A little knowledge is dangerous

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by dixeyk, Oct 31, 2014.

  1. kevistopheles

    kevistopheles TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jun 18, 2012
    I have been looking to pick up a Minolta 135/2.8 with 4 elements in 4 groups. It is said to be the best of the Minolta 135's and have also to be quite close to the Elmarit 135 of the same era. I was on a forum not long ago and noticed form a graphic posted in the discussion that the 4/4 version of the 135 could be identified by the little diamond marking above the aperture ring where all other versions use a little white circle.

    fast forward a few weeks and I notice an eBay seller (Henry's Cameras) with a Minolta MD 135 PF yet the image sure looked like the 4/4 version. The 4/4 versions typically command a much higher price than other versions of the Minolta 135's. After doing some research I came to the conclusion that the eBay ad was the 4/4 version but mislabeled. I ended up with the winning bid of $31 and it arrived today. It is indeed the 4/4 version and it is in immaculate condition.

    Moral of of the story? It pays to do a little research. I can't wait to try it out.
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  2. ChangshaNotes

    ChangshaNotes Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Aug 15, 2012
    It's amazing how lucky people who prepare are.

    Nice one.
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  3. jai

    jai TalkEmount Top Veteran

    Feb 4, 2013
    I can confirm that the wrong version of the Rokkor 135mm F2.8 is not a great lens.

    Although perhaps the one I tried was underperforming due to so called "cleaning marks" on the rear element. I don't believe anybody that says "will not impact picture quality" especially if they are the eBay seller.
  4. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Aug 20, 2011
    Fountain Hills, AZ
    Patience and knowledge pays off.
  5. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Dec 12, 2012
    Ashland, OR, USA
  6. kevistopheles

    kevistopheles TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jun 18, 2012
    The internet makes something like this a lot simpler than it might have been.
  7. kevistopheles

    kevistopheles TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jun 18, 2012
  8. sam

    sam TalkEmount Regular

    Nov 23, 2015
    I love henrys, spend a lot of time there, I drag my wife in too, in the used store. Have picked up a few nice lenses they did not know they had, in the used bins.
    Last one was a Canon FD 24-2.8

    My Minolta 135, unfortunately not 2.8, but 3.5, is quite nice
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