal length makes pleasing depth and 3d-like images and with portraits. And at F2.8 you can go do some artsy stuff with the depth of field and cloudy days and shade.

The images to me seem smooth and colors are crisp. Here are my samples:

New Member

Registered: April, 2014
Posts: 17
Lens Review Date: May 6, 2014 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $10.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sharp, bokeh
Cons: underexposes
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 10    Handling: 9    Value: 10    Camera Used: K5-IIs   

Takes good sharp images with great bokeh. My copy underexposes a bit, so I use +1EV

Veteran Member

Registered: February, 2009
Location: Arlington, VA
Posts: 3,758
Lens Review Date: October 30, 2011 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: None indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: fast, very sharp, useful range, solid build
Cons: heavier than Pentax 135mm 3.5
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 8    Bokeh: 8    Handling: 9    Value: 10   

My copy is very sharp wide open, and extremely sharp above, say, f4--no complaints here. I got it new, in box (old stock). Bokeh is ok, but not good. Very solid lens, with useful incorporated hood. CA is unnoticeable. (I had a Sears 135mm which was horrible in this respect.) In some situations it displays a kind of brownish cast, but colors come out good most of the time. Overall, an excellent 135mm for cheap. Try to get one with the A setting. (Mine has auto-aperture.) No complaint with this lens.

Pics taken with this lens, here:
Rio Lagartos 1, Rio Lagartos 2
Changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns, Arlington National Cemetery
Veteran Member

Registered: October, 2009
Location: Texas
Posts: 384
Lens Review Date: July 7, 2011 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: None indicated | Rating: 8 

Pros: Sharp photos!
Cons: none so far.

I got this with a Pentax K1000 both in mint condtion along with 50mm SMC Pentax F/2, I pay like $19 for them and it's a real bargan
Worth the money even if the lens don't sell for alot.
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Registered: February, 2011
Location: Murfreesboro Tennessee
Posts: 3,364
Lens Review Date: June 4, 2011 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: None indicated | Rating: 8 

Pros: sharp good ,color rendition
Cons: loose fit on my ist DL

I got this lens in 1978 in a kit with my k1000,and50mm 1:2 lens.
It is as sharp as the 50mm. For many years it was my longest lens. I still use it today even tho I have lenses that cover its range.
It is sharp through out its aperture range.
It feels loose on my istDL, but no light bleed and still sharp
Being made of metal and glass it is a bit heavier than my newer lenses (plastic) ,but not overly so.
Veteran Member

Registered: April, 2009
Location: Dallas, TX
Posts: 499
Lens Review Date: May 29, 2010 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $35.00 | Rating: 7 

Pros: good glass

This lens takes solid pictures and is a value overall. Color rendition, sharpness, and bokeh are all good quality. The speed of the lens is also nice.
Veteran Member

Registered: December, 2008
Location: Western Missouri
Posts: 429
Lens Review Date: April 10, 2009 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: None indicated | Rating: 7 

Pros: Very sharp with nice colors, nice wide open
Cons: Barrel distortion, won't mount directly on K200D

I've read one reference that stated this lens was made by Kiron but I'm not certain. I received mine in the K1000 kit I bought at JCPenney in January 1987 so it wasn't expensive when new.

I see quite a bit of barrel distortion with mine when shooting close subjects but it's visible only with strong vertical lines in the frame.

My lens has an extended aperture lever protector which prevents it from mounting properly on my K200D. It works very well on my A1.4x TC though. My lens is an A-type and it functions properly on my TC.

It's very sharp with nice color and does well at wider apertures. It's a good lens that is a true bargain at $10 to $15.
Senior Member

Registered: December, 2008
Location: Southern Oregon Coast
Posts: 127
Lens Review Date: April 8, 2009 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $15.00 | Rating: 7 

Pros: Solid as a rock, clarity is good when stopped down a bit
Cons: Chromatic aberrations pretty apparent, wieghty

I got this lens in a small camera shop for $15.

Color is accurate for the most part.

Durability cannot be questioned.

Works well on my K200D as a 200MM telephoto.

I have not seriously tried to use it for portraits but plan on doing so.

I reached essentially the same conclusions the last poster did, it is a solid, excellent lens, especially for the price.

The physical appearance of my lens is different from the images shown above, my serial # is 85723185.
Forum Member

Registered: October, 2008
Location: Georgia
Posts: 91
Lens Review Date: December 23, 2008 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: None indicated | Rating: 8 

Pros: Pretty sharp wide open,Pretty good bokeh (to me), All metal construction, It was free!
Cons: Only slightly heavier than kit lens, original hood could be a little longer

Haven't seen any of these besides ones on Ebay. Hopefully someone else has one of these, imo its really good glass. Major problem for me is steadying the camera good using this lens without a tripod, it seems very sensitive. Other than that i didnt pay anything for it so Im very happy with the lense, and especially the build quality. All metal construction, hood as well although the hood could be a little longer. Over all image quality is good, and it seems to be pretty sharp wide open, also seems to have pretty good bokeh as well. Also the lens serial # is MK84751748
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