Vintage Vivitar 135mm 2.8

by Berckmans Peter August. 14, 2019 334 views

Well I am still a few days home and today decided to try out another vintage lens, the Vivtar 135mm 2.8. Vivitar did not made their own lenses, they bought from other compagnies. My lens was made by Komine.

Not sure what to use it for today, had a look around and the winner was a bit of streetphotography. Now there is no AF, so back to old school.

The results of this lens are pleasing, shooting wide open it is very soft what can create some nice portraits. Stopping it down and it will be pretty sharp. Also the bokeh is very good on this lens and it has a nice style to it. Using vintage lenses on modern cameras is something every photographer should try. There are real gems out there for a fraction of the price.

The last 2 are in color, just because they work so good in color.

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Piotr Matura 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Vere nice photos, Peter! First thing I thought after reading the title was that such lens could work well as portrait one - and it really does, that soft rendering wide-open does the trick :) I like the candid photos very much. That 135 milimeters probably puts some more distance between you and your subjects, which may be limiting, but you really made it work for you smile

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Berckmans Peter Replied to Piotr Matura 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Had to find my round a bit with the lens, but after a while it went fine. Many of the old 135mm are great portraitlenses. Good fun to work with

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Pete 10 months, 3 weeks ago

very nice candid photos

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Berckmans Peter Replied to Pete 10 months, 3 weeks ago

Thanks

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Russell Smith 10 months, 3 weeks ago

Quite a nice look to the lens and a nice series of shots :)

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Berckmans Peter Replied to Russell Smith 10 months, 3 weeks ago

Thanks Russell

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Lynn F Medley 10 months, 3 weeks ago

I like this series! Street photography interests me but find itimitating , how do you if these vintage lens will work with your camera?

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Berckmans Peter Replied to Lynn F Medley 10 months, 3 weeks ago

Everything is manual, focus and aperture are set manual. I use lenses with a m42 mount. Just need an adaptorring to my Fuji FX mount.Set camera on manual and the fun can start. For focus you can try zone focusing

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Lynn F Medley Replied to Berckmans Peter 10 months, 3 weeks ago

I thought it would be all manual, that’s ok,  have to research my camera more for an adaptor,thank you for the info!

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Jay Boggess 10 months, 3 weeks ago

Nice series! Love your street photos. Nice candids!

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Berckmans Peter Replied to Jay Boggess 10 months, 3 weeks ago

Thanks,it is fun to do

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Jay Boggess Replied to Berckmans Peter 10 months, 3 weeks ago

Thanks for sharing these!

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Buster Bruce 10 months, 3 weeks ago

I like the lens affect. #9 has caught the sign of the times!

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Berckmans Peter Replied to Buster Bruce 10 months, 3 weeks ago

Modern times, communication has gone

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