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The Return of the Vivitar 135mm f/2.8 Close Focusing
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PostPosted: Mon May 04, 2015 4:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here are a few more I took with this lens. All photos were taken with the Vivitar 135/2.8's aperture set to f/8, and all shots were taken hand-held:

Red Rose:


White Rose:


Pink Azalea:


Yellow Hibiscus:


PostPosted: Mon May 04, 2015 4:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Michael,after reading your post I somehow ended up buying this...




Rolling Eyes


PostPosted: Mon May 04, 2015 4:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

nice shots Michael..


PostPosted: Mon May 04, 2015 4:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

kryss wrote:
Hi Michael,after reading your post I somehow ended up buying this...


Wow, looks great in silver! Mr. Green


PostPosted: Mon May 04, 2015 4:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

cooltouch wrote:
Here are a few more I took with this lens. All photos were taken with the Vivitar 135/2.8's aperture set to f/8, and all shots were taken hand-held:


Nice shots Michael. To be honest I cannot obtain sharp enough photos hand-holding a macro lens of any focal length in natural light so I tend to bring my subjects inside to photograph with the camera firmly fixed to a tripod! Rolling Eyes


PostPosted: Mon May 04, 2015 4:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What can I say? I get lazy at times, and decide that I don't need to mess with a tripod, especially in the case of this lens, when I can keep shutter speeds at 1/125 or faster. Using the sunny f/16 rule, that's 1/500 @ f/8 at ISO 100. I was in the shade when I took these shots, though, so figure two stops more open, in which case, I'd still be at 1/125 @ f/8. Which is hand-holdable if I stay quite still.

Oh yeah, hey Kryss, do you know the story behind your chrome version? It looks quite nice, really. I especially like the contrast between the matte chrome and polished chrome look.


PostPosted: Mon May 04, 2015 5:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hi Michael, see "pimped lenses etc. on page 2 of this forum by Pancolart" gives link to dcshooter on Pentax forum who performs this transition on lenses. Very Happy


PostPosted: Mon May 04, 2015 8:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bokeh side of the lens :



Crop 100%



PostPosted: Sat May 09, 2015 4:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Anyone or everyone with one of these lenses, I have a PK mount version that I sent out to Marc Jensen to have him reassemble after I skillfully Embarassed disassembled. He is missing a part. I found this and I'm wondering if anyone can tell me if this looks like a spacer that is under the mount?



PostPosted: Sat May 09, 2015 4:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mine has a Olympus OM mount with no spacer between the mount and the aperture that I can see. Of course, it may be different on a Pentax model.



PostPosted: Sat May 09, 2015 5:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Superb condition Ed,mine should be here this week. Smile


PostPosted: Sat May 09, 2015 5:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I found this picture on the forum of this lens with a Pentax PK mount (courtesy of kryss).
It appears to have the spacer you mention:-



PostPosted: Sat May 09, 2015 5:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think you are right, Edgar, thank you.


PostPosted: Sat May 09, 2015 5:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hi woodrim,

this part list migt be useful (page 12)
http://www.boggys.co.uk/download.php?filename=Vivitar_135mm_f2.8_Close_Focusing_IPL_400dpi.pdf

kind regards
hasan


PostPosted: Sat May 09, 2015 6:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hasan wrote:
hi woodrim,

this part list migt be useful (page 12)
http://www.boggys.co.uk/download.php?filename=Vivitar_135mm_f2.8_Close_Focusing_IPL_400dpi.pdf

kind regards
hasan


Yes, very much. Confirms the part I have here to be #194, Protective Ring. Thank you.


PostPosted: Sat May 09, 2015 9:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Glad to be of service gentlemen Very Happy


PostPosted: Sat May 09, 2015 10:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

DigiChromeEd wrote:
I found this picture on the forum of this lens with a Pentax PK mount (courtesy of kryss).
It appears to have the spacer you mention:-



Damn....I like that. I'd use it even if it had Coke bottle bottoms in it! Cool


PostPosted: Wed May 20, 2015 6:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow, this thing is great. I feel like I totally understand the "more people need to know about this" urge people get when they get one Very Happy

Haven't tried putting it together with the 2xMFTC yet, but, just the first shots I took with it today by itself:

























I am so over getting a new lens and ONLY THEN actually thinking about getting a lens hood and a pinch fit cap for it though (wow it could be as soon as two weeks Sad). Had a few other shots with some nasty behaviours wide open that weren't easily saved like these. But still - what a neat toy.


