Vivitar 135mm f/2.8 Auto Telephoto. If you’re looking to purchase this lens I always check Adorama and Ebay for good deals. It helps me if you purchase it through one of these links here in this review. When you purchase through these links it financially enables me to devote time to develop this site further. Thanks for the help! -Todd
13.5 oz (384g)
Built in Retractable
Rubber on Metal.
5 feet (1.5 meters).
6 blades stopping down to f/22.
Mine came in M42 Metal Mount.
f/2.8: It’s pretty soft with a little coma and chromatic aberration. There is quite a bit of spherical aberration which lowers the contrast quite a bit.
f/3.5: Sharpens up with a tiny bit more contrast and a lot less spherical aberration.
f/4: Still very soft with low contrast and only a tiny amount of spherical aberration. The chromatic aberration just won’t go away.
f/8: Even at f/8 it’s still not very sharp at all and has very low contrast.
A little bit of vignette at f/2.8 which starts to clear at f/3.5 and is almost gone at f/4.
The blur is quite harsh and distracting and would not make a good portrait lens.
The lens has a lower level of pincushion distortion but nothing amazing.
On MF Camera
Optics: ★ ★
Mechanics: ★ ★ ★ ★
Ergonomics: ★ ★ ★
Usefulness: ★ ★
Availability: ★ ★ ★ ★
Overall: ★ ★
On AF Camera
Ergonomics: ★ ★
Overall: ★ ★
Out of 5
I was expecting better results being a Vivitar, but the best features are the build with the retractable lens hood and low distortion. Optically the lens has trouble sharpening up. I would not suggest this lens for landscape or portrait work unless you want soft dreamy results for some artistic portrait work or something. Even at f/8 it has trouble sharpening up. NOTE: The common saying is that if the serial number is a 28xxxxxx then it is made by Komine with a 8 blade diaphragm, however mine is SN# 2865xxxx but only has 6 blades and I’m not sure if its made by Komine. This lens is not impressive at all so it is possible that it is the later version being M42 but a later serial number. If I find a 8 blade SN# 28xxxxxx I will review it and compare it.
If you stumble upon one for cheap then a 135mm f/2.8 is always a really fun lens to play with and is a good portrait focal length. In low light the lens would show less of the haze look and might be better performing.
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