PostPosted: Thu May 21, 2015 1:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

135 2.8 CF + Vivitar 2xMFTC at max magnification (on an E-P5 with 2x crop factor), raw processed as straight out of camera defaults via olympus viewer 3. Click for full size.

That is not at all bad.



Aiming a 540mm equivalent macro lens with no specific IBIS setting for the 270 focal length, at 1.5x magnification (or whatever - seems more than the 1:1 I get out of the oly 60 2.8 Very Happy), not easy. Also think I could really use that hood for using flash on it.


PostPosted: Thu May 21, 2015 3:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's really an exceptional set of images you've put together, piggsy. Very impressive. Do you know what species that bird is? Geez, I wish I had such subject matter at my disposal. I'm lucky if I find bugs on a tomato plant!


PostPosted: Thu May 21, 2015 4:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

cooltouch wrote:
That's really an exceptional set of images you've put together, piggsy. Very impressive. Do you know what species that bird is? Geez, I wish I had such subject matter at my disposal. I'm lucky if I find bugs on a tomato plant!


That's a noisy miner bird. They are almost, but not quite at plague proportions here - really their main attractive feature is that they (in combination with the rainbow lorikeets) seem to completely fill the same niche as the horror show that is the common myna around here and squeeze them out.

They're cute until there are hundreds of them going eE eE eeE every .25 seconds, filling the trees and mobbing/swooping literally every other bird or other potential predator that exists Very Happy

And thanks on the photos! That's like, a walk down about 2-3 blocks around my house here in East Brisbane. Summer's a lot better for bugs though.


PostPosted: Thu May 21, 2015 6:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rest of today's pics with the 2xMFTC. Have to say I'm really impressed with this combo - really wish I had a proper hood for this, and my flash setup could use a proper diffuser to go with this kind of range (I have a ghetto one I made out of foam, and the Fstoppers Flashdisc, neither of which are at all up to macro lighting at these kinds of working distances with the FL600R), but apart from that, holy crap I did not expect anything like this kind of quality.






















^ think that's a sugarbag bee being eaten there, which are not at all large bees, and you can still make out the details on its wings and pollen sacs through the web Very Happy



PostPosted: Fri May 22, 2015 10:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very tidy examples piggsy! And welcome to the forum mate Very Happy


PostPosted: Fri May 22, 2015 12:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

RnR wrote:
Very tidy examples piggsy! And welcome to the forum mate Very Happy


Thanks! I have to say this seems like a much better setup you guys have here than the wonderings-aloud of people who heard of a guy who used a manual lens once you sometimes see on other forums Very Happy

Ob. shot of lens on camera -



I made something up today that will hopefully do better for using the FL600R with it -



Velcro dots, craft glue, alfoil, packing foam, rubber band, milk carton with the ends cut off Very Happy

Seems to do OK - didn't have the MFTC on the lens for this shot, but guesstimated the typical distance/aperture with just the 135CF itself (blinking -3.0ev and just before the sun totally disappeared, in the shade) -



and as a bit of fill flash out in the front yard, last sun again -



PostPosted: Mon May 25, 2015 10:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So not to turn this into my gallery or anything, but tonight I put it through one of the harsher tests imaginable -

2xmftc

complete darkness

flash lighting

black specularly reflective bugs

and here's how it did -













Again, not at all a bad piece of work, this thing. As with all the images if you look really close (too close for anywhere other than, I dunno, dpreview Very Happy) you find various things it does less well, but still. For a lens this inexpensive, this old (75-82, I'm reading?), teleconverted and given a 2x crop on top of the 2xtc, I feel I can't reasonably complain about anything at all. Really damn hard to handle though. Factor in the crop and TC, and the lack of accurate IBIS for the TC'd length, then add focusing using a weak-ish LED (so the bugs don't get annoyed) and the EVF boosted to maximum brightness and you have your work cut out. I think I would rather go back to failing at birds in flight Very Happy